Records tumbled and New Gatehouse Ground regulars watched open-mouthed as South African all-rounder Ryan Cartwright unleashed some barnstorming batting to blow away HUCKNALL.
Cartwright clattered 181 off just 90 balls, including 13 sixes and 18 fours, as Derbyshire visitors Eckington amassed a total of 333 in only 37.1 overs in the Mansfield Sunday League, Premier Section.
Both scores were the highest ever seen in league cricket on the Hayden Lane ground. And the fourth-wicket partnership of 245 between Cartwright and Liam Musselwhite, who weighed in with 81 (three sixes and 12 fours) from just 55 balls, was the highest ever on the New Gatehouse by an opposition team.
It was extraordinary mayhem, with one Hucknall bowler, Jimmy Guthrie, suffering the indignity of being dispatched for 99 runs from only six overs!
Incredibly, Eckington’s brutality was brought to an end by the locals taking their last six wickets for 24 runs and in 43 balls! George Judd even finished with career-best figures on the ground of 5-38 from seven overs.
Hucknall also denied the visitors outright victory by making 230-7 in reply to claim a losing draw, even though star man Dale Campbell, a compatriot of Cartwright’s, couldn’t bat because of a knee injury.
Antony Freeman (57, nine fours) led the way with his first half-century for the club and shared 112 for the fifth wicket with Guthrie (55, ten fours) after the total had slid to 59-4, despite 37 (seven fours) from opener Robin Maxwell.
Harry Finch later added 29, helping to lift the total number of runs scored on the ground over the weekend to a breathtaking 1,077.