RELIEVED Hucknall survived a superb one-man fightback to register their second victory of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League, Division A season.
CLIFTON VILLAGE 2ND 219
Having posted a reasonable total of 234, Hucknall appeared to be cruising when reducing Clifton Village 2nd’s reply to 114 for seven.
But number six bat Luke Gunn had other ideas and proceeded to plunder a magnificent century that had the locals biting their nails before sealing a 15-run success.
Gunn fired bullet after bullet — in fact two sixes and 19 fours — in an 87-ball 115 and with support from Dominic Snook in an eighth-wicket stand worth 70, he lifted newly-promoted Clifton 2nd to within 51 of their target with ten overs remaining.
Thankfully skipper Robin Maxwell (two for 41 in 8.3 overs) came to Hucknall’s rescue. He broke the partnership by bowling Snook and then had Gunn caught by Ian Lobb when trying another big hit towards long-off.
Earlier the club’s professional, Josh Buckley, had proved his worth again when making excellent use of the new ball to wreck Clifton’s top order and emerge with figures of four for 55 from 15 overs.
At the other end, William Spray (one for 20 in six overs) dislodged dangerous opener Daniel Footitt (17) and, later on, both Max Thompson (two for 58 in 12 overs) and Joel Wright (one for 32 in four) also picked up wickets as well as Gunn-shot wounds.
Hucknall’s batting had been a thorough team-effort, with double-figure contributions from everyone except second-team recruit Lobb and the tailend rabbits.
Maxwell led the way with 39 (five fours), guiding his side to 91 for two with help from openers Andy Carden (24, five fours) and Richard Cross (20).
Despite 17 from James Guthrie and 16 from Richard Greatorex, Hucknall suffered a mini-slump to 145 for six but then recovered in the hands of Buckley (36), Thompson (25, five fours) and Wright (22 not out), who helped add 77 in the final ten overs.
The pick of the Clifton bowlers were Footitt, with four for 70 from 15 overs, and Richard McDermott, with three for 45 from 13.