Defeats for both sides made it a day to forget for HUCKNALL 2ND in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League and for PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND in the Bassetlaw League.
Hucknall fell by five wickets at home to Kirkby Portland in Division C, while Papplewick are still waiting for their first win of the new Second Division campaign after a poor batting performance at Cuckney 2nd.
Cuckney, relegated from the First Division last season, were restricted to a total of 141-8 in their allotted 46 overs thanks to some economical bowling by Papplewick’s five-man attack.
Alex Hudson led the way with 3-15 from 12 mean overs, while Aaron Tinker took 2-17 from six overs, Tom Sisson took 2-46 from 11 overs and Michael South 1-22 from six. What’s more, Jonathan Thrower’s 11 overs cost only 24 runs.
Elliot Hind did make a patient 40 (four fours) for the home team, but once he’d gone, bowled by Tinker, they slid from 85-2 to 104-7.
However, Papplewick’s reply was a mess from the moment opener Tom Simpson was bowled by Oliver Wilson (2-12 in seven overs) second ball and South followed soon afterwards for just one.
Despite 20 from Joe Walker and 17 from Tom Shaw, they slumped to 36 for seven and even though Thrower pitched in with a defiant 23 at number nine, they collapsed to 75 all out by the 40th over.
Hucknall put up a better fight, although some of their batting also left a lot to be desired. Despite 33 (six fours) from opener Andy Carden, they stumbled to 79-5 before recovering to post a final total of 189.
Skipper Joe Todhunter (22, five fours) started the fightback, which was then taken to another level by Pete Hudson, who cracked an unbeaten 43 (seven fours), sharing 44 for the ninth wicket with Will Spray (23 not out).
Portland’s reply began with opener Jack Ellis forced off by an ankle injury. But they steadily ate into their target before an unbroken stand of 61 for the sixth wicket between Ryan Weaver (53 not out, nine fours) and Tom Newcombe (27 not out, one six and three fours) got them home on 192-5 with overs to spare.