Extras prove vital in Kimberley win

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Kimberley travelled to face Wollaton and in a tense, low scoring thriller they won by just one wicket to claim all 20 points.

The home side won the toss and chose to bat first, but with captain Ed Savill out lbw to Matt Wright (4-37) in the first over it did not look such a good decision.

They then moved the score onto 37 before Wright ripped into the top order with a devastating burst of three wickets in two overs to see off Aussie Rhys Owen (16), Mark Elliot, again lbw, and then Tim Young who was held by Akhil Patel at slip; Wollaton 39-4 in the 11th.

David Smith (28) and keeper James Godrich (21) stopped the rot but 80-4 turned into 89-8 as Patel bamboozled the lower order on his way to an impressive six-wicket haul.

Wright saw off Alex Reed-Brewer and Josh Bembridge before a grating 39-run partnership followed between ninth wicket pair Ian Dodd (27) and Alex King (13*), but Patel brought the innings to an abrupt halt claiming the last two wickets in two overs as a demoralised Wollaton were all out for 132, Patel finishing with 6 for 22.

Kimberley hoped to make light work of the run-chase, but the Wollaton bowlers and the wicket had other ideas.

Opening bowlers Rhys Owen (2-44) and Ben Savage (3-40) probed away and it was Owen who got the early breakthrough as he dismissed Jon Terry and Sam Ogrizovic.

Patel (28) and Nick Langford (17) compiled 43 runs but fell within ten runs of each other, both caught behind off the bowling of Savage.

At this point the scoreboard read 64-4 in the 12th over and Carl Blake (27) and Alex Robinson (6) moved the score onto 86, but then it was the turn of Josh Bembridge (3-19) to swing the game back into the home team’s favour as he saw off Robinson, Riley and James Mann to leave it 100-7.

Blake’s vital knock was curtailed by Alex King (1-18) with yet another lbw at 116, before wayward bowling began to hurt Wollaton as extras began to add to the score.

Wright fell to a Savage catch at slip with the score on 127 and the hosts sensed victory, but closing pair Richard Adams and Chris Glover (4*) scampered four runs to leave the scores level before a bye fittingly allowed Kimberley to sneak home by the narrowest of margins.

Second XI

The 2nd XI’s run of outright victories came to an end at home to visiting Thurgarton as, in a high scoring affair, they had to settle for a winning draw.

Kimberley compiled an impressive 295-7 from their 48 overs with youngsters Dominic Brown (83) and Dominic Wheatley (52) leading the way in style as they batted excellently for a 124-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Andy Platts (40) and James Griffiths (35) had steadied things early-on with a stand of 84 while Craig Pitts contributed 32 and a quick-fire 20* from Ian Wright at the end of the innings helped Kimberley up to their final total.

Thurgarton’s reply featured two half centuries and 44 extras but Kimberley did enough with Brown, Wheatley, Wright and Sidhu all claiming one wicket each with a run-out accounting for the other Thurgarton batsman.

Third XI

The 3rd XI recorded a three-wicket victory away at Thrumpton thanks largely to an unbeaten century from Steve Bennett.

He hit 103 not out as Kimberley chased Thrumpton’s 171 which had been achieved thanks to 4 for 64 from Matt Ross and leg-spinner Ben Millington’s 4 for 15 rattling through the tail.

Bennett had able support throughout and with the help of Ross eventually saw his side home, his innings including 17 boundaries.

Fourth XI

The fourths suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Lambley.

Lambley made 142 all out with Ben Crouch claiming 2-18 from five overs and Paul Blatherwick with 3 for 2 to see off the tail.

Kimberley’s innings was a disappointing procession that never got going with a very sorry 51 all out posted.

But one bright note saw 13-year-old debutant Jack Blatherwick, batting at number four, carry his bat through the innings.

The fourths now have a blank weekend before a visit to Madni next week.