Captain Whyley carries his bat to inspire Hucknall

EASY FOR EASOM -- batsman James Easom, who hit a half-century for Hucknall 3rd.
EASY FOR EASOM -- batsman James Easom, who hit a half-century for Hucknall 3rd.

Half-centuries by James Easom and Paul Whyley resulted in contrasting outcomes for HUCKNALL 3RD and HUCKNALL 4TH in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.

Easom’s knock of 56 failed to prevent the third team going down by just four runs to Balderton 2nd in Division H. But captain Whyley’s unbeaten 91 guided the 4ths to a fine five-wicket success away to Sutton Bonington 2nd in Division N.

Ex-Newstead batsman Easom went in at number four as Hucknall chased the visitors’ total of 151-7. And after he had thumped two sixes and five fours in a 75-ball assault, they looked well on their way at 104-3, with Andy Wagstaff (21, three fours) going strongly too and 48 required from 14 overs.

However, both fell within eight runs of each other and Hucknall plunged into a downward spiral as Balderton bowler Josh Tranter took 4-44 in 11 overs to dismiss them for 147. Earlier, the pick of the locals’ bowlers had been Jack Fearn (4-48 in 11 overs) and Nathan Whittamore (2-18 in 12).

Meanwhile opener Whyley was carrying his bat for the 4ths, who chased down Bonington’s 170 inside 39 overs. His career-best innings received support from Alex Pavier (26) and 14-year-old Niall Towle (20), plus 25 extras.

Bowler Ryan Butler also deserves credit because his return of 4-24 from only six overs triggered a collapse by the home side, who were 152-5 at one stage after big-hitting blasts of 80 (five sixes and five fours) from Mohammad Al-Sakaf and 65 (seven sixes and three fours) from Ross Burns.

IN the Sixth Division of the Bassetlaw League, PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD held on to a losing draw after being on the receiving end of a century from Alex Booth against Todwick.