IT ISN’T very often that a bowler takes eight wickets but still finishes on the losing side.
But that’s exactly what happened to Adam Scott as his Hucknall side went down by the agonising margin of just seven runs against high-flying title chasers Notts Unity Casuals in Division A of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
In a topsy-turvy match, Unity, after winning the toss and deciding to bat, started like a freight train and after Simon Neal smacked the first ball of the match through mid-wicket for four, the visitors made it to 80 without loss.
Neal went on to register a 79-ball 80 (15 fours).
But after Neil Patel (19, four fours) fell to Max Thompson (one for 68 from 16 overs), what followed was a procession of wickets with that man Scott at the thick of things.
Returning from injury, he bowled Scott Harvey in his second over. He then picked up two more quick wickets as his guile and flight tempted the Casuals batsmen into ill-advised shots.
From 80 without loss, Casuals were now 126 for four and losing their platform.
However, things became even worse when Scott removed Neal and then bowled Conor Scott for a golden duck.
But for 20 not out late on from Brian Baptist, Casuals could have been in deeper trouble, with Scott finishing with eight victims for 47 runs from 12.1 overs as the innings finished inside 41 overs.
Unfortunately, the Hucknall batsmen could not match the endeavour and failed to chase down the modest target. Opener Andy Carden, despite hitting successive boundaries from his first two balls faced, was trapped lbw by the third and then Aaron Lee fell for a nine-ball duck.
In stepped talismanic batsman Robin Maxwell but the skipper could only manage 26 (two fours) as Hucknall found themselves wobbling badly on 14 for three and 82 for five.
Scott Harris (29, five fours) and Jake Wright (36, five fours) stabilised the innings and Joel Wright stood firm for an unbeaten 28 (three fours).
And at 149 for seven, Hucknall were looking good.
But they couldn’t finish the job in the face of impressive bowling from Conor Scott (three for 36 from eight overs) and James Marshall (four for 44 from ten).