Inspirational bowling by Jamie Braybrook and Will Spray meant that a miniscule total of 116 was enough to clinch a welcome victory for HUCKNALL 2ND in Division C of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
Entertaining high-riding Gotham Village 2nd at the New Gatehouse Ground, Hucknall looked to be heading for defeat when Gotham’s reply eased to 58-2 in the hands of Steve Haworth (23, three fours) and Brad North (16, three fours).
But both fell to catches behind by Pete Hudson off the intimidatory fast bowling of young Spray (3-24 in seven overs) -- and then Braybrook (5-12) leapt in with a burst of five wickets in only 44 balls and his best figures for nearly four years.
The upshot was that Gotham plunged to 81 all out inside 26 overs, losing their last eight wickets for only 23 runs. It would have been even worse for them without 25 extras, including 22 wides.
The win followed three dispiriting defeats for Joe Todhunter’s side, yet earlier in the day, more misery seemed assured as they wasted a promising start after being asked to bat first.
Opener Andy Carden made 28 (five fours) before wickets began to fall at regular intervals to Rob Goddard (3-15 in 11 overs) and then the visitors’ Hucknall-based skipper Paul Blatherwick (4-41 in 10.2). Only 16s by Hudson, Spray and Joel Wright kept Hucknall afloat, but their runs proved valuable in the end.
VETERANS Andy Wagstaff and John Whyley were the only shining lights in a first defeat of the season for HUCKNALL 4TH against Old Dalby in Division N of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League. Wagstaff made 44 not out in a collapse to 115 all out before Whyley took 4-33 in 9.4 overs in a brave attempt to prevent Dalby knocking off the runs at 118-6.