What was expected to be a stern examination of their promotion credentials turned into a cakewalk for HUCKNALL when they travelled to Attenborough in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
Newly-promoted Attenborough romped to the Division B title last season and made made a fine start to life in Division A.
But Hucknall rolled them out for 134 in only 38.1 overs before knocking off the runs with ease for the loss of just two wickets.
It all added up to a very quiet debut for their new star signing, South African wicketkeeper/batsman Dale Campbell, who took one catch but wasn’t required to bat.
Not surprisingly, captain marvel Robin Maxwell was at the heart of the performance,. taking three for 18 in 5.1 overs with the ball and then firing an unbeaten 65 with the bat.
Maxwell’s three wickets claimed the scalps of Attenborough’s top scorers, Sam Clulow (28, five fours), Will Shields (26, five fours) and Craig Heiden (24).
With Joel Wright (three for 38 in ten overs) bowling well too, the home side were never allowed to build on a solid start of 41 for one. And their innings was put to bed by a burst of three late wickets from Max Thompson (three for eight in four overs).
In reply, Hucknall soon lost Aaron Lee. But number three Maxwell took control from then on, hitting ten boundaries in a 68-ball knock.
He shared stands of 68 with Tim Buckthorpe (21) and an unbroken 58 with Richard Greatorex (28 not out, four fours).