Institute destroy doomed Worksop

Kimberley Institute strolled to a 199-run victory over a hapless Worksop side whose inevitable relegation was confirmed by the result.

Winning the toss, Kimberley batted first and Dan Birch (152) and Akhil Patel (93) tore into the Worksop attack as they scored at six-an-over with consummate ease and the ball kept disappearing to, and over, the boundary ropes.

Birch took a particular liking to stroking sixes over the mid-wicket boundary and brought up his second century of the season off his 97th delivery.

Birch’s 150 arrived off his 118th ball and the pair seemed destined to set a new record for the first wicket in the NPL. But that was before Luke Ambrose had Birch given out lbw with the score on 257 in the 35th over.

Patel soon followed as he missed out on a century with a tame shot to mid-wicket giving Tim Smith Jr a scalp with the scoreboard reading 267-2.

Paldip Sidhu (25*) and Dom Brown (14*) had a little fun of their own in a stand of 37 before the declaration came at the end of the 41st over with the score at 304-2

Kimberley had 57 overs to bowl Worksop out, but they only needed 30 as the brittle batting line-up was rolled for just 105.

After an early delay due to a thunderstorm, when play resumed Brown (2-18) got the ball rolling with two wickets in two overs as keeper Pursehouse miscued a pull to Chris Glover at mid-on and Ambrose gloved one down the leg-side and Ogrizovic held on diving to his left; 10-2 after 5.

Mark Smallwood (20) and Wayne Spooner (14) added 26 before the champagne moment arrived as young Jack Blatherwick (2-22), on his first XI debut, struck with his first ball in NPL cricket as he snuck through Spooner’s defences to bowl him.

To make things even better he trapped Smallwood lbw in his next over to leave Worksop at 51-4 after 15 overs.

Dominic Wheatley (1-25) followed up three overs later with another lbw to remove Chris Taylor and at 66-5 the denouement of the innings seemed near, though Smith Jr and Mark Ambrose added 40 runs which took Worksop to 95-5 before Glover (2-3) and Akhil Patel (3-10) beguiled the tail and ended the visitors’ miserable stay in the top flight.