Rain wreaked havoc with most of the domestic cricket programme last weekend, including HUCKNALL’S second match in Division A of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
But while only ten overs were possible in the first-team match at Ellerslie, the weather failed to prevent Hucknall’s second string bagging their first win of the new campaign.
Taking on Long Whatton in Division D of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League, Hucknall did not appear to have posted a big enough total when shot out for 141.
And when the visitors’ openers , Alex Lester (32) and Jon Platts, eased to 53 without loss in reply, it looked curtains.
However, the Gatehouse men staged a terrific fightback to dismiss Long Whatton for 123. The key men were man-of-the-match Jamie Braybrook, who took four for 15 in 12 overs, and Joel Wright, whose return of three for 17 from eight overs included the scalps of Lester and Platts.
Strike bowler William Spray (two for 40 in 9.4 overs) also chipped in at the death, while wicketkeeper Adam Wagstaff held on to four catches.
Earlier Hucknall had failed to cash in on a bright start sparked by aggressive opening bat Ian Lobb, who smacked 51 (two sixes and seven fours) off 48 balls.
Lobb rushed the score to 76 for one with the help of Jack Pates (15) and Ross Brown (11). But once he’d become the first of the game’s NINE lbw victims, his side lost their way, despite 23 from, James Easom.
The Long Whatton bowlers to cause most damage were Alex Lester (four for 24 in 11 overs) and Tom Freestone (three for 42 in 11).
After their huge 192-run victory the previous week, ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE 2ND were brought down to earth in Division H of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
Ina rain-affected match reduced to 40 overs per side, Rolls struggled to 159 for seven, despite a fine opening stand between Matt Anderson (63, one six and nine fours) and skipper Paul Anderson (34, four fours).
But visitors Kimberley 3rd polished off the runs with 14 balls to spare, courtesy of well-timed knocks by Danny Williams (61 not out) and opener Krutarth Dave (45).
Rolls tried six different bowlers in a bid to swing the game their way. But the efforts of Blayne Riley (two for 36 in 7.4 overs), Ben Marvin (one for 18 in six) and Matthew Brindley (one for 31 in nine) were in vain.
The rain came just in time to save PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD from defeat at home to Mansfield Nomads in Division Five of the Bassetlaw League.
Chasing 193, Papplewick were struggling on 74 for eight when the plug was pulled on a weather-affected draw.
Tom Finlayson (34, one six and three fours) was the only batsman to make double figures as visiting bowlers Tim Allsopp (five for 23 in ten overs) and Martin Lomas (three for 21 in ten) took control.
Allsopp had also hit 52 earlier as Nomads declared on 193 for four after rain interruptions. He was upstaged, though, by opener Ben Haynes-Greenwood, who took 91 from a Papplewick attack relying heavily on Neil South (two for 33 in 8.5 overs).
The youngsters of HUCKNALL 4TH were far from disgraced when going down by 42 runs at East Leake in Division R of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
In a match reduced to 36 overs per side by rain, the home team made 191 for five. But despite sliding to 26 for four at one stage, Hucknall gave the run-chase a good shot, finishing on 149 for seven after knocks of 38 not out (four fours) from Charlie Finch and 34 from Ian Dowell.