Weather denies Kimberley sides

THREE of Kimberley Institute’s four teams endured frustration at the weekend as waterlogged pitches put paid to their matches.

The first eleven’s visit to Worksop was called off, as were the third XI’s game at home to Plumtree and the fourths’ clash at Flintham.

The only team to see any action was the second XI, and they probably ended up wishing their game had fallen victim too as they were heavily beaten by Gedling Colliery.

The visitors won the toss and asked Kimberley to bat first and despite the early loss of Prab Sidhu they were in reasonable shape at 53-1 with Andy Platts (28) and Mick Blatherwick (16) adding 49 for the second wicket.

That was as good as it got though as 53-1 became 59-5 and then 76-5 became 81 all out in the 34th over, Geoff Burton with 4-10 and Daniel Mather 4-33.

Gedling strolled to victory inside 15 overs with Lee Gomersall (44*) leading the way. Simon Roberts did manage a wicket but it was of scant consolation.

lThe first XI were then knocked out of the NPL T20 at the first attempt as they were handsomely beaten by Clifton Village by five wickets on Sunday.

On a damp wicket Kimberley could only post 100-9 from their 20 overs with Paul Riley (53) scoring the majority of those.

Whilst Clifton were 12-2 in reply it was never quite enough as Tom Lungley (33) and James Taylor (32) set the victory up for Clifton with the winning runs coming in the 12th over.