KICC 1st XI 212 all out lost to Caythorpe 214-5 by five wickets
CAYTHORPE made their wait for league cricket worthwhile on Saturday as they overcame Kimberley at Newdigate Street.
It was the visitors’ first game of the season after several weather-related postponements, and they started well with captain Andy Hunt winning the toss and opting to bowl first.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the opening bowlers were a little rusty and loose as the Kimberley openers, Dan Birch (41) and Jon Terry (30), tucked in.
Terry found himself at the wrong end of the queue though as Birch had the bigger portion of an opening stand of 62 where the ball flew to all areas and the run-rate hit ten-an-over before James Hemmings (2-66), who served up some of the more tasty half-volleys, had Birch caught behind.
With Birch’s fall, and the introduction of veterans Tim Haines (5-42) and Darren Bicknell (1-32) into the attack, the run-rate slowed but Terry with his captain Sam Ogrizovic (16) added 40 for the second wicket before the latter became Haines’ first victim when he played onto his stumps.
Despite the captain’s demise the innings still seemed well-set, but 102-2 became 148-7 as Haines and Bicknell turned the screws and the Kimberley middle-order wilted under the pressure; aptly demonstrated by some injudicious shots causing the downfall of several batsmen.
Thankfully for Kimberley James Mann (59*) prevented a complete rout with a fine innings.
Although he was given a lifeline on 17 when put down by the mid-off fielder he showed his growing maturity as a batsman and, with some industrious lower-order help from Simon Roberts (10) and Matt Wright (16), managed to get Kimberley up to 212 in the final over before Richard Adams was run-out and the innings was wrapped up with three balls to spare.
A 213-run target did seem short of par, but, as ever, some earlier wickets would change all that and Wright (1-43) and Roberts (2-45) delivered as they accounted for an opener each and the scoreboard read 25-2 in the 9th over.
Then came Caythorpe’s ace in Bicknell (75) and, with Josh Mierkalns (54), he effectively took the game away from the home side as the pair added 118 runs for the third wicket.
That’s not to say he didn’t survive a couple of close lbw calls and Mierkalns too had his share of luck when dropped at deep-square leg when on just ten; but Bicknell’s batting was that of a seasoned pro as he kept the good balls out and dispatched the bad ones; it was more matter with less art.
Roberts’ re-introduction to the attack did manage to break the partnership when he trapped Mierkalns lbw in the 36th over, but with 37 runs coming in the next four Caythorpe’s victory march seemed unimpeded; that is until Dominic Wheatley (2-23) struck twice upon his introduction into the attack.
He had Bicknell, in a rare lapse of concentration, caught at point and then trapped James Oldham lbw.
At 180-5 with ten overs to go it did feel like too little too late, but when only 12 runs came from the next five overs Kimberley wondered if the improbable was going to happen.
It didn’t, as Steve Allcoat (34*) held his nerve and took the visitors over the winning line in the 48th over with a boundary which sealed a deserved victory.
Kimberley visit leaders Cuckney on Saturday and West Indian Cavaliers in the cup on Sunday.
KICC 3rd XI 164-6 beat Basford Hall Old Boys 143-7 by 21 runs
At the second time of asking the 3rd XI got their season underway with a win over Basford Old Boys at the Basil Russell.
Batting first, Kimberley made a useful 164-6 from their 45 overs with youngsters Tim Wheatley (37) and Max Sugarman (33) top-scoring.
It was slightly older heads that led the way with the bowling though as Matt Ross (3-32) and Steve Bennett (2-18) helped to restrict the Old Boys to just 143-7 from their allotted overs; the side perhaps slightly disappointed not to have bowled the visitors out, but, nonetheless, a good start to the season.
Sunday XI 158-4 beat Caythorpe Sunday XI 157-9 by six wickets
The Sunday XI recorded their first victory of the season away at Caythorpe with a comfortable six-wicket win.
Paldip Sidhu (3-25 & 68*) showed his all-round credentials as he starred with both bat and ball.
The home side won the toss and opted to bat first on a wicket with more than a greenish tinge to it and were soon in trouble as Sidhu struck in his first over.
When Max Sugarman (3-17) went one better and picked up two in his first over the scoreboard read 22-3 in the ninth over.
Suroop Kandola (1-18) made it 32-4 before first team regulars James Hawley (47) and James Oldham (58*) rescued the innings with a stand of 59 - the latter holing out to Andy Platts on the boundary off of Prab Sidhu (1-33).
Oldham found some more support in Dave Kent (14) before Sugarman bowled him to claim his third thoroughly deserved victim.
Dominic Brown (1-18) and the returning Sidhu then struck in the last two overs to gut the tail and leave Oldham stranded at the non-strikers end and the innings ended on 156-9.
Kimberley got off to a decent start in reply with veteran Platts (19) and Prab Sidhu (18) moving the score onto 27 before Platts was adjudged lbw and had to be on his way.
Paldip joined his brother at the crease and they added 18 before Prab, and then Harry Ratcliffe, were bowled by the impressive Olly Clarke (2-21) and this left the score at 57-3 in the 21st over.
That was as good as it was to get for the home side though as Paldip Sidhu combined with Tim Wheatley (36) to add exactly 100 in a perfectly-timed run chase.
Sidhu led the way as both batted with great restraint and patience whilst harrying the fieldiers and keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
Young Wheatley certainly deserves praise for his effort, though when sensing glory, he smacked the ball straight to mid-on with the scores tied.
But the incoming Brown was left to take the glory as he nudged a single to see Kimberley to victory with an over to spare.