Posted by Robert Naylor on 10/06/2018 08:40
Kimberley Institute returned to winning ways in the Notts Premier League with a regulation six wicket win over Papplewick & Linby. Martin Weightman (12-5-35-5) starred with the ball as Kimberley knocked over the visitors for 123.
Alex King asked Papplewick to bat first and had an early reward when Weightman picked up the first of his victims when he trapped former Kimberley skipper Sam Ogrizovic (17) lbw with the score at 21 in the 6th over.
Another six overs passed with only nine runs added before Papplewick lost four wickets for 10 runs inside four overs; opener James Taylor was cleaned up by Weightman, Dominic Brown (2-34) removed Tim Wyatt lbw, another ex-Kimberley man Harry Ratcliffe was caught by George Bacon in the slips off Weightman and Harry Franklin was caught behind by Archie Moore to give Weightman his 4th and Papplewick were on the ropes at 40-5 in the 16th over.
40-5 became 59-7 as Tom Bowers offered a dolly to Sam Johnson at point to give Weightman his deserved 5th wicket and then Bacon (2-14) got in on the act as Jim Rhodes gloved a chance to slip where King took the catch.
Daniel Blatherwick (59) had been batting nicely at this point and he finally found some support from the lower order as Gareth Blinkhorn and cousin Charlie Blatherwick hung around with him to add partnerships of 21 for the 8th wicket and 32 for the 9th; the latter being the highest of the innings as they crept past the 100 mark.
Blatherwick was able to bring up his half-century off his 68th ball before he was last man out with Zain Ramzan (1-17) claiming the last wicket via a catch from Weightman in the 40th over.
Kimberley’s reply started badly with the loss of Bacon in the first over when he was caught at slip by Bowers off the bowling of Jim Rhodes (2-47) and it was tough going for Tom Rowe (16) and Hassan Chaudry (5) as they took the score to 29 in the 9th over before both fell within an over of each other with Daniel Blatherwick (1-11) and Rhodes claiming the wickets to make it 29-3 in the 10th.
Sam Johnson (34) and Dominic Brown (41*) stood firm though with a stand of 57 for the 4th wicket that all but sealed the victory; Johnson scored the lion’s share of the runs as he relieved the pressure by launching Rhodes twice for six and as drinks came in the 25th over Kimberley were 81-3 and nearly home.
There was a slight hiccup in the 27th over when Johnson managed to pull a long-hop from Blinkhorn (1-29) to mid-wicket with the score on 86, but Brown and Weightman (15*) guided Kimberley home with some sensible cricket with Brown driving the winning runs to the boundary in the 37th over to secure all 20pts.
The result moves Kimberley back into 2nd spot in the NPL and they travel to Radcliffe-on-Trent next Saturday.
Elsewhere the 2nd XI went down to a two wicket defeat at Notts Unity Casuals.
Batting first Kimberley posted 258-6 with Alex Aldred (79) and Matt Dean (66) the mainstay of the innings as they added 115 for the 3rd wicket with Dominic Wheatley (58*) also contributing.
Sadly it wasn’t quite enough as Unity squeezed home in the penultimate over; they had been cruising to victory at 248-4 thanks to knocks from Hafiz Khalid (89) and Wasim Karim (56), but a late clatter of wickets gave Kimberley an outside chance as Adam Majid (4-61) and Wheatley (3-52) got amongst the lower order. It was not to be though and Unity stumbled over the line.
The 2nds host Attenborough’s 2nd XI next week.
The game of the day was at Basford Mill where the 3rd XI held on for a narrow victory.
Kimberley were asked to bat first and could only post 136 as they were bowled out in the 27th over; Tim Wheatley (44) and Blayne Riley (32) were the top scorers whilst Tom Bosworth (5-40) did the damage for the home side.
Basford Mill fell 8 runs short in their reply as they were all out for 128 in the 39th over. Alex Terry (3-35) and Kieron Mozley (3-39) had the best of the bowling for Kimberley before a run-out sealed the win for Kimberley, as Sam Greig (61*) was left stranded for Basford Mill.
Another away trip beckons next week as the 3rds travel to face Young Lions.
The 4th XI were without a game this week after Collingham & Districts 3rd XI unfortunately conceded. They host Wollaton at Basil Russell next week.