Cuckney edge nearer title - Notts Premier League review

Martin Dobson walks back to the pavillion as David Lucas takes the plaudits
Martin Dobson walks back to the pavillion as David Lucas takes the plaudits

The race at the top of the NPL table has probably now got only two runners, and one of the relegation spots has been confirmed as Papplewick’s fate has been sealed and they will compete in the Bassetlaw League in 2014.

The key clash at the top of the table saw Rolls Royce slip to a six-wicket loss away at West Indian Cavaliers, a result that leaves the Hucknall-based side 30 points off the top spot which could be too steep a challenge with just three games remaining.

The visitors posted a below-par 156-8 in the first innings with only James Taylor (37) and Liam Andrews (31) managing to make significant contributions.

Cavs’ skipper Usman Afzaal continued his fine season with the ball taking 4-47 from 15 overs.

The Cavaliers have made a habit of fast chases and they reached their target with 11 overs to spare with Aaron Thomas (63*) and Bilal Shafayat (32*) adding an unbeaten partnership of 65 for the fifth wicket.

This result leaves the Cavaliers in second, still 10 points behind leaders Cuckney, who maintained their primacy after a close four-wicket win over Plumtree at the PCG.

The home side’s batting has been brittle of late, but they found some form to post 239-5 with their innings built around David Bedingham’s second ton of the season.

He hit 113 from 116 balls with support from skipper Ben Thompson’s unbeaten knock of 37.

Luke Thomas and Will Butler each grabbed a pair of wickets. But Bedingham’s innings was to be overshadowed by Neville Talbot, who smashed 110 from just 71 balls with seven fours and eight sixes.

He was sixth out at 176, but skipper Butler saw his side home in the gathering gloom with 48 not out, despite his counterpart Thompson taking 3-49.

Papplewick’s relegation was confirmed when they lost to Farnsfield by seven wickets at Papplewick Hall.

The home side were bowled out for 205 in exactly 47 overs with Mark Nelson top-scoring with 64, supported by Ross Fitz-John’s 46.

Dave Loveridge led the Farnsfield attack, taking 4-48 from 14 overs with Osama Alam chipping in with 2-25.

The chase started badly as the visitors fell to 20-2, but Michael Bell (74) and Paul Franks (82) shared an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 115 to see them home.

This result sees Farnsfield stay in the bottom two, but only four points behind Plumtree in 10th.

Welbeck and Clifton are both still in the race to avoid relegation, at least mathematically, but both will have been have been relieved to secure 12 points from an abandoned game at Sookholme.

The home hide were dismissed for 210 in the final over of the first innings, a decent score after they recovered from 76-5.

Rob French (44) and Jonathon Ball (69) put on 118 for the sixth wicket after David Lucas took 4-61 and Dom Harvey 3-60.

Clifton got off to a cracking start with Jarrod Coombe (51) and Scott McNeill (50) putting on 104 for the first wicket, but Richie Bentley (2-17) got them both before Ollie Pringle took 3-55 to further slow their progress.

The innings fell foul of bad light with six overs remaining and Clifton on 190-7.

The highest innings of the day came at Lady Bay where the Nottinghamshire Academy struck 297-9 declared against Kimberley.

Kimberley ended 70 runs short, but for the loss of just four wickets, with Sam Johnson hitting 76 not out.

The final game of the day saw Caythorpe secure a home win against Mansfield Hosiery Mills by seven wickets.

The Millers were bundled out for 152 in the 50th over with only Gareth Curtis featuring with 33 and James Hawley taking 4-13.

Caythorpe reached their target with nine overs remaining with Darren Bicknell (79*) and Matt Dowman (39) leading the way.