Champions Cuckney still struggling for wins - Bank Holiday Notts Premier cricket round-up

Welbeck v Rolls Royce Leisure.'Rolls Royce bowler, Flether, is congratulated at the fall of Adam Burgess' wicket.
Welbeck v Rolls Royce Leisure.'Rolls Royce bowler, Flether, is congratulated at the fall of Adam Burgess' wicket.

Still unable to find the winning habit, champions Cuckney remain third, despite having won only one game so far.

But they narrowly avoided losing to Welbeck at Langwith Road, taking the winning draw points in another nail-biting finish.

The home side batted first and Will Root followed his brother’s example with an innings of 67 at the top of the order as Cuckney ended their overs on 203-9 with Nick Langford contributing 38. Jonathan Ball led the Welbeck attack, taking 4-47 from 15 overs, with Robert French chipping in with 3-62.

Martin Dobson continued his fine form opening for Welbeck with an innings of 91 and he put on 98 for the third wicket with Matt Higgins (49).

The home side looked to be on course to record their second win when Tom Ullyott spoiled their day taking 4-22 and Welbeck fell two runs short of a victory when they closed on 202-8.

On Saturday, Cuckney had the best of a draw away at Papplewick.

The visitors batted first and racked up 233-8 in their innings with Will Butler and Tom Ullyott each scoring 52 and Richard Bostock chipping in with 32 from 33 balls.

Kieron McComb was the leading Papplewick bowler with figures of 3-56.

The home side have had a difficult start to the season, but avoided their fourth defeat of the campaign when they hung on for a draw at 191-9, with skipper Jim Rhodes top-scoring with 49 and support coming from Doug Morton (41) and Gareth Blinkhorn (36 not out).

Richard Stroh underlined his all-round capabilities with 5-48 from 14 overs.

Rolls Royce went top of the table with a six-wicket win away at Sookholme over Welbeck on Saturday.

The visitors won the toss and elected to field first, and this seemed the right choice as Welbeck were dismissed for 166 in just over 46 overs.

The wickets were shared between three bowlers with Nottinghamshire’s Luke Fletcher starring with figures of 4-21 from just 8.4 overs, and he was supported by Adam Shepherd (3-32) and Matthew Roberts (3-16).

Only two Welbeck batters got into double figures with Martin Dobson underlining his importance to the team with 79 with Rob French contributing 47.

Rolls were wobbling at 24-2, but Fletcher showed his class with the bat this time, hitting 73 and putting on 89 with Liam Andrews (37).

Both fell before the win was achieved with more than 11 overs to spare for the loss off just four wickets.

Clifton climbed out of the relegation zone when they notched up their first league win of 2013 with a 24 run victory over Farnsfield at the Clifton Oval on Monday.

The home side batted first and went to tea at 230-8 with Jarrod Coombe hitting 78 and Martin Weightman 76, including a stand of 114 for the fourth wicket.

Osama Alam had a good day with the ball, recording figures of 13-2-54-5.

Three early wickets fell for just 33 in the Farnsfield response, but the experience of Nottinghamshire pair Paul Franks and Graeme White showed when they each contributed innings of 63 and shared a stand of 117 for the fourth wicket.

However, Weightman’s influence on the game was not done as he took 6-61 to bowl the visitors out for 206 in the 47th over with Alex Turner lending support with 3-43.

Kimberley secured a winning draw at Farnsfield on Saturday.

The visitors batted first and scored well to end on 259-5 with Paldip Sidhu and Jon Terry both scoring 75 as they put on 145 for the first wicket.

James Mann contributed a quick fire 43 not out from just 18 balls and Dave Loveridge grabbed 3-62.

Farnsfield lost three early wickets, but Callum McKenzie (47), Paul Franks (61) and Curtis Mitchell (63) turned the innings around.

A couple of late wickets pegged them back and they finished on a creditable 228-6 with a pair of wickets each for Atif Sheikh and Alex King.

The West Indian Cavaliers returned to winning ways as they made light work of Mansfield Hosiery Mills, securing an eight-wicket win at The Fieldings on Monday.

The home side, still without skipper Matt New, batted first and finished on 209-9 with Tom New contributing 60, with support from Sudesh Fernando (43) and Gareth Curtis (30).

Sadiq Hassan recorded the best figures for the Cavs with 4-31.

The visitors’ top order overcame their target inside 45 overs for the loss of just two wickets with Akhil Patel (34) and Shaun Levy (74) putting on 74 for the first wicket before skipper Usman Afzaal ended the job with 78 not out that included six fours and four sixes.

Bottom-placed three-time champions Clifton parted company with coach Andy Brown before welcoming Mansfield Hosiery Mills to the Clifton Oval on Saturday,where the visitors batted first but were limited to a below par 164-7 with Mark Smallwood scoring 48 and Sudesh Fernando weighing in with 33.

David Lucas, Martin Weightman and Alex Turner each contributed two wickets.

At 106-4, a first Clifton win of the season looked likely, but they lost their last six wickets for 52 with Matt Wright (4-49) and Fernando (3-33) doing most of the damage.

Richard Harris (32) and Weightman (35) were the only batters to make a significant contribution.