Kimberley batsmen let them down on perfect track - video

Kimberley Institute’s 1st XI fell to a 65-run defeat at home to Plumtree after their batting failed them miserably on what was a great batting track.

Kimberley stay second in the NPL table despite the defeat, but are now 17 points behind Cavaliers & Carrington in top spot and have Cuckney and Plumtree breathing down their necks.

Kimberley Institute CC v Plumtree CC, pictured is Plumtree batsman Sam Wood

Kimberley Institute CC v Plumtree CC, pictured is Plumtree batsman Sam Wood

The visitors were asked to bat first and were well placed at 180-2 thanks to Chris Gibson (45), Sam Wood (38) and Oliver Soames (115) who was on his way to a finely crafted century.

Kimberley fought back though as Martin Weightman (4-41), Dominic Brown (1-69) and George Bacon (2-37) got amongst the wickets to leave Plumtree a little short of par as they closed on 250-8 from their 50 overs.

Alex King (1-36) was the other wicket taker.

It turned out to be more than Kimberley could muster as for the third week in a row they were three wickets down with less than thirty runs on the board and this time there was no way back.

Sam Johnson (48) showed how easy batting was with a brisk innings before he over-balanced and was stumped to give Graeme White (4-41) his second wicket.

Weightman (49) also batted well and deserved a half-century before he was the eighth man out with the score on 161 and Kimberley were all out 24 runs later in the 45th over.

Callum Dring (3-35) took the final wicket with Ishraj Jandu (2-30) and Wood (1-22) claiming the others.

They welcome Hucknall this weekend.

After the highs of last weekend, it was not such a good week this time out as only Kimberley’s 4th XI claimed victory.

Kimberley Institute 2nd XI came away from Collingham with a respectable draw in a high-scoring game.

The home side batted first and posted a hefty 304-6 from their 50 overs.

Adam Majid (2-36) did get amongst the wickets early doors as Collingham found themselves 36-2, but pro Muhammed Naeem (145*) dominated the innings from then on and added 184 with captain Oliver Dyson (94) for the third wicket.

Dominic Wheatley claimed Dyson’s wicket and Jon Terry claimed two alongside a Joe Boocker run-out.

Kimberley had a decent start in reply with Bahadur Singh Digwa (73) taking the score to 120-3.

Terry (41) and Wheatley (74) gave Kimberley an outside shot at victory as they score quickly in their stand of 88 for the fourth wicket, but Terry’s fall heralded two more wickets and, with Wheatley the seventh wicket to fall, Kimberley held out for the draw and closed on 266-8.

The eight points gained means the 2nd XI stay in sixth spot, but a healthy distance away from the sides below them. They face another away day at Belvoir this weekend.

With the 3rd XI without a game - they are back in action at home to Caythorpe this weekend - it was left to the 4th XI to record the only win of the day as they piled on the runs against Calverton’s 2nd XI.

Batting first, they scored a massive 381-1 from their 45 overs with Alex Terry (159) and Ben Crouch (143) both making unbeaten centuries as they added a whopping 265 runs together for the second wicket.

Josh Fraser (45) was the solitary wicket to fall after he’d added 116 with Terry and extras contributed 34.

Calverton had a century maker in their ranks too as Gavin Baguley (114 not out) defied Kimberley.

But the home side still finished some 199 runs short as they mustered 182-5 from their 45 overs.

Ewan Towle, Haris Hussain, Grahame McDonough, Rich Kelley and Andy Crouch all claimed a wicket each.

The win keeps the 4th XI top of Division J and they travel to Southwell this week.