Kimberley so close to win but can only draw

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Kimberley’s trip to Caythorpe so nearly ended in a much-needed victory, but they fell eight runs short in what was an attritional encounter and had to settle for a losing draw and eight points.

Fielding first, Kimberley gave 15-year-old Elliot Bowles his debut and he was soon watching with interest as Atif Sheikh (2-34) produced a gem of a delivery to clean bowl James Hawley in the third over.

Josh Mierkalns (37) was unaffected by the loss of his opening partner though as he attacked Bowles and, with able assistance from extras (37), helped the home side up to 66 in the ninth over before he lobbed up a tame catch to Bharat Popli in the gully.

With the run-rate above six-an-over Sam Ogrizovic turned to his spin-twin attack of the miserly Chris Glover (3-28) and the crafty Alex King (1-45) and they not only hauled Caythorpe back, but punched a gaping hole in the home side’s middle-order as, from 77-2, they reduced them to 90-6.

Andy Staszkiewicz (34) and James Hindson (23) added 64 for the seventh wicket as Caythorpe eventually finished 185-9, Sam Johnson (2-32) and James Mann (1-8) also taking wickets.

After the resumption Kimberley lost Paldip Sidhu to the trundling Tim Haines (3-19) in the fifth over with just eight on the board, but Jon Terry (27) and Bharat Popli (28) shored things up and gradually built a stand of 48 to take Kimberley up to 56-1 before Terry pulled Haines to Dowman at mid-wicket and then Dom Brown was bowled and it was 57-3.

Popli and Johnson added 31 before the former played Hawley (1-47) onto his stumps, Ogrizovic falling in the next over lbw to Hindson (4-66) to leave Kimberley 91-5.

Johnson was joined by Mann (11) at the crease and they added 20 before Mann was out, but the incoming King (31*) combined with Johnson to add 33 inside six overs .

As the score moved onto 144-6 and 41 required off four-and-a-half overs, Johnson was out after onto his stumps but while King, Sheikh and Bowles between them weren’t able to score the 11 needed off the final over, they did see Kimberley to a draw and eight points.

On Sunday, Kimberley progressed to the quarter-finals of the Derbyshire Premier Cup with a six wicket win at home to Spondon.

The visitors were bowled out for 130, Ben Ashdown 51 not out and Chris Glover taking 4-18.

Kimberley knocked off the targt inside 35 overs, Bharat Popli top scoring with 49.

The 2nd XI recorded a losing draw on Saturday as their batting held firm against visitors Attenborough’s attack.

Attenborough batted first and posted 271 with Tom Murray (132) leading the charge, Ben Sheppard (62) also batting well.

Bowlers Liam Webb (3-83) and Steve Bennett (5-48) proved most effective for Kimberley

Despite the loss of Alex Aldred to Martin Rayner (2-28) early on Kimberley never really looked in any danger of being bowled out with Dominic Wheatley (86) leading the rearguard.

His good partnerships with Vaughan Hamilton (30), James Griffiths (20) and Jack Blatherwick (18) helped make the game safe with the only downside being his dismissal late in the innings.

Kimberley’s third XI beat Plumtree at home by 22 runs.

After being inserted Kimberley found themselves at 30-3 in the eighth over, before a stand of 80 from Danny Williams (39) and Joe Allport (46) helped things along.

But their dismissals were followed by several others in quick succession, Kimberley all out for 152 in the 41st over.

Kimberley’s Max Sugarman (1-23) bowled opener Marks for nought in the third over, and subsequent tight bowling restricted Plumtree to 59-2.

Ben Crouch, Williams and Sukhdeep Sidhu (2-17) pushed the run rate further upwards, but two wickets from Azad (2-22) and one from Allport (1-14) took the game away from Plumtree and they closed on 130-6.

Kimberley’s fourth XI fell by six wickets at home to Stapleford.

Being only able to field nine men it was always going to be a struggle for the fourths but, batting first, they made a useful 161 before being bowled out in the 39th over with contributions coming from Chris Mozley (46), Luke Tantum (38) and Alex Terry (20), whilst Salman Saheed (4-37) picked up half the wickets to fall.

The visitors chased the runs down with relative ease with victory coming in the 28th over.

Opener Peter Huxtable led the way with an unbeaten 78, Kimberley’s Luke Barlow claiming two wickets.