Kimberley’s good run ends with heavy loss

Kimberley second XI youngster Charlie Walters bowls on his way to taking three wickets on Saturday.
Kimberley second XI youngster Charlie Walters bowls on his way to taking three wickets on Saturday.

Kimberley Institute’s recent good run came to an abrupt end at Welbeck Colliery as they were soundly beaten by nine wickets after being bundled out for just 113.

Kimberley’s Sam Ogrizovic won the toss and opted to bat first and didn’t get the start he’d have hoped for after Kimberley were reduced to 13-3 by Jake Ball (4-16) and Ashley Willis (1-32) after just four overs as Jon Terry, Bharat Popli and Dominic Brown were all out for ducks.

Terry’s fellow opener Paldip Sidhu (32) was still at the crease though and with Sam Johnson (32) seemed to have shored things up as they added 40 runs to take Kimberley to 53-3 in the 17th over; that was until Sidhu played a rather indeterminate shot to Olly Pringle (2-31) and was caught behind.

Ogrizovic was out seven overs later lbw to the spin of Jonathan Ball (1-24) and with Johnson’s fall five overs after that, caught behind to the returning Jake Ball, Kimberley were in dire straits at 80-6.

That soon became 96-9 as two wickets from Richie Bentley (2-6) and another from Pringle stopped the tail from wagging too much. Dominic Wheatley (22) did his best to get Kimberley up to a marginally better score, but he holed out to the long-on boundary when trying to get after Ball handing the Notts man his fourth wicket in the process.

Martin Dobson (62) blazed away and with his half-century coming off just 30 balls victory became a formality for the home side.

Adam Burgess (37*) and Matt Higgins (12*) saw the game home in the 27th over with Kimberley recording nil points for the day and slipping to seventh in the NPL.

The 2nd XI notched their second win in a row in dramatic fashion with the winning runs against the Hyson Green Carrington Carribs coming in the final over.

The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first and posted 224-9 from their 48 overs with the lion’s share of the total coming via an unbeaten 102 from Elliot Bowles.

Richard Adams (1-28) made the early breakthrough with Harry Ratcliffe taking the catch behind the stumps before Bowles and Sohail Ahmed (28) added 74 for the 2nd wicket.

It was then that Charlie Walters (3-53) began to get amongst the wickets to leave the Carribs at 126-4, and a 46-run stand between Bowles and Waheed Kayani ended when the latter became the first of Prab Sidhu’s (3-32) victims, Sidhu claiming two more wickets and run-outs via Alex Aldred and Walters helping Carribs to a total of 224-9.

At 26-2 in reply it looked a struggle for Kimberley, Ratcliffe and Carl Blake out cheaply to Naveed Kanwal (4-49), but Mark Baker (68), on his Kimberley debut, and Aldred (65) steadied the ship and added 72 for the third wicket to take the score to 98 before Baker was adjudged lbw to Sarwar (1-35).

Aldred and Jack Blatherwick (33) added 83 together but after they and Sidhu were eventually out, Kimberley needed five to win from the last over.

James Griffiths (15) was run out during a mix-up with Steve Bennett during that over, but Bennett scythed the next delivery for four to seal the win and 20pts.

The third XI returned to winning ways with an 84 run margin of victory over joint leaders Bingham.

Batting first, Kimberley made 243-7, that despite being at 93-5 after just 20 overs, with Tim Wheatley departing for 39.

The middle order stepped up, Sam Beale’s excellent 59 and Joe Allport’s 35 earning vital runs that changed the face of the game, Matt Ross’s 23 and Max Sugarman’s 28 helping Kimberley to the end of their innings.

Bingham started well in reply, compiling 30 in the first five overs, but it was soon 93-4 with Wheatley, Sugarman and Beale all striking.

Sukhdeep Sidhu also claimed a wicket before the last five wickets fell in six overs with Danny Williams bagging 4-11 off five overs, all bowled, and Joe Allport also bowling the ebullient last man to seal an 84-run win.

The 4th XI recorded victory in a low scoring encounter at Lowdham by 16 runs.

Kimberley batted first but were all out for 75, Ben Crouch and Chris Mozley (18 each) top scoring.

Tom Boyden (3-9) struck early on in Lowdham’s innings as they were quickly 17-4 and eventually blown away for just 59, Liam Hodgkinson (4-11), Crouch (1-19) and Ed Wright (2-17) doing the damage.