Lead­ers make light work of chase for runs

Nottingham Post - - SPORT -

ROUND 18 of the Owzat-cricket Not­ting­hamshire Premier League re­sulted in lead­ers Kim­ber­ley In­sti­tute re­main­ing top of the ta­ble, thanks to a six-wicket win at home to Rad­cliffe-on-trent.

The vis­i­tors were given first use of the bat­ting sur­face at the 2bm Ground, strug­gling to 13 for two. Con­nor Mar­shall (33) built a part­ner­ship of 55 with Rob Sut­ton, be­fore Sut­ton was joined by Jake Fish in a stand worth 84. Sut­ton was dis­missed for 52, while Fish fin­ished un­beaten on 86, hav­ing added an un­bro­ken 62 with Muham­mad Us­man, who hit 30 from 15 balls to push the to­tal to 246 for six. The home side made rel­a­tively light work of the chase, reach­ing 247 for four in the 40th over.

Cava­liers and Car­ring­ton started the day in se­cond spot, and may well ex­pected a straight­for­ward time at home to se­cond from bot­tom Caythorpe. The vis­i­tors won the toss and opted to bowl, James Hind­son (three for 23) help­ing re­duce Cavs to 95 for six. They were all out for 217.

With Dob­son and Lyn­don James at the crease putting to­gether a 71-run stand, a shock looked on the cards. James (56) fell shortly af­ter mak­ing his half cen­tury and from there it be­came a case of hold­ing on for the draw. They did that to close on 152 for eight.

Cuck­ney took ad­van­tage of the Cavs not win­ning to leapfrog them into se­cond with an edgy win at Wol­la­ton by one wicket. The home side won the toss and chose to bat, be­ing kept in check by Cuck­ney, they set a to­tal of 180 all out. Tom Keast’s 77 was the tent­pole on which the Cuck­ney in­nings was cen­tred. When he was out to make the score 126 for five, Cuck­ney looked well set. The bowlers had other ideas and they limped over the line, nine down.

Plumtree con­sol­i­dated their grip on fourth place with a six-wicket win at Huck­nall. The home side were asked to bat and with Josh Downie in fine form, made it to 91 for one, thanks to 63 from Downie. They were all out for 158. Af­ter the early loss of Oliver Soames, Chris Gib­son and Saad Ashraf took the game away from Huck­nall. The pair put on 122 for the se­cond wicket to ef­fec­tively end the con­test.

Farns­field are in the top half of the ta­ble af­ter their four-wicket win at Mans­field Hosiery Mills. The Millers set 197 for nine, thanks in no small part to Savin Per­era’s kknock of 84. In re­ply, Solomon Budinger made 50 as Farns­field reached 115 for five. It was plain sail­ing from there though as the tar­get was reached with 13 overs to spare.

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