Kimberley Institute’s survival hopes suffered a real blow on Saturday when fellow strugglers Farnsfield edged to a two-wicket victory.
This was largely due to a match-winning 45 not out from Graeme White and a sub-par display from the Kimberley top order.
Kimberley opted to bat first and Jon Terry (18) got the lion’s share of the 33 runs added for the first wicket with Paldip Sidhu (32) before White (2-54) made an early impression with the ball by having Terry caught at midwicket.
Sidhu’s slow accumulation ground on as Bharat Popli (58) joined him and began to dominate in a partnership of 59 before Paul Franks (1-46) caught Sidhu off his own bowling when the batsman played too early.
Sam Johnson (18) joined Popli and together they added 32 inside eight overs as they looked to up the run-rate and ,with the score on 124-2 in the 35th over, Kimberley seemed well set for 250, if not a little more.
It was not to be though as Johnson became White’s second victim when he was out lbw and, three overs later, Popli drove the ball straight back to Dave Loveridge (4-44) .
And so continued the procession of wickets as Loveridge had Dominic Brown (12) and James Mann (22) dismissed lbw and caught by Curtis Mitchell respectively.
Captain Sam Ogrizovic (16) was run out and when Alex King (nine) fell in the 48th over, caught by Andy Bell to hand Loveridge his fourth victim, Kimberley were 204-8 and looking unlikely to even get full batting points.
Dominic Wheatley (13 not out) did his best but with Atif Sheikh and Chris Glover out in the final over to Jamie Wagstaff, Kimberley were all out for 218.
It certainly seemed well short as openers Michael Bell (15) and Matt Sisson (36) got Farnsfield off to a great start as they added 58 in the first nine overs.
The introduction of Glover (3-69) changed matters as he removed both openers.
So at 64-2 in the 12th, Kimberley were back in the game although it soon ebbed away as Callum McKenzie (37) and Paul Franks (46) added 84 to take the score to 148 in the 33rd before the drama began.
King (4-38) returned to the attack and struck straight away as McKenzie swept across the line and when Franks was out in the same fashion to Glover suddenly it was 148-4 and the game was back on. 13 runs came before James Smith played lost his stumps and then another 19 were added as White began to find his feet with Andy Bell before the latter was run-out via a Ogrizovic flick from a Sidhu throw.
King bowled Curtis Mitchell and had Osama Alam caught behind by Ogrizovic to leave the score at 192-8, but with King bowled out the captain had to turn to Sheikh who bowled an over that went for 13 and took a lot of the pressure off the visitors.
White then chose to end it in the next over as he hit the unfortunate Glover for two sixes and a four to win the game with three overs to spare and hand his side a vital 20 points. Kimberley’s own struggles will continue if their batsmen continue to throw away their wickets away, but they are still nine points ahead of Farnsfield and travel to rock-bottom Papplewick next week.
With the 2nd XI’s game with Southwell poised for an interesting conclusion, torrential rain put quite a big dampener on proceedings as it caused the game to be abandoned.
The home side batted first and ground out 167 from their 48 overs with Tim Green (62) facing a 132 balls in his innings and Chris Miller (32) and Dave Rimmer (24) offering support.
Young spinner Sukhdeep Sidhu (2-29) was the pick of the bowling with Liam Webb (2-44), Elliot Bowles (1-14) and Ben Crouch (1-33) chipping in.
Alex Aldred (49) and Vaughan Hamilton (36) got Kimberley off to a great start with a stand of 76 for the first wicket before the latter became Steve Wright’s (4-35) first wicket.
Another three wickets from Wright and one for Rimmer left the game in the balance at 109-5, but the the rain came shortly after to end it all.
The 3rd XI recorded a comfortable six-wicket victory with Jack Blatherwick putting in a fine all-round performance as he took 3-25 to help bowl Bramcote out for 168 and then made 70 in the run chase to keep the 3rd XI’s promotion bid alive.
The 4th XI thrashed visiting Breaston by 107 runs on the Basil Russell and moved themselves one place up in Division M .
Kimberley batted first and skipper Luke Tantum struck five boundaries in his 28 before he and Luke Barlow fell within three runs of each other to leave the score at 34-2, but Alex Terry (48) and Josh Fraser (38) came to the fore with an excellent 74-run stand with Terry dominating before his fall with the score on 108.
The batting suffered something of a collapse as Kimberley slipped to 119-6 before Fraser combined with Rich Kelley (35) to see Kimberley to 188-8 from their 45 overs.
Kimberley only needed 22 overs to bowl Breaston out as the visitors’ batting crumbling under a Liam Hodgkinson (5-18) onslaught as he removed four of the top five and with Danny Saxton (2-27) reduced them to 38-7. Arden (22) offered resistance but he was one of Kelley’s (2-23) victims and Luke Barlow finished things off to leave Breaston all out for 81.