South African on fire as Hucknall move in for the kill

OUT OF AFRICA -- Dale Campbell (wicketkeeping), who has been a revelation since signing for promotion-chasing Hucknall.
OUT OF AFRICA -- Dale Campbell (wicketkeeping), who has been a revelation since signing for promotion-chasing Hucknall.

South African star Dale Campbell delivered the goods again as convincing HUCKNALL powered to a victory that edged them a little closer to the top of the table.

Campbell passed 50 for the fifth time in seven innings at the New Gatehouse Ground in Division A of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.

And just for good measure, he also took three catches behind the stumps as second-placed Hucknall overwhelmed Notts Unity Casuals by seven wickets.

They collected a maximum haul of 20 points and with leaders Attenborough restricted to 17 in a winning draw against Gedling, just nine points now separate the two clubs in the race for the title and promotion to the Notts Premier League.

Both sides have three matches to play. Hucknall travel to Calverton and Balderton before finishing with a home match against Long Eaton, while Attenborough entertain Wollaton and West Indian Cavaliers 2nd either side of a match at Long Eaton.

Robin Maxwell’s men, who also have a big match in the Popkess Cup semi-finals this coming Sunday (against Kimberley 2nd, of Division B), were on top of Unity Casuals from the moment he won the toss and elected to bowl first. For both of their openers were removed for ducks.

In response, Waheed Kayani (31, five fours) and ex-Rolls-Royce Leisure duo Shaharyar Aslam (25, three fours) and Raheem Karim (23, three fours) threatened to mount a recovery -- as did Tayyub Khan (21) against his former club.

But wickets fell at regular intervals, including three to left-arm spinner Adam Scott (three for 22 in seven overs) and two apiece to Joel Wright (two for 26 in 11) and Maxwell himself (two for 27 in six).

Max Thompson, who held two crucial catches, and Josh Buckley also bowled well as the visitors slumped to 142 all out.

Hucknall had lots of time to knock off the runs, and the outcome was never in doubt once openers Campbell and Lee had given the innings a turbo-charged start.

Campbell set the tone by cutting his first ball for four and went on to crack a run-a-ball 69, which included one six and 12 boundaries.

With Lee adding 22, the pair reached their 50 partnership off only 37 balls and put on 72 in total. Campbell then added 49 with Maxwell, who stroked 26 (one six and three fours).

The job was was completed by Scott Harris, who slammed 16 not out off six deliveries, including a six out of the ground for the winning runs.