Hucknall’s big guns shine in 500-plus run-fest at Cuckney

ROBIN MAXWELL -- half-century.
ROBIN MAXWELL -- half-century.

Big guns Robin Maxwell and Dale Campbell bailed out HUCKNALL’S expensive bowlers in a run-packed match at Cuckney in the Premier Section of the Mansfield Sunday League.

The spectators were treated to more than 500 runs, with the home side amassing 257-6 in their allotted 40 overs.

Opener Maxwell responded with 79 before being run out, and South African Campbell weighed in with 68 as Hucknall held on for a losing draw at 245-8.

Andy Carden also shone for the locals, making 39 in an entertaining first-wicket stand with Maxwell. But there were two more run-outs and a stumping as the run-chase got a bit hairy.

The first three batsmen in Cuckney’s order all made half-centuries -- Jordan Wake with 51, including five sixes, Richard Bostock with 52 (one six and six fours) and Nick Langford with 54 (two sixes and five fours). Adam Burgess topped things off with an unbeaten 42 (two sixes and three fours).

Most of Hucknall’s bowlers leaked runs at a rate of six an over, although William Spray (2-53 in seven overs) and James Guthrie (2-64 in ten) did at least pick up a couple of wickets apiece.

IN STARK contrast, runs were at a premium in the Mansfield Sunday League, Section Three clash between PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY and Killamarsh Juniors, with the home side finding that a meagre total of 118 was enough for victory.

Put into bat, Papplewick struggled so badly that they slithered to 49 for eight against the bowling of Ellis Robinson (4-15 in seven overs) and Jason Rowbotham (3-22 in ten).

Number seven Adam Bettridge launched a remarkable one-man salvage operation, firing 51 (six fours) and lifting his side into three figures with the help of 17 not out from last man Neil South.

And then the Papplewick bowlers did the rest, skittling Killamarsh for 46 in 21 overs. Star of the show was Richard Hodgkinson with 6-12 in ten overs, ably supported by young George Blatherwick (3-23 in eight).

OUTPLAYED was the only word to describe the efforts of PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND when they travelled to meet Belper Meadows in Section Four of the Mansfield Sunday League.

They were restricted to a total of 109-9, 44 of which were made by veteran Robin Rhodes (one six and five fours). And then they watched hopelessly as Belper openers Adam Holland (51 not out, five sixes and six fours) and Joe Slater (48 not out, two sixes and four fours) cruised to 113-0 in reply.