Cuckney surrender county T20 crown

A disappointed Ian Parkin walks back to the pavilion after losing his wicket -Pic by: Richard Parkes
A disappointed Ian Parkin walks back to the pavilion after losing his wicket -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Cuckney lost their county T20 crown as West Indian Cavaliers secured the 2014 Nottinghamshire Premier League T20 title with a comprehensive win over South Notts qualifiers Notts Unity Casuals at Radcliffe on Trent on Sunday.

The Cavaliers add this title to the 2013 NPL League title and the 2013 National Club Championship trophies already in their cabinet.

They won their way to the final after a straightforward win over 2013 T20 champions Cuckney in the first semi-final; restricting last year’s champions to 141-9 before knocking off their target in exactly 14 overs.

Notts Unity Casuals, qualifying after beating the Bassetlaw T20 champions in a recent play-off, scored a solid victory over Premier League side Plumtree in the second semi-final.

Salim Karim took 5-16 and Matt Milnes scored an unbeaten 50 as Plumtree struggled to 114-8 in the first innings and Karim (36 not out) also starred as Unity reached their target with 11 balls to spare.

But Unity proved no match for a rampant Cavaliers side as the Premier League side racked up the day’s biggest total with 180-7 thanks to 56 from Skipper Bilal Shafayat and 43 from Gemaal Hussain at the top of the order.

Unity fell 50 runs short for the loss of 8 wickets with Ibby scoring 50 not out and a brace of wickets each for Hussain, Akhil Patel and Ameer Ahmed.

The Cavaliers now progress to the national stages of the ECB Club Twenty Championships.