Leaders Cuckney made to work hard for win - NPL cricket round-up

NMAC Rolls Royce Leisure v Farnsfield'Rolls Adeel Shafique

NMAC Rolls Royce Leisure v Farnsfield'Rolls Adeel Shafique

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Not much has changed in the Notts Premier League standings after the 14th round of matches on Saturday as the top five sides won and the bottom five lost.

Cuckney remain in top spot, but with a slender one point advantage after being made to work hard to secure a two wicket win over Clifton.

They looked to be red-hot favourites to achieve victory after they reduced the visitors to 65-7, with Lewis Bramley ripping out the top four batters on his way to a return of 4-43.

Clifton mounted a recovery built around Dom Harvey’s innings of 41, but they were dismissed for 138 in 44.1 overs.

With Cuckney on 83-4, the game was in the balance and, although they lost regular wickets, Richard Stroh’s 31 helped them get over the line with more than 13 overs to spare. Martin Weightman again contributed well with figures of 3-29.

Rolls Royce kept up the pressure on Cuckney with a strong 130-run victory over Farnsfield at Watnall Road.

The home side racked up an impressive 271-9 in their 50 overs with Nottinghamshire’s Ben Phillips (40) and Luke Fletcher (94) leading the assault with support from Adeel Shafique (32).

Jamie Wagstaff again impressed with the ball, bagging figures of 5-63 from 15 overs, and Mark Silcock chipping in with 3-53.

Farnsfield, without professionals Paul Franks and Graeme White, were skittled for just 141 inside 29 overs with only Osama Alam featuring with 39. Adam Shepherd continued his fine season with 6-43 from just eight overs.

The West Indian Cavaliers remain in third after an impressive seven wicket win over Welbeck at Birchover Park.

They asked the visitors to bat first and bowled them out for 135 in 38.2 overs.

Atif Ali opened the bowling and took 3-31, but Usman Afzaal starred with 5-33 from 12.2 overs. Olly Pringle was brought into the Welbeck side primarily as a bowler, but he has scored some useful runs and his 36, alongside David Hunt’s 33, were the only scores of significance.

The Cavaliers needed just 36 of the 61 overs available as Akhil Patel (41) started the chase that Bilal Shafayat finished with an unbeaten 30.

Mansfield Hosiery Mills welcomed Kimberley to The Fieldings and secured a dramatic last ball win to remain fifth.

The visitors batted first and racked up 244-3, with Sam Johnson starring with an unbeaten 103 from just 68 balls, including 13 fours and two sixes, and Bharat Popli (43) and Dom Brown (40*) providing excellent support.

Gareth Curtis (55) and Joe New (49) put on 102 for the first wicket and, despite losing regular wickets, the home side got over the line with a ball to spare, thanks also to Sudesh Fernando’s innings of 48 and Mark Smallwood’s unbeaten 40.

Dom Wheatley and Atif Sheikh took six of the seven Millers wickets to fall, recording 3-57 and 3-79 respectively.

The Nottinghamshire Academy secured their seventh win of the season after a close two wicket win over Plumtree at the PCG. The only game to end in a draw took place at Caythorpe where Papplewick hung on to avoid their 10th defeat of the campaign.