Maxwell’s men move step closer

HUCKNALL HUGS -- more delight for captain Robin Maxwell as he leads promotion-chasing Hucknall to another win.
HUCKNALL HUGS -- more delight for captain Robin Maxwell as he leads promotion-chasing Hucknall to another win.

It wasn’t straightforward on an awkward track -- but HUCKNALL took another welcome step towards their aim of promotion to the elite Notts Premier League (NPL) for the first time.

Taking on Long Eaton, the New Gatehouse men made hard work of chasing down a modest target of 125.

But they got there with three wickets to spare to move up to second place in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League, Division A table.

It was their third win of the new campaign -- their other two matches having fallen foul of the rainy weather.

And they now sit just 11 points behind leaders Gedling Colliery, whom they meet away from home on Saturday 14th June. Only the champions go up to the NPL.

Long Eaton were promoted last season as Division B runners-up. However, they struggled to get to grips with Hucknall’s varied bowling attack on their home strip at West Park.

As they grafted for the best part of 40 overs, Marlon Franklin did make 32. But they limped to a final total of 124.

The pick of the Hucknall bowlers was talented spinner Adam Scott, who took four for 23.

The visitors’ reply was not without alarms of its own. And not for the first time, they relied on skipper Robin Maxwell to keep a cool head.

Maxwell made 38, but Hucknall still lost seven wickets and they were greatly indebted to Richard Greatorex, whose unbeaten 34 steered them home by the 34th over.

This coming Saturday, the locals are home to mid-table Balderton, who finished just behind them in the top-flight table last season.

Leaders Gedling face a stiff away test at third-placed Attenborough.

IN Division C of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League, HUCKNALL 2ND are still waiting for their first victory since gaining promotion.

They were favourites to overcome bottom-of-the-table Gotham Village, who came down from Division B last term. But they could only muster a losing draw.

The setback left Hucknall in the bottom three of the table after the first five weeks of the new campaign.