The mid-way point of the season found Kimberley Institute travelling to Caythorpe and, in a very tight encounter, they showed real bottle as the game went down to the wire and won by the slim margin of just ten runs.
Kimberley skipper Sam Ogrizovic won the toss and elected to bat and he soon found himself at the crease as Notts man Ben Phillips (1-39) clean bowled Akhil Patel in the second over leaving Kimberley at 5-1.
Alongside Jon Terry (33), Ogrizovic (41) dug in and the pair produced a partnership of 73 which took Kimberley to 78-1 at the drinks break.
But Ogrizovic fell just after the resumption of play, caught behind off the bowling of Stuart Cope (2-68).
Nick Langford (5) was then bowled by James Hindson (2-40) and Terry became Cope’s second victim as he too had his stumps broken.
At 93-4 in the 34th Kimberley were struggling and when Andy Platts (10) was stumped after being lured out of his ground, again by Hindson, the innings was stalling at 120-5 in the 41st.
But Paul Riley (41*) and Carl Blake (32*) added a vital 65 runs in the last eight overs, and with the innings closing at 185-5 Kimberley were well in the game.
Caythorpe’s openers Josh Mierkalns (22) and James Hawley (53) got the reply off to a steady start before James Mann (1-10) made the breakthrough, causing Mierkalns to offer a simple catch to Patel at mid-wicket in the 17th over.
Patel himself continued his fine form with the ball as he took the wicket of Steve Allcoat on his way to claiming 4-51 off his 15 overs.
It was spin again that did for James Hawley as Chris Glover (1-13) induced him into offering a catch to point where Matt Wright clung on - 92-3 in the 29th and the game edging towards the visitors.
Wright (2-52) then yorked James Oldham (13) and with Patel finding the edge of Hindson’s bat in the next over Kimberley seemed to have seized the game by the scruff of the neck with the score at 105-5 in the 34th.
Enter Ben Phillips (50) with other ideas. With assistance from James Hartley (10), he moved Caythorpe onto 155 in the 42nd and turned the game back in the home team’s favour, but the drama was far from over.
Hartley was stumped off Patel’s bowling and this brought captain Andy Hunt (4) to the crease, who then lobbed a dolly to Langford and gave Patel his fourth victim; 168-7 in the 46th.
With Phillips still in it was Caythorpe’s game, but in Patel’s final over he was run-out by Platts with the score at 174-8 at the end of the 48th over.
Caythorpe needed 12 from the final 12 deliveries, but Wright bowled a brilliant 49th over, bowling Stephen Randall on his way to a wicket maiden.
Up stepped Richard Adams for the 50th over and with the third ball he bowled James Hemmings to seal another thrilling victory for Kimberley.
The 2nd XI maintained their grip on the lead of the South Notts Division C but had to settle for a winning draw at home to Attenborough.
Opting to bat first Kimberley posted a healthy 241-7 in their 48 overs.
Openers Dominic Wheatley (56) and Alex Robinson (42) compiled a stand of 80 and the middle order added runs and built some useful partnerships.
Mick Blatherwick led the way with 46 with Dominic Brown (19), James Griffiths (17) and Craig Pitts (18) contributing.
Attenborough made little effort to chase the target, instead opting to proceed at a funeral pace for most of their reply.
Kimberley kept chipping away at the wickets column but in the end fell short in the face of some dogged resistance.
Brown impressed by taking 3-25 with Ian Wright (2-15), Prab Sidhu (1-18) and Wheatley (1-30) picking up the other four wickets to fall as Attenborough closed on 140-7.
The third XI bounced back from defeat to claim a five-wicket victory away to Lambley.
Batting first the hosts were skittled for just 84 in the 34th over as Martyn Stackhouse laid waste to the Lambley top order finishing with 5-30.
Kimberley’s response suffered a few hiccups on the way to victory as they lost five wickets themselves, but they reached their target in the 33rd over with an important and composed 28 from Tim Wheatley being the main contribution.
The fourths got back to winning ways against Madni.
Having been asked to bat Madni struggled to progress against some tight bowling, notably from Max Sugarman, and at 34-2 in the 15th over Kimberley had made a good start.
Captain Mentab Ahmed compiled a capable 33 before being run out, and Madni were dismissed in the 38th over fading from 79-4 to 108 all out, 13-year-old Ben Crouch took a wicket and there were and three appiece for Chris Mozley and Paul Blatherwick.
Mozley anchored the top order with a solid 30, but Kimberley found themselves at 42-7 in response, 67 runs short with just three wickets left.
Two key partnerships saw them home in what turned out to be real thriller. Firstly a 45-run partnership between Paul Blatherwick 22* and Sugarman 23 pushed the score up to 87-8.
Then Dan Huskinson added a vital 14* to steer his side home including a huge straight six when there was eight required.
Two scrambled runs later and Kimberley confirmed the victory and picked up 17 points.