Bank Holiday Monday rain hits NPL action

With Bank Holiday Monday proving to be as damp as promised, matchesin the Notts Premier League were reduced to a race to garner as many points as possible.

In the big clash at the foot of the table, Farnsfield were able to increase their cushion over Caythorpe by a further two points.

The home side were put into bat, making a slow start, before Curtis Mitchell partnered with Paul Franks (48) in a stand worth 81 and then Mathew Roberts (46) to add 111 for the fifth wicket.

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Mitchell fell after making a superb 96 ball 102. Max Shenton got him as one of his three for 33, with Peter Vladev taking two wickets as Farnsfield closed on 255 for six before no further play was possible.

Only 37 overs were possible at The Fieldings, where Mansfield Hosiery Mills were put in by visiting Hucknall.

They found scoring difficult as William Spray and Suhail Ahmed each took two wickets to reduce Mansfield to 125 for five from 68 without loss. Kamal Manek (37) and George Hadfield (31) had put on that 68 run opening stand.

A delayed start at Sookholme meant the Welbeck versus Cuckney match was reduced to 44 overs each. Ultimately only 35 were possible.

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Cuckney reaching 182 for four after being put in to bat. William Butler (82) and Gareth Purshouse (69) combined to add 146 for the second wicket. Muhammad Malik and Gurpej Landa both claimed a pair of victims, Landa from just the one over bowled.