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Phil Johnson weekly report 24-Aug

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Gunn and Moore South Notts Cricket League Report Saturday 24th August 2013
By Phil Johnson
In Belle & Jerome Division A, after a close fought title race which threatened to go down to the wire, Radcliffe on Trent have been promoted back to the Notts Premier League after a three year absence.
What makes the achievement even more notable is that for the vast majority of the season, Radcliffe have played without a professional or an overseas. Ten out of the regular starting eleven are also home-grown and seven of these are under 21, a fantastic testament to captain Rob Sutton and the youth coaches.
Radcliffe clinched the title in the best possible way too, hammering closest rivals Wollaton (126) by 128 runs. After put into bat, the star of Radcliffe’s innings was 15 year old Connor Marshall who struck an unbeaten 85 with Kunil Jogia adding 59 at number three. For Wollaton, Richard Adams who has been slightly under par by his standards took 3 for 52.
Chasing 255 to win, the likes of Godrich, Glendenning and Dodd (playing against his former club) all went cheaply whilst Tom Crosse (2 for 36) picked up the vital wicket of anchor-man David Barr (31). Radcliffe combined the pace of Eddie Torr (3 for 34) with the off spin of fifteen year old Jacob Deavin – Baker (3 for 7) to great effect and the title was theirs with five overs remaining when Adams edged Deavin – Baker to Jogia at slip.
One relegation issue was settled with Clifton Village II falling through the trap door, although the team were facing a mammoth task in May after half the first team defected to Rolls Royce. Batting first at home to Hucknall, the top order struggled against Robin Maxwell (4 for 41) and Aussie Nathan Thomas (4 for 38). It was only thanks to the tail of Craig Fairhall (47) and Paul McMillan (35) that a total of 176 was posted.
Clifton’s hopes were temporarily lifted when Aaron Lee fell to the first ball of the innings, but that only gave the opportunity for the prolific Robin Maxwell (104*) to pass 800 league runs. Maxwell was supported by Tim Buckthorpe (35) and Richard Greatorex (33), meaning Clifton were back in B after a two year stay.
Notts Unity Casuals, another team playing without an overseas are now safe after extending Calverton’s horrific away record. Darren Wright (85) opened up for Calverton but received no support whatsoever with no other batsmen reaching double figures. Unity spinner Bobby Bannerjee has chipped in with wickets all season and Saturday saw him lead the way for once taking 6 for 55.
After impressing last week, Ammar Khan and Prebhdip Sidhu were promoted up the order for Unity in pursuit of 145. The move paid dividends with Khan making 40 and Sidhu 32 with victory being achieved with four wickets intact.
Belvoir are still alive, but only just following a 17 point winning draw at Balderton. In a game reduced to 39 overs per side, Belvoir set off quickly through Tom Neville (46) and fourteen year old Lyndon James (33) but at 181 for 8 they were in danger of not using their allocated overs. However, not for the first time this season, keeper Ryan Lewis (39) came to the fore, and assisted by Matt Irvine (21) a total of 233 was achieved. A badly depleted Balderton side, missing the likes of Fernando, Dobbie, Clipsham, Lynn, Endley and Freeman were led with the ball by Paul Colcomb (6 for 74). The visitors lost early wickets so it was left to skipper Alan Jackson (34) and a slightly hung-over Dominic Wiffin (34) to bat out for a losing draw on 100 for 7. What that all means is that Belvoir must beat Clifton next week and hope Gedling Colliery do not pick up more than four points at home to Notts Unity.
 Talking of Gedling, the strugglers opted for a safety first approach at Ellerslie who made 230 batting first. Peter Vladev (62), Simon George (49) and Anathan Sivayoganathan (35*) were the chief run scorers whilst Connor Scott (4 for 85) and Irfan Haider (2 for 35) were the pick of the bowlers. Conscious of what was at stake, Colliery batted out on 178 for 5 with keeper Sam Darling (81) and Jeff Burton (21) sharing an opening stand of 69. For Ellerslie, who will have eyes on fourth place, Notts Over 50 stalwart Phil Lafbery took 3 for 38.


