Cricket: Rain returns to wreck Nottinghamshire Premier League programme once more

Cuckney's first team captain, Will Butler, left, agrees with Notts Academy's Andrew Parkin-Coates to call off the game on Saturday, in the presence of umpires, Brian Hicklin, second left, and Jon Salisbury right.
Cuckney's first team captain, Will Butler, left, agrees with Notts Academy's Andrew Parkin-Coates to call off the game on Saturday, in the presence of umpires, Brian Hicklin, second left, and Jon Salisbury right.

The rain blight returned to the Nottinghamshire Premier League on Saturday with only two games getting underway and neither finishing.

But the completion of the first innings in both games gave the four competing sides the opportunity to grab some additional bonus points over those sides sat watching the rain fall.

Papplewick welcomed Mansfield Hosiery Mills and they managed to get the game underway only 30 minutes after the scheduled start time of 12.30pm.

The home side won the toss and elected to field first in a game that was reduced to 46 overs per side.

The Millers closed on 190-6 after their allocation with the New brothers yet again to the fore; Tom top-scored with 93 and Matt chipped in with an unbeaten 36.

Papplewick’s response was into the 12th over when the heavens opened for the final time, bringing the game to a close with the home side standing at 44-2 with Mark Nelson scoring the majority of the runs with an innings of 30.

Mansfield took nine points and Papplewick eight from this curtailed encounter.

At Kimberley, they had to wait until 3.20pm to get underway with a 35 over per side match. Clifton made 192-9 with Scott McNeill starring with 53, supported by Tom Lungley (48) and Dom Harvey (33).

The Kimberley response was motoring well after 10 overs on 88 for no loss when the rain returned to end the game. Dan Birch (36*) and Akhil Patel (48*) were the not out batsmen. Both sides pocketed 10 points.

The league season will be 50 per cent over after this weekend’s round of matches and it can only be hoped that the second half of the season is less disrupted.