West Bridgfordians Win Title

West Bridgfordians CC claimed the maiden, Owzat Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League Division Two championship at the weekend, finishing eight points ahead of runners-up, Mansfield Hosiery Mills CC.

Both sides collected victories, but it was the one at WB that counted the most, seeing off visiting Welbeck CC by three wickets, whilst Mansfield, they dismantled Cavaliers & Carrington CC 2nds, by some 206 runs.

Bowling Welbeck for 181, Richard Stroh with 55, the leaders reached their target in 41 overs as Jacob Hughes’ 38 and Dan Shard’s 3 helped them along, Alistair Pettit 22 n/o and Stuart Plant, who’d take 4-24, with 15 n/o, got them across the line.

Meanwhile, Mansfield’s big win, did see them finish the season in some style; posting 334/7 in their fifty overs, there would be 114 (from 88) from Charana Nanayakkara, alongside 68 apiece from opener Kamal Manek, and Matt Dean.

They then proceeded to bowl their opponents in under 26 overs, for just 128 runs, opener Hasnain Nasir top-scoring with 29, and Muhammad Niazi 24 n/o, very much in vain, Mansfield’s bowling attack seeing three wickets apiece for that of Kieron Garside (3-11), Adam Dobb (3-27), and Jonathan Salmon (3-28).

As for the title race in the NPL Premier, that’ll go to the final day as well, as just four points split leaders Cuckney CC, and second place Cavaliers & Carrington CC, third place Papplweick & Linby CC a further ten back and Kimberley Institute CC pulling up the rear in fourth.

The top four would all collect wins on Saturday, leaders Cuckney defeating visiting Plumtree CC by three wickets, bowling for 193, Zak Bess with 56 and Kyle Simmonds 32, meanwhile, the leaders reached 194/7, in 46 overs, for the points.

Nick Langford would hit 60 before dropping lbw to Qundeel Haider, and Thomas Ullyott 34 n/o seeing the hosts home; whereas Cavaliers & Carrington won by 46 runs when away to Clifton Village CC to keep up the pressure at the top.

Cavs, batting first, made 217 all out, in just under the allotted fifty overs, Shivsinh Thakor with 63 before being run-out, whilst Shaharyar Aslam hit 47, Kiel Van Vollenhoven’s four-wicket haul though proving insufficient as Clifton would find themselves out for 171 in response, Usman Arshad with an impressive 5-10, in 6.3 overs.

Third place Papplewick took a nine wicket win when home to Notts & Arnold CC, the visitors being bowled for 166, whilst the hosts reached their target for the loss of just one wicket, Brent Williams’ 90 seeing him go ten short of a century, Louis Bhabra making 63 n/o.

Kimberley’s title defense petered out, but they won on Saturday when home to Gedling & Sherwood CC, taking a nine wicket success themselves, bowling Gedling for 122, Martin Weightman taking 5-17; replying, Jack Nightingale’s 66 n/o, and George Bacon’s 43 n/o, helped them to 124/1 in just twenty overs.

Other Premier League games would see Wollaton CC defeat Hucknall CC by 14 runs, the hosts making 284/4 thanks to Hamish Llewelyn’s 112 and Hassan Azad’s 87, the visitors falling short even with a century from Matthew Roberts, whilst Radcliffe-on-Trent CC took a low-scoring game, by seven wickets, away to Attenborough CC.

Attenborough were bowled for just 83, James Hawley taking 4-16, whilst Radcliffe made 84/3 in under 16 overs, opener Rob Sutton with unbeaten 43 n/o.

Back in Division Two, the remaining games on the final day there saw Caythorpe CC finish third after a 143 run victory away to Collingham & District CC as Addesha Nanayakkara hitting 185 (from 116) for the victors.

Balderton CC won by six wickets away to Thoresby Colliery CC, Ximus Du Plooy with 114 for the hosts, in vain, as Shalith Fernando 110, and Steven Ryder 87, gave the hosts the win, whilst Clipstone CC romped to a 190 run success at home to Cuckney CC 2nds.

*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @wbcricket The West Bridgfordian team celebrate their title.

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