Kimberley defeat Notts Academy to keep up title hopes

Kimberley v Notts AcademyCricket - Connor Marshall batting for Notts Academy - Photo By James Williamson
Kimberley v Notts AcademyCricket - Connor Marshall batting for Notts Academy - Photo By James Williamson

Kimberley Institute hosted the Notts Academy side and overcame them quite easily by five wickets.

A good all round bowling effort helped to restrict the Academy to 218 all out and Tom Rowe’s 72 was the mainstay of the Kimberley reply as they won with eight overs to spare.

Kimberley v Notts AcademyCricket - Kimberley's wicketkeeper Harry Ratcliffe - Photo By James Williamson

Kimberley v Notts AcademyCricket - Kimberley's wicketkeeper Harry Ratcliffe - Photo By James Williamson

Alex King asked the visitors to bat first and Ben Savage (3-39) and Jack Blatherwick (2-39) helped to reduce them to 41-4 after 13 overs.

Joe New feathered a chance down the leg-side to Harry Ratcliffe to give Savage his first and then Blatherwick followed up as Tom Moores edged behind and Ratcliffe was on hand once more to make it 9-2.

A top edge that went to Rowe at mid-on gave Savage his second and then he produced a great ball that found the edge of Jake Libby’s bat with Harry pouching his third of the day.

Kimberley’s own Anuj Dal (78) did his best to repair the damage with a fine innings that at least got the Academy some batting bonus points.

A stand of 43 with Lyndon James (13) helped to double the score before Rowe (1-17) was called upon to break the stand which he did when he knocked back James’ leg-stump to make it 84-5 after 25 overs.

Dal was joined by Connor Marshall (68) to added 78 for the sixth wicket as the pair notched up the singles interspersed with a few boundaries as they moved the score to 162 before the return of Blatherwick to the attack saw the end of Dal when he clipped the ball to King for a simple catch.

Had the chance been taken to run Marshall out shortly before the Academy would have been in real trouble, but the batsman survived to pass his half-century as he added 42 with Tom Keast (12) to take the Academy pas the 200 mark, before the latter was deceived by George Bacon’s (2-22) slower ball and miscued a drive to King; 205-7 after 46 overs.

The innings frittered away very quickly from here as Paul Franks gave Bacon a second when he picked out Savage at long-off and in the 49th over King (2-34) struck twice as he bowled Marshall and Walton to end the innings with nine balls remaining.

The loss of Sam Johnson early on to Rieko Parker-Cole (2-47) didn’t upset Kimberley too much as Shaun Levy (43) and Rowe added 77 for the 2nd wicket inside fifteen overs as they took the attack to the Academy bowlers and took the sting out of the game. Both played some lovely shots with Levy scoring off his legs and Rowe all around the ground and both took the time to hit maximums over square-leg, Rowe’s all the sweeter after being hit amidships the ball before by Franks.

Marshall’s introduction into the attack spelled the end for Levy as he was trapped lbw on the back foot with the score on 96 in the 20th over so Dominic Brown (14) joined Rowe to move the score to 133 only for the innings to suffer a hiccup as two wickets fell in three balls; Brown was out after top edging a pull off Franks (1-21) and Dominic Wheatley was adjudged lbw to Tillcock (1-42) to leave Kimberley four down.

Despite having a chance the Academy didn’t really seem spurred by the wickets and instead they were content to let their former alumni in Rowe and Bacon (40*) take Kimberley all but home. Rowe had brought up his half-century just before the wickets fell and continued just to nudge the singles and Bacon proved a good foil as they added 59 to take the score to 193-4 in the 38th before Parker-Cole bowled Rowe with the batsman playing a rather tired shot.

King’s run a ball eighteen helped to finish things off with Bacon, having played a mature knock, finishing unbeaten as Kimberley secured their first win over the Academy since 2010.

The 20pts gained takes them ahead of the Academy into fourth spot and they are now just 21pts behind leaders Caythorpe.