There were mixed results for Kimberley’s seconds, thirds and fourths at the weekend.
The second XI batted first at home to Wollaton and got off to a great start thanks to a 99- run stand between Andy Platts (85) and Prab Sidhu (35) until the latter was caught out of his crease and stumped off the bowling of Alec Cobbett (5-57).
The opening stand had set the innings up perfectly though as Mick Blatherwick (95) joined Platts and the pair rolled back the years and took the attack to the bowling.
Blatherwick took the lead in a stand of 106 and a big total beckoned before Platts fell an unfortunate 15 runs short of his century to Suman Shrestha (3-63).
Blatherwick fell an even more unfortunate five runs short of his own century and his fall brought a clatter of late wickets as the lower order perished in the search for late runs; Cobbett the main benefactor as Kimberley finished on a still imposing 285-8 from their 48 overs.
Wollaton’s reply was pretty much over before it had begun as the top order collapsed and they found themselves 35-5 with the left arm spin of Chris Glover (4-29) causing most of the damage, Connor Richardson (1-29) chipping in with a caught & bowled effort.
The early damage meant the lower-order hunkered down to bat for the losing draw and they just about made it as despite their best efforts the Kimberley bowling could not excavate the visitors.
Ian Wright (2-28) and Prab Sidhu (1-11) did manage to get Wollaton eight down but some very determined resistance from captain Andy Bayley (54*) made sure they made it through their 48 overs to finish on 147-8.
The 3rd XI were the only side to lose on Saturday as they fell to a narrow seven run defeat away at the Carrington Caribs.
The home side won the toss and made a decent 193-7 from their 45 overs.
Elliot Bowles (58) top scored before he was run out with Ibby Khalil (31) offering useful support.
Alex Beale (2-53) was the pick of the bowling with brother Sam, Ashley Britton and Ben Millington all picking up a wicket apiece.
In reply, several batsmen got themselves in but none could quite kick on and take Kimberley to victory.
Steve Bennett (50) top-scored with Ashley Britton (41) the next highest contributor.
It did seem like Bennett might be taking Kimberley to victory but his fall late on left the tail exposed and Bowles (5-35) took advantage by taking three wickets in the final over to leave Kimberley all out for 184.
Against the 4th XI, Poplars chose to bat having won the toss and progressed comfortably to 45, in 9 overs before the first wicket fell.
Order was restored with the introduction of a twin spin attack of 13-year-olds Charlie Blatherwick and Sukdeep Sidhu who bowled in tandem for 18 overs, sharing three middle order wickets.
David Thompson with 35 was the main Poplars contributor, but a series of cameos took the visitors score to 162 in the 45th over with Ben Crouch picking up 2-15.
Man of the match Paul Newton treated the Poplars bowlers with disdain as he smashed a 50 in the first seven overs with the ball flying to all parts of the Basil Russell ground.
When he departed for a very entertaining 66, Chris Mozley followed up with a composed 35 and although the Poplars bowlers had one or two moments, the Kimberley batting was altogether more robust.
There followed a final unbroken partnership of 30 between Crouch (19 no) and 17 not out from Joe Allport, who hit the winning runs for the third week in succession.
Kimberley concluded their chase at 164-5 in the 32nd over and move up to third in Division N.