CRICKET: Cuckney open up lead at the top

Mansfield Hosiery Mills v Worksop.'Joseph New sprints to the opposite wicket for Hosiery Mills.
Mansfield Hosiery Mills v Worksop.'Joseph New sprints to the opposite wicket for Hosiery Mills.
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FOR the first time in this disappointingly damp season, all six matches were played to a conclusion in the Nottinghamshire Premier League.

At the top of the table, Cuckney continued their impressive form with a 67 run victory at home against Kimberley.

The Bears batted first and racked up 206 for 8 thanks mainly to 72 from former Kimberley player Nick Langford with support from Adam Burgess with 52.

Matt Wright again performed well with figures of 4-44. Cuckney’s strength this season has been their attack and this again proved to be the case when they dismissed Kimberley for just 139 in the 46th over.

Skipper Sam Ogrizovic top-scored with 57 and the bowling honours went to Luke Wood with 4-25. Cuckney have now opened up an 18-point lead over the side in second.

That team in second are the Nottinghamshire Academy who bounced back from their loss at Clifton last weekend with an eight-wicket win over Welbeck at Lady Bay.

Welbeck chose to bat first but their plans backfired when they were dismissed for 138 inside 47 overs with Guy Darwin and Jonny Loates (both 39) making the only significant contributions.

The wickets were shared between the county side’s bowlers, but Scott Elstone (4-24) and Sam Wood (3-17) took the majority.

In reply, Hassan Azad continued his fine form with an unbeaten 52 to see his side home for the loss of just two wickets, which included that of Sam Kelsall for 30.

At the fifth attempt, the West Indian Cavaliers got their season underway and secured a 92 run victory away at Papplewick.

The Cavs went to tea on 253 for 7 from their 50 overs thanks to 73 from Rawait Khan, 72 from the returning Bilal Shafayat and 37 from Aqib Afzaal with Bradley Matthews grabbing 4-73.

Papplewick were dismissed for 161 in the 46th over with only Warren Nel (47) getting to grips with Cavaliers Test Match attack that saw Alex Tudor taking 3-29 and Saqlain Mushtaq 3-53, supported by Farhan Shaukat 3-30.

Clifton’s improvement from a slow start to the season continued when they travelled to Wollaton and beat them by exactly 100 runs.

The reigning champions batted first and were dismissed in the last over of their allotted 50 overs for 232 with skipper Richard Harris hitting 66 and Scott McNeill 54.

Alex King was the most effective bowler for the home side with 4-51. But Wollaton’s batters could not match up to the Clifton unit and folded for 132 inside 35 overs with Adam Shepherd doing most of the damage with 5-38 from 8.5 overs.

The final game of the day, which was reduced to 46 overs per side due to rain interruptions, saw Mansfield Hosiery Mills getting the better of a draw against visitors Worksop.

The Millers took first knock and racked up the day’s highest total with 323 for 5 with Tom New’s ton (117 not out from just 84 balls with 5 sixes) contributing the most.

He was supported by James Fraser (47*) and Sudesh Fernando (42). David Hancocks led the visitor’s attack with 3-69.

In reply, Worksop closed on 139 for 8 with Jonathan Salmon (3-36) and Rob Townsend (3-37) doing most to restrict their reply.