Cuckney cling on to Notts Premier League lead with one to play

James Hawley, who led Cuckney's magnificent run-chase at Plumtree.
James Hawley, who led Cuckney's magnificent run-chase at Plumtree.

A stunning, against-the-odds win against Plumtree left Cuckney clinging on to their precarious lead in the Notts Premier League with just one match to play.

Cuckney looked in big trouble when the visitors posted a formidable total of 280-8 in their allotted 50 overs.

But they responded with the tenth highest run-chase in the history of the league, spanning some 2,394 matches, and reached 282-3 with more than three overs to spare.

Second-placed Cavaliers and Carrington also a enjoyed maximum-points victory after hammering Hucknall by nine wickets. So everying now rests on the final day of the season this coming Saturday when Cuckney travel to play relegated Mansfield Hosiery Mills, while Cavaliers entertain struggling Attenborough.

Plumtree’s assault revolved around a stand of 127 for the third wicket between Chris Gibson (76) and Sam Wood, who went on to make a superb 119 from 108 balls.

The Cuckney bowlers fought back late on, with Jack Cattrall taking 4-66, before their batsmen worked wonders, most notably James Hawley (78) and Nick Langford (66 from 59 deliveries), who put on 127 for the second wicket.

Tom Ullyott then added an unbeaten 60, and a partnership of 86 with Will Butler (36no) eased Cuckney home, despite two wickets for Wood.