Kimberley Institute had another poor weekend as only their fourth XI could manage a victory on a frustrating Saturday.
It was something of a Nightmare on Newdigate Street for the first XI as they were thrashed by the West Indian Cavaliers on Saturday.
Asked to bat first they lost Sam Johnson early to Kafeel Shafique (3-37) for a duck and then Tom Rowe (10) was the victim of a mix-up with Shaun Levy (6) and was run-out; although with the batsmen crossing it should have been Levy trudging off with the score at 13-2.
With Dom Brown (19) looking to try and counter-attack Kimberley recovered somewhat to 43-2 in the 13th over before disaster struck and they collapsed to 59-7 in the 21st.
Brown was first to fall as Corey Collymore (3-28) clipped his off-bail to start the rout. Collymore struck again bowling Mark Aldred and then Shafique picked up the next to as he had Levy caught at slip and clean bowled George Bacon to leave the score at 45-6.
Harry Ratcliffe was next to fall after offering no stroke to Collymore only to be bowled and Kimberley were staring down the barrel.
It could have been even worse had slip not shelled a chance offered by Alex King (31) when on ten, but the skipper led a fightback of sorts as he combined with Jack Blatherwick (8) to add 28 and take Kimberley to 87-7.
Blatherwick’s stumping off Akhil Patel (2-7) made it eight down and with Moshin Qayyum (1-27) having King caught behind by keeper Adeel Shafique it was 94-9.
A spirited final wicket stand of 14 between Ben Savage (6*) and Chris Glover (12) got Kimberley past the hundred mark but Patel spoilt the fun by trapping Glover lbw in the 37th over as Kimberley were all out for just 108.
Kimberley’s only chance was three or four early wickets, but they didn’t materialise as Patel (49) set about the chase with gusto.
His opening partner Aqib Afzaal (3) was not quite as attacking as he struggled to score and he edged Rowe (3-34) to King at slip with the score on 55.
Rowe claimed two more as Patel drove loosely to Aldred at cover and Paldip Sidhu skied a pull-shot that Savage caught well, but there were no more wickets and Adeel Shafique’s unbeaten 31 saw the Cavs over the line in the 25th over.
The 2nd XI came closer to a win but in the end were beaten at Clifton by just one wicket.
Asked to bat first they were not in great shape at 78-5, but a stand of 100 between Andy Layton (70) and Danny Williams (62) put them into a better position before Layton was caught and bowled by Kahn (5-54) and from there Kimberley slipped to 198 all out in the 45th over.
At 119-1 in reply Clifton seemed to be cruising towards their target as Hart (67) and Varma (41) built a stand of 62, but then Joe Allport (5-54) got amongst the wickets with Dominic Wheatley (3-45) and Williams (1-26) also chipping in as Clifton found themselves at 190-9. The last wicket pair managed to get them home though in the 45th over.
There was another loss at the Basil Russell as the 3rd XI went down by three wickets against Gotham Village.
Kimberley could only post 133 with Luke Tantum (60) top scoring.
In reply Max Sugarman and Adam Majid made early inroads and Zain Ramzan teased four more batsmen out to give Kimberley a chance.
Had they held all their chances Kimberley might have sneaked home, but keeper James Burton (51*) held his nerve to guide the visitors home in the 32nd over.
The only win of the day came away a Chiwell as the 4th XI won by 51 runs.
They too were asked to bat first and were in trouble at 47-5 before James Kingswood (47) and skipper Rich Kelley (63*) rescued the innings with a stand of 90 for the sixth wicket.
Kelley’s unbeaten half-century helped them to finish on a respectable 184-7.
An opening burst of 2-7 from Kieron Mozley put Chilwell right on the back foot as they found themselves at 4-2 and continued to lose wickets at regular intervals thereafter.
Andy Crouch’s three wickets certainly helped with that as he removed top scorers Adams (42) and Zafar (33) before the home side were all out in the 37th over.