Posted by Robert Naylor on 15/05/2018 11:17
Kimberley Institute' were saved by the rain on Saturday as it began to fall in the nick of time to prevent them falling to defeat away at Caythorpe; the home side needed just 18 more runs to win chasing Kimberley’s 177-9 as the heavens opened.
Before all that Alex King called correctly in bright sunshine and opted to bat first and the runs were flowing for Tom Rowe (40) in the first over as he cracked Hisham Khan (2-41) for 16 runs. He continued in the same vein in his brief innings with three more boundaries and a straight six as he gave Kimberley the perfect start.
Anuj Dal (3-39) led the fightback though as he trapped Rowe lbw in the 10th and with his fall the flow of runs was stemmed to a trickle and Kimberley tumbled from 50-0 to 58-4 inside 8 overs. Sam Johnson was the 2nd wicket as he chipped Dal to mid-on, George Bacon (12) edged Jim Hindson (1-39) behind and Hassan Chaudry was strangled down the leg-side by Dal.
Dominic Brown (46) and Martin Weightman (8) stopped the rot and seemed to be building a useful partnership before the introduction of Ben Smith (1-22) spelled the end for Weightman as he was adjudged caught behind when trying to sweep to make it 80-5 in the 27th.
Somair Chaudry (34) joined Brown and they continued the recovery with a stand of 58 for the 6th wicket; Chaudry chanced his arm at times and Brown showed plenty of composure as it seemed Kimberley were now on track for a competitive score; that was until Brown edged Jonathan Miller (2-31) behind four short of a well-deserved half-century.
138-6 became 150-7 as King (7) was caught & bowled by Miller; the batsman was not happy though as he felt the bowler had taken it on the half-volley, but after a brief conference the umpires sent the Kimberley skipper on his way.
Jon Terry (5) and Chaudry (34) both fell to Khan in the closing overs as they looked to take Kimberley to at least a second batting point and they did get there as Zain Ramzan (9*) and Chris Glover managed to nudge the score past 175 as Kimberley closed on a defendable score of 177-9.
Caythorpe’s reply began in earnest with openers Martin Dobson (55) and Tom Hart (50) watchful; that was until Hart, taking a leaf out of his namesake’s book, let loose and hit two of his four maximums to put Kimberley on the back foot.
They would remain there until Glover (1-35) bowled Hart in his 2nd over, and the innings’ 17th, to make it 73-1, but the opener’s 46 ball half-century had set the run chase up nicely and taken away any scoreboard pressure. That much was evident as Dobson continued to score at his own pace and add 57 with former Kimberley man Cav King (31) as they took the home side to within 50 runs of victory.
The introduction of Terry (3-14) in the 34th over saw off King as he offered a leading edge to Brown, but with Dobson still there Caythorpe were cruising. He fell six overs later as a lazy drive was caught by Glover at mid-off to hand Terry a 2nd wicket and with Andy Staszkiewicz caught by Ramzan to give Terry his best ever NPL figures two overs later it was 155-4 and the rain had begun to fall steadily.
There was time for one more over before the umpires called a halt to proceedings and with it Kimberley were handed a get out of jail free card as play was never to resume. They’d been outplayed, but they live to fight another day with Farnsfield the visitors to Newdigate Street on Saturday.
They were due to play Radcliffe-on-Trent on Sunday in the 2nd round of the ECB Club Championship, but Radcliffe could not raise a side and conceded. Kimberley will now travel to Sandiacre in the 3rd round on Sunday June 3rd.
The rain also forced an early end to proceedings in the games featuring the 2nd and 3rd XI. The 2nds had Collingham 101-6 in reply to their 137 all out; Bahadur Singh Digwa (36) had top scored for Kimberley and Joe Allport (3-12) had worked his way through the middle-order to leave the game well poised before the weather decided things.
The 3rd XI were seemingly done out of a victory as they had Cavaliers & Carrington’s 5th XI in real trouble at 55-7 in reply to their score of 139-9 as play was halted. A late effort by Kieron Mozley (24) boosted Kimberley’s total and he then set about the Cavaliers top order with 3-8 and Ewan Towle chipped in with 2-6.
The 4th XI did manage a win though as they knocked over Southwell’s 2nd XI for just 80 – although they were six wickets down when the winning runs came.
The Crouch father & son opening partnership did the damage early doors with Andy (3-31) and Ben (2-29) clearing the way for Ben Turner to clean up the lower order with outstanding figures of 5-6 off just 2.3 overs.
Kimberley’s reply did not start well as they fell to 7-4 as Richard Maloney (5-31) caused havoc, but Matt Ross (24) held things together and Sam Binks (2) stuck around to give him some company before he fell with the score on 32. Ross was out with the scoreboard reading 43, but Ben Crouch (36*) and skipper Rich Kelley (10*) eased the nerves and saw Kimberley home in the 28th over.