Captain Max Thompson led by example as HUCKNALL 2ND recovered from a shaky start to win their first match of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League, Division C season.
Put in by Plumtree 2nd, Hucknall slid to 41-5 against the bowling of Paul Kelly (4-48 in 13 overs), only for Thompson, going in at six, to thump 76 (one six and seven fours) and marshall a tremendous recovery. He shared 92 for the sixth wicket with Tim Buckthorpe (26) and 45 for the seventh with Pete Hudson, who hammered a rapid 49 not out (eight fours) to leave Hucknall on 211-7.
It was then the turn of new signing Anthony Freeman to unveil his talents as he took 5-57 in 12.5 overs with the ball to help dismiss the home side for 175. Freeman struck early and late, and although Nigel Finney tried to revive Plumtree in between time with 47 (one six and three fours), Jamie Braybrook (2-42 in 13 overs) and Buckthorpe (2-45 in 15) also bowled well for Hucknall.
NEWLY-promoted HUCKNALL 3RD eased to victory over Hyson Green Carrington Caribs 2nd to give new skipper Jack Fearn a tonic start in Division H of the South Notts League.
Fearn’s men skittled Caribs for 82 as Charlie Finch (3-9 in six overs) removed the top order, Graeme Wright (4-22 in eight) rattled through the middle order and Anthony Beastall (3-19 in 4.1) mopped up the tail.
Hucknall lost three quick wickets themselves in reply, but recovered to post 86-4 thanks to Ross Brown (42 not out, four fours) and Andy Whyley (22).
VETERAN Andy Wagstaff proved he still has what it takes as HUCKNALL 4TH opened their South Notts League, Division N account with a 24-run win over Fiskerton 2nd.
Going in at number three, Wagstaff’s 41 (five fours) provided the glue that held Hucknall’s innings together. Matt Fifoot added an unbeaten 44 (seven fours) and put on a vital 54 for the last wicket with number 11 John Whyley (24, three fours).
In reply, Fiskerton fell short on 135 after two-wicket returns for Ian Dowell, Fifoot, Paul Whyley and Paul Harley.
INEFFECTIVE batting cost PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD dear in their second match of the new Bassetlaw League, Division Six season.
They were dismissed for 139, despite 32 (seven fours) from skipper Andy Paulson and 28 (four fours) from his opener son Sam Paulson. Visitors Shirebrook responded with 141-7, despite three wickets apiece for Andy Paulson and George Blatherwick.