The Owzat Nottinghamshire Premier League is very much up-and-running, with sides having played half-a-dozen matches thus far in the Premier League, Cavaliers and Carrington CC (36pts) the early pace-setters with four wins from their opening outings.
Cuckney CC are level with Cavaliers (36 pts), with Kimberley Institute CC (34pts) just two behind the early pace-setters; Wollaton CC (30pts) are six behind the front two in fourth, with Papplewick & Linby CC (26pts) rounding off the top five sides.
The leaders, Cavaliers & Carrington, who lifted the title last time around, began their campaign with a two wicket success when home to Cuckney, whilst the following two games, against Clifton Village CC, and Plumtree CC, was abandoned and cancelled, respectively, sides having a stop-start opening.
The ECB Club Championship saw Cavs get match action, they dismissing Ticknall CC for just 86, having posted 253 all-out, to claim a sizeable, 167 run success, Umar Amin 52 and Chris Sanders 50, registering half-centuries for the victories, with Kafeel Shafique taking 4-19, in his five overs.
Hucknall CC were then edged by six runs, followed by promoted West Bridgfordians by eight wickets in a low-scoring encounter in the T20 Cup, Viken Kedariya posting 49 n/o for the victors, who made 90/2.
The round just finished, on Saturday 27 May, Cavs saw off fifth-place Papplewick by eight wickets also, the victors’ pairing of Amin, 62 n/o, and Kedariya 55 n/o, dominating with the bat, with Alfonso Thomas taking 4-31.
Cuckney CC jumped up to joint-leaders following Saturday’s win away to Hucknall CC having begun the season with a two wicket defeat away to Cavaliers, before defeating Tamworth CC in a revised-target, Club Championship game, by eight wickets.
Mansfield Hosiery Mills CC were then beaten by eight wickets at home, the visitors posting 163/9 with the hosts making 164/2 in quick time, Nicholas Keast making 86, and Nick Langford 61 n/o; the game at Clifton Village CC was cancelled before hosts Spondon CC were edged, by five wickets in the Club Championships, the hosts having posted 226/9 before Cuckney got themselves home with 227/5, Tom Rowe blasting 102 n/o.
Back-to-back league wins were then registered to see out the month in style, visitors Plumtree CC beaten by seven wickets, Keast with an impressive 93 n/o, followed by Saturday’s 60 run success away to Hucknall CC, having posted 298/4.
Keast again performed with the bat, the Cuckney opener smashing another 82, alongside Adam Tilcock’s 87 n/o, Nick Langford also registering a half-century, Harrison Tagg notched a strong 57 for the hosts, but in vain as Joseph Worrall’s 4-48 paid dividends.
Third-placed Kimberley, they began the season with a big, 176 run success, against Clifton, setting a target of 280/6 before dismissing the Village for just 104, Ximus du Plooy impressing early with 88, alongside Dominic Brown’s 75 n/o, James Hindson also taking 3-26 with the ball, alongside Akhil Patel, who snagged 3-2.
Kimbo would then see off Hucknall by three wickets before the Club Championship success over Chesterfield CC, by 115 runs; posting 272/6, the visitors would be dismissed for 157, Kimbo seeing four batsmen, Sam Wood (48), Akil Patel (43), Jack Nightingale (44), and Martin Weightman (46), all passing forty runs apiece.
Nightingale and du Plooy were at it again when opposing Papplewick, winning by 60 runs, the duo both smashing 80 apiece, with Attenborough CC beaten by eight wickets last time out.
Meanwhile Wollaton, in fourth, and six off the joint-leaders, lost their opening match of the season against Hucknall, before seeing off Denby CC in the Club Championships, by five wickets; they then edged Attenborough by 20 runs prior to another Club Champs success, this time by just the one wicket.
Picking up a little momentum, Wollaton then saw off Radcliffe-on-Trent CC by three wickets, they posting 211/8 with Wollaton replying with 214/7, Josh Taylor having posted 60 n/o for Radcliffe, Johan Cronje with 47 in reply; meanwhile, last time around, Clifton were rolled over by nine wickets, they having been dismissed for 127, Wollaton reaching their target with 128/1, Kiel van Vollenhoven’s 55 n/o for Clifton pretty much in vain as Hassan Azad replied with an outing of 65 n/o to seal the win.
