AN ASTONISHING spell of swing bowling by Tim Buckthorpe enabled HUCKNALL 2ND to maintain their excellent end-of-season form in Division C of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
Buckthorpe returned terrific, career-best figures of eight for 43 in 13.2 overs as Hucknall claimed the notable scalp of promotion-hunting Wollaton 2nd by three wickets.
After winning the toss, Wollaton looked in no trouble as they cruised to 115 for two, with opener Nicky Kirkwood scoring a superb 63 (14 fours).
But once Buckthorpe had him caught behind by wicketkeeper Pete Hudson, standing up to the stumps, the visitors collapsed to 159 all out.
Swinging it both ways, he bamboozled all, except Andy Kirkwood (36, five fours), and ended up with the best return by any bowler in a second-team fixture at the New Gatehouse Ground.
Jamie Braybrook (two for 50 in 14 overs) also weighed in with a couple of wickets.
Both Buckthorpe, and son George, fell cheaply when they opened Hucknall’s reply. But the win was secured thanks to solid knocks from Jack Pates (37, six fours), Braybrook (28, five fours), Joe Todhunter (27, four fours) and Hudson (25 not out, six fours).
It was Hucknall’s sixth success in eight matches, having previously failed to win at all until 5th July, and they could yet finish as high as fourth in the table.
THE INCREDIBLE scramble for promotion involving HUCKNALL 3RD in Division J reaches its climax this weekend.
Third-placed Hucknall, and the two teams just above them in the table, Balderton 2nd and Gedling Colliery 3rd, all won again last Saturday.
Now everything hinges on the final set of matches this Saturday when the locals must beat Attenborough 3rd at home, and hope they pick up at least two more points than Gedling 3rd, who play bottom-of-thetable no-hopers Basford Mill 2nd.
That would clinch them the runners-up spot and their second successive promotion.
They would be crowned champions if leaders Balderton lose heavily their last fixture at home to Keyworth 2nd.
Hucknall’s latest win, to continue a sequence of tremendous form, was as easy as you like, by nine wickets at lowly Lenton Willoughby 2nd.
Skipper Jack Fearn asked the home side to bat first and proceeded to watch his bowlers rip them to shreds.
George Judd took four for 21 in seven overs, Ian Wade three for five in five and Ian Dowell two for seven in five as Lenton crashed to 49 all out in little more than 90 minutes.
A partnership of 33 between Richard Simpson (20) and Andy Rattray (12) gave them some hope. But then the last six wickets fell for only seven runs.
In reply, Ian Lobb lashed seven fours in a breezy knock of 31 and with Fearn himself making 12 not out, the match was all over before the final whistle at most football matches that afternoon!
BOWLING out ten-man Collingham 3rd for just 78 was not enough to earn HUCKNALL 4TH victory in Division N.
For after all seven of their bowlers had picked up wickets, only two of their batsmen, most notably skipper Paul Whyley (25), made double figures and they crashed to 73 all out