Kimberley Institute held on to secure a winning draw in a tight contest at Welbeck Colliery on Saturday - a match which avoided the widespread rain.
Welbeck won the toss and put Kimberley in to bat, and the visitors didn’t have the best of starts when Dan Birch was bowled by Kyle Francis (2-63) in the first over.
Luckily for Kimberley, Akhil Patel seems to have found a rich vein of form and he breezily batted his way to 60 and with Jon Terry (18) and captain Sam Ogrizovic (52) he compiled two half-century stands.
He couldn’t kick-on to a second century of the season, but even with his fall to Jonathan Ball (2-50) Kimberley were still in a good position at 115-3.
The rest of the batsmen failed to cash in despite all getting starts; James Mann (14) was bowled by a delivery that kept low; the captain was run-out after a typically bolshie innings and Paul Riley (17) snicked Francis behind as Kimberley slipped to 180-6 in the 44th.
They did get to full batting points and a competitive total though as Paldip Sidhu (40*) played an excellent innings in the final overs (which included three crucial boundaries in the 50th) and with a little help from Dominic Wheatley (11*) added 48 for the seventh wicket as Kimberley closed on 228-6.
Welbeck’s reply got off to a good start as the usually metronomic Matt Wright leaked runs and they moved to 35 in the eighth over before Wheatley (1-26) trapped Sharma (13) lbw.
Martin Dobson (41) and Rob French (19) moved the score onto 81 before Richard Adams (2-57) snuck through the latter’s defences to bowl him in the 21st over.
Dobson was joined by Jonny Loates (30), but Adams, in tandem with the economical Chris Glover (1-50) kept the runs to a minimum and Glover received due reward when he pulled off an athletic piece of fielding to dismiss Dobson via a return catch with the score at 109-3 in the 30th over.
Loates and Guy Darwin (61*) did their best to keep the scoreboard ticking over before the former played an inelegant heave and was bowled by Patel (2-69) in the 39th over with the score at 140-4 and the game appearing to be edging towards Kimberley.
Darwin and Ball (23) did their best to win the game for the home side and their stand of 56 had given them an outside chance before Ball holed out to Glover on long-on boundary to hand Patel his second wicket in the 49th over.
Fifteen were required for victory from the final six balls and Adams stepped up to bowl.
A dot first ball and the wicket of Marchant just about clinched it as, despite their best efforts, Welbeck found themselves needing eight from the last ball.
Keeper Hunt did stroke a four to give them maximum batting points, but it was scant consolation as they finished on 225-6.
l The 2nd XI went one better by recording a four-wicket victory over visiting Plumtree, with Prab Sidhu the hero as he made an outstanding 120.
The visitors were asked to bat first and they compiled a healthy 248-4 from their 48 overs, captain Steve James with 60 and Paul Nott unbeaten on 80.
Suroop Kandola (2-60), Max Sugarman (1-35) and a Sidhu run-out accounted for the wickets .
Kimberley lost Andy Platts early on and Mick Blatherwick with the score on 50 but a superb stand of 144 between Sidhu and Dominic Brown (45) set Kimberley up for victory.
The pair fell within 13 runs of each other but 35 off just 22 balls from Carl Blake, with help from skipper Pete Wright (8*), saw Kimberley across the finishing line in the final over.