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Johnson and Rowe keep Kimberley top of table

Sam Johnson, who stroked an excellent, unbeaten 78 in Kimberley's easy victory. (PHOTO BY: Chris Etchells)
Sam Johnson, who stroked an excellent, unbeaten 78 in Kimberley's easy victory. (PHOTO BY: Chris Etchells)

Authoritative batting by Sam Johnson and Tom Rowe banked Kimberley’s third win of the Notts Premier League season to keep them top of the table.

Johnson stroked an unbeaten 75 after opener Rowe had cracked a rapid 65 as Kimberley comfortably chased a target of 188 set by struggling visitors Farnsfield.

The pair were together long enough to put on 50 for the second wicket, after Rowe, who fired three sixes and eight fours, had shared 45 with George Bacon (17, four fours).

Johnson then took command, hitting one four and seven fours in a stand worth 89 with Hassan Chaudry (28, three fours) that eased Kimberley to the brink of victory, which was attained with almost 17 overs to spare.

Earlier, Farnsfield never recovered from a shaky start that saw both openers depart for six. Despite an aggressive 29-ball 44 (four sixes and three fours) from Solomon Budinger, wickets continued to fall and they limped to 118-7 before a late mini-revival, led by Matt Roberts, who made 49 (four fours).

The wickets were shared among six Kimberley bowlers, most notably Chris Glover (3-30 in 11 overs) and Bacon (2-32 in seven), although Alex King (1-32 in 12) was very tidy.

This Saturday, Kimberley host Attenborough.