Hucknall’s bid for the top is thwarted by rain

Rain sabotaged HUCKNALL’S bid to regain top spot in Division A of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.

In the league’s match of the day, Hucknall were taking on leaders Wollaton for the second time inside a month.

And after securing a winning draw in the initial fixture, they were hopeful of becoming the first side this term to defeat the home side.

However, the weather reduced the contest to 40 overs per side. And then, it had to be scrapped altogether, just as it was shaping up to be a fascinating duel.

Hucknall put the hosts in after winning the toss and made a flying start, removing skipper David Barr and Ian Dodd for ducks., both caught behind by Tom Walters.

Wollaton were rescued by James Godrich (39, six fours), who shared stands of 41 with Karl Glendenning and 70 with Tim Young.

But the locals continued to nag away and Australian professional Nathan Thomas again proved his worth with the new ball, beating the bat several times.

Thomas (two for 30 in 13 overs) also grabbed the key wicket of opener Glendenning, who is a class act and played some fine shots on his way to 35 (six fours) before being well caught in the covers by Max Thompson.

Thompson (one for 39 in seven overs) turned bowler to remove Godrich and present Walters with his third catch. But he was soon catching safely again to get rid of Young (40, four fours) off the bowling of spinner Adam Scott (one for 54 in ten overs) .

Wollaton continued to accumulate runs -- in the hands of Max O’Dowd (33 not out) and Freddie Sail (18 not out).

However, their final total of 175 looked far from insurmountable and Hucknall began their reply full of confidence.

Who knows what might have happened, though, because in the 15 balls of play before the weather forced an abandonment, the locals lost opener Tim Buckthorpe for nought and endured one or two other scares too.

The outcome left Robin Maxwell’s troops 12 points behind the top dogs. But both were delighted to hear of a first defeat of the season for second-placed Radcliffe-on-Trent.