Kimberley’s first XI profited from a winning draw and then a victory as their Bank Holiday double-header brought good rewards.
On Saturday, a sunny day greeted the travelling Kimberley players as they arrived at the picturesque setting of Farnsfield.
Winning the toss and opting to bat, Kimberley’s openers Paldip Sidhu (75) and Jon Terry (75) compiled a 145-run stand for the first wicket, both solid to begin with before opening up and finding the boundary on numerous occasions.
Terry eventually departed with the score on 145, Sidhu following soon afterwards, before Dominic Brown was bowled by Loveridge to leave the score at 169-3.
Kiwi Bharat Popli (18) and debutant Sam Johnson (19) added 26 for the fourth wicket before both fell within an over of each other, but James Mann’s (43*) sparkling contribution, with a little help from Dominic Wheatley (17*), saw 55 runs came in the last five overs to see Kimberley close on 259-5.
The wind was certainly behind Atif Sheikh (2-42) as he tore into the Farnsfield top order and trapped Bell lbw with his second ball and then had Richmond-Dixon caught by Alex King at slip with his ninth to leave Farnsfield in real trouble at 12-2 in the 3rd.
They fought back though as Callum McKenzie (47) and Franks (61) added 95 for the third wicket and gave the home side a chance in the game.
Kimberley skipper Sam Ogrizovic turned to his slower bowlers and King (2-56) and Chris Glover (1-56) brought the run rate down.
King saw off McKenzie just before drinks to leave the score 107-3, but Curtis Mitchell (63) got off the mark with a six and alongside Franks added a further 67 runs which kept Farnsfield in touching distance, the latter eventually stumped off the bowling of Glover.
Mitchell batted on valiantly, but when James Smith fell in King’s last over, turning the ball round the corner to Sheikh at short fine-leg, Farnsfield’s focus shifted solely to gaining full batting points.
They did get there in the penultimate over via some entertaining blows from Osama Alam after Mitchell had been bowled by Wheatley (1-23) in the previous over and the innings ended on 228-6 to give Kimberley the winning draw.
On Monday, Papplewick & Linby made the short trip to the 2bm Ground and they probably wished they hadn’t bothered, as a superb knock by Sam Johnson (80) on his home debut and a five-wicket haul from Alex King set up a crushing 109 run victory for the home side.
The 2nd XI recorded their first victory of the season when they thrashed visiting Southwell by 114 runs at the 2bm Ground.
Batting first they had slumped to 49-3, but the fit again Vaughan Hamilton (75) held things together and with rising star Alex Aldred (59) added 82 for the fourth wicket to salvage the innings for Kimberley before he fell with the score on 131. Prab Sidhu (34) joined Aldred and they added a further 68 runs , Kimberley eventually all out for 244.
Ted Behl (4-83) had the best of the bowling for visitors.
Adams (1-26) took the new ball and alongside Liam Webb (5-33) reduced Southwell to 26-3 and the visitors continued to lose wickets at regular intervals as Kimberley worked their way through the batting order.
Charlie Walters (1-19) struck to make it 48-4 and Webb picked his third with the score at 65 before a 35 run partnership between David Coote (30) and Greg Behl stopped the rot somewhat before Jack Blatherwick (3-12) and Webb wrapped up the tail between them; Blatherwick claiming the tenth wicket with just three balls to spare.
The third XI fell to a 60-run defeat at Ruddington.
The hosts set a target of 188, Danny Williams best bowler with 4 for 15, but Kimberley couldn’t get near it as they were all out for 128, Joe Allport’s 47 their best effort.
The fourth XI racked up their highest ever score as they beat Kinoulton by 183 runs.
Luke Tantum starred with a superb 132, including 13 fours and ten sixes, Alex Terry’s 69 also key as they made 305-8.
The victory was barely in doubt and Kinoulton could only make 122 in reply, Hannah Mozley (3 for 20) and Tom Boyden (3 for 22) in particular bowling well as Kimberley eased to an emphatic success.