Wade wades in on a day of low scores

SIX APPEAL  - -  captain Ian Wade, who took six wickets to lead Hucknall 4th to victory
SIX APPEAL - - captain Ian Wade, who took six wickets to lead Hucknall 4th to victory

By an amazing coincidence, all four Hucknall teams in the lesser divisions of the Gunn and Moore South Notts League failed to reach three figures in the latest round of matches.

But two of them -- HUCKNALL 3RD and HUCKNALL 4TH -- still pulled off victories in Divisions J and N respectively.

The pick was at Hickings Lane in Stapleford where Hucknall 4th somehow beat Beeston and Toton Sycamore 3rd, even though they were bowled out for just 71.

Of that 71, Paul Close (32) scored almost half the runs, while veteran opener Andy Wagstaff (11) was the only other player into double figures.

All five of Beeston’s bowlers took wickets, most notably Rob Henderson (three for 12 in 6.4 overs) and Dennis Wright (three for 14 in nine).

However, Hucknall were rescued by a bowler of their own, captain Ian Wade, who called upon all of his experience to lead by example.

Going on as first change, after breakthroughs by Ian Dowell and Dylan Barnes, Wade waded in with six for 16 from 8.5 overs.

With support from Charlie Finch (two for three in five overs) at the other end, Hucknall dismissed the home team for just 48 inside 28 overs to record a most unlikely 23-run win.

THE victory by Hucknall 3rd was a bit more orthodox because they required only 72 to win after shooting out nine-man Keyworth 2nd in next to no time.

After putting the visitors in on the Titchfield Park track, they watched them ease to 57 for two before grabbing six wickets for only 14 runs!

Paul Harley led the way with four for 11 from eight overs, but Jack Fearn impressed too, taking three for 17 in seven overs, including the scalp of top scorer Duncan Tarran for 21.

In reply, Hucknall were left with the simple task of knocking off the runs, which they did inside 20 overs for the loss of only two wickets. Ian Lobb fired an unbeaten 39 (one six and six fours), while Ross Brown made 20 (three fours).

THEY were also in the pub early after HUCKNALL 2ND’S match against high-riding Hoveringham in Division C.

For the locals were bowled out for 77 and blown away by seven wickets by a team gunning for a promotion and league cup double.

Put into bat, Hucknall were struggling from the off, with only opener Jamie Braybrook (34, five fours) capable of countering fine bowling by Adam Hugill (four for 13 in 7.4 overs) and Murray de Banke (three for 22 in ten).

Just one other batsman -- Jack Pates (10 not out) -- mustered double figures as wickets tumbled at regular intervals.

In reply, Hoveringham did lose a couple of wickets to man-of-the-match Braybrook (two for 36 in 9.4 overs) and one to William Spray (one for 27 in eight), but they still coasted home by the 21st over, with Chris Cupit making 22 (four fours).

The result left Hucknall dangerously close to relegation back to the division from where they were promoted last term.

RELEGATION is also the prospect facing ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE 2ND after another defeat at the foot of Division H -- this time at home to Young Lions.

Despite a gritty 37 from Oliver Mattick, Rolls were dismissed for just 84 in reply to the visitors’ total of 183 for nine.

The starmen for the mid-table winners were Prana Badiq, who hit 54, and Dawal Shah, who took four for ten.