Batting duo team up to help KICC frustrate the leaders

Tom Rowe was in fine form once again for Kimberley with a century.
Tom Rowe was in fine form once again for Kimberley with a century.

Kimberley earned a hard-fought winning draw away at leaders Caythorpe on Saturday.

The hosts finished 14 short of their target of 263, set largely thanks to a stand of 182 between Tom Rowe (103) and Sam Johnson (77).

After the previous week’s cup defeat there was no doubt Caythorpe were looking for revenge and they had the perfect start as Shaun Levy edged Jim Hemmings (1-52) to second slip in the first over after Alex King had opted to bat first. It proved the right decision though as Rowe and Johnson steadily batted Caythorpe out of the game.

Rowe was his usual languorous self with the bat as he drove with impunity and brought up his fifty off just his 41st delivery. Johnson was equally attacking in the early stages before the slow bowlers entered the attack and the pair opted to rotate the strike and push the Caythorpe fielders in the deep.

Rowe was the dominant partner and it was a sweep for four that brought up his century in the 37th over and off his 118th ball, but all that running had taken its toll as he played an airy shot to deep-midwicket three balls later where Billy Nasir took a good catch to end his innings and give Hindson (2-52) his first wicket.

Hindson was on hand again to remove Johnson six overs later as the batsman offered a tame return catch when his own century was appearing on the horizon, but nevertheless his first NPL half-century of the season had been industrious.

An unbeaten 40 from Dominic Brown helped push Kimberley over the 250 mark and 262-4 represented a fine batting performance.

Caythorpe had a good stand for the first wicket as James Oldham (25) and Martyn Dobson (46) took them to 51 in the tenth over before Dobson gifted Kimberley the first of two run outs with Jon Terry pouncing on the ball and seeing Oldham on his way.

Steve Allcoat (10) was then out cheaply but Dobson was joined by Mat Dowman (20) and it felt like the game hinged on whether Kimberley could break this partnership early.

Chris Glover (2-44) was the man to do it as he removed both within four overs; Dowman picking out Rowe on the midwicket boundary and Dobson bowled by a beauty.

The game began to steadily drift away from the hosts and would have drifted further had Kimberley taken their chance to remove Staszkiewicz (42) on four. Instead he helped Josh Mierkalns (43) add 62 for the fifth wicket before Alex King (2-83) trapped the former lbw; 179-5 after 39.

Another useful stand of 38 between Staszkiewicz and Caleb Mierkalns (27*) kept Caythorpe’s hopes alive going into the final five overs, before three wickets all but ended their chances as they went from 217-6 to 227-8, Staszkiewicz caught by Rowe via a George Bacon (2-56) delivery and two wickets in King’s 13th over - a stumping by Harry Ratcliffe and a run out - meant it would be Kimberley’s day despite the hosts batting out the latter stages with Bacon taking another wicket.

Kimberley claimed 18 points from the game as they remain seventh in the league.

Sunday proved to be a disappointing day as the first XI were knocked out of the Derbyshire Premier Cup by Ticknall.

Batting first they squandered a good start to go from 75-1 to 204 all out. Sam Johnson (47) and Tom Rowe (22) had built the platform, but neither could kick on and make the big score needed.

Dom Wheatley (43) produced a battling knock and a feisty 35 not out from Harry Ratcliffe gave them something to bowl at.

Ticknall made equally hard work of their reply as they slipped from 58-0 to 131-5 and although they lost regular wickets Kimberley never had enough runs to really pile the pressure on and couldn’t prize out the ninth wicket pair as the home side won on the first ball of the last over. Rowe (3-34) was the pick of the bowling.

*Next Monday (6th) sees youth take the stage at KICC as the Natwest Club U19 Twenty20 tournament kicks off with the Kimberley Krusaders taking on the Plumtree Plumdogs.

The Kimberley side will feature many of the youngsters coming through the various age groups including captain and all-rounder Jack Blatherwick, gun batsman Alex Aldred and wicket-keeper batsman Harry Ratcliffe who have all featured for the first XI this season.

The game starts at 6pm at Newdigate Street and is free entry with the bar open, a barbecue and entertainment during the match.