KIMBERLEY Institute ended their run of defeats with victory at home to Wollaton on Saturday.
Paldip Sidhu’s 107 led the way with the bat in a maiden Premier League century and Matt Wright spearheaded the bowling attack with a fine return of 4-45.
Wollaton captain Ed Savill inserted Kimberley upon winning the toss and when Ben Savage (1-74), after a brief flurry of boundaries, bowled Jon Terry (18) to leave the score at 33-1 in the 11th over it seemed a good decision.
But then Sam Ogrizovic (62) came to crease and compiled a 131-run stand with Sidhu.
The pair batted excellently; Sidhu kept the good balls out and accumulated whilst Ogrizovic harried the fielding team with some aggressive running and the boundary with some big hits.
Former Kimberley man Luke Robinson found himself on the end of two big sixes as the skipper advanced to a 47-ball half-century.
Sidhu brought up his own half-century four overs later with a sweet cover-drive, but the chance of both making a century ended as Ogrizovic was bowled by Alex King (4-88) leaving the scoreboard reading 161-2 in the 34th.
Akhil Patel (24) kept up the tempo with Sidhu as he went at a run-a-ball before trying one shot too many and was well caught with King again the bowler, but at 203-3 in the 40th Kimberley were still on for a big score.
Sidhu and the incoming James Mann (39) briefly consolidated but any hopes Wollaton had of keeping a lid on things were dashed as Mann connected for a big six and a 72-run stand began in earnest.
All the time Sidhu had kept busily about his business and fittingly brought up his century with a single and acknowledged the deserved applause.
With his century secured he opened his shoulders in the final over and smacked King for six, but the bowler had his revenge as he was caught next ball trying it again and when Mann was dismissed in the same fashion the innings lost a little bit of its lustre, though the final total of 276-5 still represented a fantastic effort.
In reply Wollaton’s openers were greeted with a spicy reception as a fired-up Kimberley team hunted for early wickets.
Wright and Mann bowled well in the opening overs and, as ever, it was Wright who made the breakthrough.
First he knocked opener David Smith’s off-stump out of the ground with a peach of a ball and then, in a real champagne moment, had Alex Reed-Brewer brilliantly caught one-handed by a diving Paul Riley at slip.
The scoreboard read 42-2 in the 13th over and suddenly 277 seemed a long way away.
The visitors fought back though through captain Savill (51) and Antony Keely (92) as they compiled a 50-run stand before a brief shower interrupted proceedings.
Savill brought up his own, dogged, half-century up with the first ball after the resumption of play, but then snicked the next behind to Ogrizovic to hand Wright his third victim; the score 92-3.
Tim Young (37) joined the impressive Keely and after a watchful start the pair put their foot on the accelerator as they added 84 runs inside 12 overs to give the visitors the momentum going into the final ten with a hundred needed for victory.
Kimberley badly needed a wicket and Ogrizovic chucked the ball to Riley (3-40) and he worked a treat as Young miscued a sweep straight up in the air which the bowler held onto, and with Richard Adams (1-49) bowling keeper Godrich next over Kimberley appeared to have wrestled the game back with the scoreboard reading 182-5.
Riley again struck taking two wickets in the 44th over as he bowled King and had Mark Elliot stumped – 201-7 and surely Kimberley’s game now.
Keely took 14 off Riley before he took on Sidhu’s arm and was run-out.
Ian Dodd and Savage chanced their arms as, to their credit, Wollaton still went for the win and it came down to an improbable, but not impossible, 37 runs needed from the last two overs.
Wright kept it tight though and trapped Dodd lbw and then off the final ball of the over Savage risked a second run only for Ogrizovic to run him out and hand Kimberley a welcome win.
The seconds’ match with Hoveringham was cancelled, but due to favourable results elsewhere they move into second in Division C with the chance to secure promotion next weekend.
The 3rd XI suffered a heavy defeat at home to visiting Lambley who themselves secured promotion with their seven wicket victory.
With conditions reducing the game to 40 overs each Kimberley batted first and were restricted to just 136-6 with Ashley Britten top scoring with 35 before he was run-out.
Lambley didn’t even need half their allotted overs though as they chased down their target inside 20.
Thomas Morley was the architect as he smashed 92 off just 54 balls and hit ten fours and six maximums in the process.
The defeat leaves the thirds in sixth place with only pride to play for at Keyworth next week.
After the wet weather both Kimberley and Madni reflected grimly on a wet, unprepared wicket and when Madni won the toss Kimberley padded up with some trepidation.
But the third 50-run opening partnership in consecutive weeks put paid to any jitters with Alex Aldred (17) and Paul Taylor (24) handling the variable conditions very well.
Jack Blatherwick demonstrated maturity beyond his 13 years with a well-crafted 39 and two more middle order contributions of 23 from Sanat Kulkarni and 23 from Tom Boyden helped the total along.
An explosive finish to secure maximum batting points saw Dan Huskinson (22no) hit the last four balls of the innings to the boundary and the innings closed on 178-9.
Tom Boyden (3-28) got an early LBW decision in his favour and when the dangerous Mazhar Hussain was dismissed in the same fashion for 29 the Kimberley bowlers were sensing victory.
This was enforced with a devastating spell from Joe Allport who ripped out the middle order with 4 for 17 including a hat-trick.
Rich Kelley picked up two wickets as the innings closed on 120 all out in the 28th over, securing a 20-point haul and meaning a win away at Breaston will secure promotion.