Relieved HUCKNALL 2ND survived an incredible last-wicket fightback to extend their lead in Division D of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
After posting a total of 215 for six in a match reduced to 40 overs per side by rain, Hucknall looked to be coasting home when visitors Kinoulton slid to 130 for nine in reply.
But tailenders Sohail Sahil and Mujhid Khan had other ideas and proceeded to embark on a tenth-wicket partnership of 67.
Sahil (61), in particular, played an extraordinary innings, hammering two sixes and seven fours in a 49-ball knock, while Khan (17 not out) also thumped a couple of sixes.
They took Kinoulton to the brink of a shock win until Sahil nicked Joel Wright to wicketkeeper Adam Wagstaff with their total on 207.
Such a narrow, eight-run winning margin had looked highly unlikely earlier in the evening.
Nathan Whittamore (two for 20 in eight overs) had struck a couple of early blows and after a 58-run stand between Mohammed Ali (42, three sixes and three fours) and Marc Bailey (37, six fours), Jamie Braybrook rushed in with a burst of four for 34 in ten overs.
Hucknall had batted solidly, building on the third half-century partnership in four games between openers Andy Carden (33, three fours) and on-song Ian Lobb (22).
Adam Brown added 23 (five fours) before brilliant cameo contributions from man-of-the-match Joel Wright (45 not out), who smacked one of three sixes out of the ground, and Andy Foster (33) that helped raise 71 runs from the last ten overs.
The efforts of polished all-rounder Naz Ali were not enough to prevent NEWSTEAD ABBEY 3RD ruining a fine start to the new season in Division N.
Ali struck 87 against Ruddington 2nd and then 89 against Whatton and Aslockton 2nd. But Newstead lost both games -- after winning their first four.
Ruddington won by five wickets after restricting the locals to 136 for four in a match reduced by rain to 36 overs per side.
And Whatton triumphed by two wickets, with a boundary off the last ball of another weather-hit 36-over contest.
The rain also wreaked havoc with HUCKNALL 4TH’S Division R match at Ellerslie 4th, which had to be abandoned.
Hucknall totalled 180 for nine in their allotted 40 overs, withman-of-the-match George Buckthorpe (40, four fours) and opener Matthew Fifoot (22) sharing 66 for the second wicket. Tom Thorley also added 21 and Michael Lobb 17 (three fours).
In reply, Ellerslie were struggling on 51 for four when stumps were drawn. Two of the wickets fell to Charlie Finch (two for 17 in six overs) and one to Nick Wain (one for 17 in six).