Cavs & Cuckney Fighting For The Title

As Papplewick & Linby CC lost to front-runners, Cavaliers & Carrington CC, it’s looking like a two-way battle at the death between Cavs, and second-placed Cuckney CC, who are split by just the four points (124 to 120) at the top of the Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League Premier Division.

Leaders Cavs posted 334/6 when away to Papplewick courtesy of big innings from Imran Butt (102), Adam Tillcock (79 n/o), and Shaharyar Aslam (59) en-route to an 11 run success whilst in reply, the third-placed side made 323/5 in coming up short, their openers of Brent Williams (137) and Louis Bhabra (92) top-scored.

Meanwhile Cuckney, just two behind the leaders, defeated visitors Radcliffe-on-Trent CC by four wickets after Radcliffe set a target of 261/7, their openers also top-scoring with James Hawley (108) and Rob Sutton (72), Hawley being c&b by Drew Owen; replying, the hosts made 265/6 in 46.4 overs, Owen Laughton hitting 78 along with sizeable knocks from Nicholas Keast (55) and Nick Langford (48).

Elsewhere in the Premier Division Gedling and Sherwood CC won by five wickets away to Attenborough CC, half-centuries coming from Iezaz Ul Hassan (67), Jason Soames (64 n/o) and Jonny Lawrence (55); Clifton Village CC defeated visitors Hucknall CC by three wickets as Kiel Van Vollenhoven hit an unbeaten 105 n/o (from 91); Wollaton CC defeated Kimberley Institute CC by 59 runs, and Plumtree, who are fifth, won by eight runs away to Notts & Arnold CC.

Saad Ashraf hit a straight century in Plumtree’s innings of 225 all out when at Notts before restricting their hosts to just 217/7 in the allotted, fifty overs apiece; Wollaton meanwhile saw Daniel Andrew’s 65 help them to a low-scoring victory when making just 184 all out, Kimberley finding themselves dismissed for just 125.

This was certainly a game for the bowlers, five taking three wickets apiece as Wollaton saw Tariq Stanikzai 3-28, Simon Walton 3-28, and Sam Humphries 3-32 and Kimberley have George Scottorn 3-12 and James Hindson 3-21, registering good returns.

Division Two meanwhile is a neck-and-neck race between West Bridgfordians CC, and Mansfield Hosiery Mills CC, whilst eight points split the next four in the table, Cavaliers & Carrington CC 2nds, Welbeck CC, Caythorpe CC, and Balderton CC.

West Bridgfordians won by five wickets when at home to Balderton even though the hosts’ Shalith Fernando hit 112 during an innings of 232/9, the leaders though hitting back well to finish on 234/5 with Saad Naseem hitting 96 along with an unbeaten Alastair Pettit on 68n/o.

Mansfield HM won by none wickets when away to Collingham & District, Oliver Dyson with 95 for the hosts before being bowled by Adam Dobb, Mansfield easing home with a few balls to spare, on 213/1 (Stephen Gooding for nought) after an unbeaten knock from both Kamal Manek 115 n/o, and Mark Smallwood 82 n/o.

Third-placed Cavs 2nds lost by 20 runs when home to Cuckney 2nds, a game which saw four half-century knocks from the visitors, they coming from William Ullyott (65), William Butler (64), Dan Brown (61 n/o), and William Bircumshaw 58.

Welbeck also fell to defeat, they crashing to a 92 run loss when away to Caythorpe CC, the hosts posting238/8 before bowling their visitors for 146, Mark Foottit with 59 for the victors; and Clipstone CC won by seven wickets when on the road at Thoresby Colliery CC.

Batting first, Thoresby made 308/6, Lee Willis with an unbeaten knock of 121 n/o (from 75), along with Ximus Du Plooy (52), and Danny Tyson (45) and Thomas Antcliffe (42), however, Clipstone’s batters were in a mean mood, making 310/3 for the win as opener Adam Dutton hit an unbeaten 108 n/o, alongside Chris Fletcher’s 85 (run-out by Adam Walters) and an unbeaten David Willcock (48 n/o).

*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @NottsPrem Attenborough were beaten by Gedling & Sherwood.

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