Kimberley Institute fall just short in first defeat

Heavy rain and a first Nottinghamshire Premier League defeat of the summer made it a miserable weekend for Kimberley Institute.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 1:33 pm
Kimberley batsman Tom Rowe - 40 against Plumtree on Saturday.

After a narrow four run defeat at Plumtree in a rain-affected NPL clash on Saturday, their first round home clash with Langtons in the ECB National Club Championship was abandoned on Sunday and will now take place this Sunday instead.

South African Kyle Simmons hit 74 not out for Plumtree with 43 for Saad Ashraf and 39 for Qundeel Haider in their 225-5.

Kimberley fell just short on 174-6, chasing a revised target after rain of 179, Tom Rowe with 40, Matt Taylor 33 and Jack Nightingale 31, Callum Dring taking 3-40 off six overs.

“Saturday was a rubbish day and not much fun,” said captain George Bacon.

“The weather was poor and we didn't play as well as we could.

“Plumtree played really well and their overseas batting (Simmonds) in the first innings was pretty special.

“We could have bowled better at him but he played incredibly well and in the end I think that was the biggest difference, though we got close.”

Having seen Plumtree's innings cut to 42 overs by rain, a new target was given via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

“The rearrangement of our target was something to get our heads around, but fair play to Attenborough on the day,” he said.

“When we went out to bat we tried to keep up with Duckworth-Lewis as we knew rain was coming.

“After more rain we were relieved to get back out there for the chase as we were only a run behind.

“We needed nine an over so we knew exactly what we needed to do.

“I think we needed maybe 18 off the last two, but their overseas player bowled the second to last and bowled a good over.

“Then I think we needed 12 off the last and Ishraj Jandu, who is involved at Notts, bowled a really good over too.

“We just needed one big over out of the last five, scoring 14-16, when we went back on after the rain break needing 47, but it just didn't come.

“They bowled well and made it hard for us. They executed things better than we did on the day.”

More misery was to come the next day as the excitement about the national cup turned into a damp squib.

“We were about 80-3 when the rain came,” said Bacon.

“The ground was already wet from the previous day and the run-ups and wicket were not safe. Thankfully the weather forecast looks better this weekend.

“We did get the chance to have a look at a couple of their bowlers and they were pretty unorthodox but very effective and useful.

“They do things in their own way but they got a couple of early wickets.

“They certainly did a bit with the new ball, bowled under good control, set good fields, and were tough to get away. So it will be a tricky game.”

Before that Kimberley have a home NPL game against Wollaton on Saturday.

“All I want this weekend is two uninterrupted games of cricket when we are not bombing on and off with the weather, pulling the covers on, mopping up the square and revising totals,” said Bacon.

“Wollaton are a good side with some good players like young Zain Latif, who has been one of the leading wicket takers over the past couple of years. He is a really good spinner.

“We need to bounce back, play our best cricket and win.”