April showers hamper Premier League fixtures

Cuckney bowler Lewis Bramley,
Cuckney bowler Lewis Bramley,

Week two in the Notts Premier League saw some typically late April weather have its say in the progression of matches across the county.

At Caythorpe Road, home captain James Hemmings won the toss and invited Cuckney to bat.

By the time James Hawley had added 53 for the third wicket with Gareth Purshouse, taking the score to 133-2, it wasn’t looking the best of options. Hawley was then run out for 65, Purshouse hit one back to the bowler, James Hindson, who deflected it onto the stumps catching Hawley down the track.

From there Hindson took over and the wheels fell off.

Eight wickets fell for just 17 runs as Cuckney collapsed to 150 all out. Hindson finishing with 6-29 (5-2 from his last 5.2 overs).

Caythorpe’s reply started badly, Lewis Bramley on his way to 3-40, as they fell to 46-4.

Martyn Dobson (64) and Andrew Staszkiewicz (38) navigated the showers to put on 87 for the fifth wicket as the game entered the last hour.

More rain delays left the target as 28 runs in four overs which, despite three run-outs, Caythorpe were able to secure off the last ball.

Kimberley secured the best of a drawn match with the Notts Academy at the Notts Sports Club.

After being put in to bat and reaching 86-3, Sam Johnson and Dominic Brown enjoyed an unbroken 186 run partnership that closed Kimberley’s innings on 272-3, Brown making 58 not out and Johnson an season high of 133 not out, which came from 112 balls.

Brown’s day got better as he grabbed 5-45 with the ball to reduce the Academy to 62-6 in reply.

They closed 154-6 thanks to unbeaten knocks from Liam Patterson-White (46*) and Paul Franks (37*).

Ordsall Bridon enjoyed the visit of Radcliffe-on-Trent, cruising to a seven-wicket win.

The home side won the toss and put their guests in to bat and once again, bowlers were on top.

Logan Van Beek, finishing with figures of 9.5-7-9-3 was the pick, Matthew Roberts took 3-11 from 5 overs and Aqab Ahmed 3-39 as Radcliffe were dismissed for 135 inside 40 overs.

In reply, Sufian Munir’s 50 and an unbeaten 39 from Van Beek saw Bridon home in 30 overs.

Plumtree hosted the West Indian Cavaliers, who won the toss and opted to have their hosts bat first.

Bowlers were on top throughout the 50 overs, and Aitizaz Khan in particular enjoyed the conditions. He took 4-41 from 15 overs as Plumtree were held to 145-8.

They had a stand of 45 for the ninth wicket between Nicholas Winter and Glen Read to thank for that.

In reply no Cavs batsman made it to 20 as Winter (3-20) and Sam Wood (4-33) helped skittle them for just 101.

The day’s other two matches both ended in abandonments, with the match at Welbeck getting closest to a result finish.

Welbeck won the toss, invited Clifton Village to bat and were on top at 22-2.

Gregor Croudis was joined by Martin Weightman and the pair put on 121 for the third wicket, before Croudis fell for 77.

Vinay Landa came in and added a further 86 with Weightman before the skipper fell, run out, on 97.

Nadeem Malik claimed three late wickets to finish with 3-51 as Clifton closed on 251-8.

Welbeck’s reply was a weather-shortened 38 overs, all the more frustrating as they made it to 182-2 in that time.

Andrew Parkin-Coates put on 66 with opening partner David Hunt, then 104 for the second wicket with Richard Stroh (55) as he finished 73 not out.

Just 18.3 overs were possible at Mansfield Hosiery Mills where Hucknall had reached 59 without loss when the weather intervened.