Results from the latest round of action in the Premier League (winners highlighted), Saturday 27 May, as follows –
Attenborough CC 108/10 (35.3), lost by 8 wickets at home to Kimberley Institute CC 112/2 (17.2)
Lucas Stentiford (20); Akhil Patel (33) – James Hindson, 5-24
Clifton Village CC 127 all-out (41.3), lost by 9 wickets at home to Wollaton CC 128/1 (36.2)
Kiel Van Vollenhoven (55 n/o); Hassan Azad (65 n/o) – Simon Walton 5-32, Paul McMahon 4-15
Hucknall CC 238 all-out (48.2), lost by 60 runs at home to Cuckney CC, 298/4 (50)
Harrison Tagg (57); Adam Tilcock (87), Nicholas Keast (82) – Joseph Worral 4-48
Papplewick & Linby CC 163 all-out (44.5), lost by 8 wickets to Cavaliers & Carrington CC 166/2 (27.1)
Callum McKenzie (34); Umar Amin (62 n/o), Viken Kadariya (55 n/o) – Alfonso Thomas 4-31
Plumtree CC 249/8 (50), won by 84 runs at home to Mansfield Hosiery Mills 165 all-out (40.3)
Kyle Simmonds (111), Josh Beer (52 n/o); Charana Nanayakkara (77) – Albert Carter 4-20
Radcliffe-on-Trent CC 230/2 (36.5), won by 8 wickets at home to West Bridgfordians CC 224/9 (50)
James Hawley (92 n/o), Rob Sutton (71); Saad Naseem (92), Zac Rahman (50) – Ben Savage 3-26
Newly-promoted Notts Unity Casuals CC (36pts), after an indifferent start in the Owzat Nottinghamshire Premier League Division Two, find themselves in second place following the opening throes, trailing early leaders, Welbeck CC (42pts), by six points, the top two having played seven apiece.
Beneath the top two, eight points separate the next three of Gedling & Sherwood CC (34pts), Caythorpe CC (28pts), and fifth-place Cuckney CC 2nds (26pts), the latter already some sixteen points off the early leaders.
The leaders were seen to edge their opening game, by a wicket, when away to Collingham & District CC before winning at Gedling & Sherwood CC in what was a very, low-scoring game, by nine wickets where the hosts were skittled for just 68 runs, current leaders making 52/1 in a revised target, in just eight overs, Welbeck’s bowlers, Ashley Willis 4-25, and Taylor Wright 3-7, having fun with the ball.
Welbeck then beat visiting Unity by 60 runs, the visitors making just 41/5 in response to 101/5; this was followed by a six wicket success over Notts & Arnold CC, and the same outcome against Papplewick & Linby 2nds, ahead of what was a second successive, high-scoring game between Welbeck, and visitors Clipstone CC.
The hosts batted first, knocking out a healthy 336/5 as Jean Du Plessis smashed an unbeaten 126 (off 100 balls), along with half-centuries for Ben Bowring (54), Andrew Marchant (52), and Jack Atherton (51); Clipstone meanwhile saw their opening duo top score, Lee Wilson (33), and Adam Dutton (79), Richie Bentley however keeping the visiting attack at bay when registering 4-48, in ten overs, Welbeck winning by 112 runs.
Gedling & Sherwood CC meanwhile, in third, and snapping on the heels of the top two, with a game in hand, began with a low-scoring victory, 18 runs, at home to Thoresby Colliery CC, prior to consecutive losses against Welbeck CC (home, nine wickets), and Cavaliers & Carrington 2nds (away, two wickets).
Winning their last two however has seen them keep in touch at the top end of the table, first seeing off visiting Cuckney CC 2nds, by 104 runs, Gedling having set 191/9 prior to dismissing their visitors for just 87, then, in their last outing, inflicted a 171 run loss on hosts Balderton CC.
Again Gedling went big, batting first, and knocking out 360/4 in their fifty overs, Tom Wood smashing an impressive, double century (212), Anuj Dal and Ed Crook also chipping in with scores of 40+, the hosts meanwhile dismissed for 189, Christopher Dobbie with 46 and Sunil Mehta 35 with Kimany Gregorie, Jonny Lawrence, and Finn Miller, grabbing two wickets apiece.
Results from the latest round of action in the Premier League Division Two (winners highlighted), Saturday 27 May, as follows –
Balderton CC 189 all-out (42.2), lost by 171 runs at home to Gedling & Sherwood CC 360/4 (50)
Christopher Dobbie (46); Tom Wood (212) – Kimany Gregorie 2-20 & Finn Miller 2-22
Cavaliers & Carrington 2nds 79 all-out (29.2), lost by 8 wickets at home to Papplewick & Linby 2nds 81.2 (18.5)
Ibraheem Khalil (55); Adam Rostance (32 n/o), Curtis Mitchell (27) – Ian Hardy 4-32
Caythorpe CC 286/4 (50), won by 80 runs at home to Collingham & District CC 206 all-out (43.3)
(no scorecard at time of writing)
Cuckney CC 211 all-out (49), won by 53 runs at home to Notts & Arnold CC 158 all-out (40.2)
Dan Brown (70); Sam Kaye (33 n/o) – Yash Samra 3-28; Jake Tong 5-28, Mark Langford 3-15
Notts Unity CC 181 all-out (48.2), won by 83 runs at home to Thoresby Colliery CC 98 all-out (42.3)
Muhammad Naeem (32); John Skinner (42) – Suhail Ahmed 4-33, Akash Waduwawalage 3-23; Muhammad Shahzad Faisal 4-30
Welbeck CC 336/5 (50), won by 112 runs at home to Clipstone CC 224 all-out (29.1)
Jean Du Plessis (126 n/o), Ben Bowring (54), Andrew Marchant (52), Jack Atherton (51); Adam Dutton (79) – Richie Bentley 4-48
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @NottsPrem a busy weekend of action in the Notts Premier League.