Deadly duo shoot hot Hucknall to the top

Cuckney v Hucknall. Hucknall batsmen Robin Maxwell & Max Thompson
Cuckney v Hucknall. Hucknall batsmen Robin Maxwell & Max Thompson
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Quality bowling by their new deadly duo , Nathan Thomas and Josh Buckley, maintained the impressive start to the season by HUCKNALL.

Promotion-seeeking Hucknall shot to the top of Division A in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League with a routine victory over Balderton.

And they owedmuch to Australian signing Thomas and club professional Buckley, who blitzed the Newark visitors with a fine new-ball spell.

Each took a wicket in their opening over, with Thomas going on to take three for 35 from 16 impeccable overs and Buckley two for 17 from 12.

Balderton captain Alan Jackson got his head down to make a defiant 25 from 71 balls. But as wickets continued to tumble, the only batsman to threaten Hucknall’s supremacy was Chris Dobbie with 40 (seven fours).

He was eventually bowled by home skipper Robin Maxwell (three for 20 in eight overs) , whose aggressive stint rattled the lower order.

Man-of-the-match Maxwell was them one of the batsmen who made sure Hucknall reached their paltry target witgh the minimum of fuss.

He hit 21 (four fours) to supplement knocks of 30 (one six and three fours) from opener Max Thompson, 26 not out (five fours) from Tim Buckthorpe and 19 not out from Lee Smith.

For Balderton, Dobbie made his mark as a bowler too, taking three for 28 from 7.3 overs.

But the locals’ winning runs came in the 31st over to cap a memorable day for the club in which all four of their teams won -- the first time this has happened.