Wollaton CC have been crowned the NCB Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League T20 Cup winners following Sunday’s 86 runs success against Radcliffe-on-Trent CC, their first since 2011, and third overall.
Batting first, on their home ground, they would post 194/8 in the allotted twenty overs, Hassan Azad top-scoring with 86 (from 49), he being ably assisted in the crease by that of Suhaib Ahmad, with 23, and Tariq Stanikzai 21, whilst the opposition bowler, Ben Savage, kept the run-chase below 200 when taking 3-36.
Replying however, Radcliffe, who’d defeated Papplewick & Linby CC by fourteen runs on Thursday, would find themselves bowled out in just 14.1 overs, for 108, Jake Fish being the pick of their batsmen with 36, that run-chase being suitably stemmed by the bowling prowess of Stanikzai’s 3-29, and Simon Walton’s 3-23, with Zain Latif taking the final wicket, of tail-ender Mark Taylor, for victory.
The previous day, in the league, Cavaliers & Carrington CC hold a twelve-point advantage of the joint second duo of Cuckney CC, and Papplewick & Linby, when they collected their thirteenth victory in a two wicket win away to Attenborough CC.
The hosts put up a decent knock when opening the batting, an innings which included unbeaten knocks from Ben Shaw 115 n/o, and Harry Franklin 47 n/o, however, Cavs reached the winning post with an innings of 233/8 in reply as Usman Arshad 60, Sunny Patel 53, and Adam Tilcock 46, helped the leaders home, Arjun Sandhu posting bowling figures of 3-59 for Attenborough.
Cuckney CC, and Papplewick & Linby CC, also collected victories whilst on the road, the former of the two defeating defending champions, and hosts, Kimberley CC (they are fourth on 92 points) by 18 runs, whilst the latter won by ten wickets on the road at Gedling & Sherwood CC.
Cuckney would post 298/5 before bowling out Kimberley for 280, Thomas Ullyott notching an unbeaten 90 n/o, alongside Nicholas Keast 69 and Ewan Laughton 54, whilst in reply, Jack Nightingale with 74 replied for the hosts before being run-out by Laughton, Sam Wood hit 49 before being lbw by Richard Bostock, and Billy Godleman 45 prior to being bowled by Keast.
Meanwhile Papplewick bowled out Gedling for just 116 with lower order batsman, Adam Majid, their top run-scorer with 25 n/o, whilst in reply, the visitors’ openers would put on an unbeaten partnership, in 18 overs, Brent Williams 74 n/o (from 55) and Louis Bhabra 33 n/o.
Hucknall CC edged visitors Notts & Arnold CC by a solitary run, Radcliffe-on-Trent saw off Plumtree CC by six wickets, and Wollaton CC defeated visitors Clifton Village CC by 159 runs; in the last of those games, Wollaton made 260/6 in their fifty overs.
Of the Wollaton batters Hamish Llewellyn hit 84, Daniel Andrew 76 (before being run-out by Surya Mahotra), and Nicky Kirkwood 63 built the total, the visitors being bowled for 131, in 36.3 overs, Kiel Van Vollenhoven making 49 before being done lbw by Stanikzai, he taking 4-29 with the ball.
West Bridgfordians CC lead Division Two, by six points, following a thumping, 135 run success, away to mid-table Cavaliers & Carrington CC 2nds as Saad Naseem hitting 122 (from 105), and Alastair Petit 115 n/o en-route to a total of 193/4, Cavs 2nds being dismissed for 158, Naseem and Kandola taking four wickets apiece.
Second place Mansfield Hosiery Mills meanwhile lost by sixteen runs when away to Clipstone CC, Adam Dutton with a 60, Balderton CC won by three wickets against visitors Welbeck CC, Caythorpe CC defeated Cuckney CC 2nds by 89 runs as Adeesha Nanayakkara hit 126 (from 95), and Collingham & District CC won by six wickets when at Thoresby Colliery CC, Oliver Dyson 61 n/o.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @WollatonCC Wollaton celebrate winning the T20 Cup.