Kimberley fall short to leaders Cavaliers in table-topping showdown
Kimberley Institute were unable to make it a Bank Holiday winning double as they lost a thriller to Nottinghamshire Premier League leaders Cavaliers & Carrington on Monday.
Having seen off Hucknall by five wickets on Saturday, they went into the game with their title rivals in confident fashion. But a 17-run defeat left them back in third place, two points adrift of the summit.
Electing to bat, Cavaliers lost two wickets for nine runs but ran up 252-9 in the end withj 106 for Kahif Ali, 33 each for Shivsinh Thakor and Adam Tillcock and Martin Weightman taking 3-44.
Kimberley openers Sam Wood (50) and Jack Nightingale (63) put on 130, but despite 40 from Weightman too they fell short at 235 all out, Thakor taking 3-33 from eight overs.
“Monday was really disappointing,” said captain George Bacon.
“I think we needed about 20 off the last over. Again we bowled pretty well on a flat pitch and I thought we restricted them pretty well.
“They had a couple of lads who batted nicely but we never felt like they had completely got away from us.
"Then when we got to 130-0 we really should have gone on and finished it off.
"They bowled quite well and we made a couple of mistakes. They are a great side, but when we'd got ourselves into the position we had we really should have won the game.”
However, he said it was only one result and still early season.
“No one will win or lose the league in May,” said Bacon.
“Only time will tell how costly that result might be. But there is a huge amount of the season left to go.
"We will win and lose more games as they will – and we get to play them again. We are disappointed, but will go again next week.”
At Hucknall on Saturday the home side were bowled out for 94 in 33.1 overs, Nolan Benson top-scoring with 19, while Dominic Wheatley took 4-30 from 10 overs and George Bacon 3-14 from 7.1 overs.
Kimberley made a poor start and were 17-3 before Matt Taylor (29) and Bacon (23 not out) steered them back on course for 96-5 in 20.4 overs.
“We did well against Hucknall,” said captain Bacon. “We bowled brilliantly and put them under some pressure, but then they did the same and made us a bit nervous. It was a great win in the end.”