Blast-from-the-past Graeme Wright proved he still has what it takes when steering his new team, HUCKNALL 3RD, to a stirring win at Radcliffe-on-Trent 3rd in Division K of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
All-rounder Wright, who was a star turn for Rolls-Royce Leisure for many years, did not bowl because he had to keep wicket.
But with the bat, he fired a matchwinning 83 from 79 balls, going in at number three as Rolls successfully chased down Radcliffe’s total of 195 for nine.
Wright hit one six and ten fours and although wickets fell regularly after a second-wicket stand of 55 with veteran opener Graham Caudwell, he remained until he was seventh man out on 161.
In the end, it was a close shave as Derek Gilchrist took four for 56 in 12 overs for the home team. But Rolls squeezed home by one wicket with the help of 18 from Paul Harley and 30 extras.
Fine batting by Shazul Shikiden helped NEWSTEAD ABBEY 3RD extend their 100% start to the season with a 56-run triumph in Division N.
Shikiden struck 63 as Newstead toalled 191, with the help of David Thompson (33), against Whatton and Aslockton 2nd.
Ron Thompson (two for 16) and Lee Christie (two for 23) then bagged a couple of wickets apiece as the home side were restricted to 135 for eight in reply, despite 47 from Ben Mawle.
Outstanding efforts by George Buckthorpe and Ian Dowell led promotion-hunting HUCKNALL 4TH to a convincing 61-run win over Ellerslie 4th in Division R.
Young batsman Buckthorpe stroked a career-best 62 (five fours) in Hucknall’s total of 205 for nine, which defied a return of six for 57 in 12 overs from visiting bowler Steve Wharmby.
And then third-change bowler Dowell took six for 25 in 11.5 overs -- the team’s best-ever figures -- as Ellerslie plunged from 88 for two to 144 all out, despite knocks of 43 (five fours) from Dave Fairhurst and 34 (three fours) from Phil Davey..
Other Hucknall batsmen to shine were Michael Lobb, who chipped in with 40 (four fours), and opener Matthew Fifoot (21), while Charlie Finch (one for 29 in ten overs) was economical with the ball. nsry, and George Judd 37.
Top-of-the-table HUCKNALL 2ND survived a batting collapse to continue their strong start to the new season in Division D with a 98-run victory.
Taking on one of their promotion rivals, Long Whatton, Hucknall appeared to be cantering with openers Ian Lobb and Andy Carden at the helm.
As the beligerent pair put on 75 inside 14 overs, man-of-the-match Lobb made 51 (three sixes and two fours) and Carden 43 (one six and six fours).
But from 98 for one, Hucknall slumped to 158 all out as Long Whatton fought back in the hands of bowlers Daniel Beyxer (three for nine in three overs), captain Alex Lester (three for 29 in 12), Ewan Chisholm (theee for 49 in nine). And it required a sterling effort from their own bowlers to secure victory as they skittled the home team for just 60.
All five took wickets, most notably Nathan Whittamore (three for ten in 11 overs), Joel Wright (two for 16 in six) and James Guthrie (one for 18 in nine).
Only one Long Whatton batsman managed double figures, and their innings was polished off by a burst of three wickets in three overs by Jamie Braybrook.
Deadly bowler Ansar Khan collected five wickets for the second Saturday running as ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE 2ND took Flintham to the cleaners in Division H.
Ansar ripped through the visitors’ top order, bowling all of his victims for impressive figures of five for 16 from 12 overs.
Flintham never recovered and slid to 116 all out, with Matthew Brindley (two for nine in four overs), Blayne Riley (one for 34 in seven) and Dane Straw (one for 36 in nine) also among the wickets.
In reply, Rolls raced to their target inside 20 overs thanks chiefly to a breezy 56 by opener Abdul Sultan Khan, who was supported by Matthew Anderson (18) and that man Ansar (16 not out) in an eight-wicket success.