Kimberley Institute produced a stunning display to destroy West Indian Cavaliers on Saturday and move above their visitors in the league table.
Probably not since the Battle of Naseby in 1645 has a side bearing the name Cavaliers been so heavily beaten as Kimberley won by six wickets after skittling them out for just 63, with Matt Wright (7 for 28) the destroyer-in-chief as he claimed his best ever NPL figures..
Cavaliers were asked to bat first and Dominic Wheatley (2-16) struck first, trapping Alex Tudor lbw and then Thomas in similar fashion to leave the scoreboard reading 31-2.
That became 34-4 as Wright began his systematic destruction of the Cavaliers batting line-up via a superb display of bowling.
Dominic Williamson was his first victim, in no small part thanks to Sam Ogrizovic whose lightning hands stumped him, and Rupert Khan his second when he was beaten and bowled by a ball that kissed the top of off-stump.
Wright then removed Aqib Afzaal’s off stump to reduce Cavaliers to 50-5, before Richard Adams (1-18) too knocked the off-stump out of the ground to bowl Bilal Shafayat and to leave the score at 58-6.
Wright then applied the coup de grâce over his next three overs.
Steve Atkinson was brilliantly caught by James Mann at third-man to make it 59-7; Patrick Gada and Ricky Anderson were both trapped lbw in his next to make it 61-9 and to give Wright his five-for and then the innings was ended when Farhan Shaukat, like the rest of the batting line-up, had no answer to Wright and was bowled with the visitors routed for just 63 in the 27th over.
Kimberley lost Dan Birch to the bowling of Shaukat with just five on the board, but Akhil Patel (17) settled the nerves with two big sixes over the leg-side boundary.
He fell to Saqlain Mushtaq with score on 32, but Jon Terry (30*), bestride the crease like a Colossus, played stoically to see Kimberley home alongside Ogrizovice (8) and then James Mann.
l The 2nd XI produced a solid display away at Division B leaders Gedling Colliery and came away with a losing draw.
The home side made 237-8, Geoff Burton was the pick with 47 and James Crudgington on 46.
Suroop Kandola (3-54) and Dominic Brown (5-65) did most of the damage.
Kimberley’s reply was given a solid foundation by Prab Sidhu (30) and Andy Platts (70) as they added 93 for the first wicket before Sidhu fell to Michael Sibert (3-44).
Platts fell 17 runs later and with Brown run-out not long after Kimberley’s run chase faltered and slipped further to 145-5.
Mick Blatherwick (60*) made a composed half-century and with assistance from Steve Bennett (20) added 53 as Kimberley finished up on 198-6.
l The thirds slipped to defeat at Bingham, despite Connor Richardson (5-19) having reduced the home team to 17-5 at one stage.
They fell further to 77-7 but Jack Teague (52) and Glenn Warwick (43) took them to 170-9 at the end of their innings.
Warwick (3-16) and Teague (4-17) then picked up seven of the nine Kimberley wickets to fall but a spirited ninth wicket stand between Alex Beale (48*) and Joe Platts (17) salvaged a draw as the visitors finished up on 138-9.
l The fourths were heavily beaten at Breaston, who made 125-8, Liam Hodgkinson with 2-13.
But Kimberley, a batsman short due to Dan Huskinson’s knee injury early on, were all out for 59, Paul Taylor top scoring with 18.