Deadly duo Maxwell and Campbell on fire again for Hucknall

IN THE RUNS AGAIN -- Dale Campbell
IN THE RUNS AGAIN -- Dale Campbell

The amazing domination of skipper Robin Maxwell and South African import Dale Campbell fired HUCKNALL to more success last weekend.

In the Mansfield Sunday League, Maxwell cracked another century, while Campbell also passed 50.

But more importantly, 24 hours earlier, they combined to send Gedling Colliery packing and keep Hucknall top of Division A in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.

Maxwell softened up fourth-placed Gedling with a six-wicket haul, and then Campbell maintained his prolific run of form with the bat by hitting 76 as the locals raced home by six wickets to bounce back from their first defeat of the campaign the previous week.

It was their seventh victory in 11 starts so far this season in what is fast becoming a two-horse title race, alongside Attenborough, for the prize of a place in the Notts Premier League.

The teams are set to clash again on Saturday 26th July -- after a trip for Hucknall to Notts Unity Casuals this coming weekend.

Maxwell asked Gedling to bat first after winning the toss. And when openers Simon Pettet (35, six fours) and Karan Patra embarked on a first-wicket stand of 56, he might have been regretting it. Pettet even thumped three fours in one over, bowled by Josh Buckley.

However, the skipper soon solved the problem by bringing on hmself and also turning to spin in the shape of Adam Scott.

The result was the fall of five wickets for only 14 runs as Gedling plungedto 70 for five.

Maxwell himself iknocked Pettet’s off-stump out of the ground and also bowled Patra, while Scott (two for 34 in 13 overs) began a beautifully controlled spell.

Jake Wright also picked up a wicket in his first Saturday bowl of the season, so Gedling deserved credit for rallying with a sixth-wicket stand of 70.

Their own captain, Duncan McKeown, was behind the recovery, making 56 (eight fours) and receiving solid support from wicketkeeper Geoff Curtis (26).

It required Maxwell to return to the attack to break the partnership when having Curtis caught behind by Campbell.

And no sooner had he done so than Gedling’s innings folded tamely. He went on to return figures of six for 30 from 10.1 overs, while Buckley picked up the vital wicket of McKeown.

A target of 172 was unlikely to faze Hucknall, especially once Campbell and Aaron Lee (29, four fours) had launched a first0wicket stand of 81.

The Springbok went on to score at a run a ball, dispatching one six and 11 fours, and has now , and has now scored four half-centuries and two centuries in his last six innings at the New Gatehouse Ground for an average of 127.

By the time he departed, to an ugly slog/sweep, most of Hucknall’s hard work had been completed.

The successful run-chase was rounded off by the 35th over, courtesy of Lee Smith (28, two sixes and three fours) and that man Maxwell (17 not out, three fours).