Kimberley slip to a third straight defeat

Dominic Brown top scored for Kimberley with 47 but it was in vain against Plumtree.
Dominic Brown top scored for Kimberley with 47 but it was in vain against Plumtree.

Kimberley Institute slipped to a third straight defeat away at Plumtree and now, having taking only seven from the last 60pts, find themselves hovering just above the NPL relegation-zone.

Kimberley were asked to bat first and Jon Terry (40) and fellow opener Paldip Sidhu (26) moved Kimberley to 59-0 in the 16th over, but that was about as good as it got as left-arm seamer Ed Hodgson (4-18) sparked a collapse.

Terry was first to fall after airily driving Hodgson to mid-off and Sam Ogrizovic followed three overs later edging Mohsin Qayyim (2-40) to slip.

Sidhu edged Hodgson to Tetley behind the stumps and when Sam Johnson larruped a wide Hodgson delivery to backward point Kimberley were 70-4 at the halfway point.

Dominic Brown (47) did his best to keep the scoreboard ticking but none of the lower order could stay with him for long and Kimberley were eventually all out for 146.

Kimberley knew they had little to defend, but a sharp run-out by Johnson in the third over to dismiss Bedingham gave them hope with the score at 7-1.

But two solid half-century partnerships involving Sam Storey (50*), first with Joseph Tetley (30) and then with Matt Wood (40), gradually took the game away from them.

Chris Glover (1-19) provided some cheer when he caught Tetley off of his own bowling with 60 on the board in the 17th over and Terry (1-16) got himself another wicket trapping Wood lbw in the 31st with the score at 120, but Ben Storey (17*) joined his brother and together they saw the home side to victory in the 37th over.

On Sunday, in the annual NPL T20 competition Kimberley narrowly lost to West Indian Cavaliers by 13 runs.

Alex King (1-11) gave Kimberley a great start when he trapped Aaron Thomas lbw with 14 on the board, but a 110-run stand between big-hitting Saddiq Hassan (73 off just 37 balls) and Shaun Levy (51*) helped the Cavs post a more than useful 158 from their 20 overs.

Kimberley lost Paldip Sidhu early on, but Mark Baker (31) and Sam Johnson (32) added 48 for the second wicket before Kimberley lost wickets at regular intervals which rather hampered the run chase.

A quick-fire innings from Atif Sheikh (31) gave them some hope, but there was too much to do going into the final over and Kimberley finished 13 runs short.

The 2nd XI also fell to defeat as they lost by 73 runs at home to West Bridgfordians in a match reduced to 42 overs per side.

Defeat seemed a long way away when Alex Beale (3-50), Liam Webb (2-66) and Charlie Walters (1-32) and a Ben Johnson run-out reduced the visitors to 88-5, but a 133-run stand for the sixth wicket between Jon Sheard (91) and Darren Shaw (61*) rescued the visitors and allowed them to post and impressive 230-7 from their 42 overs.

Kimberley’s reply got off to the worst possible start when they found themselves two wickets down with just one run on the board and things got little better as they limped to 39-5 with Chris Holden (5-26) and Adam Hancocks (3-43) doing the damage.

Captain Steve Bennett (74) and Paul Blatherwick (23) stopped the rot with a partnership of 72, but with Blatherwick’s fall with Nelson on the board to Aidan Bell (2-26) wickets slowly began to fall again and Kimberley eventually were all out for 157.

The 3rd XI recorded the only win of the day at the Basil Russell where they beat Flintham by 40 runs to maintain top spot in Division H.

Kimberley made an imposing 194-4, a fine partnership of 111 between Tim Wheatley (51) and Sam Beale (55) helping their cause, as well as another of 51 between Danny Williams and Ben Millington.

Flintham had a good start getting up to 46 without loss before Ben Crouch (1-42) struck and there they slipped to 99-6 as Sukhdeep Sidhu (2-19), Max Sugarman (2-22) and Joe Allport (2-33) all got amongst the wickets.

Flintham held out to the finish on 154-8 but victory belonged to Kimberley.

The 4th XI also fell to defeat away at Eastwood Town where they could only muster 96 from their 30 overs.

At 58-2 they might have hoped for better, but with the fall of captain and top scorer Luke Tantum (22) the innings fell apart as seven wickets fell for just 32 runs.

In reply victory came for Eastwood in the 25th over as they got home with relative ease.

More details from their display can be found on page 38.