Kimberley round season off in style

Sam Ogrizovic's unbeaten half-century saw Kimberley to victory over Caythorpe on Saturday.
Sam Ogrizovic's unbeaten half-century saw Kimberley to victory over Caythorpe on Saturday.

The final Premier League game of the season found Kimberley Institute welcoming Caythorpe to Newdigate Street.

And the visitors found themselves perhaps wishing the season had finished the previous week as they fell to an eight- wicket defeat which saw Kimberley bow out on a high with their third win on the bounce.

Matt Wright (5 for 52) was the destroyer with the ball as he claimed his first five-for since July 2009.

After choosing to bat first, Caythorpe started well as openers Josh Mierkalns (90) and James Hawley (22) found the boundary with alacrity and moved them onto 56-0 after 12 overs.

The innings went downhill from then on though as Richard Adams (2-37) had Hawley caught behind by the first of three sharp pieces of work behind the stumps by captain Sam Ogrizovic.

Kimberley’s joy only increased when James Mann ran out James Oldham in the next over before he had even faced a ball.

Four overs later it was Wright’s turn to join the party as he claimed the first of his five victims when Andy Staszkiewicz snicked behind; 73-3 in the 18th over.

That soon became 91-6 as Wright continued to gut Caythorpe’s middle-order, taking all three wickets without conceding a run.

First he took two in two balls in the 24th over as Jim Hindson became Ogrizovic’s third catch of the day and then Richard Beaumont left the next ball only hear the death rattle of his off-stump being knocked out of the ground.

The hat-trick ball was played out by Caythorpe’s skipper Andy Hunt, but he was on his way in Wright’s next over when he was trapped lbw plumb in front.

Mann (1-40) snuck in with a wicket of his own as Jon Terry held a low chance at slip to dismiss Kafeel Shafique and the score was 100-7 in the 29th over.

The eighth and ninth wickets did show some resistance though as Mierkalns looked to counter with support from James Hemmings (14), until he blindly played around a Paul Riley (1-1) delivery, and Chris Hindson before Mierkalns himself became Wright’s thoroughly deserved fifth victim.

Looking to dominate the bowling before he ran out of partners he miscued a pull shot straight up in the air and Jon Terry held on to send him on his way; out ten shy of what would have been a battling century.

It was then left to Adams to bounce out last man Tim Haines with Riley taking an easy catch at leg-gully to leave Caythorpe all out for 140 in the 39th over.

Kimberley’s reply proceeded at a sedate pace as Haines and Hindson (1-31) gave Terry (11) and Paldip Sidhu (19) little to hit and when Terry offered a leading edge to mid-wicket the scoreboard read 30-1 in the 10th.

Ogrizovic (58*) joined Sidhu at the crease and they added 33 runs in eleven overs, four of which were consecutive maidens, before Sidhu lofted James Hemmings to the cover fielder and had to depart with the score at 63-2.

Whilst Hindson kept plugging away the third wicket pair of Ogrizovic and Mann (39*) were relatively untroubled on their way to an unbroken 78 run stand that saw Kimberley over the winning line.

They ran hard and stroked the boundaries and both looked to tuck in when Staszkiewicz was brought into the attack as they plundered 41 runs from his 3.1 overs.

Several full-tosses were well received as Mann hit him for two sixes and Ogrizovic one as the final 40 runs came up inside seven overs.

Fittingly it was the captain who hit the winning runs ending his innings not out and sneaking into the lead in the batting averages in the process.

Summary

The full 20 points means Kimberley finish in fifth for the second season in row and it has been a good campaign all round.

A six-match winless run in July and August rather upset the apple-cart, but the team showed great character to bounce back with three straight wins to end on a high.

Batting-wise Jon Terry, Akhil Patel and Sam Ogrizovic all scored over 500 runs apiece and Paldip Sidhu showed some real promise in the final six games of the season as he scored 306 runs at an average of 51.

Matt Wright led the bowling attack throughout in picking up 42 wickets at 21 and Akhil Patel weighed in with 30 at a little over 20 each.

Wright was also a hero in what was undoubtedly the highlight of the season when the West Indian Cavaliers were toppled at Newdigate Street in May.

He hit the winning six after Ogrizovic had led the way with fearless century, having combined with Andy Platts in a century stand to set up the final assault where Paul Riley blasted 29 in a brilliant cameo to set up a famous victory.