Sidhu’s on song but Rolls edge it

Kimberley duo Bharat Kopli and Paldip Sidhu add runs to the board against Rolls Royce on Saturday.
Kimberley duo Bharat Kopli and Paldip Sidhu add runs to the board against Rolls Royce on Saturday.

KICC 1st XI 205-5 lost to Rolls Royce Leisure 1st XI 206-7 by three wickets.

Kimberley Institute did not have the start they would have wanted to the new NPL season as, despite Paldip Sidhu making 112, they lost at home to newly-promoted Rolls Royce Leisure by three wickets.

It was Rolls’ new captain and ex-Kimberley man Dan Birch who won the toss and elected to bowl, but before play could start a rain shower reduced the game to 48 overs per side.

Jon Terry and kiwi Bharat Popli promptly lost their off-stumps to Adam Shepherd (2-59) and Tom Lungley (2-33) and the scoreboard read 2-2 after four overs.

But Sidhu dug in with skipper Sam Ogrizovic (18) and the pair ground out 36 runs against some testing new ball bowling before Lungley trapped Ogrizovic lbw.

Sidhu and Dominic Brown (42) then added 131 excellent runs and set Kimberley up with a total to bowl at.

Brown was run-out with four overs to go to leave Kimberley 169-4, but James Mann (14*) joined Sidhu and the runs continued as Sidhu brought up his century with a quick single and to rapturous applause from the Kimberley faithful.

After several more fours he eventually had to depart as he edged Shepherd behind and the innings eventually ended on a very creditable 205-5.

With rain breaks making the match into a timed game Rolls effectively had around 40 overs to chase Kimberley’s total down.

They got off to a flyer thanks to extras (41) which helped Birch (51) immensely.

Atif Sheikh (2-58) removed Adeel Shafique in the third over and Liam Andrews was out in the next as Ogrizovic took a diving catch to hand Ben Savage (2-42) his first Kimberley wicket.

Tom Lungley (13) joined Birch and they added 44 inside five overs before Sheikh claimed Lungley’s wicket.

At 62-3 after nine overs the run-rate gradually came down and the off-spinning Alex King (3-62) struck in his second over as Taylor danced down the wicket, missed the ball and was duly stumped.

Mike Millwood (42) joined Birch at the crease and Birch carried on by bringing up his fifty in the 22 nd over only to be bowled next ball as King beat him all ends up.

But Millwood and Wasim Karim (43) combined to see the visitors home. Both fell with victory insight to Savage and King respectively, but the winning runs came soon afterwards.

Kimberley’s heada should held high, however, as much of the overall performance team spirit was excellent.

l The 1st XI advanced into the second round of the ECB Club Championship with a three wicket win away at Quarndon.

Alex King (4-19) and Chris Glover (2-17) starred in the bowling for Kimberley after Quarndon started well, Ben Spendlove (51) in partciular.

Raja Sohail Haider (33) and Harry Clamp (22*) scored well but the hosts were all out for 167, George Bacon taking 2 for 36.

Kimberley laboured in reply, losing seven wickets and only reaching the target with two overs to spare, James Mann (35), Dominic Brown (32) and Dominic Wheatley (30) top scoring.

Kimberley will now play Sandiacre Town away at Longmoor Lane in the second round.