It had been billed as a grudge match given the events of the off-season, but in reality Mansfield Hosiery Mills’ victory over Kimberley Institute on Saturday was a tame affair as the home side let themselves down after a good start to lose by 63 runs.
After winning the toss and having the opposition 146-5 with only four overs remaining, new skipper Alex King (1-38) would have been very happy with proceedings, but perhaps not so much so when the Millers closed on 196-5.
Opener Matt New (78*) had held the innings together with a very patient half-century, and with Keshara Jayasinghe’s help (40*) added 84 for the sixth wicket inside nine overs.
Earlier George Bacon (1-41) had prised out Gareth Curtis who had dug himself in at the start of the innings. King then removed Tom New (22) lbw with his second ball and then caught Smallwood to give Ben Savage (1-25) a deserved wicket.
A lightning fast piece of fielding and direct hit from Jon Terry had run Townsend out and then James Mann’s only wicket had left the Millers 112-5 when Rodgers was bowled; Mann’s contribution had been an excellent 15 overs for just 40 runs and one wicket.
Chasing 197 on Kimberley should be a trouble free affair, but Matt Wright (7-42) had other ideas as he reduced them to 6-3 and then 50-5.
Sam Ogrizovic (26) and Terry (18) had managed to add 34 for the fourth wicket in between the collapses, but when Kyle Garside (1-28) and Matt New (2-49) picked up one each Kimberley were in dire straits at 56-7 as drinks arrived.
A stand of 58 between Bacon (42) and King (28) took Kimberley away from trouble and seemed to be guiding them home for the draw but when King holed out to mid-wicket in the 43rd over it should have been the signal to batten down the hatches and take the draw.
It didn’t happen though as Bacon played onto his stumps and then last man Savage was stumped off a wide next delivery to seal the defeat in the 45th over.
At the half-way point of the season Kimberley find themselves eighth in the NPL and only 23pts clear of the 11th placed Bridon in the relegation spot.
The second XI fell to defeat at Plumtree by two wickets.
Asked to bat first they posted a more than competitive 194-8 with Harry Ratcliffe’s excellent 71 the top score.
Matt Dring’s unbeaten 62 was the highlight as Plumtree reached their target with two overs to spare, Jack Blatherwick taking 3-50, Liam Webb taking two and Steve Bennett and Sukhdeep Sidhu one each.
The result means Kimberley slip to fourth, but they are still in contention for a promotion spot.
Kimberley’s thirds comfortably beat Ravenshead by eight wickets after bowling them out for 107, Joe Allport with 3-31.
The reply proved little trouble, Krutarth Dave (46) and Max Sugarman (56) providing nearly all of the runs as Kimberley lost just two wickets.
The thirds are now third in Division G.
Kimberley fourths also won by eight wickets as they overcame Wymeswold who made 141-7, the wickets shared between six bowlers.
Kimberley won with two overs to spare thanks to 50 from Alex Terry and an unbeaten 55 from Luke Barlow.
On Sunday, in a rain-affected game the first XI beat Alfreton by five wickets to move into the quarter finals of the Derbyshire Premier Cup. The win means they will travel to face Marehay on Sunday 20th July.
Meanwhile, Kimberley Institute will be hosting their annual six-a-side charity day on Sunday, July 13.
Twelve local sides will be competing (in fancy dress) to win the trophy and helping to raise money for good causes. The fun gets underway from 10am onwards with the bar open all day.