Hucknall heroics of Braybrook and Todhunter go to waste

JAMIE BRAYBROOK -- six wickets.

JAMIE BRAYBROOK -- six wickets.

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Six of the best by Jamie Braybrook and dogged defiance by captain Joe Todhunter failed to prevent HUCKNALL 2ND sliding to defeat in Division C of the Gunn and Moore South Notts League.

All-rounder Braybrook returned figures of 6-65 in 15.4 overs as Hucknall removed fellow mid-tablers Beeston and Toton Sycamore for 210. It was his second successive haul of five wickets or more.

However, he was let down by the team’s batsmen, who collapsed to 133 all out, despite the efforts of Todhunter who was left stranded on 57 not out after striking eight boundaries.

The skipper went in at number six with his side already wobbling on 52-4 after cheap exits for the top three in the order, Ian Lobb, George Buckthorpe and Braybrook. But he soon lost his first two partners, Pete Hudson (27, three fours) and James Easom (20, three fours), who had put on 40, and it was downhill from there, although tailender George Judd did hang around in a ninth-wicket stand of 43.

Once Judd had gone in the 43rd over, that was that because last man Adam Brown had earlier been forced to leave the game for personal reasons.

Beeston’s innings had revolved around knocks of 66 (ten fours) by opener James Rhodes and 47 (seven fours) by number five Tom Fullwood.

Rhodes shared 94 for the second wicket with Paul Walsh (14) and after 110-1 had suddenly deteriorated to 116-4, Fullwood shared 48 with Jason Gericke (24) to get things back on track.

However, once Rhodes had departed, Hucknall’s bowlers stuck to their task well, no-one more so than Braybrook, aided and abetted by Harry Finch (2-53 in 11 overs).

OLD-stager Andy Wagstaff continued his renaissance by steering HUCKNALL 3RD to a 41-run victory over Hyson Green Carrington Caribs 2nd in Division H of the Gunn and Moore South Notts League.

Promoted from the fourth team, Wagstaff hit an unbeaten 66 (11 fours) from 85 balls that held the innings together after a parlous start of 10-3 and 23-5 against the bowling of Saif Arshad (4-39 in 11.4 overs) and Ali Haider (3-32 in 11).

He put on 61 for the sixth wicket with Jimmy Guthrie (20, four fours) and lifted Hucknall to a final total of 155 with the help of 38 extras.

It proved enough because Hyson Green also struggled on the Titchfield Park track, collapsing from 77-2 to 114 all out. Hucknall’s bowling heroes were Paul Harley (4-22 in 8.3 overs) and Guthrie (3-19 in ten), who picked up the last seven wickets, including top scorer Rob Clapham (27).