Kimberley denied by rain’s arrival

Akhil Patel was once again top performer for Kimberley but ultimately the rain was the winner on the day.
Akhil Patel was once again top performer for Kimberley but ultimately the rain was the winner on the day.

Kimberley travelled to Notts Academy but had to settle for a rain-affected draw as a heavy downpour forced an abandonement just when a close finish had been in the offing.

After being asked to bat in muggy conditions, Dan Birch (16) and Akhil Patel (48) got Kimberley off to a steady start before ex-Kimberley paceman George Bacon (1-22) had Birch caught at slip with the score on 27 in the ninth over.

Jon Terry (12) was bowled by Bobby Gamble (2-16) and Sam Ogriziovic (15) pulled the same bowler to mid-wicket, ending a 39-run stand with Patel; the highest of the innings.

Patel himself was stumped after dancing down the wicket to Adam Tillcock (3-48) and the score read 97-4 in the 27th over.

Paul Riley (11) was then bowled by skipper Andrew Parkin-Coates (3-35). Paldip Sidhu (15) followed three overs later and the scoreboard read 129-6 in the 37th over.

With James Mann (11) being trapped lbw by Tillcock and Parkin-Coates picking up two more things looked very bleak for Kimberley at 153-9 in the 46th but an unbroken last-wicket stand of 19 between Dominic Wheatley (20*) and Richard Adams (7*) got Kimberley up to 172-9, which was probably 50 runs short of par.

It certainly seemed it when Tom Rowe (37) and Anuj Dal (28) rattled up 53 runs after the first ten overs, but Kimberley fought their way back into the game.

Patel (2-52) made the breakthrough when Rowe drove the ball straight to Birch and Sam Kelsall (46) joined Dal at the crease. They added 23 before Dal succumbed to the pressure and played Patel onto his stumps with the score at 76-2.

Two more wickets came in the 22nd over with Patel helping to run Hassan Azad out and Chris Glover (1-44) trapped Tillcock LBW, but the game slowly moved back into the Academy’s favour as Kelsall added 55 with Adeel Shafique (27).

Ogrizovic introduced Riley into the attack and he removed both batsmen via good catches on the boundary by Sidhu and Mann respectively; Academy suddenly 145-6 and Riley on a hat-trick.

But then came the rain and the abandonment as water seeped onto the wicket ends and the weather claimed another victim.

The 2nd XI recorded a welcome win at Newdigate Street as they beat visiting Attenborough by four wickets.

Attenborough batted first and the hosts eventually bowled them out for 188 with the leg-spin of Prab Sidhu (3-42) leading the way and good support coming from Max Sugarman (2-26) and Ian Wright (2-61).

Tom Morley’s 30 was the highest score for the visitors.

In reply Dominic Brown led the way with exactly 50 and Mick Blatherwick (40) and Carl Blake (22) provided support to help seal the win.

The thirds recorded a thumping away at Lenton Abbey.

The home side batted first and soon found themselves in real trouble as Connor Richardson (4-30) and Alex Beale (3-13) ripped through the top-order and six of the top seven fell with just ten runs between them.

Gareth Lewis (43*) and Dale Reeve (21) showed some resistance before Joe Platts (1-6) had the latter caught behind by Tim Wheatley.

Charlie Walters (1-13) and Paul Blatherwick (1-8) picked up the next two before Richardson returned to wrap things up and Lenton were all out for just 101 off the final ball of the 37th over.

Kimberley’s reply suffered an early setback when Luke Tantum was out in the second over but there was no danger of a another collapse as Wheatley (53*) and Ashley Britton (40*) compiled a century stand and finished the game off in the 18th over after smashing 18 boundaries between them.

The fourth XI convincingly beat Kinoulton by 97 runs.

Having won the toss Pauls Newton and Rockley departed quickly leaving Ed Wright (30) and Alex Aldred (30) to put a firm foundation to the innings and their 45 run partnership did exactly that.

The first change bowlers for Kinoulton stole the initiative in the middle of the 40 over Kimberley innings, leaving the home side rocking at 87-5, but there followed a strong middle order performance from debutant John Aldred (16) followed by a mouthwatering finale with an unbroken 38-run stand from Ben Crouch (33no) and Richard Kelley (19no in 12 balls).

Tea was taken with rain falling but a more than decent 157-7 posted in the allotted 40 overs by Kimberley.

The skies were pretty black all around as the Kinoulton innings commenced and Kimberley were instantly in charge due to a commanding spell from Liam Hodgkinson with a wicket in his first over and a spell of 6-5-5-1.

But with John Aldred taking the gloves Rich Kelley was freed up to bowl a stunning spell of 10-2-18-4, tying the Kinoulton bowlers in knots and leaving them struggling at 46-7.

But as the weather got significantly worse and the great risk of abandonment loomed the Kinoulton batters dug in and hoped for the best.

Step up Ben Crouch in an outstanding season who seized two important wickets at the death and the innings ended at 60 all out with a 97 run victory margin.

Three outstanding wins from three leaves the fourths in second position in Division N with a blank week on August 11 then three matches to tackle to secure promotion.