Hucknall’s glory era captures T20 crown

TWENTY TWENTY VISION -- Hucknall's triumphant team (from left): Back Row, Robin Maxwell, Tim Buckthorpe, Nick Rose, Lee Smith, Aaron Lee, Adam Scott (with baby). Middle Row,Tom Walters, Scott Harris, Richard Greatorex, Max Thompson. Lying Down, Jake Wright.

TWENTY TWENTY VISION -- Hucknall's triumphant team (from left): Back Row, Robin Maxwell, Tim Buckthorpe, Nick Rose, Lee Smith, Aaron Lee, Adam Scott (with baby). Middle Row,Tom Walters, Scott Harris, Richard Greatorex, Max Thompson. Lying Down, Jake Wright.

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The new glory era of HUCKNALL Cricket Club captured another trophy when they were crowned Twenty20 champions of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.

Hucknall won the knockout competition when beating Division A rivals, Radcliffe-on-Trent, by 14 runs in the final at Plumtree.

The triumph earned them a play-off match against the Bassetlaw T20 champions, Thoresby Colliery.

And victory in that would book them a spot in the county’s four-team grand finals, at Cuckney on Sunday, July 21, alongside the three qualifiers from the Notts Premier League.

The defeat of table-topping Radcliffe was also notable for Hucknall skipper Robin Maxwell passing 1,000 runs for the season in all cricket.

Maxwell elected to bat first and scored 29 himself as the locals reached 149 for five from their allotted 20 overs.

Openers Tim Buckthorpe (41, one six and three fours) and Aaron Lee (22, three fouers) got them off to a perfect start. And after Maxwell, a cameo blitz by Jake Wright (26 not out, one six and three fours) kept up the good work, with 26 coming from the last two overs.

Radcliffe’s reply was steered by opener Mark Noblet, who hit 39. But, as they tried to keep up with the run rate, wickets fell at regular intervals, most notably to Max Thompson (three for 21 in four overs) and Maxwell (two for 27 in four).

Spinner Adam Scott (four overs for 19 runs) was the model of economy, too, leaving the league leaders needing 35 from the last three overs, which proved too big an ask.