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Weekend Round Up

Posted by Robert Naylor on 27/08/2018 21:04

Kimberley Institute’s title bid suffered a hammer blow on Saturday as they lost to Cavaliers & Carrington by five wickets; the result sees them drop to 3rd place and leaves them 6pts behind the new leaders Cuckney with just two games left to play.

The day started well with Alex King winning the toss and opting to bat, but at 11-2 after 4 overs he may have been having second thoughts. Tom Rowe (52) and Sam Johnson (37) countered with a blaze of boundaries, but the fun ended when Johnson was adjudged lbw with the score on 93 in the 19th over.

Rowe fell eight overs later with the score on 119, but Dominic Brown (58) and Martin Weightman (62) were on hand to add 106 for the 5th wicket and take Kimberley towards a decent score. Brown fell with four overs to go with the score on 225 and King (19*) and Weightman, who was run-out off the final delivery, saw Kimberley to 257-6 which was a par score. Shazada Khan (2-58), Zain Abbas (2-60) and Shiv Thakor (1-72) were the wicket takes for C & C.

If Kimberley were going to stand a chance of defending their total then they needed a good start, but got precisely the opposite as Adeel Shafique (48) feasted on a plethora of bad balls and the score raced to 41 after just four overs. Shafique’s opening partner Hassan Azad (96*) had made just 16 when his partner fell in the 12th over to King (2-60) with the score on 64.

Another 61 runs were added by Azad and Abbas (26) before Kimberley broke through again in the 27th over when the latter was caught behind off George Bacon (2-31) and with Bilal Shafayat gifting Brown a catch via Jon Terry (1-24) it was 138-3 after 30 overs and Kimberley had a chance to exploit their breakthrough.

Thakor (35) had other ideas as he scored at a run-a-ball and added 66 with Azad before he picked out Johnson to give King a 2nd wicket with the score at 204 in the 40th over and with just a run a ball needed from here Cavaliers were clear favourites. Adam Tillcock (25) and Azad got them to within 13 of victory before Bacon bowled the former, but the win was sealed in the 49th over by a six from Zaroob (8*).

Kimberley’s fate is now out of their hands and they need big favours from other sides or a huge stroke of luck with the weather; they visit Attenborough next week with the match starting at 11:30am.

There was joy for Kimberley’s other sides though as they all recorded wins.

The 2nd XI claimed their 3rd win in a row after beating Calverton by 8 wickets and relegating them in the process.

The home side opted to bat first and posted 187-8 from their 50 overs with Ryan Evans (56) and Extras (43) accounting for over half of the runs. Joe Boocker, Adeel Arshad and Joe Allport all claimed a brace and Tim Haines and Somair Chaudry a wicket a piece.

Kimberley had the win all wrapped up in the 30th over largely thanks to Bahadur Singh Digwa (84) whose runs came off just 54 balls. Matt Dean (55*) played a more sedate innings as they added 137 runs together for the 1st wicket.

The 2nd XI now sit 5th in Division A and host 7th place Notts Unity Casuals next week.

The 3rd XI recorded an 84 run win away at Ravenshead.

Batting first they posted 165 from their 45 overs; Kieron Mozley (45) made the highest score of the innings with Tom Rhoades (29), Sukhdeep Sidhu (21) and Anand Padmakumar (20) all chipping in. The wickets were shared around the Ravenshead bowlers with Gourav Joshi (2-19) having the best figures.

Blayne Riley (2-22) and Mozley (1-26) took three early wickets as the home side’s reply got off to a bad start and then it got even worse as spinners Ben Turner (4-20) and Sukhdeep Sidhu (3-6) combined to claim the remaining seven wickets as Ravenshead crumbled to 81 all out.

The 3rd XI wrap up their season next week with a home tie against Lowdham, the game being played at Goosedale due to the Basil Russell being unavailable.

The 4th XI also won by a big margin at home against Hoveringham; Alex Terry’s century helping to set up a 121 run victory.

Terry (115, 107 balls 13x4 and 3x6) dominated Kimberley’s innings after they were asked to bat first and Rich Kelley (22) and Charlie Walters (32) both supported him in half-century stands. John Aldred (51*) then cracked a 27 ball half-century to rub salt in the Hoveringham bowler’s wounds as Kimberley closed on 258-6 from their 45 overs.

Andy Crouch (3-37) and Graeme McDonough (2-30) then tore into the visitor’s batting line up by reducing them to 39-5 of which Mike Cupit (38) had made all but one run of before he was the 4th wicket to fall. Terry (1-11) rounded off a fine day with the 6th wicket before Kelley (2-0) and Walters (2-11) finished Hoveringham off in the 42nd over to claim all 20pts.

The win takes the 4ths to the top of Division J and the same result in their final game away at Oxton will secure promotion.