Cuckney’s T20 run came to an end with a 17 run defeat at the hands of would be winners Wimbledon at Edgbaston on Thursday in front of the live Sky TV cameras.
Wimbledon won the toss and chose to bat,which appears par for course in the T20 matches. Cuckney started well with Richard Stroh being busy collecting the wicket of Wimbledon’s Neil Turk,lbw for 12 and running out Sebastian Franke-Matthecka for 9.
Wimbledon were 43-2 and Cuckney appeared to be in the driving seat,then along came Graham Grace and Gerry Penford making 68 and 61 not out respectably, with a third wicket stand of 108, the pendulum swung in Wimbledon’s favour and never really swung back for the North Notts side.
Will Butler came on and claimed two wickets for 16 runs, but Wimbledon went on to 161, leaving Cuckney a tidy run rate to establish.
A nightmare start didn’t help matters when hard hitting Will Ullyott was out lbw first ball off the bowling of Darren Hooey. Will Root joined opener Nick Langford at the crease, despite the pair making pace between the wickets,boundaries where required to help catch up with the run rate of the South London side.
Root made 32 before being caught by Gerry Penford,it was a bad day at the office for the Ullyott family as brother to Will,Tom also went for a duck,being stumped by’keeper Dan Pratt.
Nick Langford made 55, scoring the last of his runs with a cracking six,but he was running out of partners at the crease with Stroh 11, Butler 2 and Parkin 1, it became to tall an order for Cuckney.
Elliott Hind remained undefeated with 27 at the end of 20 overs,but with 17 runs short of the required total, it was Wimbledon who headed to the final.
It has been a fantastic journey for Cuckney in the T20 this year,beating some strong opposition such as York, Chesterfield and Brentwood. They should hold there heads up high and look forward to Saturday as they attempt to collect at least six points off the final NPL game at home to Wollaton to become the Notts Premier League Champions.