For the second time inside a week, Hucknall felt the full force of reigning Notts Premier League (NPL) champions Cuckney, who inflicted another heavy defeat.
Six days after losing by nine wickets to Cuckney in the National ECB Championship, Robin Maxwell’s troops were beaten by eight wickets in a league match at the New Gatehouse Ground.
Put into bat, Hucknall were far from disgraced and totalled 208-9 in their allotted 50 overs, with teenager Vinay Landa making a welcome return to form by compiling his first NPL half-century of the campaign. Landa stroked a patient 62, which included one six and five fours, and shared stands of 73 for the third wicket with Joe New (21) and 40 for the fourth wicket with Matt New (17).
However, from 145-3, Hucknall rather lost their way in pursuit of quick runs. Richard Greatorex did hit 20, including a six on to the pavilion roof, and Keith Dudgeon added 16, but the initiative was seized by the Cuckney bowlers, most notably James Hawley, who took 5-40 in 12 overs.
Hawley then opened the visitors’ reply and made 20 (four fours) before becoming the first of two victims for Dudgeon (2-53 in 12 overs).
At 60-2, the game could have gone either way, but Will Butler and Tom Ullyott made sure it went Cuckney’s with a sparkling, undefeated stand for the third wicket worth 149 runs. Butler reached his fifty in 79 deliveries and went on to make 87no (ten fours), while Ullyott (56no) was happy to play more of an anchor role.
The defeat left Hucknall seventh in the 12-team table, ahead of a trip to Plumtree this Saturday.