AN IMPERIOUS century from influential Hucknall captain Robin Maxwell was the pinnacle of a winning draw against Balderton in a match dominated by the bat in Division A of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
Almost 500 runs were smashed to all parts of the ground as the crowd were entertained to a feast of batting at the New Gatehouse ground as the home side attempted to latch on to the coat-tails of the division’s leaders.
Hucknall’s score was the highest of the day and their best in the division this term with Maxwell at the forefront as he came to the wicket at eight for one and proceeded to blast 116 (15 fours) from 125 balls.
The score hit 60 in the first ten overs, even though Scott Harris fell to a third golden duck in four innings.
Maxwell found a willing partner in Richard Greatorex (68, nine fours) as the pair put on 140 for the fourth wicket.
After Greatorex departed, Maxwell hit the afterburners and with the help of Lee Smith (23, two fours) staved off decent spells from first and second-change bowlers Paul Colcomb (two for 43 from ten) and Akshu Merenagge (two for 47 from ten).
By the time Maxwell had been caught off the bowling of Chris Dobbie (two for 66 off 12 overs), the score was past the 250 mark — a daunting run-chase for the visitors.
But they set about their task with gusto and got off to a flying start as openers Lynn (44, one six and five fours) and Alan Jackson (43, five fours) put on 80 for the first wicket.
Dominic Whiffin (46, two sixes and five fours), Merennage (44, one six and five fours off 31 deliveries) and Dobbie (26, four fours) gave it a real go.
This despite a good spell from opening bowler Josh Buckley (two for 57 from 13 overs), a wicket apiece from Maxwell, Adam Scott and Max Thompson, and a runout from Greatorex.
In truth Balderton were always behind the run rate and left their dart at the home side’s imposing total a little late but comfortably secured a share of the spoils.