Rowe on top form as Kimberley enjoy double winning weekend
Kimberley Institute go into a busy bank Holiday weekend on a massive high.
They sit top of the Nottinghamshire Premier League after a four wicket home win over Wollaton on Saturday and then stormed into the second round of the prestigious ECB National Club Championship after a 78-run victory in an extraordinarily high-scoring clash with visiting Leicestershire side Langtons on Sunday.
Tom Rowe led the way with two thrilling innings, scoring 83 not out on Saturday and 106 not out on Sunday.
“It was a great weekend and Tom was an absolute superstar – he was amazing,” said captain George Bacon.
Wollaton were all out for 180, Nicky Kirkwood hitting 74 with Alex King (4-34) and Bacon (3-25) enjoying the best bowling figures.
Rowe led the reply with a 68 second wicket stand with Jack Nightingale (39) as they made 183-6 for victory.
“We had a really solid start against Wollaton and the rate the lads at the top of the order went at made it pretty comfortable for the lads coming in, even if we did have a bit of a wobble at the end,” said Bacon.
“Tom saw us home and calmed everyone down, finishing the game with a six and a four.”
Kimberley smashed a superb 333-6 in their 40 overs on Sunday, Rowe backed by Martin Weightman (75), Sam Wood (67), and Nightingale (31).
Sahid Chauhan replied with 89 and Vijal Vinay 43 but Langtons were all out for 255 in 34.4 overs.
“Against Langtons our openers decided they were going to play their shots and be aggressive, and Jack Nightingale and Sam Wood did that brilliantly,” said Bacon.
“Then Tom came in and got himself going at a relatively steady pace before turning it up towards the end.
“Martin Weightman came out and batted really aggressively from ball one and scored an amazing 75 off 40-odd balls.
“When he was out, Tom turned it up, and with so many wickets left and so few overs left we had ultimate freedom to play our shots and the ball kept going over the boundary which was great fun.
“Langtons came out as equally aggressive as we were and hit us everywhere so I am glad we had as many runs as we did or it would have been even more nervy.”
Kimberley now play another Leicestershire side, Rothley Park, at home in the second round on Sunday, 6th June.
This Saturday they travel to Hucknall before a mouthwatering top of the table clash with Cavaliers & Carrington at home on Bank Holiday Monday.