Tom Rowe struck his maiden Kimberley century on Saturday but his efforts weren’t enough to earn a win in a high-scoring encounter at home to Radcliffe.
Sam Johnson (96) was agonisingly short of joining him in getting three figures whilst Chris Glover’s five wickets nearly forced an outright win.
The visitors asked Kimberley to bat first and had an early reward when Jon Terry edged David Lucas (2-68) behind to leave Kimberley 9-1.
Rowe joined Dom Brown (40) at the crease and they added 74 for the second wicket before Brown was bowled by Tom Crosse (1-34) after an inside edge hit his foot and rolled onto the stumps.
With the scoreboard reading 84-2 after 20 overs out strode Johnson who nudged his first ball for four and combined with Rowe to add a hefty 166 runs for the third wicket which took the game completely away from Radcliffe.
Radcliffe had no answer to either batsman until a dab for two left Johnson within a boundary of century only for Usman Muzaffar (2-70) to spoil the fun when he got one to spin sharply and bowl him; the batsman departing to huge applaus.
Rowe wasn’t to be denied as when on 98 he clipped the ball down to fine-leg for four much to everyone’s delight – although a ball later he was out to Lucas.
At 289-3 in the 47th Kimberley were easily on course for 300+ and a devastating 33 from George Bacon off just 14 balls all but made sure of that before he was Muzaffar’s second wicket, Kimberley eventually closing on 320-5 from 50 overs.
In reply Radcliffe were never going to get near their target and when Bacon (1-62) struck in the first over thanks to a slip catch from Terry it was the best possible start for Kimberley who knew they would have to be patient in the search for wickets.
James Mann (1-28) gained some just reward for a disciplined bowling display when he had Sutton (23) caught behind and with Ben Savage (2-43) bowling one batsman and trapping another lbw Radcliffe were 75-4 after 19 overs.
Lucas (30) and Josh Mierkalns (23) added 42 for the fifth wicket before Glover claimed both, Muzaffar was then removed thanks to another fine catch off his own bowling and at 141-7 Kimberley had got into the tail with 16 overs left.
An half-century stand between Fish (26) and Torr (53*) got Radcliffe some batting points before Fish tickled Glover straight round the corner to King who took a simple catch to see him on his way.
Glover’s fifth wicket saw off Crosse lbw but Radcliffe saw out the last 11 balls to earn a draw.
Kimberley seconds easily beat rock bottom Southwell by 104 runs.
Kimberley scored 149-6, Andy Layton’s 38 not out the top score in a reduced 39 overs.
Southwell didn’t even get to 50 in reply, Liam Webb taking 5 for 4 and Ben Crouch 3 for 13 as they were all out for just 45.
The third XI were too good for Newark R&M as they won by 83 runs.
Kimberley batted first and made 204-9, Krutarth Dave’s fine 64 the highlight of the innings along with Paul Taylor’s 45..
Newark fell well short of the target, Tom Boyden with 4 for 19 and Frazer Richardson 5 for 27 to complete the victory.
Kimberley’s fourth XI were the only losers on Saturday, narrowly beaten by 12 runs at Stapleford.
Stapleford were all out for 131, captain Rick Kelley and Chris Mozley took three wickets apiece whilst youngsters Charlie Ogrizovic and Cian Webb claimed two each.
In reply, a stand of 42 between Luke Barlow (36) and Josh Fraser (21) put Kimberley in a good position but they lost their last six wickets for just 18 runs and were all out in the 33rd over.