Unstoppable Cuckney CC are the only side remaining in this seasons’ Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League, they registering their sixth, successive victory, on Saturday afternoon, seeing off joint-bottom Gedling & Sherwood CC in a comprehensive, seven wicket win.
Victory for Cuckney sees them hold an eight point advantage on second place Cavaliers & Carrington, and now twelve clear of third place Papplewick & Linby CC, the latter of the two having slipped to their first defeat of the season.
Cuckney, they would bowl their hosts for just 181, Nathan Crookes taking 4-45 as the tail end of the batting collapsed quite quickly, failing to capitalise on the 45 from Ed Parry, and 33 from Chrissy Lawrence; in reply, Cuckney charged to 182/3 thanks to a 68 n/o from Dan Brown, and a healthy 46 from Thomas Ullyott.
Cavaliers & Carrington jumped into second place after a five wicket home win over Plumtree CC, restricting their visitors to 215/6 as James Gamble hit 66 before being caught & bowled by Imran Butt, whilst Saad Ashraf added 60 himself; Butt meanwhile, having taken 3-33 with the ball, was just as dangerous with the bat, hitting 73 in an innings of 221/5, he being joined by sturdy innings from both Sunny Patel with 39, and Adam Tillcock’s 33 n /o.
As for Papplewick & Linby, they dropped a place to third following a first defeat of the season when opposing Hucknall CC, the hosts winning by just 11 runs having posted 291/7 in their innings, and several, strong, outings from their batsmen – Ben Martindale hit 74, Sam Johnson 68, and Nolan Benson 51. Papplewick though, they could only reach 280/7 in reply as Curtis Mitchell made 79 n/o along with Louis Bhabra’s 56, Ben Bhabra’s 50, and a decent, 48 knock from Callum McKenzie.
In the other three matches in the league’s Premier Division, Kimberley CC defeated Clifton Village CC by eight wickets, Surya Mahorta hitting 72 for the latter but the defending champions edged home on 216/2 as Sam Wood and Patrick Delahunty both hit 62 (they both also fell to Kiel Van Vollenhoven), whilst Jack Nightingale 51 n/o and Martin Weightman 31 n/o, daw them home.
Radcliffe-on-Trent CC defeated Notts & Arnold CC by 82 runs, and Attenborough CC saw off Wollaton CC by 50 runs in the other two games.
Division Two meanwhile sees joint-leadership by Cavaliers & Carrington 2nds, and West Bridgfordians CC, they both on 32 points each.
Cavaliers 2nds took the points in their game with Clipstone CC after the hosts forfeited the game, and West Bridgfordians won by five wickets when away to Thoresby CC, bowling them for 231, Ximus Du Plooy hitting 101 alongside a late, batting collapse, Stuart Plant taking 5-48; in reply victory was taken when reaching 235/5, an unbeaten 66 n/o from Saad Naseem, with all seven batsmen hitting double figures.
Balderton CC defeated Caythorpe CC by 75 runs, this after posting300/4, Shalith Fernando with 136 and Chris Morris 78, whilst Welbeck CC beat Mansfield Hosiery Mills by 76 runs, in two close, encounters.
Meanwhile, Collingham & District CC were rampant in their win over Cuckney 2nds, posting a hefty 328/5, centuries coming from Cav King with 109, and Oliver Dyson 104 n/o, as well as a half century from opener, Jacob Fisher; in reply, Cuckney were skittled for just 79, Richard Bostock top-scoring with 29, the remainder all going for single figures.
Collingham’s bowling figures would see Andrew Laughton claim 3-12 and Max Shenton 3-18, whilst there was two apiece from Lee Fazackerley and Liam Tew.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @Cardigan1979 Cuckney make it six wins in a row.