'Perfect day' for Kimberley Institute as rivals Cuckney are crushed

Kimberley Institute CC captain George Bacon described Saturday's unexpectedly easy win over likely Nottinghamshire Premier League title rivals Cuckney as 'a perfect day'.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 4:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 4:25 pm
Sam Wood celebrates his half-century for Kimberley in Saturday's crushing win over rivals Cuckney.

Electing to bat, Kimberley amassed an impressive 298-7 before skittling Cuckney out with ease for 150 for a surprising winning margin of 148 runs.

“It was brilliant – I wasn't expecting that,” said Bacon.

“We were as close to perfect as we could have been. We did everything right. It was a really good day.

“I am by no means expecting that to happen when we play them again. It was just one of those perfect days and we are really proud of the result.

“Cuckney are a good side and they had both their professionals which we thought would have given them a bit of a boost.

“But it was one of those days when everything we planned to do we did brilliantly. It was a great result - but it was a great result just two games into the season.

“We are not going to take that for granted and we need to keep doing that over and over again for a lot longer period for it to mean anything come September.

The top three batsmen, Sam Wood (59), Jack Nightingale 979) and Tom Rowe (63) led the way and Bacon said: “They were class.

“Jack and Woody were brilliant at the top of the order. They played at such a great tempo and were aggressive but never reckless.

“Then Tom Rowe came in and played in a similar manner, batting at a lovely pace, and it gave us a great platform for a few of us to come in at the end and give it a bit of a slap which was good fun.”

Sat proudly at the top of the table after two games, Kimberley now welcome Caythorpe this Saturday (11.30am).

“They have got a couple of new players and I know they have got Bermudian Kamau Leverock back, who is a very good cricketer, plus a couple of others we'll be keeping an eye on,” said Bacon.

“But if we can nail our skills as well as we did last weekend I would fully expect to win that game as well.

“If we play as well as we did last week I don't think we will get beaten by anyone. It's just about repeating it as often as we can.”

Caythorpe beat Mansfield Hosiery Mills by five wickets last weekend.