A VERY blustery day found Kimberley firsts welcoming Papplewick & Linby and, bouncing back from the disappointment of the previous weekend, they won convincingly by seven wickets.
After winning the toss, Kimberley skipper Sam Ogrizovic inserted Papplewick and the visitors got off to a steady start progressing to 37 after 13 overs.
Opening bowlers Matt Wright (2-38) and Richard Adams (3-51) probed for the first wicket and it was Wright who found it, having Alex Lloyd (11) superbly caught by Jon Terry at slip.
Adams then added the wickets of John Wakeling (24) and skipper Richard King to leave Papplewick 41-3 off 17.
Wright and Terry combined again to remove Mark Nelson in the 20th over leaving Papplewick reeling on 56-4.
Spinner Chris Glover (2-80) then joined in the wicket-taking as Robin Rhodes offered a bat-pad catch to Dominic Wheatley under the helmet at short-leg; the score 69-5 at drinks.
Young debutant Tom Bowers (76) - who batted admirably throughout - and Husnain Riaz (8) seemed to be steadying the innings before the latter lost his head to Glover and skied a simply catch, with Wheatley again holding onto it – 95-6 after 33 and Kimberley seemingly well in control.
They were thwarted though by a 71-run stand between Bowers and Bradley Matthews (41), which gave the visitors a fighting chance before Matthews lofted the ball down the throat of Terry off the bowling of Paul Riley (1-35).
This was in a period where 88 runs came off the final ten ten overs, although Adams managed to stem the flow somewhat in the final over as a run-out came to remove Jim Rhodes (8), and then Langford held Bowers on the boundary off the last delivery; Papplewick finishing on 214-9.
Kimberley’s reply got off to a flyer as Alex Robinson (19) and Jon Terry (72), helped by some wayward bowling, peppered the boundary and advanced Kimberley onto 68 at the end of the 13th over.
Jim Rhodes (2-39) spoiled the fun, however, as he trapped Robinson lbw in the 14th.
Papplewick could not exploit the opening though, as captain Ogrizovic (61) strode out to the crease and added 54 with Terry.
Ogrizovic worked the ball around well, whilst Terry continued to dispatch it over the ropes (14 times in total including one maximum) before he gave his wicket away gifting an easy catch to Jim Rhodes off the bowling of King (1-26).
At 122-2 in the 26th over victory still seemed assured, but it could have been so different for Papplewick had they not put down Nick Langford (40*) when he was on just four.
Instead he went on to play some stylish shots and add 79 with Ogrizovic who walked across his stumps and missed a Jim Rhodes delivery with the score on 201 in the 40th.
Langford didn’t hang around though as he smashed a six and four to seal the victory in the next over and hand Kimberley all 20pts.
Kimberley’s 2nd XI continued their excellent start to the season as they beat Wollaton 2nd’s by eight wickets.
After asking the home side to bat first, Kimberley then ripped through the top order, reducing the hosts to 37-7 with James Bailey (5-21) and Ian Wright (3-5) doing the damage.
The last three wickets added 31 to the score with captain Andy Crossley (21*) top scoring. Another wicket for Wright and one for Dominic Brown (1-16) wrapped up the innings in the 33rd over.
In reply Kimberley only required 18 overs to chase down the runs.
James Mann (21) and Andy Platts (27*) added 42 before James Griffiths joined Platts to see Kimberley over the line.
Another excellent win came away at Edingley as Kimberley’s 3rd XI recorded a huge 153 run victory.
Batting first they posted an impressive 267-7 from their 45 overs, the middle order particularly impressive with Andy Layton hitting 72, Edward Wright 46 and Connor Richardson 99.
Edingley’s openers started reasonably well with both getting into the twenties, but after that it was all downhill for the home team as they collapsed to a paltry 114 off 43 overs.
Seamers Martyn Stackhouse (1-23) and Richardson (1-20) both got a wicket apiece but it was spin that was to do the real damage with Craig Pitts (4-30), Matt Ross (3-13) and a very tight spell of bowling from young Charlie Walters (1-9) accounting for the other eight batsmen.
Batting first at Titchfield Park the 4th XI’s top order struggled to assert themselves against Whatton & Aslockton as, Chris Mozley (32) aside, none could get themselves in and make a significant contribution.
It fell to the lower order to salvage the innings as Paul Newton (16), Max Sugarman (26), Joe Platts (11) and Ben Crouch (18*) all contributed to the final total – extras also weighing in with 32 – as Kimberley were all out for 154 with three and a half overs to spare.
Batting though proved to be even harder for visiting Whatton as they were skittled for just 91.
Sugarman, producing a fine all-round performance, laid waste to the top order taking 4-24.
Paul Newton produced some able support as he took 3-12 with Dan Huskinson (1-9), Joe Allport (1-14) and Crouch (1-13) chipping in; Crouch dismissing the innings’ top scorer Chris Smith (20) in the 27th over to complete the rout.