The main action in 200 Degrees Coffee Division B centred round second place Long Eaton who visited mid-table Southwell. After being dismissed in his twenties more times than he would care to mention this season, Tim Taylor finally came good (79) as did Brett Scothern (66) in a total of 197.
Southwell in reply, show far greater intent than in the reverse fixture with Grant McCarthy (38) striking some early blows. However, John Pack who had dropped an easy chance, held on to one one handed as did Kieran Cooke and when Dave Rimmer was run out, Southwell’s hopes of winning were crushed with the home side eventually ending on 108 for 8.
That result leaves Long Eaton 12 points ahead of West Bridgfordians, who hammered a below strength Attenborough side. Henry Straw made a very good century whilst sixteen year old Samat Kulkarni made a maiden fifty for the first team. Attenborough were shorn of the services of Rayner, Murray and Clulow who were busy helping the seconds in their promotion bid meaning their bowling options were a trifle limited, nevertheless Ben Bhabra (6 for 53) returned to form in his second spell.
Attenborough were never given a scent a victory and aside from Ben Sheppard who made 67 in vain there was little resistance as they fell to 140 all out. For Bridgford Seb Hopkins took three wickets whilst Kulvern Kandola, Oliver Straw and Adam Hancocks took two apiece.
If three teams are to be promoted from each division then Division B will see a shoot off next week between Bridgford and form team Hyson Green who hammered Eastwood (97) by six wickets. Eastwood’s day began badly with their player of the season, AJ Marsh out first ball bowled by Naveed Kanwal who went on to take 4 for 42.
Collingham will miss out on promotion, that despite putting nine men Keyworth to the sword. Keyworth managed just 100 and in reply teenagers Ben Dixon (30*) and Taylor Bowers (33*) guided their team to victory within 19 overs.
Kimberley II began the day by needing just one point to send their opponents Gotham Village back down to Division C……and they still require that point after a truly shocking performance.
Batting first Kimberley would need just 120 to be safe and that looked well within their grasp at 62 for 1 thanks to fifteen year olds Jack Blatherwick (54) and Alex Aldred (28). However, a catastrophic collapse at the hands of Jeremy Hale (4 for 34) plus a couple of run outs saw the home side fold to 114 all out.
Kimberley needed three wickets but were on the back foot again with Matthew Hogg (65) taking Shoaib Azad for 19 in his first over. Steve Haworth (33*) finished the job and denied Kimberley the point in the process with only two wickets falling.


The final promotion place in Rothera Dowson C will go down to the final day too with third place Thurgarton now just three points behind Bottesford. Thurgarton are worthy candidates too after having positive results in the last fortnight against first and second place.
Saturday was a struggle at first though, with the home side 60 for 7 at one stage before 61 from Chris Dutton who shared in useful stands with Vic Foulkes and Aaman Singh. Champions Plumtree II needed 169 for victory and were well set with Steve James (46) leading from the front. However Plumtree were undone by the Singh brothers of Aaron (4 for 39) and Aaman (3 for 21) and had to settle for a losing draw on 123 for 8.
Hoveringham, on the fringes of the promotion race, got back to winning ways, but only just at Kirkby Portland (143). Hoveringham looked set for defeat but number 9 Dave Lee (42*) shared in a last wicket stand of 28 with Brett Lear to nudge past the target.
At the wrong end of the table, Gedling Colliery II, who have completed their fixtures, will spend a nervous week hoping bottom club Newark R & M will not obtain the nine points to overhaul Colliery and send them down instead.  
Newark’s best player this season, Simon Vickery top scored with 61 and he was supported by both Rob Matchett and Steve Kennewell who also struck fifties. Needing 261 for safety, Colliery opted to bat out on 183 for 3.


Wilsons (212) need three points for promotion in Milward Print Division D following another dominant performance at Kinoulton (127). Hucknall II (207 for 7) stay second with Jamie Braybrook (70 & 5 for 29) the sole contender for man of the match in their success at home to Gedling & Sherwood (117) who are relegated for the fourth successive season. Thrumpton stay third and with Hucknall playing Wilsons next week anything can happen.
Eastwood II (126) join Gedling & Sherwood in E next season after their batting failed again at Bramcote, Mark Kimber taking five wickets in a six wicket win.


Star Foundation Division E leaders Farndon had a huge slice of luck on Saturday with a downpour ending proceedings with opponents Hickling (97 for 2) needing just 30 runs off ten overs. Farndon need 8 points for promotion next weekend, however they will have to do it the hard way by beating second place Underwood. Beeston & Toton and Attenborough II are both still well in the honours hunt after easy wins on Saturday.


