Academy prove too strong for Kimberley

Kimberley batsman Alex King in action against Notts Academy on Saturday.
Kimberley batsman Alex King in action against Notts Academy on Saturday.

Kimberley Institute slipped to their second successive loss on Saturday when they fell to a five wicket defeat against the Notts Academy at the 2bm Ground.

It was a case of missed opportunities as the home side batted themselves twice into good positions only to squander them and finish perhaps 30 runs light of what the pitch demanded; although the way Sam Kelsall (89) batted a score of over 300 may not have been enough.

After the early loss of Paldip Sidhu to George Bacon (3-36) with just ten on the board, Jon Terry (15) and Bharat Popli (17) rapidly moved the total to 47-1 before they fell within four balls of each other.

Dominic Brown (39) and Sam Johnson (46) steadily built a 75-run stand over 18 overs to take Kimberley to 122-3 before Tillcock (2-60) trapped Brown lbw.

James Mann (37) joined Johnson and they continued to build a solid foundation by adding 47 and moving the score to 169-4 in the 39th over before Johnson played Tillcock onto his stumps to depart four short of a deserved half-century.

Sam Ogrizovic followed in the next over as he played an injudicious reverse-sweep to Sam Wood (1-29) and Kimberley were on the back foot going into the last ten overs at 176-6.

Mann, with able assistance from Wheatley (9) and a little more from the ever-useful extras (48), moved the score onto 209 in the 46th over before Wheatley fell to Luke Wood (1-65) caught when trying to hit him down the ground.

Mann continued to accumulate the runs and, combined with some powerful and inventive hitting from Alex King (23*), the total eventually settled at 252-8, which seemed like par for the course.

The Academy’s reply got off like a house on fire as openers Hassan Azad (17) and Tom Rowe (39) scored at nearly six-an-over beforea brilliant piece of fielding by Johnson had Azad run-out as he looked for a second run.

Wood soon followed as Wheatley (2-11) had him caught by Popli in the gully but Kimberley had to wait seven overs for their next breakthrough as Kelsall added 36 with Rowe before the latter pulled Wheatley to Terry at square-leg and now it was 93-3 after 17.

Wheatley then retired hurt and his absence from the attack affected Kimberley as no bowler could tie an end up and Kelsall and the incoming Tillcock (76) scored with relative freedom and, more importantly, well above the required run-rate as they added 134 runs for the fourth wicket in what proved to be a match winning stand, the Academy eventually seeing themselves home for a five wicket win.

After two wins in a row the 2nd XI had to settle for a losing draw away at Keyworth as they fell short of the home side’s total.

Batting first Keyworth posted 228-8 from their 48 overs with Ian Graham (65) and Ian Kitchenson (47*) top scoring whilst Charlie Walters and Alex Beale picked up three wickets apiece.

Carl Blake (91) and James Griffiths (49) kept Kimberley in contention with a century partnership, but after they both fell the run chase fizzled out and a losing draw was the result.

The third XI beat West Bridgford Legion by 60 runs at West Park.

Krutarth Dave compiled yet another solid innings at the top of the order, but it was a tough challenge as West Bridgford bowled tidily.

An 89-run partnership between Joe Allport (32) and Danny Williams (64) then proved key for Kimberley as they eventually posted 183-7.

It took the use of eight Kimberley bowlers to extract all ten wickets, Max Sugerman, Ben Crouch and Matt Ross claiming two each.

The win was rounded off brilliantly by Joe Allport taking a stunning return catch to grab the final wicket and see Bridgford out for 123.

The 4th XI’s winning run came to a halt away at Thurgaton as the visitors chased down the victory target of 137 with ten overs to spare.

Captain Luke Tantum (38) won the toss and opted to bat first and eventually found himself at the crease with Ed Wright (30) to add 67 for the second wicket before Kimberley collapsed to 136 all out, nine wickets falling for just 49 runs.

Kimberley took regular wickets in reply and when Thurgaton were 77-4 they thought they might have a chance thanks to Rich Kelley (3-35) and Danny Saxton (2-24), but a 47 run stand between Tarret (31) and Thomas (24) helped the hosts along and they saw themselves hom ein the 35th over.