Maxwell’s first ton offsets Buckley blow

Kimberley V Killamarsh pictured batting for kimberley Robin Maxwell
Kimberley V Killamarsh pictured batting for kimberley Robin Maxwell

Probably the best batsman in the Dispatch district compiled his first century of the season to give HUCKNALL’s promotion push another boost.

Skipper Robin Maxwell stroked a chanceless, unbeaten 110 to help his side beat Gedling Colliery by 86 runs and stay top of Division A in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.

Maxwell strode to the crease after the early loss of opener Andy Carden, and proceeded to crack two sixes and nine fours in a 131-ball knock that guided Hucknall to a formidable total.

He presided over partnerships of 91 for the second wicket with Aaron Lee (64, one six and seven fours) and 102 for the fourth wicket with Lee Smith (53, four fours).

Hucknall’s outstanding performance helped to offset the bad news that star bowler Josh Buckley is likely to miss the rest of the season because he needs an operation to cure thigh and keen injuries.

In his absence, young William Spray (one for 24 in six overs) was handed the new ball to partner Australian Nathan Thomas (one for 38 in 12) -- and duly bagged an early wicket in a fine spell.

Newly-promoted Gedling tried hard to recover via a half-century from standing-dish Geoff Burton (53, eight fours) easing them to 100 for two.

But that man Maxwell (two for ten in 4.1 overs) came on to dislodge Burton in his first over, from which point Hucknall were in control.

Jake Wright (two for ten in four overs), Tim Buckthorpe (two for 37 in ten) and Adam Scott (two for 43 in 12) picked up a couple of wickets apiece as Gedling lost their last eight wickets for 69 runs.