Rain denies firsts against Mansfield

Kimberley 2nd XI bowler Richard Adams took five wickets against Collingham.
Kimberley 2nd XI bowler Richard Adams took five wickets against Collingham.

Kimberley’s first XI saw just 15.4 overs played before persistent rain put paid to any chance of a result at home to Mansfield Hosiery Mills on Saturday.

Atif Sheik took the only wicket as Mansfield reached 57-1 before the rain took hold and saw the match abandoned.

However, the rain couldn’t wash away Kimberley’s defeat to Sandiacre in the second round National Cup on Sunday as, after being inserted on a very verdant wicket, they collapsed to 42 all out with Ryan McFadyean (5 for 10) the destroyer-in-chief.

Dan Wheeldon (4-21) offered able support and John Jordison wrapped things up when he bowled Alex King (10) in the ninthover.

King was one of two batsmen to reach double figures with Mick Blatherwick (11) top scoring.

Sandiacre were 20-0 in reply after six overs when the rain came and took the players off; the Kimberley players perhaps hoping for a re-arrangement the following weekend when they could start over again.

That didn’t happen, however, and play resumed after a 90 minute delay and Jon Chapman (20*) saw the home side to victory in the ninth over.

Jack Anderson (15) was the only man to fall with Mick Blatherwick holding onto a skier via the bowling of King (1-10).

The second XI saw their game with Collingham abandoned but plenty of play had been achieved.

The seconds posted 156-5 with Jack Blatherwick leading the way on 44 and useful support coming from Vaughan Hamilton (34), captain Steve Bennett (22*) and Prabhdip Sidhu (21).

Collingham reached 20 without loss before Max Sugarman made the breakthrough, followed up with surgical precision by Richard Adams (5-29) as he tore through the top order and reduced Collingham to 50-6.

Time, however, was not on Kimberley’s side and the home side navigated their way to 83-6 with Thomas Poole (22*) seeing them through to the close.

The third XI were able to complete their match as they beat Rolls Royce 2nd XI by five wickets.

Despite a rain-affected delay at the start, Rolls reached 159-7 from their allotted overs.

It was 77-0 before the breakthrough came, Tom Boyden (1-16) bowling Paul Anderson for 34.

Sukhdeep Sidhu (1-29) and Matt Ross struck either side of a rain break to leave Rolls 107-3 before a tremendous effort in the last eight overs saw Danny Williams (3-24) and Joe Allport (1-32) deny Rolls any passage past 159.

In reply, Alex Aldred and Krutarth Dave started well, seeing Kimberley through to 36-0 before Aldred and then Ben Millington were out.

Dave departed for an excellent 45, followed by Ed Wright and Ross, but with 52 required and clouds blackening, Danny Williams (61 not out) upped the tempo and along with Beale (19 not out) guided Kimberley home in the 38th over.

Kimberley 4th XI’s game with Lowdham was abandoned after just one over.