The headlong pursuit of promotion by HUCKNALL 3RD reached fever pitch in a low-soring thriller against the leaders in Division J of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
Hucknall scrambled home by one wicket after shooting out Gedling and Sherwood 2nd for just 77 at Titchfield Park.
Now they sit in third place, only one point behind second and eight points behind the new top dogs, Balderton 2nd. They have two games to play -- away to Lenton Willoughby 2nd and at home to Attenborough 3rd. The sides finishing first and second are sure to go up.
Hucknall had Gedling in trouble from the moment they won the toss. Nathan Whittamore (three for 35 in 12 overs) collected thre early scalps, including captain Jon Potter for 14. But the show was stolen by first-change George Judd, who bagged his first five-wicket haul in senior cricket, returning figures of five for five in seven overs.
The visitors’ only resistant was Faizar Khan, who was left stranded on 32 not out (five fours) at the end.
In reply, Hucknall appeared to be cruising in the capable hands of opener Graham Caudwell (28, six fours) and eased to 45 for two in only nine overs.
But then the wheels came off as Faizar Khan stepped in with an extraordinary spell of bowling, taking seven for 14 in 12 overs, including a hat-trick.
Hucknall lost six wickets for nine runs and suddenly found themselves 54 for eight!
Thankfully Whittamore saved the day, firing four boundaries in an unbeaten 16 before last man Anthony Beastall hit the winning single.
A CURIOUS match, littered with poor top-order batting, ended in HUCKNALL 2ND pocketing the win that ensufred another season in Division C.
Opponents Thrumpton somehow recovered from 18 for six to post a total of 119 -- thanks to a stirring stand of 93 between Josh Scully (42, eight fours) and Mark Payne (41, seven fours).
And then Hucknall themselves slumped to 28 for four and 75 for six before securing a four-wicket win on 120 for six -- all thanks to an unbeaten 53 (nine fours) from Joe Todhunter in an unbroken partnership worth 45 with captain Graeme Wright (19 not out, three fours). Todhunter’s half-century was his first at the New Gatehouse Ground and his highest score in the league.
The Thrumpton innings had featured an unusual hat-trick, with a wicket for Jimmy Guthrie being followed by run outs off the next two deliveries!.
Guthrie took three for 23 from eight overs -- figures that were bettered only by William Spray (four for 51 from 10.4).
DOOMED ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE 2ND slumped to another defeat at the bottom of Division H.
In a match restricted to 40 overs, they totalled 129 for seven, which included 48 not out from Patrick Delahunty.
But visitors Woodborough cruised to 131 for two in 25 overs in a reply fashioned by unbeaten knocks of 53 from Reece Wyborn and 47 from Dave Timms .
JUST one wicket separated winners Old Dalby from HUCKNALL 4TH in Division N.
Hucknall collapsed to 171 all out after early runs from Alex Pavier (37), Ryan Towle (36) and Paul Whyley (27).
The home team replied with 173 for nine, despite figures of three for 21 in eight overs from skipper Whyley.