CRICKET: Hucknall’s topsy-turvy form in the league

THE INCONSISTENT form of Hucknall continued in Division A of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League as they were easily beaten by Clifton Village 2nd to the tune of six wickets.

HUCKNALL 172

CLIFTON VILLAGE 2ND 175-4

Clifton gained revenge for three consecutive defeats against Hucknall with a convincing win that was underpinned by an outstanding display in the field.

Hucknall batted first and found that every chance they offered was taken as several batsmen got in but nobody went on.

Robin Maxwell (33, four fours), Scott Harris (27, two fours), Richard Greatorex (25, three fours) got starts.

But wickets fell at regular intervals, including runs-outs to dismiss Aaron Lee and Jake Wright, left Hucknall on the back foot as Richard McDermott (four for 32 from 12.5 overs) took control.

Tim Buckthorpe would acknowledge some culpability in the run-outs but made some amends by hooking a six and followed up with a four off the next short ball in an enterprising 29 not out.

However, the tail couldn’t stay with him. The last three wickets went down for one run and 172 was never going to be enough on a good Clifton pitch.

And so it proved as Daniel Footitt hit 53 off 60 balls (eight fours) and Anthony Hart again excelled with an unbeaten 77 (16 fours) off just 63 deliveries to see them home with plenty of overs to spare.

The only notable thing for Hucknall was the return to bowling of Maxwell (two for 15 from four overs) after injury and he nipped in with two cheap wickets.