Wollaton CC will contest the final of the NCB Premier League T20 Cup, opposing that of Thursday’s other semi-final, Radcliffe-on-Trent CC or Papplewick & Linby CC, after defeating hosts Notts & Arnold CC by seven wickets on Sunday.
Putting the hosts into bat first, Wollaton would proceed to skittle them for 110, five of their six bowlers taking two wickets apiece – Suhaib Ahmad 2-2, Sam Humphries 2-14, Tariq Stanikzai 2-20, Zain Latif 2-15 and Paul McMahon 2-26, Notts’ top scorer being that of opener, John Cronje, with 36 (from 29).
Replying, Wollaton made their target in 14.2 overs, finishing on 114/3 to progress to the final, four of their five batsmen making double figures, McMahon hitting 31 and Jibran Azam 28, Jordan Sergeant taking 1-12 in his only over.
With the second semi-final on Thursday, the final itself will be contested on Sunday 24 July, at Wollaton, 2pm start.
Meanwhile, a century of points has now been breached in the Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League following a low-scoring affair between leaders Cavaliers & Carrington CC, and visitors Radcliffe-on-Trent CC, Cavs winning by ten wickets.
Radcliffe would find themselves bowled out for 104, in just 22.3 overs, Lewis Wales with 29 and Jacob Taylor 26 top-scoring, but Chris Sanders’ 4-38, along with three apiece for Fateh Singh and Alfonso Thomas gave their opening batsmen an easy job, Cavs romping home in just 19.2 overs, registerign110/0 as Usman Arshad 58 n/o and Rehan Ahmed 44 n/o supplied the runs.
Twelve points adrift of the leaders are Cuckney CC, and defending champions, Kimberley Institute CC, both of whom collected victories, the former of the two, very narrowly, when home to Wollaton CC, whilst the latter defeated fourth placed Papplewick & Linby CC.
Cuckney, posting 265/7, would win by just a solitary run over Wollaton, Thomas Ullyott with 63 and Dan Brown 53 whilst in reply the visitors reached 264/8 thanks to decent knocks from Daniel Andrew 66, and openers Hassan Azad 56 and Nicky Kirkwood 52 before running out of balls.
Kimberley meanwhile kept up their pursuit of retaining the title with a five wicket win away to Papplewick, the hosts batting first and posting a total of 226/8, Louis Bhabra 77 and Ben Trevor-Jones 70 keeping the runs up, whilst Curtis Mitchell chipped in with 49; replying though, Kimberley would make 229/5, with balls to spare, opener Sam Wood hitting 62 alongside half-centuries from Billy Godleman (54) and Martin Weightman (54 n/o), the hosts’ Ben Bhabra the pick of the days bowlers with a 4-52 haul.
Papplewick meanwhile put Saturday’s loss immediately behind them with a win 24 hours later, away to Clifton Village, and by eight wickets. The hosts would post 258/8 Van Vollenhoven with an unbeaten 58 and Surya Mahotra adding 56, Ben Bhabra adding another, four wicket haul, this time 4-61 before the visitors eased themselves home in a little over 42 overs.
Although Louis Bhabra and Callum McKenzie both went cheaply, a pair of centuries smashed the run chase as Papllewick finished on 259/2, opener Brent Williams with 120 n/o being joined by Ben Trevor-Jones’ 102 n/o in an emphatic run-chase.
Elsewhere in the Premier Attenborough CC won by nine wickets at Clifton Village CC who’d posted 228/8, Kiel Van Vollenhoven 78 and Paul MacMillan 55, before Savin Perera, who’d already taken three wickets, hit a sizeable 130 n/o to push the victors home at just 229/1, Josh Wilson adding a half century as well.
Notts & Arnold CC collected a 123 runs success when home to Gedling & Sherwood CC, the hosts knocking out 315/8 as Josh Mierkalns hit 116 and Connor Johnsen 55, the visitors meanwhile being bowled for 192, opener Chrissy Lawrence hitting 83 as Yash Samra took 3-48, and Hucknall CC edged hosts Plumtree CC by three runs, the victors having registered 267/8 thanks to Matthew Roberts’ 96 and Ben Martindale with 69, Plumtree falling short at 264/9 with Qundeel Haider hitting 66 and Fabian Taylor 55.
Division Two meanwhile, it’s tight at the top, Mansfield Hosiery Mills CC and West Bridgfordians CC level on 68 apiece, Welbeck CC up to third on 62, with Balderton CC and Cavs 2nds making up the top five.
Top-of-the-pile Mansfield, they would edge Balderton by two wickets as Charana Nanayakkara hit 98 before falling lbw to Ryan Charlesworth, and West Bridgfordians won by seven wickets when home Clipstone CC to keep the pressure on.
Welbeck, who endured a rocky start to the season, now find themselves up in third place, just six points off the top, after they defeated visitors Cuckney CC 2nds by 76 runs, Richard Stroh helping himself to 60 runs and Tade Carmichael 42, in the win.
The other two matches in the division would see wins for Thorseby Colliery CC by three wickets away to Caythorpe CC, and Collingham & District CC by five wickets when home to Cavs 2nds.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @WollatonCC the Wollaton Cricket Club lining up for a 2022 team photo.