After the jubilation of the previous week’s win over West Indian Cavaliers, Kimberley came back to earth with a bump as they lost a close game at home to Cuckney by three wickets.
The away captain Richard Stroh won the toss and put Kimberley into bat.
Things did not start too well as the home side found themselves 32-2 in the seventh over, with Jon Terry (5) and Alex Robinson (13) already back in the pavilion.
It could have been three down had the Cuckney mid-on fielder not put down Kimberley skipper Sam Ogrizovic (47) when he was on just seven.
Instead Ogrizovic combined with the classy Nick Langford (65) to compile a 98-run stand.
They seemed to be setting the platform for a big total, but Ogrizovic offered a caught and bowled chance to Ian Parkin (3-57) to leave Kimberley at 130-3 in the 28th over.
Langford fell shortly after to Owen Wilson (2-29) just when he was looking well set for a century and with Andy Platts (9) stumped off the same bowler the innings was wobbling at 151-5 in the 35th.
The sixth wicket pair of Carl Blake (19) and Paul Riley (26) steadied things with a partnership of 43 before a mini-collapse ensued.
Riley was first to fall caught behind off the bowling of Tom Ullyott (2-22) and then Parkin, in the same over, picked up Blake and Dominic Wheatley for a duck, the score 197-8 in the 44th.
A complete collapse was averted by an entertaining stand of 25 between Chris Glover (12) and Matt Wright (10*) with both clearing the ropes once.
Ullyott spoilt the fun trapping Glover lbw which left Wright and Richard Adams (8) to see out the remaining two overs before Adams fell to the bowling of Luke Wood (1-22) leaving Kimberley all out for 230.
Cuckney’s reply got off to a rather frenetic start with openers Elliot Hind (34) and Will Ullyott (13) playing some slapdash cricket to take the score to 27 before the latter skied an Adams (4-41) delivery to Robinson.
From then on they stumbled to 74-4. Wright (1-65) produced an absolute jaffa to bowl Will Butler (0) all ends up and Adams had Hind caught behind and last season’s top NPL batsman Stroh (10) dismissed lbw.
However just when their innings was faltering Cuckney’s lower order dug them out of trouble. Tom Ullyott led the way with 61 and with the help of Parkin (24) he put the visitors’ run chase back on track.
The pair added 60 before Parkin drove Glover (1-35) straight to Riley at mid-on with the score at 134-5 in the 33rd.
Another stand followed between Ullyott and wicket-keeper David Hunt (30) with the pair adding a quick-fire 47 before Adams’ return to the attack swung the game back Kimberley’s way.
Hunt was run-out thanks to a sharp piece of work by Robinson and then Ullyott was well caught on the mid-wicket boundary with Riley again the fielder.
At 192-7 and 39 needed from the last six overs the home team were back on top. It was not to be though as Lucas Carlisle (28*) and Richard Bostock (20*) showed nerves of steel as they plundered the required runs in just four overs and condemned Kimberley to defeat.
The bright spot of the weekend’s cricket came from the 2nd XI as they maintained their 100 per-cent record in Division C, beating Radcliffe-on-Trent convincingly by six wickets.
Radcliffe were bowled out for 197, the damage largely done for Kimberley by spinners Craig Pitts (4-41) and Prab Sidhu (3-32) with Ian Wright (1-34) and Dominic Brown (1-35) picking up the other three wickets.
Opener Paul Richardson (58) top scored for Radcliffe.
Pitts (19) got the reply off to a flyer, hitting four boundaries in no time before he was dismissed, but the top order continued the good work with Paldip Sidhu (33) and James Griffiths (41) contributing decent knocks.
With James Mann falling for just 12 it was left to Dominic Brown and Ben Johnson (both 35*) to see Kimberley home in the 44th over.
The 3rd XI went to down to at home to Caunton.
The visitors made 193-8 in their 45 overs, Connor Richardson the pick of the bowling taking 3-46.
Kimberley’s reply was all over in just 25 overs as they were routed for 87, Luke Tantum’s 25 the only score of note for the home team.
The fourths suffered their first defeat with a lacklustre batting display at Lowdham.
Paul Newton (28 from 23 balls) got the innings off to a good start but Kimberley soon capitulated to 83 all out.
Sam Blacknell then scored 37 not out for Lowdham as they fought their way to victory in the 30th over.
Daniel Huskinson claimed 3-23 and Max Sugarman took two outstanding catches.