Kimberley into Derbyshire semis

Kimberley second XI bowler James Mann is pictured in action against local rivals Eastwood Town on Saturday
Kimberley second XI bowler James Mann is pictured in action against local rivals Eastwood Town on Saturday

A fine bowling performance took Kimberley into the semi-finals of the Derbyshire Premier Cup as they overcame a poor Dunstall side on Sunday.

The new ball pairing of Matt Wright (4-10) and Dominic Wheatley (3-20) were the architects of the Derbyshire side’s downfall, taking seven wickets between them as Dunstall were bowled out for just 68.

Kimberley were on their way in the third over, Sam Ogrizovic quick to stump Karl Turner after Wright’s delivery sent him off balance.

Wheatley found the edge of opener Benstead’s bat and Ogrizovic found himself in the game again as he took the catch and Dunstall were 5-2 in the fourth.

Wright struck again trapping Hill LBW before the biggest partnership the innings kept Kimberley at bay as Dunstall captain John Jennings (27) and keeper Andy Malkin (12) added 27 before James Mann (1-14) induced Jennings into a leading edge which carried nicely to Paldip Sidhu at mid-on; 51-4 in the 21st.

From there Dunstall lost their last six wickets for just 17 runs as stumps started to fly; Wright seeing off Malkin and Elstone in successive balls, Chris Glover (2-3) also getting in on the act and Wheatley finishing things off.

In reply, Jon Terry (14) opened well and moved Kimberley to 20 inside five overs before three wickets fell in five balls and suddenly the scoreboard read 20-3.

Dunstall sensed a chance and kept things tight as the game slowed right down as Wheatley (11) and PK Riley (18) eked out 29 runs for the fourth wicket across 13 overs; Riley fell though looking to up the tempo after already having struck two sixes and it was left to Carl Blake (12*) to play the Michael Bevan role and finish things off for Kimberley.

He duly did hit the winning runs in the 26th over, but not before Wheatley was both caught and stumped in the same action with the scores level.

Kimberley, who were out of action on Saturday, will now take on either Ockbrook & Borrowash or Sandiacre in the semi-final on August 12.