Kimberley Institute endured a miserable day both in terms of the weather and the result as they fell to a three-wicket defeat at Hucknall Rolls Royce.
With the match being played at Rolls’ temporary home in Derby, Kimberley opted to bat first and the returning Jon Terry (26) and Dom Brown (27) got them off to a sound start with a stand of 46 for the first wicket.
Terry enjoyed Atif Sheikh’s (1-59) generosity as the former Kimberley man served up some width outside off-stump but young spinner Matt Roberts (2-32) saw Terry off in the tenth over as he beat his defences to bowl him; somewhat unluckily for the batsman as a downpour had just begun. This was an annoying feature of Kimberley’s innings as they went on and off several times.
What also didn’t help was losing two quick wickets after Terry’s fall; Tom Rowe quickly followed by his skipper and the scoreboard read 50-3 in the 13th.
Sam Johnson (41) joined the battling Brown to add 27 for the fourth wicket before Tom Lungley (1-42) ended the latter’s innings when he bowled him in the 23rd over.
Dom Wheatley (7) was next fall as Kimberley’s innings stuttered at 94-5. George Bacon (44*) joined Johnson and the runs accumulated with Bacon cracking several boundaries along the way in their stand of 51.
Johnson was bowled when trying to sweep Dane Straw (4-51), but that only brought Alex King (21) to the crease in the 48th over and Kimberley opened up at last; Bacon smote Lungley for several huge sixes over long-on as he took him for 23 in the penultimate over and then King deposited Straw into the car park and added 16 runs of his own before dancing down the wicket and being stumped.
When James Mann did the same off the last ball the innings closed with the score on 193-8.
With just one ball bowled in reply the rain came again thus it became a timed game and left Rolls with around 45 overs in which to chase down their target.
Kimberley on the other hand wanted wickets and Bacon (4-64) grabbed the first when he strangled Carnelly down the leg-side with Ogrizovic taking the catch to leave Rolls 15-1 after 4.
Shaun Levy (74) and Roberts (33) added 77 to put Rolls in command. Jon Shaw (1-43) managed to break the partnership though when he had Roberts dismissed lbw with the score on 92; that only brought Rolls skipper Dan Birch (32) to the crease and after a couple of singles he began to tee off with King bearing the brunt of his assault as he clobbered him for three sixes. Birch went after Bacon too although the bowler had the last laugh when Johnson held onto a tough catch on the boundary.
Lungley (21) and Levy gradually took the game away from Kimberley with a stand of 35 for the fourth wicket until they risked a single to King in the ring and his direct hit finally removed Levy after an excellent innings.
Mikey Millwood was trapped lbw by Bacon, keeper Ahmed was run-out risking a second to Shaw’s arm and then when Lungley hit one straight back to Bacon it was 188-7 but Sheikh hit the winning runs in the 44th over to hand Rolls the win.
The weather got the better of the 2nd XI’s home game with Plumtree as rain ended any hopes of a result during Kimberley’s reply.
Plumtree finished on 161-8 from 42 overs, Two wickets each for Sukhdeep Sidhu and Jack Blatherwick and one for Ben Crouch, Liam Webb, Vaughan Hamilton and Chris Glover.
Kimberley reached 46-3 before the rain came, Harry Radcliffe on 25, but the seconds remain on top of Division B.
Kimberley third XI beat Bingham by 127 runs.
Kimberley made 162-7 from their 36 overs. Krutarth Dave (17) and Luke Tantum (23) batted well early on before Alex Beavis’s spin claimed both openers.
From 87-6 in the 21st over captain Paul Taylor hit an unbeaten 35 to push the score up to a reasonable total.
Kimberley then proceeded to bowl Bingham out for just 35 runs. A stunning spell by Connor Richardson saw him take 6 for 2 with all his victims clean bowled.
At the other end 13-year-old Adam Majid secured his first senior wicket and Matt Ross capped a fine team fielding performance with a superb run out. Ross (1 for 10) also contributed with the ball before Tom Boyden took the last wicket to complete the win.
The fourth XI’s game with Lowdham fell victim to the weather.