Weekend cricket review - rain rocks Notts Premier League programme

Welbeck Colliery v West Indian Cavaliers.'Dave Hunt.
Welbeck Colliery v West Indian Cavaliers.'Dave Hunt.

Rain returned the Nottinghamshire Premier League this week, which meant that only one game was played to a conclusion, and that match only lasted 67 overs with the remainder being abandoned at various stages.

The one completed fixture took place at Sookholme where the West Indian Cavaliers maintained their 100 per cent record when they defeated Welbeck by nine wickets.

The home side were asked to bat first after stand-in skipper Jonathan Ball lost the toss and they were dismissed for 161 in 44 overs, with Usman Afzaal (4-53) and Akhil Patel (4-22) leading the attack.

Rob Marchant (36) and Rob French (32) both got starts but no one kicked on, and they will hope that Martin Dobson will be fit to return soon.

The Cavaliers took little time in overcoming their target as they lost only one wicket in the chase that lasted just 23.2 overs.

Patel rounded off a fine game with an unbeaten innings og 52 and Bilal Shafayat crashed 78 not out from just 65 balls with 10 fours and three sixes.

This result leaves the Cavs alone at the top of the table and Welbeck in the bottom two with just 16 points from three games.

Rolls Royce travelled to Farnsfield in good spirits after their explosive batting performances in the opening matches of the season.

But the home side put in a good performance with the ball to restrict them to 181-9 in their 44 over allocation.

Tom Lungley again featured with 56, and Jamie Wagstaff bagged 4-66 with county ace Paul Franks supporting with 3-32.

The home side could only complete 18 overs in their response and closed on 72-1.

Kimberley hosted Mansfield Hosiery Mills but the game was called off after just 15.4 overs when the visitors had reached 57-1 with Gareth Curtis going well on 33 not out.

The match between Clifton and Cuckney was even shorter, being abandoned after just eight overs with Clifton having reached 27-0.

Plumtree lost their 100 per cent record for the new season when their game with the Nottinghamshire Academy was abandoned after just 12 overs of the second innings could be completed.

In the Bassetlaw and District League,a sparkling all round debut from Glapwell’s new overseas player Anish Paran, from Singapore, was the overriding feature of their 56-run win in a low-scoring Championship clash at Park Avenue against Harthill.

Runs were far from easy and Glapwell stuck firmly to their task with Paran top-scoring on 41 with fine support from Rob Davison (38).

Glapwell finally ran out of overs on 161- 9 with Jack Mason taking 3- 23 and David Adams helping himself to 4-40. Harthill were soon in trouble as Daniel Pykett (3-21), skipper Matt Page (4 for 26) and that man Anish Paran, who took 3-20, as Harthill were all out for just 105.

Thoresby Colliery got off the mark with a resounding 10-wicket win over Notts and Arnold Amateur, who were dismissed in a hurry by South African import Arno De Beer, who bagged 6-22 in an extremely hostile spell which saw the Nottingham-based side all out for 89.

It didn’t take Thoresby long to complete the victory with their stalwart performer Martin Cheshire being unbeaten on 49 as the score reached 90-0.

Cuckney II are finding life in the Championship rather difficult, and they were swamped once again by a vibrant Kiveton Park side who won as they pleased by nine wickets. Only Connor Garnett (37) made any progress against Paul Clarke (4-11) and Chris Storey who is enjoying a fairytale start to the season with 3- 6. They were all out for 129, which didn’t look anywhere near enough.

And so it proved with Adam Whiteley taking an instant liking to the Cuckney attack and blasting them to all parts of the ground. Nobody else got a look in as Whiteley cruised to an unbeaten 91 and Kiveton to 130-1 to complete a comfortable victory.

Clipstone had league favourites Ordsall Bridon in all sorts of trouble but a huge sixth wicket stand changed all that. Bridon were really struggling at 82-5 when a good stand between James Brice (67 n.o.) and Tim Ward (58 n.o.) turned the game on its head. Jason Gorman was the best bowler for Clipstone taking 4-63 as Bridon recovered to reach an amazing 237-6 declared.

In reply good efforts from Andy Norwood (74) and Australian Anthony Armistead (36) helped Clipstone reach 167-6 as the game petered out to a weather draw. Bridon’s Australian Tim Miles with 3-43 kept up his outstanding form and looks a threat to everyone they play against.