CUCKNEY Cricket Club maintained their dominance of county Twenty20 cricket when they won the Nottinghamshire Premier League Twenty20 final with a thrilling final victory over Wollaton at Trent Bridge on Monday.
It was the third time in four years they had landed the crown and qualifies them again for the ECB National Club Twenty20, a competition in which they lost in the live televised final to Bournemouth in 2009.
Cuckney’s early afternoon semi-final at Trent Bridge on Monday saw them edge an 11-run win against Clifton Village.
Winning the toss, Cuckney batted and Nick Langford hit 63 and skipper Will Butler 38 not out as they finished on 154-8.
Clifton then fell short at143-6 in reply.
Put into bat by Wollaton in the final, Nick Langford again excelled, firing 56 of their 126-6 total. A tense finish saw Wollaton needing seven off the last over but off-spinner Thomas Ullyot claimed two wickets for just two runs in a thrilling over to edge home. Ullyot ended up with 5-21, Ian Parkin taking 3-36 and 16-year-old Luke Wood an important 2-18.
Cuckney now face Leicester away in the ECB national competition on 5th August.
“I am very proud of the team and this format is something we do quite well,” said captain Butler. “It is something the players really get themselves up for. We have nine of the 11 who played in 2009 still here so that experience helps as well.
“But it was too close for comfort on Monday. We should have batted better. I didn’t think we got enough runs in both games but then we managed to bowl well.”
This Sunday, Cuckney, who also currently top the Premier League, are away to Chorley in their rearranged ECB National KO Cup 45-over tie which was rained off last weekend.
Full Trent Bridge picture round-up in next week’s Chad.