Kimberley were brought back down to earth with a bump by reigning champions and new NPL leaders Cuckney as they lost by seven wickets at the 2bm Ground on Saturday.
After being inserted by the opposition, and despite of the early loss of Jon Terry for a duck to Richard Stroh (3-41), Paldip Sidhu (18) and Bharat Popli (58) laid the foundations for a good total with a stand of 43 for the 2nd wicket before Cuckney’s captain Will Butler (1-31) removed Sidhu lbw with the score on 49 in the 12th over.
Popli was joined by Sam Johnson (32) and they played intelligently before Ian Parkin (3-29) had Johnson adjudged lbw with the score 108-3 after 26.
Popli brought up his half-century and then hit Luke Thomas (1-41) for two more sweet boundaries and looked to be on course for consecutive centuries, but offered a tame catch to Orson Nurse at point with the score at 128 in the 31st over.
Kimberley slipped to 151-6 as Parkin chucked one up and both Dominic Brown and captain Sam Ogrizovic tried to hit him into Noel Street only to find Will Root on both occasions and, despite the best efforts of James Mann (40*) and Dominic Wheatley (23) in the last ten overs, Kimberley had to settle for 206-8.
Root (48) then smashed 11 boundaries in a 37-ball assault on the Kimberley bowling and Cuckney scored over a quarter of the required total in the first ten overs with Stroh (41) enjoying the spectacle from the other end.
It was only thanks to a brilliant one-handed diving catch from Popli that Root was dismissed, but that only brought ex-Kimberley man Nick Langford (77) to the crease and he gave the hosts a reminder of his ability with a sublime half-century that took any slender chance the home team had in the game away.
He added 35 with Stroh before the latter was run-out with the score on 107 and then 89 with Thomas (27*) to virtually see Cuckney home before he was out with 11 needed for victory.
There were no further wickets as Neville Talbot (8*) smote two boundaries and Thomas hit the winning runs in the 40th over.
The 2nd XI pulled off a remarkable win away at Eastwood as the home side collapsed from a winning position to lose by 16 runs with youngsters Liam Webb (4-45) and Elliot Bowles (3-28) running amok.
Batting first, Kimberley got themselves into a good position at 80-1 thanks to a 60-run stand between Vaughan Hamilton (32) and Jack Blatherwick (36) before the former hit his own wicket to hand Steve Dockrell (4-52) the first of his four wickets.
Dockrell and Luke Esson (3-41) kept picking up wickets and it was only really thanks to Harry Ratcliffe (31) and extras (27) that Kimberley made it up to 189 all out.
In reply, Eastwood were one down with just one run on the board when Alex Beale (1-44) struck, but after Shaun Stocks (78), Adrian Marsh (28) and Neil Gregory (31) had taken the score to 144, the home side collapsed.
Various wickets fell in quick succession, including the last five for just one run as Kimberley ripped through the order, Eastwood all out for 173 to hand the second XI a welcome victory.
The 3rd XI enjoyed a comfortable five wicket win at home to Hyson Green Carrington Carribs.
The visitors could only manage 150-8 with 14 year old spinner Sukhdeep Sidhu starring with 3-14.
Kimberley’s reply was done and dusted inside 22 overs as Ben Johnson (81*) flayed the visiting attack to all parts.
The 4th XI suffered a heavy defeat away at Madni as they lost by 104 runs.
The home side racked up 244-6 with Kashif Sardar (71) and Haseeb Javed (69) top scoring; Luke Barlow (2-35) and Rich Kelley (2-59) had the best of a tough afternoon with the ball for Kimberley.
The reply saw Kimberley eight down for less than a hundred and only a 61-run stand between John Aldred (41) and Chris Mozley (21) saved some face for before the innings was ended in the 35th over.