The bank holiday cricketing fun continued over the weekend when, throughout Saturday, the next round of matches were played out in the Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League, and matches in both divisions as Cuckney CC put their Bank Holiday Thursday defeat to one side, in emphatic fashion.
Hosting Hucknall CC, it would be they who batted first, registering 242/8 in their allotted, fifty overs, Matthew Roberts hitting 84 alongside George Buckthorpe’s 37, and five other batsmen reaching double figures, however, in reply, Cuckney romped to 246/2 to take an eight wicket success, William Barker knocking an unbeaten, 86 n/o, whilst Nicholas Keast added 85 himself.
As Just six points split the top three sides in the Premier, Cavaliers & Carrington just got themselves the win when away to Notts & Arnold CC, and Papplewick & Linby CC defeated Radcliffe-on-Trent CC by 42 runs; in the former, just one run separating the two sides, Cavs were bowled for 248, setting their hosts a decent target as Imran Butt struck 118 as Jordan Sergeant took 3-29 and Sam Kaye 3-39 to keep their side in the hunt, however, they fell just short with the bat.
Needing 249 for the win, Notts were stopped, by the overs, at 247/8, in reply, Dilhan Cooray hitting 104 but good bowling from Gavin Griffiths 3-36, and Imran Butt’s 2-51, kept the title challengers in front, agonisingly so for the hosts.
As for Papplewick, a strong innings of 296/4 saw them home as Brent Williams hit 82, Louis Bhabra 63, and Freddie McCann 62, whilst in reply, a century from Jack Towers, 103, and half century from William Masojada, were in vain, Ben Bhabra bowling 4-47 to help his side home.
Defending champions, Kimberley Institute CC, are fourth on the table and defeated hosts Attenborough CC by one wicket, the pair sharing close to 500 runs and 18 wickets; Attenborough’s Daniel Freeman would knock an impressive 102, and Harry Franklin added 66, Martin Weightman’s 4-38 and Matt Wright’s 3-33 kept Kimbo in touch.
Replying, Patrick Delahunty would top score with 52 and Charlie Walters 41 to pick up the run chase, one which was achieved of a further six batsmen reaching double figures, Savin Perera taking 3-27 alongside two apiece for Dominic Harvey and Lewis Caine.
Clifton Village CC beat Gedling & Sherwood CC by 57 runs, Dom Butchart with 94, whilst half centuries came from Iezaz Ul Hassan 58, and Anuj Dal 55 came in reply; Plumtree CC meanwhile defeated Wollaton CC by seven wickets, bowling their visitors for just 106, no batsmen moving past twenty runs whilst Saad Ashraf 37, and Seb Menzhausen 33 n/o took them to 108/3, or the bowlers, Ishraj Jandu claimed 5-37 for Plumtree, whilst Wollaton’s Suhaib Ahmad claimed all three in return.
West Bridgfordians CC meanwhile top Division Two, by two points from Cavaliers & Carrington CC 2nds after they defeated Cuckney CC 2nds, by eight wickets, and Cavs 2nds edged past Thorseby CC by eight runs.
Mansfield Hosiery Mills CC defeated Caythorpe CC by two wickets and Balderton CC won by the same when away to Collingham & District CC, Welbeck CC on the other-hand move up to fifth in the table with a low-scoring, eight wicket win, at home to Clipstone CC, Taylor Wright with the pick of the bowling, taking 5-38.
League-wise, in the Premier Division, six points separate the top three sides of Cuckney CC (56), Cavaliers & Carrington (54) and Papplewick & Linby CC (50), whilst Division Two has West Bridgfordians CC (40) lead Cavs 2nds (38) by two, and Mansfield Hosiery Mills CC (34) back in third.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @RichardParkes Cavaliers & Carrington won on Saturday but fall to second in the table.