Cuckney top table in three-way race for title

Nick LangfordNick Langford
Nick Langford
Cuckney's batsmen powered their way to the top of the Notts Premier League with two matches remaining.

They clinched a six-wicket win at Farnsfield with more than eight overs to spare, while the other two challengers played each other.

Leaders Kimberley Institute lost to Cavaliers and Carrington, meaning Cuckney have a three-point advantage at the top.

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Cavaliers are second with Kimberley three points further behind.

However, in the penultimate round of matches Cuckney have the toughest task on paper, when they host fourth-placed Plumtree.

If they slip up, Cavaliers, who host lowly Hucknall, or Kimberley, who travel to third-from-bottom Attenborough are likely to pounce.

Against Farnsfield, Cuckney restricted the home side to 197 for eight from their 50 overs.

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Farnsfield rcovered well from 15 for two, but were never able to impose themselves on the visiting attack.

Callum McKenzie hit five boundaries in a top-score of 66 as Jack Cattrall, James Hawley and Johnathan Ball all took two wickets.

Curtis Mitchell (37) and Geordge Hadfield (27) added a late half-century stand.

In reply, captain Mark Langford, batting at number four, hit two sixes and 11 fours in a run-a-ball 70.

When he was dismissed, Josh Porter and Daniel Wood completed the run-chase.

They added 56 in an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership — Porter hitting eight fours in 50 not out and Wood 28 not out.