Kimberley suffered a bad day at the office as they slumped to a 15-run defeat at Papplewick & Linby on Saturday.
Winning the toss, captain Sam Ogrizovic asked Papplewick to bat first and found himself in action early on with a smart stumping to remove opener Tim Clarke off the bowling of Richard Adams (1-30) with the score at 18-1 in the seventh over.
Two partnerships of 30 followed as Alex Lloyd (57) looked to build a solid score but Brad Matthews (7), lbw to Akhil Patel (3-31), and Mark Nelson (9) couldn’t stick around long enough to help.
Matt Wright (3-38) caused Nelson to play onto his stumps and then removed Lloyd as he lost his balance and Ogrizovic pounced to pick up his second stumping of the day reducing Papplewick to 80-4.
Tom Bowers (26) and Husnain Riaz (16) took their time over a 40-run stand before Bowers lashed out in frustration only to see Nick Langford pluck the ball out of the air with a fine one-handed effort to hand Chris Glover (1-36) his only wicket.
Then 120-5 became 145 all out as Papplewick’s lower order failed to offer much in the way of resistance; Wright picked up another with James Mann (2-9) and Patel sneaking in with two apiece in the final overs.
With the wicket proving to be slow the 146 run target would require some application from the Kimberley batsmen, but there was little to be found and Jim Rhodes (5-49) and Aaron Onyon (4-51) made them pay.
Jon Terry played Rhodes onto his stumps for a golden duck and when Patel lofted Onyons to Matthews at mid-on for a simple catch Kimberley were 8-2 in the fourth and in trouble.
Ogrizovic (21) and Langford, helped by extras, moved the score to 33 before Rhodes bowled Langford all ends up.
Onyon then bowled Andy Platts and Mann in the same over to make the score 41-5 at the end of the 12th.
Carl Blake (12) joined Ogrizovic and the pair added 28 for the sixth wicket taking Kimberley to 69-5 in the 18th before the captain fell victim to a questionable lbw decision and had to depart with Onyons again the bowler.
A score of 69-6 became 90-9 as the nagging accuracy of Rhodes saw off Blake, Wright and Paul Riley as he claimed his five-for.
At this point the remaining 56 runs were only a distant vision on the horizon but Adams (23) and Glover (8*) produced an improbable 40-run- stand with drama aplenty.
Adams survived two big appeals for caught behind and Glover too survived a big appeal and with extras (39) continuing its useful contribution Kimberley crossed their fingers - and anything else - hoping for the final 16 runs.
It was not to be, however, as Adams’ spirited effort was finally ended by Matthews as he feathered an edge behind and the home team erupted into joyous celebration.
The 2nd XI also fell to defeat at home to visiting Wollaton by six wickets.
The visitors won the toss and asked Kimberley to bat first and things started reasonably well with Ben Johnson (20) and Alex Robinson (22) putting on 43 for the first wicket.
However, Kimberley slipped to 99-5 when James Griffiths (21) was out.
A stand of 51 between Steve Bennett (29) and Dominic Wheatley (29) hinted at better things but Alex Cobbett (4-55) bowled both of them and Sunil Shrestha (4-42) blew away the tail to leave Kimberley all out for 167 in the final over.
Wollaton’s chase was dominated by Will Rattray who hit an unbeaten 104 to virtually win the game single-handedly.
Ian Wright (2-36) and Bennett (1-29) had the visitors wobbling at 77-3 but a stand of 55 between Rattray and Andy Bailey (29) steadied the ship.
Dominic Brown (1-41) had Bailey caught behind to make it 132-4 but Rattray continued unabated to guide the visitors home in the 42nd over.
The thirds recorded the only victory of the weekend as they beat hosts Attenborough by three wickets.
The home team were restricted to 135-9 from their 45 overs with Connor Richardson (3-26) and Martyn Stackhouse (2-30) the pick of the bowling. Martin Firbank top-scored with an unbeaten 45.
James Grenfell (4-27) did his best to win the game for Attenborough but youngsters Tim Wheatley (39) and Max Sugarman (44*) belied their years and batted superbly to take Kimberley to victory.
Titchfield Park witnessed a heavy defeat for the fourths as they lost to another visiting Wollaton side by 127 runs.
The visitors were asked to bat first and compiled a healthy 194-7 in their 45 overs, Saleem (53), Maqbook (36) and Sharma (31) leading the way.
Paul Blatherwick (2-30) was the pick of the bowlers.
In reply the fourths were blown away for just 67 with Jason Brookes (4-26) leading the way, dismissing four of the top five in the process.
Tom Beale (15), Joe Platts (11) and Tom Whittingham (10) were the only batsmen to make it into double figures as Kimberley were all out in just the 29th over.