Notts Premier League: Welbeck held to draw as rain hits

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THE weekend’s rainy weather hit the cricket fixtures in the Nottinghamshire Premier League, with only two games surviving, one being forced to abandon and three being completely cancelled.

The top two sides saw no action as Clifton’s game at Mansfield Hosiery Mills and West Indian Cavaliers match at Caythorpe were both abandoned without a ball being bowled.

The two sides immediately below the leaders, Welbeck and Kimberley, met at the John Fretwell complex in a much-anticipated encounter.

The start was delayed to 3.45pm due to the wet weather and the game had to be reduced to 35 overs per side.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat second, but Welbeck may have thought that they had enough when they closed on 199 for six.

Martyn Dobson scored 33 and Jonathan Ball 42, but the star of the show was Luke Waterhouse who ended unbeaten on 93, his best score in the league so far.

Kimberley set about reaching their target but fell agonisingly one run short when time ran out after only 27 overs of their response.

They ended on the same score for the loss of five wickets, with Nick Langford leading the charge with an outstanding 102 and Akhil Patel with 36.

Because the number of overs faced by each side were not the same, the result is an abandoned game with each side securing 12 points - six for the result and six bonus points.

The points leaves Welbeck in third place in the league table, just two points behind WI Cavaliers in second.

Wollaton’s recent poor run of form continued when they lost at home to Cuckney by four wickets.

With the game reduced to 36 overs a side, Wollaton batted first at the visitors’ invitation and posted 169 for the loss of eight wickets.

Tim Young continued his good form with an innings of 68 and Cuckney’s Dan Brown returned figures of 3-34.

In another very close finish, Cuckney overcame their target for the loss of sixwickets with three balls to spare.

The top runs scorers were Lucas Carlisle (41), Tom Ullyott (36) and Will Butler (30).

Rhys Owen did his best to prevent the loss by taking three wickets for 34 runs.

This result leaves Wollaton in ninth place in the table, but now only seven points ahead of Papplewick.

Cuckney sit mid-table in sixth, a huge 45 points behind Notts Academy who are fifth.

The result in the game between Kiveton Park and the Nottinghamshire Academy could not be considered as a close one, as the county side ran out victors by nine wickets with more than 12 overs to spare.

Home side Kiveton were invited to bat first and finished their innings on 170 for 4.

Matt Cartwright again proved his worth to the side with an unbeaten 52 and he found a willing partner in Christopher Hadley with 59 not out.

The Academy were not challenged in overcoming this total and got over the line in 22.5 overs despite the loss of leading batsman Tom Rowe at 21.

The returning Scott Elstone (85*) and Olly Swann (65*) put on an unbeaten stand of 151 to grab a 17-point victory.