A COMMANDING all-round performance from Hucknall secured their first outright win over Ellerslie for more than a decade in Division A of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
So often in recent history, Hucknall performances against the visitors had been described as abject. But this time around, the opposition were never in the game.
Hucknall went into the match with the experimental opening partnership of Aaron Lee and Max Thompson deployed for the first time in the league.
And it paid dividends as they amassed 90 for the opening wicket — the side’s best opening stand of the season.
What’s more, it took them just 15 overs and included eight boundaries in the first five overs as nemesis bowlers Tariq Mahmood and Jurgen Charlesworth, who was taken off after conceding 22 runs in his first two overs, were stroked around the ground.
Thompson was the first to go for a well made 41 (nine fours).
But Lee went on to make 67 from 68 balls (12 fours). Skipper Robin Maxwell (42, six fours) and Scott Harris (51, nine fours) continued to grip the initiative as Hucknall looked like they would make a massive score.
Unfortunately, their progress was checked somewhat as Charlesworth returned to start taking wickets with alarming regularity. He was probably unsure of what to make of his figures with seven wickets for a massive 106 runs from 16 overs on a day when Ellerslie only employed four bowlers, not one of whom was a spinner.
Nevertheless, Hucknall had made their highest total of the league campaign and were buoyed when they took the new ball.
The balance of their bowling attack shone out as wickets fell at regular intervals with Josh Buckley (three for 38 from 12.2 overs) enjoying a fine opening spell and then coming back to finish off the innings.
Daniel Mierkalns (46, one six and four fours) did his best to resurrect the innings. But the scoring rate was bogged down around the three-an-over mark.
At 81 for five, a losing draw seemed like Ellerslie’s only option and Anathan Sivayogananthan (28, six fours) and Michael Day (29, five fours) seemed well on their way towards that.
But Hucknall’s bowlers always looked potent and Maxwell (two for 24 from 11 overs), Adam Scott (two for 35 from 12) and Jake Wright (two for five from two) stopped the progress in its tracks.
An eye-opening statistic was the fact that Hucknall hit 40 boundaries and a six in their innings on their way to a margin of victory of 121 runs.