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Sunday XI Report

Posted by Rob Scorer on 08/05/2018 12:29

The Sunday XI recorded their 2nd win of the campaign with a comfortable 167 run win over a makeshift Notts & Arnold 2nd XI; Charlie Walters was the star as he finally found some bottle and chalked up his maiden century in a Kimberley shirt.

With last week’s skipper Blayne Riley in Ingoldmells enjoying the pleasures of Fantasy Island and topping up his tan (although it would be fair to say he could have captained this game from the beach) it fell to Alex Aldred to “win” the toss and opt to bat first.

Enter Charlie and young Dan Walker (5) to open the innings against the mystery spin of young Jins Jacob Saju (1-5) who bowled six straight maidens which helped to keep the score to just 25-0 after 10 overs.

The stand was broken in the next over when young Dan looked to hit out only to be caught and give Jacob Saju a deserved wicket. Ewan Towle (10) joined Charlie at the crease and this seemed to galvanise the senior player as he dominated a stand of 52 for the 2nd wicket which took Kimberley to 77-1 in the 19th over before Ewan and then Kieron Mozley fell in the space of three balls to make it 77-3. Lockie Shoebridge (2-64) claimed both wickets in his 2nd over; Charles having hit him for a six and a four in his first as he brought up his half-century off his 59th delivery – a feat which his team mates completely failed to notice!

This wobble could have precipitated a collapse, but not with Charles in charge and now with fellow senior pro Dominic Wheatley (64*) at his side. Dom deftly left Charlie to do the lion’s share of the run scoring in stand of 66 as Charles pulled, drove and flicked his way towards three figures.

As he reached the nervous nineties even the opposition fielders began to chirp about his previous failures to reach a ton, but nothing was going to stand in Charlie’s way as a four took him to 99 and the world watched with baited breath as he awaited his next ball. They had nothing to worry about though as he drove it away for two and this time he did get applauded by spectators and team mates alike. The fun was over two balls later as he was bowled by Bashir Khan (1-46) and had to depart on 101 which had come off 85 balls with thirteen fours and three maximums.

The score was 143-4 after 27 overs now and it moved onto 188-6 in the 33rd with Josh Fraser and Aldredo both falling cheaply; the latter to a dubious lbw decision by umpire Crouch which didn’t look out from the score box. Sadly for Aldredo the Newark Alliance chose not to adopt DRS for this season and he had to walk or risk a level 2 disciplinary breach and give the opposition five penalty runs.

Wheatley was joined by Joe Boocker (21*) and they finished things off nicely with a stand of 42; Dom bringing up his own half-century off his 48th delivery and Joe even cracked a six of his own (much to Keith’s amazement) as Kimberley closed on 230-6 from their 40 overs.

After a sumptuous banquet laid on by Karen (no she didn’t spend the £3,000 sponsorship money on tea – thanks to all who donated though!), where only young Dan took the scorer’s advice on having a cup of tea to help cool down the game resumed and the run chase began.

Chase is actually a strong word; crawl would be more apt as the visitors blocked out for 40 overs to finish up on 63-7. After all the runs in the 1st innings, Keith’s abacus barely moved as Kimberley bowled well and the opposition did their best not to score any runs.

Kieron (2-6) struck first with two wickets in an over as the unknown opener was trapped in front and then Khan (6), who scored nearly 10% of his sides runs off less than 2% of the deliveries, came and went inside four balls as Kieron castled him to make it 7-2 in the 3rd over.

Joe (1-3) used his slower ball to good effect to dispatch Miller lbw in the 10th over to make it 20-3 and with Tom Rhoades (1-13) removing opener Algewetta via nonchalant catch from Dan at point it was 25-4 after 14 overs.

Kimberley had to wait another 13 overs for a breakthrough as the game lulled into the soporific. The sight of two hot air balloons rising and then floating over the ground gave the scorers some relief from the purgatory they were enduring – all the more so when Messrs Towle and Walker kept wandering past with pints of Boondoggle. (I should stress that this was Mark and Des, we don’t encourage underage drinking at KICC).

Super Ben Turner (2-8) broke the monotony as he bowled Wilderspin (12) to make it 50-5 and he struck again with his final ball as Tom caught Jacob Saju (15) to make it 57-6. There was just enough time for Dom (1-4) to pick up another wicket as Josh stumped Kotze; although the bowler was more focussed on trying to bowl his over in world record time.

Maddock came in and score 5 off 10 balls to offer some late entertainment, but nothing could take the gloss off Charlie’s century.