Weekend Round Up
Posted by Robert Naylor on 10/09/2018 17:24
Kimberley Institute’s season ended on a wet note as their game with Wollaton was curtailed by the weather. There was time enough though for George Bacon (118*) to record consecutive centuries as Kimberley pummelled the Wollaton attack into the ground.
With an outside chance of winning the title going into the game Kimberley needed a huge slice of luck with a cherry on top if that were to happen - and it was perhaps a sign it was not to be as the visitors won the toss and opted to bowl.
Bacon and Jon Terry (16) added 59 runs with little alarm as they set the innings up and were ticking over nicely before Terry picked out David Barr to give Ryan Swiers (1-56) a rare moment of joy in the 14th over.
Tom Rowe (40) joined Bacon and they added 66 more inside six overs as Rowe in particularly slammed his foot on the accelerator with his runs coming off just 25 balls and containing three huge sixes. Bacon wasn’t quite as prolific, but he still brought up his half-century via a single off his 55th ball in the 18th over.
It seemed that Rowe wouldn’t be far behind, but a miscued vertical drive offered Barr some more catching practice and gave James Cox (1-54) a wicket and the scoreboard read 125-2 after 20 overs. If Wollaton thought they might catch a little respite with Rowe’s fall, they were soon disappointed as Sam Johnson (77*) came out and scored at a run-a-ball.
In fact Johnson’s unbroken 148 run partnership with Bacon was also scored at just over a run-a-ball as the pair toyed with the Wollaton bowlers and Johnson’s half-century came up in the 32nd over off his 49th ball.
Ten overs later it was Bacon’s turn to raise his bat again as he went to three figures via a quickly run two off his 118th ball and Kimberley seemed on course for 350, but after another two overs they declared on 273-2 in the 44th over; Bacon finishing unbeaten after facing 130 balls and hitting 15 fours and 2 sixes.
The declaration had been made with one eye on the leaden skies overhead as the more typical British aestival weather decided to return on the last day of the season as the players were taking tea.
When play did finally resume Wollaton’s openers Daniel Andrew (7) and Barr (21*) were very watchful, but Andrew was not vigilant enough when Dominic Brown (1-24) clipped his bails to bowl him in the 8th over with 20 runs on the board.
Martin Weightman (2-20) then got his 44th and 45th wickets of the season either side of another rain break as Cox played the ball onto his stumps via his elbow and Tim Young skied a pull shot with Terry the catcher to make it 36-3 in the 11th over.
Ten more runs were added before another heavy shower arrived and with the knowledge that the title was out of reach Alex King shook hands with his opposite number to end proceedings; this was to be the last action as skipper for King as he steps down after leading the side for the past four and half seasons. O Captain! my Captain! our cricketing trip is done.
Kimberley finish third in the NPL and despite missing out on the bigger prize they have the solace of knowing that Dominic Brown deservedly won the NPL batting award as his 868 runs @ 72.33 proved to be unbeatable.
The 2nd XI also had their final game of the season curtailed by rain away at Ellerslie.
With the sensible decision taken to reduce the game to 35 overs apiece Kimberley won the toss and opted to bat first. Hassan Chaudry (73) continued his fine form with another half-century and Danny Williams (34) and Adeel Arshad (29) chipped in as Kimberley were all out for 209 with four balls remaining. Hamish Moore (4-42) having the best of the bowling for the home side.
Ellerslie were eyeing victory at 163-3 in the 30th over before the rain came again and ended proceedings; John Wakeling (71) top scored with Moore unbeaten on 43. Adam Majid, Tim Haines and Joe Allport claimed the wickets for Kimberley.
The 2nds finished a respectable 5th in Division A and will be looking to build on that for next season.
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