A disappointing weekend for Wollaton CC resulted in defeat on Saturday, in the Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League Premier Division, when hosting Plumtree CC, then again the following day, when hosting the East Midlands Regional Finals Day (T20), crashing in the semi-final against eventual winners, Ockbrook and Borrowash CC.
It was on the Sunday, against Ockbrook, that Wollaton posted a reasonable, 197/7, from their twenty overs, Hassan Azad with a knock of 97 to give the finals day hosts, hope; even the wicket-taking of Simon Walton, with 3-27, and Zain Latif, 2-29, kept them in the hunt, however, Ockbrook would progress to the final, registering 200/6 in reply, for a four wicket win.
In the final itself, Ockbrook would see off Doncaster Town, who defeated Sleaford Town by 17 runs in their semi-final, by seven wickets. To take the East Midlands Regional title.
Saturday, in the league, the top end of the Premier Division sees Cavaliers and Carrington CC staying just ahead of second place Cuckney CC, with Papplewock and Linby CC, and Kimberley Institute CC, still holding hopes.
The leaders, they defeated visitors Notts & Arnold CC by 42 runs, the hosts posting 213 before bowling out Notts for 171 in reply; of the home batters, Shivsinh Thakor top-scored with 39, ably assisted by Imran Butt with 38 as Dilhan Cooray 3-26, and Alex Scott 3-34, did well with the ball; replying, Notts would see Cooray also score highly with bat, knocking 38, alongside opener Johan Cronje with 34, however, Adam Ahmed’s 5-22 with the ball kept the leaders on top.
Second place Cuckney, just four behind the leaders, they saw off hosts Hucknall CC by five wickets, they being bowled for 182 as Sam Johnson made 57 before being c&b by Richard Bostock, Nicholas Keast taking 543 himself; in reply, Cuckney knocked up 183/5 with Nick Langford 85 n/o top-scoring.
Papplewick also claimed another win to keep within touching distance at the top, they’re fourteen off the leaders, winning by 42 runs away to Radcliffe-on-Trent, and having posted 262/9 in their fifty overs; bizarrely, both the Papplewick openers, Brent Williams and Louis Bhabra went for nought however, a century from Ben Trevor-Jones (102), and half-century from Freddie McCann (57) boosted the total.
Replying, William Masjoda’s 85, and Hishaam Khan’s 44, wouldn’t be enough to muster a run-chase, they falling short at 220 all out, Williams making up with the ball when posting bowling figures of 3-41.
Kimberley Institute meanwhile, they slipped up when losing a low-scoring game, by three wickets, at home to Attenborough CC, less than 200 runs registered between the two sides, the hosts finding themselves all out for just 99 thanks to Daniel Freeman 4-28, Marvric Pamphile 3-43, and Matthew Hill 3-11, Attenborough needing just 25 overs to reach their target, making 100/7, their openers top-scoring as Lucas Stentiford hit 34, and Ben Shaw 29, James Hindson taking a five-wicket haul.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Clifton Village CC defeated hosts Gedling and Sherwood CC by 29 runs, Don Butchart with 94 for the visitors, whilst Plumtree picked off hosts Wollaton by 122 runs, the visitors racking up 308/6 before bowling their hosts for 186 in reply.
Richard Brazier top-scored for Plumtree with 87 (from 82) whilst there was also half-centuries from Zak Bess (67), Kyle Simmonds (56) and Saad Ashraf (51); Simmonds would also take an impressive 3-8 with the ball when picking off Wollaton’s batters, taking that of Tariq Stanikzai, Suhaib Ahmad (c&b), and Simon Walton.
In the game on Sunday, Radcliffe-on-Trent won by nine runs when away to Gedling and Sherwood, the visitors posting 220/3 in their fifty overs before dismissing the hosts for 211; Radcliffe opener, James Hawley, knocked out 123 (from 167) before taking 4-39 in a top-drawer, all-round performance.
Mansfield Hosiery Mills CC and West Bridgfordians CC are now joint-top of Division Two after the former won by four wickets at home to Caythorpe CC, and the latter lost by 27 runs when at Cuckney CC 2nds.
In the Caythorpe – Mansfield HM game, the hosts’ Adeesha Nanayakkara would hit 128 (from 97) before being bowled by Kamal Manek, whilst the unbeaten Mark Smallwood (90 n/o) and Manek (55) saw Mansfield home.
With West Bridgfordians losing, Cavaliers and Carrington CC 2nds narrowed the gap on the top two when picking up a 64 runs win away to Thoresby Colliery CC, Muhammad Yasar with 136 (from 119) as the victors racked up 324/7 in their innings.
Welbeck CC are teasing away in fourth, just two points behind third, and sixteen off the joint-leaders, after they won by 29 runs at Clipstone CC, Tade Carmichael with 90, along with half-centuries from both Andrew Marchant 59 n/o, and Ben Browning 53, Marchant also taking 4-40 with the ball.
Clipstone’s innings also featured several good knocks, their opening four batsmen keeping them in the hunt with Adam Dutton (63), Lee Wilson (59), and Shemwyn Harris (50) all with half-centuries, whilst David Willcock hit 47 before going lbw to Richie Bentley.
The remaining fixture would see Collingham and District CC win by six wickets when away to Balderton CC, the hosts posting 241, half-centuries coming from their openers, Chris Morris (59) and Ben Ryder (53), however, a strong 90 from Collingham’s Burhan Alam, would see the visitors reach 242 for the loss of just four wickets.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @NottsPrem Wollaton fell short in the semi-finals at the T20 East Midlands Regional Cup