Unlucky Hucknall miss promotion by one point

SO CLOSE -- Hucknall 3rd missed out on promotion by one point
SO CLOSE -- Hucknall 3rd missed out on promotion by one point

The hard-luck story of the Gunn and Moore South Notts League cricket season surely belongs to HUCKNALL 3RD in Division J.

For after the final set of matches last weekend, Hucknall missed out on promotion by just ONE point!

Jack Fearn’s third-placed troops did all they could, demolishing mid-table Attenborough 2nd by eight wickets to gain maximum points andcomplete a superb second half of the campaign.

However, the team directly above them, Gedling Colliery 2nd, also celebrated an easy win to hold on to the runners-up spot by the narrowest of margins. Hucknall were only five points behind champions Balderton 2nd too.

Nevertheless, their victory over Attenborough showed how well they have coped at at this level after coming up in 2013 -- albeit against some poor opposition in the last month..

Their bowlers whipped out the visitors for just 68, with only opener Matt Shaw (21) making double figures. Nathan Whittamore (four for 13 in 12 overs), Ian Dowell (three for 12 in seven) and Anthony Beastall (two for nine in nine) were virtually unplayable.

Fearn himself led Hucknall’s reply with an undefeated 38 that included six boundaries. Tim Buckthorpe added 14 and Ian Lobb 12 as the winning runs came as early as the 17th over.

HOPES that HUCKNALL 2ND could finish in the top half of the Division C table were dashed by a last-day defeat at the hands of Gotham Village.

A much-changed team got off to a decent start thanks to openers Alex Pavier (45, five fours), making his first appearance for the second team in three years, and Jamie Braybrook (34, four fours) .

The pair put on 77 in 24 overs, so Hucknall should have ended up with a bigger total than 165 for eight.

Gotham’s skipper, Paul Blathedrwick, who has strong Hucknall connections, was one of the reasons they didn’t. For he removed both Pavier and Braybrook en route to figures of four for 40 from 16 overs.

Of the later batsmen, only Graeme Wright (25, four fours) and Joe Todhunter (19) made an impact.

Blatherwick was well supported by Tahir Tarvaz (two for 47 in 16 overs), who then played a key role in Gotham’s successful reply of 166 for four.

Going in at number three, he cracked 37 to back up similarly fine efforts from Steve Haworth (37) and Matt Hogg (34).

Hucknall tried seven bowlers, who included Charlie Finch, bagging a wicket on his debut for the side, and even Andy Foster, tempted out of retirement.

However, the home team strolled to their target with more than 20 overs to spare.

AFTER several narrow defeats, HUCKNALL 4TH were delighted to end their Division N season on a high note.

However, their 104-run victory over Young Lions 2nd was marred by the fact that the Clifton-based home team could field only eight players.

Sensibly opting to bat first, Hucknall lost opener Will Spray for a duck, but recovered to make 143, thanks largely to 48 (five fours) from skipper Paul Whyley and 35 from James Hallam.

Young Lions failed to roar in reply, mustering just 39 after wickets for Spray (three for 11 in five overs), John Whyley (two for six in five) and Fraser Hallam (two for 11 in three).