Don’t you just love a little Bank Holiday cricket, on a Thursday, to keep the flow going – well, unless you’re Cuckney CC that is, but we’ll come back to those shortly.
The Bank Holiday programme in the Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League would see a full programme in the Premier Division, but just one in Division Two, and that’s the most ideal place to start, thanks to Welbeck CC (who moved up a place to third bottom), and Tade Carmichael, putting mid-table Collingham & District CC to the sword, picking up the points courtesy of a 100 run victory.
But that doesn’t tell the whole story now does it?
Welbeck had only won one of their previous five outings this season, their previous outing away to Mansfield Hosiery Mills (by 76 runs), this one though, ticked even more boxes for the team led by captain, Richard Stroh.
Electing to bat, Welbeck posted a healthy 309/8 in their fifty overs, and it was to be the electricity of Carmichael, first with the bat, then with the ball, that lit up the Jubilee weekend, he smashing some 188 runs (from 154), before Max Shenton eventually bowled him late on, Liam Tew posting figures of 4-48.
Replying, Collingham could only muster 209, from 47.2 overs, as openers Burhan Alam 57 and Jacob Fisher 45, top-scored; Carmichael though helped himself to a number of wickets also, including that of Alam, taking 4-39 from his allotted ten overs.
As for that Premier Division schedule, Cuckney have been displaced as leaders, Cavaliers & Carrington CC joining them on 48 points at the top after the former lost for the first time, falling to Papplewick & Linby CC, who move within four points of the top two sides, all three with a 6-1 record to date.
Papplewick posted 307/3 in their innings against Cuckney prior to bowling them for 250, Louis Bhabra hitting an unbeaten 120 n/o and Brent Williams 69 against a struggling, Cuckney bowling pack; replying, Nick Langford hit 69 before being run-out by Freddie McCann, and Joseph Hayes 67 as they tried to recover from losing two, early wickets, McCann though, he claimed 3-27 to stem the chase alongside Gareth Blinkhorn’s 3-43.
There was also plenty of runs registered at Kimberley CC, they hosting a Cavaliers side who hit 335/5 before bowling the defending champions for 229, Sunny Patel hitting 133 (from 134) and Shivsinh Thakor 81, Alex King taking 3-60; in reply, Kimberley’s opener, Sam Wood, smacked 108 (from 77), but in vain as only three other batsmen recorded double figures, the highest of those being Dominic Wheatley’s 28, Usman Arshad taking 4-32.
Elsewhere, Attenborough CC defeated Notts & Arnold CC by nine wickets, restricting them to 165/9, and sealing the win thanks to Ben Shaw 67 n/o and Harry Franklin 33 n/o, the only wicket, when replying with 169/1 in 27.5 overs, was that of Savin Perera, he going lbw to Dilhan Cooray for 58; Gedling & Southbank CC meanwhile pulled similar on Hucknall CC, restricting to 261/9, Sam King hitting 104 for the visitors with Muhammed Aqeel taking 3-42, whilst the replies, in an innings of 264/3, saw Oli Soames hit 105 n/o, and Jonny Lawrence, eventually run-out by Jake Wright, hit 91, to see them home.
Plumtree CC defeated their hosts, Clifton Village, by two wickets, middle-order batsmen Kiel Van Vollenhoven 65, and Adam Shepherd 86, top-scoring, Plumtree’s highest was from a 61 by Seb Menzhausen, and Wollaton CC snuck past Radcliffe-on-Trent by a solitary run, posting 209 all out with Tariq Stanikzai 50, and Daniel Andrew 40, their top scorers, Radcliffe falling short at 208/9 from fifty overs, six of their batsmen posting 20+ runs including Joe Richardson 42 and Jake Fish with 31.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @RichardParkes Cavaliers & Carrington beat Kimberley Institute to go level at the top.