Bramley’s Cuckney champions rub in misery for Rolls

CHAMPAGNE CHAMPIONS   --   the bubbly flow  as Cuckney celebrate winning the Notts Premier League title after beating Rolls-Royce Leisure last Saturday..
CHAMPAGNE CHAMPIONS -- the bubbly flow as Cuckney celebrate winning the Notts Premier League title after beating Rolls-Royce Leisure last Saturday..

The Notts Premier League (NPL) crown that ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE started the season with high hopes of winning ended up being clinched in a match against them.

It was impossible to escape the irony as Cuckney cracked open the champagne to celebrate their title after defeating Rolls with ease last Saturday.

Having missed out on the same celebrations by just six points in 2013, Hucknall outfit Rolls were strong fancies to go one better.

But a disappointing season, not helped by the decimation of their bowling attack, has failed to deliver. And Cuckney rubbed it in with their success in the penultimate match of the campaign.

Rolls could even finish as low as eighth unless they win their last game at home to Ordsall Bridon this Saturday.

The outcome at Cuckney was never in doubt once home skipper Will Butler had won the toss and asked Dan Birch’s team to take first strike.

For despite 18 from opener Shaun Levey, wickets soon began to tumble. And to pile on the irony, no fewer than six of them fell to new-ball seamer Lewis Bramley, whose family has strong Hucknall and Bulwell connections.

The 20-year-old Bramley removed Levy and the other four top-order batsmen in the Rolls line-ip en route to figures of six for 48 from 15 overs.

A defiant Birch, the league’s leading run-getter this term, maintained his astonishing run of form in recent weeks with 57 (four sixes and four fours).

But in the end, even he fell to Bramley, who had him caught by David France to leave Rolls 99 for seven.

The tail wagged, courtesy of Steve Atkinson, who hung around for 60 balls to make 30 (five fours) and shared a partnership of 42 for the eighth wicket with Hasnain Nasir.

But both were eventually removed by ian Parkin (two for 28 in ten overs) before a run-out by man-of-the-match Bramley brought the innings to an end on 147.

Cuckney sailed to their target for the loss of only two wickets in 36.5 overs.

Doing the steering was opener Luke Thomas, who stroked an undefeated 75 (three sixes and four fours) and shared stands of 63 with Adam Burgess (27) and 80 with Dan Wood (31 not out).