CRICKET: Rain wrecks local programme again

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TORRENTIAL rain once again wrecked the local cricket programme with only four games being completed in all leagues.

The only Premier match played was at Kimberley, who drew with newly-promoted Plumtree.

The start was delayed by 30 minutes to allow one end of the wicket to dry, but Plumtree skipper Nigel Finney won the toss and elected to bowl first.

The Kimberley innings got off to an explosive start when debutant Dan Birch top-edged a hook for six over the keeper, and he was lucky to escape a sharp chance at slip in the next over.

But after that he built a solid innings and was dismissed four runs short of a century with the score on 151 for 5.

The only other major contributor to their final total of 218 for 8 was veteran PK Riley, who ended unbeaten on 43.

The Plumtree bowling attack performed well with the standout being another player making his debut, Mohsin Qayyum, who ended with 3-45 from his maximum allotment of 13 overs.

Seventeen-year-old Matt Milnes provided the best support to Qayyum with 2-57.

The visitors’ response got off to a slow start when Finney was given out with the score on just nine.

But this was followed by the match’s biggest and quickest partnership as Sam Storey (85) and Caleb Mierkalns (56) put on 91 for the second wicket in just 99 balls with Mierkalns hitting five brutal sixes from his innings of just 51 balls.

When he fell lbw to James Mann with the score on 111, Matt Wood continued the chase until he also fell LBW, this time to Richard Adams.

Thereafter, the innings faltered and Plumtree closed on 190 for 5. Kimberley’s leading bowler was Matt Wright, who took 2-39.

In the Bassetlaw League Division Four, Rose Leisure won by 69 runs at Nomads, despite Ben Haynes-Greenwood’s efforts for Nomads with bowling figures of 3-55 and then hitting 58 of their 119 all out reply.

Anston managed a five-wicket win over Milton II in Division Five where Cuckney thirds also saw off Papplewick & Linby III by 102 runs.

In Division Seven, Worksop III enjoyed a winning draw over Clumber Park III.

Four other games started but were unable to be completed.