In a match of two eight-wicket hauls, relieved HUCKNALL 2ND poached their long-awaited first outright win of the season in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
Bowler Jimmy Guthrie was the hero as newly-promoted Hucknall sgtunned third-placed Keyworth in Division C.
Guthrie returned fantastic figures of eight for 34 from an unchanged spell of 13.4 overs to send the home team crashing to 82 all out -- in reply to the locals’ total of 174.
His career-best display included three wickets in one over, plus the unusual dismissal of hit wicket
Support from the other end came from wily skipper Graeme Wright (two for 32 in ten overs) as Keyworth crumbled from a solid start of 32 for no wicket, provided by openers Tom Randall (16) and Ben Elliott (16).
Earlier Hucknall had been on the receiving end of an eight-wicket tally themselves -- this time courtesy of Keyworth spinner Rob Baker.
Sent into the attack as second change, Baker demolished the locals’ batting with eight for 40 from 16 overs.
Hucknall had progressed serenely to 93 for one in the hands of Ian Lobb (44, eight fours) and Pete Hudson (29, four fours). But after Baker had dislodged them both, the wheels came off in spectacular fashion.
Dave Hiller also took two for 45 in 15.2 overs, leaving Hucknall very grateful to Jamie Braybrook’s defiant 32 (four fours), plus 33 extras, as nine wickets fell for only 81 runs.
POOR batting condemned HUCKNALL 3RD to an five-wicket defeat against lowly Attenborough 3rd in Division J.
Put in, Hucknall could not come to terms with the the home side’s useful four-man bowling attack and nosedived to 89 all out in 42.1 overs.
Pockets of resistance were provided by Andy Wagstaff (21), Eammon Loftus (20), Andy Whyley (16) and Graham Caudwell (14).
But the main honours went to Charlie Simkiss (four for nine in 10.1 overs), James Grenfell (four for 34 in 11), Michael Turner (two for 26 in nine) and Pete Bateman (12 overs for 19 runs).
In reply, Attenborough lost five wickets of their own, including a couple to Ian Dowell (two for 33 in eight overs). But they still eased home in only 18 overs, with Will Shields firing 39 (one six and five fours).
A GALLANT half-century by Oliver Mattick failed to save ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE from another defeat at the bottom of Division H.
Mattick struck 52 as Rolls compiled a respectable total of 167 for four from their allotted 45 overs at home to promotion-chasing Beeston and Toton Sycamore 2nd..
However, they still slumped to their seventh defeat in ten matches and remain on the waiting listfor their first victory of the campaign.
Beeston replied with 173 for three in 37.1 overs, thanks chiefly to 51 from Tom Bolger, 45 from Kenny Dharlwal and 39 from Phil Fullwood.
WELL-known former Hucknall Town footballer Phil Towle did not see the funny side when making a rare appearance for HUCKNALL 4TH in Division N.
For he was run out by his own son, Ryan, for a duck!
Towle snr was less than amused as he opened Hucknall’s reply to East Bridgford 2nd’s total of 221 for eight, especially as his partner, Alex Pavier, had also departed without scoring.
Incredibly, Ryan went for nought too as Hucknall slid to 56 all out, despite 18 from skipper Paul Whyley.
Three wickets apiece were claimed by David Howarth (three for 15 in seven overs), Greg McLeod (three for 17 in 4.1) and Chris Sapey (three for 18 in nine).
Earlier, a fine knock of 66 (one six and nine fours) from opener Saqib Shah had held top-of-the-table Bridgford together in half-century stands for the first and second wickets with Chris Fowkes (14) and Ben Russell (36, two sixesz and four fours).
Hucknall, who gave senior debuts to 13-year-old Harry Wagstaff and Fraser Hallam, were pleased with the bowling of 15-year-old James Hallam, who took two for 22 in seven overs) alongside John Whyley (one for 29 in 11).