Maxwell’s eighth ton takes his career league tally past 3,000

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A familiarly polished century by Robin Maxwell failed to prevent HUCKNALL sliding to a shock fifth defeat of the season in the Mansfield Sunday League.

Travelling to the pleasant ground of bottom-of-the-table Anston in Sheffield, Hucknall totalled 227 for five in their allotted 40 overs, recovering nicely from 45 for three.

And Maxwell stroked his eighth ton from 63 innings in the league -- a run-a-ball 120 not out, which contained 14 boundaries and took his career tally in the league to past 3,000.

He shared a terrific, unbroken partnership of 104 for the sixth wicket with James Guthrie (41 not out, three sixes).

However, Anston replied with 230 for five to register their first victory of the campaiogn with more than four overs to spare .

They batted well from the off, with openers Sam Taylor (66, four sixes and seven fours) and Amila Perera (50, four sixes and eight fours) sharing a boisterous opening stand of 93 and Andrew Pickering adding 58 (12 fours).

In Section Five, both PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND and BYRON ABBEY chalked up convincing successes.

Leaders Papplewick achieved a winning draw at home to Calow after posting 222 for six in their 40 overs.

Stars of the show were Tom Bowers, who cracked 84 (two sixes and eight fours) off 67 balls, and opener Joe Walker, who compiled 83 (five fours). The pair put on 131 for the second wicket after 26 from Jonathan Thrower.

Calow were not interested in chasing victory and were content to bat out for a losing draw, finishing on 133 for five after a first-wicket stand of 96 between Gareth Mainprize (53) and skipper Daniel Moss, who carried his bat for 49 not out.

Meanwhile Byron celebrated their first win of the season -- by 79 runs at Blidworth 2nd.

Veteran Malcolm Townroe hit 49, Brian Thomas 30, Amjid Yaqub 25 and Matt Lane 24 in a total of 211 for eight. And then bowlerLee Christie took five for 38 in ten overs as the home side were dismissed for 132.

All-rounder Lane (two for ten in six overs) and Matthew Guy (two for 38 in 7.3 overs) also picked up a couple of wickets apiece.