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Kimberley take it to last ball

Kimberley Institute CC v Welbeck, Dominic Brown batting for Kimberley
Kimberley Institute CC v Welbeck, Dominic Brown batting for Kimberley

There was last ball drama at Newdigate Street as Kimberley Institute secured a last-gasp victory which took them to the top of the Notts Premier League table.

Before that there was a run-fest as Dominic Brown (115) recorded back to back hundreds - the first Kimberley player to do that in the NPL since 2006 - and Sam Johnson (108*) chalked up one of his own.

The pair set a league record for the fourth wicket with a stand of 243 as Kimberley notched up 344-5 from their 50 overs.

Having been put into bat, Kimberley’s make-shift top order built strong foundations as Mark Footitt smashed a quick-fire 49 from 18 deliveries before he went with the score on 54-1. No.3 Somair Chaudry joined Archie Moore in the middle.

They built a 42-run partnership before drinks arrived after the 17th over and, as so often happens in a break of play, wickets fell soon after taking the score to 96-3. This brought Brown and Johnson to the crease and the two didn’t look back.

Brown’s 115 innings came from 91 deliveries and included 14x4s and 2x6s while Johnson’s unbeaten 108 was off 97 deliveries and included 8x4s and 4x6s. They took Kimberley past the 300-barrier as they posted an intimidating 344-5.

If things weren’t bad enough for Caythorpe they got worse very quickly at the start of their innings as Footitt (4-44) and Weightman (4-28) bowled Tom Hart and Dan Mierkalns respectively either side of a run-out for Cav King.

The scoreboard read 23-3 after 10 overs.

But help was at hand as Lyndon James (76) and Anuj Dal (75) rebuilt to take Caythorpe to 157-4 before the latter was dismissed. Dal’s 66-ball innings brough 11x4s and 1x6 to proceedings.

James saw James Oldham (1) and Freddie King (2) come and go quickly before he too went from his 75th delivery in an innings of 76 which saw 8x4s and 4x6s. Skipper Andrew Staszkiewicz frustrated Kimberely with 27 from 48 deliveries.

But when he went with the score on 222-8 there were 20 balls to go.

James Hindson (6) went three balls later which meant Kimberley needed one wicket from 17 balls at Caythorpe’s 10 and 11. The last man in was 14-year-old Toby Robinson, who faced eight and finished not out on one.

Ashley Daffin’s wicket was the one ot fall on the last ball of play. Weightman produced the perfect ball that beat the batsman’s defences and sent his off-stump cart-wheeling backwards and Kimberley had pulled off a dramatic victory.

With the former league leaders Cavaliers & Carrington falling to defeat against Cuckney Kimberley move into pole position with a 17-point lead. They travel to Farnsfield next week.

Kimberley’s second team, meanwhile, were well beaten by Cavaliers and Carrington II, as they slipped to a 176-run defeat.