Kimberley end the season with a win

Kimberley Institute rounded off their NPL season with a crushing 115 run victory over a pitiable Welbeck side at Newdigate Street.

Kimberley opted to bat first upon winning the toss. They had a poor start though as Jon Terry was run-out and Guy Darwin (1-28) and Kyle Francis (1-45) picked up a wicket apiece to remove Dan Birch and Akhil Patel and the scoreboard read 27-3 after just 9 overs.

With thoughts beginning to turn to another batting collapse, youngsters Paldip Sidhu (63) and Dominic Brown (55) showed some much needed mettle with an excellent stand of 107 for the fourth wicket.

Sidhu was delightfully fluent as he caressed the ball to the boundary whilst Brown accumulated at the other end; although he too found the boundary on occasion with one huge six disappearing over mid-wicket.

Sidhu brought his half-century up after 79 balls and a three figures beckoned, that is until he gave his wicket away by offering a dolly to the mid-off fielder with Martin Dobson (1-61) the bowler.

That started a collapse as Brown, after bringing up his maiden NPL half-century, was trapped in front by Jonathan Ball (3-52) ten runs later.

A score of 144-5 became 167-8 as the lower order splintered, but cometh the hour cometh captain Sam Ogrizovic (55*) who saved the day with a timely half-century.

Entering into the final over Kimberley were 203-8 but three consecutive boundaries from the skipper helped the score up to 217-8 with Richard Adams (3*) playing his part in a 50 partnership.

The target proved well beyond the visitors as they were skittled for just 102.

Matt Wright separated openers Dobson and Francis (40) when Dobson was adjudged lbw.

Francis and Darwin (12) advanced the total to 61 in the 14th and it seemed like it was game on, but not for Welbeck as spinners Akhil Patel (6-21) and Chris Glover (3-21) set about dismantling the brittle lower order and Welbeck were all out in just the 30th over.

Kimberley finish fifth in the NPL for the third season on the trot.