Cuckney 206-8 beat KICC 1st XI 139 all out by 67 runs
Kimberley Institute’s indifferent start to the season continued at league leaders Cuckey as, largely due to a middle-order collapse, they slumped to a 67 run defeat.
Captain Sam Ogrizovic won the toss and put the home side in and was rewarded by a tight start from his bowlers and a wicket as Matt Wright (4 for 44) dismissed Elliot Hind LBW to claim the first of his four victims with the score at 29-1 in the 11th over.
This brought Kimberley’s former artisan batsman Nick Langford (72) to the crease and with opener Adam Burgess (52) he constructed a stand of 82 – which would prove to be the highest of the game.
Unfortunately for the home team the stand took the score to 111-1 and then Nelson struck as Wright came back into the attack to claim three wickets in two overs without conceding a run.
He clean bowled Burgess, trapped Richard Stroh LBW for a golden duck and then in his next over had Tom Ullyott caught at slip by Simon Roberts with the scoreboard reading 117-4 in the 33rd over.
Chris Glover (2-56) managed to remove Langford in the 44th over when he got a ball to go on a bit quicker and rap the pads and he had to depart after a stand of 49 with Cuckney’s skipper Will Butler (16).
From 166-5 the home team slipped to 190-8 as wickets tumbled in the push for late runs.
Glover picked up his second when Ogrizovic stumped Butler and Akhil Patel (2-46) gave his figures some respectability when he bowled two lower-order batsmen as Cuckney finished up on 206-8 from their 50 overs.
Kimberley’s reply did not get off to the best of starts when Jon Terry and Dan Birch both fell early on to the impressive young left-armer Luke Wood (4-25) and the scoreboard read 18-2 in the fourth over.
Then the captain (57) and Patel (13) began building what looked a decent stand as they added 40 before Wood, in the final over of his spell, beat Patel’s defences and knocked back his off-stump.
This heralded another two wickets as, in the twinkling of an eye, 58-2 became 62-5 with Paldip Sidhu and James Mann both out to Butler (2-22) without scoring.
The game was not lost though as Ogrizovic soldiered on and twice it looked like Kimberley were building good stands with Paul Riley (18) adding 25 with his captain before he edged Kieron Garside (1-22) to slip and Dominic Wheatley (13) adding 28 until disaster struck and Ogrizovic was run-out going for a second to the deep-cover fielder.
With the captain’s loss the game was gone and a losing draw seemed all Kimberley could hope for; they didn’t get that though as the home side kept up the pressure and Richard Bostock (1-27), the returning Wood and Richard Stroh (1-40) took the remaining three wickets to seal the victory in the 48th over.
National Club Championship
West Indian Cavs 143-9 beat KICC 1st XI 69 all out by 74 runs
When, bowling first, Kimberley had the Cavaliers 63-7 on a tricky wicket it seemed like it might be their day and a third round tie was beckoning, that is until a tail-end fight back ensured the home side got up to 143-9 from their 45 overs.
Kimberley bowled excellently though with Dominic Wheatley (4-27) the pick and Richard Adams (3-19) offering good support.
Sam Ogrizovic (14) and Paul Riley (19) got the reply off to a decent start as they added 29 for the first wicket, but ex-Pakistan internation Saqlain Mushtaq (5-4) bamboozled his way through the lower order to leave a dejected Kimberley 69 all out.