Kimberley fell to defeat by just one run in an absorbing clash against Welbeck Colliery at Newdigate Street on Saturday.
With rain reducing the game to 48 overs per-side Kimberley won the toss and inserted Welbeck in to bat.
Martin Dobson (48) found the boundary with his first six scoring shots but after Matt Wright (1-34) bowled Matt Higgins the second wicket pair moved the score onto 74-1 in the 18th over before Chris Glover (5-57) picked up his first wicket of the afternoon, Rob French gifting a catch to Carl Blake.
Glover then removed Dobson just before drinks which found Welbeck at 92-3.
A stand of 51 between Andy Marchant (33) and Guy Darwin (45) frustrated Kimberley before Akhil Patel (2-23) had Marchant caught in the deep by Richard Adams and then, two balls later, trapped wicket-keeper Jevons lbw to leave the score at 144-5 in the 39th over.
Luke Waterhouse before became Glover’s third victim, caught by Jon Terry, and it was the same combination who did for Darwin, this time with a superb diving effort by Terry to claim the catch.
Going into the last over Glover was handed a simple caught and bowled by Cameron to seal his five-for, Welbeck finishing on 203-8.
Jonathan Ball (3-38) proceeded to put a dent in Kimberley’s reply as he bowled tightly, whilst Alex Robinson fell early on to Waterhouse (3-59), but his opening partner Jon Terry (57) took it all in his stride as he merrily took on the Welbeck bowling.
When Patel fell to Darwin (1-52) with the score at 42-2 in the ninth over, Terry carried on blazing away, including hitting a huge six over the cover boundary.
Eventually Nick Langford and Terry were both bowled by Ball and Kimberley suddenly found themselves wobbling on 87-4 in the 17th.
When Paul Riley fell to Ball four overs later they were in real trouble at 105-5.
Out strode skipper Sam Ogrizovic (48) to the wicket to join Carl Blake (43) and the pair added a brisk 36 before Blake miscued a pull down mid-on’s throat which put the visitors right back on top.
Dominic Brown (7) and Ogrizovic put on a 44-run stand before Richie Bentley took two wickets in two balls in the shape of Brown and Matt Wright to leave Kimberley 185-8.
Ogrizovic was out in the 46th over at 200-9, but two scrambled runs later it seemed Glover and last-man Richard Adams would sneak Kimberley home, but Rob French (1-27) rapped Glover’s pads and, agonisingly, the umpire raised his finger to hand Welbeck the win by the tightest of margins.
ECB National Cup
Defeat in the National Cup capped a disappointing weekend for the 1st XI as they slumped to a 100-run defeat against Rolls Royce Leisure.
The visitors were asked to bat first and found themselves in real trouble as they were reduced to 106-6 in the 25th over with Paul Riley (2-39) and Dominic Wheatley (3-44) getting amongst the wickets.
However, a stand of 123, which would prove to be the difference in the game, between Naaem Akhtar (78*) and Waseem Mohammed (68) rescued both the game and the innings for Rolls Royce.
A blistering 20 by Muhammed Usman late on only added to Kimberley’s misery as they found themselves chasing 274 to win the game.
Kimberley’s reply never really got going as they staggered along to 71-6 with Jon Terry (19) and Carl Blake (18) the only top order players to get into double figures.
Wheatley (51*) and Brown (22) brought some respectability to proceedings with a spirited stand of 51 before Brown fell.
Matt Wright (7) and Chris Glover (14*) stayed with Wheatley until the end as he brought up a deserved half-century.
For Rolls Royce Akhtar (2-23) and Shahzada Khan (3-33) were the pick of the bowling.
The return match of the opening day fixture found the second XI travelling to face Gedling Colliery, whom they again beat resoundingly.
Batting first the visitors rattled up a formidable 299 with Andy Platts contributing a devastating 107 (96 balls, 12 fours, four sixes).
An opening stand of 61 with Ryan Buckley (22) set the tone, before Mick Blatherwick (80) joined Platts and they added a further 95 before Platts fell to Matthew Brooks (3-99).
Blatherwick was then joined by James Mann (49) and they compiled a 93-run stand before Blatherwick’s punishing innings was ended, again by Brooks.
Several late wickets nearly derailed Kimberley before Dominic Wheatley (15*) and Ben Johnson (16) saw them to the final total.
In reply Gedling were quickly reduced to 21-4 by opening bowlers Wheatley (2-60) and James Bailey (4-20) who shared two wickets apiece.
Prab Sidhu (2-48) and Ian Wright (2-14) continued the damage and despite a partnership of 72 from James Barnes (65) and Josh Holmes (39) the tail were mopped up by Wright and Bailey to seal a deserved win.
The 3rd XI’s trip to Esher Grove did not prove as rewarding as they fell to a defeat.
The home side batted first and posted a competitive 213-9 from their 45 overs, Steve Bennett the pick of the bowlers with 4-41 and Matt Ross providing able support with 3-42.
Craig Pitts (34) got the Kimberley reply off to a good start, but with five of the top seven batsmen failing to reach double figures the innings suffered as a result.
Bennett offered some real resistance with an unbeaten 64 and found some support late on from Richard Kelley who made 23.
After Kelley’s fall though the victory was wrapped up quickly by the home team, winning as they did with ten overs to spare.
An excellent bowling performance by the 4th XI’s attack skittled the home team for just 134 and with nearly 14 overs to spare at Whatton & Aslockton.
The wickets were shared out amongst the bowlers - Joe Allport leading the way with 3-20 closely followed by Chris Mozley (2-13) and Liam McCusker (2-27).
Wicket-keeper Chambers offered some resistance for Whatton with 34 and extras contributed 26.
The reply did not get off to the best of starts with the top three all being dismissed with four runs between them, but Chris Mozley (46*) steadied the ship with help from captain Paul Taylor (7) and keeper Bradley Taylor (16).
Mozley was then joined by Allport who made an unbeaten 47 to cap an impressive all-round performance and see the game home with the winning runs coming in the 30th over.