Thirds win but no luck for the rest

Kimberley Insitute’s second XI were soundly beaten by 115 runs at Newdigate Street by the reformed Carrington Caribs.

The visitors batted first and posted 248-8, largely thanks to 117 from opener Umar Zaman. Blayne Riley and Joe Allport took three wickets each.

Kimberley’s reply was doing alright at 101-3 thanks to Jon Terry (29) and with Josh Bembridge (30) well set, but that was before Kaiser Altaf (6-14) took four wickets in one over and leaving Kimberley in tatters at 103-7.

Daniel Blatherwick held on with an unbeaten 23, but could do little to prevent the inevitable defeat coming in the 35th over.

The third XI recorded the club’s only win of the day away at Caythorpe as they won by 59 runs.

Batting first, a century stand between Luke Tantum (82) and Archie Moore (53 – his maiden half-century) set them up well and further contributions from Tim Wheatley (46) and Paul Blatherwick (41*) got them up to 255-5 from their 45 overs.

Danny Williams (5-34) worked his way through the Caythorpe batting before Smith (71) gave Kimberley a fright and Caythorpe hope of an unlikely victory, but leg-spinner Zain Ramzan (3-53) removed him and helped to seal the win in the 38th over.

The fourth XI were also playing Caythorpe on the Basil Russell, but they were on the end of a narrow two wicket defeat.

Batting first, only Tom Entwistle (60*) could make it past 20 with the bat as Kimberley posted 140-7 from their 40 overs, extras (28) being the next top score.

As Caythorpe crumbled to 49-7 it seemed more than enough with Luke Barlow (5-41) doing much of the damage.

The visitors had some experience in the tail though as Watson (52) and Fryson (24*) rescued the situation with a stand of 78 for the eighth wicket.

Barlow did get Watsonout, but the ninth wicket pair steered Caythorpe home with ten balls to spare.

See page 39 for the first XI reports from last weekend.