In Trophy Master Division F, Belvoir secured the championship after a nine wicket winh at home to Caythorpe III (99). Stars of the show in the success were Rosie Penford (3 for 18) and a bludgeoning 63 from Alex Ingram who helped his side reach the target in just 12 overs.
Long Eaton II, despite 55 from Ken Reid, went down at home by five wickets to East Bridgford but the losers got the five points required to send Burton Joyce down.
There was a title decider in GB Bookkeeping Division G where Lambley were without the influential Morley brothers and Elliott Burnett in their home game against Collingham II. However, it mattered little as four wickets for Paul Mantle and three for Sam Freeman saw Collingham shot out for 88. After tea an unbeaten 32 from Karl Oakden saw Lambley lift the title in double quick time.
It was a mixed day for struggling West Bridgfordians III who pulled off a fine three wicket win at home to Notts Unity II (165) thanks to John Grimes (56) and George Orange (4 for 19). However their delight was short lived as the day’s best figures of 7 for 25 for Mohammed Ibrar of Chilwell (158) saw East Leake collapse to 79 all out.  Chilwell’s win mean Bridgford remain in the bottom two with the four sides still in danger of relegation facing each other next week.
Congratulations go to Paul Taylor and his Kimberley III team for securing the JR Estates Division H Championship after a 70 run victory at Hyson Green II (106). Danny Williams was back in the side and played a pivotal role in the win with fifty and two wickets. Rolls Royce II and Bingham both fell to shock defeats and will now play off next week for promotion.
Young Lions (318) are in pole position in Carlton Car Centre Division J after Ravi Pottiwal recorded a 2013 league best 181 at home to relegated Clifton Village III (141).  Caunton should join them for promotion after Stuart Simpson’s four wickets saw his team successfully defend 149 at home to Oxton (117).
The division’s and possibly the league’s player of the year has to be Richard Drury of Keyworth II. Saturday saw the opening bat make 51 and this was the ninth week in succession that he had passed 50.
Both teams were celebrating in the game between Hucknall III (156) and Balderton II in Sign Solutions Division K. Hucknall’s twenty run success saw them gain promotion whilst Balderton picked up the five points needed for the title.
For the second week in succession Hoveringham II were defeated off the final ball in King Stone Products Division L. This time it was Belvoir III as Dave Penford hit the second of two last over sixes to secure victory.
Finally in Division M, Thurgarton and Madni were promoted with Madni the more ruthless team, taking just 15 overs to overhaul Kimberley IV (108) with Ejaz Ahmed firing an unbeaten 56.

Phil Johnson Weekly report 17-Aug

Written by Phil Johnson. Posted in Gary Edginton Report

Gunn and Moore South Notts Cricket League Report Saturday 17 August 2013
By Phil Johnson


In Belle & Jerome Division A things became a little clearer in the fight for survival. After disappointing results for the bottom two of Belvoir and Clifton Village II, the pair will probably have to win both their remaining two games to have a chance of staying up.
Belvoir hosted Hucknall and were well on top in the first half with the visitors’ shaky top order being exposed again with scores of 11 for 3 and 90 for 7. Scott Harris was the exception to that rule making 45 but the home side let their advantage slip with Max Thompson scoring an unbeaten fifty at number eight. Joel Wright (19) and Adam Scott (17) gave Thompson support late on with a final total of 195 being posted. For Belvoir, in the absence of Lewis Dann, Matt Irvine (4 for 74) and Fraser Fentem (2 for 33) were the pick of the bowlers.
Not for the first time this season, Belvoir’s batsmen failed to make an impression, although this time  it has to be said it was in the face of some superb new ball bowling from Nathan Thomas, and the Wright brothers of Jake (2 for 21) and Joel (1 for 14). Fourteen year old Lyndon James (41) was yorked by Robin Maxwell and that, along with the run out of Ruhan Pitigala (23) signalled the end of the run chase. 140 for 7 was the final score which leaves Belvoir twenty points from safety.
A further ten points behind are bottom club Clifton Village who could not build on their win last week. Anthony Hart made 60 and James Hollingsworth 31 but the innings fell away somewhat against some pretty impressive bowling from Wollaton’s Sunil Shrestha (3 for 33), Tim Young (3 for 34) and Max O’Dowd (2 for 39).
Chasing 160 to win, David Barr (62) and Karl Glendenning (26) opened up whilst James Godrich (25) and Ian Dodd (25*) wrapped matters up with six wickets and five overs to spare.
Notts Unity Casuals gave their survival hopes a massive shot in the arm with a surprise two wicket win at home to Balderton (152).
The conditions did not favour teams batting first and aside from their player of the season, Chris Dobbie (66*), the visitors did not master them. Take nothing away from Unity’s bowling though with Prabhdip Sidhu (4 for 39) and James Marshall (2 for 42) performing admirably.
After tea, Simon Neal (48) recorded his highest score of the season and together with Dominic Terkowski (33) a comfortable win looked on the cards. However a blast from the past in Paul Moon (3 for 25) turned the game around and it took a partnership of 45 between teenagers Tiger Dalby (13) and Ammar Khan (22) to edge them towards victory. Most home players were on their second set of nails as the ninth wicket pairing of Bobby Bannerjee and Neil Patel (12*) nudged Unity home to a priceless victory.
There was no change at the top and all eyes will be on this coming Saturday’s clash between leaders Radcliffe and Wollaton with the gap remaining at nine points. Gedling Colliery skipper Duncan McKeown will have been more than a little disappointed with his sides batting display in their defeat to the leaders. Already missing Lee Gomersall, Colliery lost opener Geoff Burton second ball and things didn’t get much better with four players registering ducks. Only Sam Darling (46) offered resistance in a total of 120 with Radcliffe’s wickets being shared between Eddie Torr (3 for 33), Tom Crosse (2 for 27), Connor Marshall (2 for 22) and Jacob Deavin – Baker (2 for 11).
Colliery put a spirited fight upafter tea and the game was even on 45 for 4, but Rob Sutton (40*) was allowed not one or two but three lives with two catches and a run out offered. Sutton found an ally in Dan Mason (27) who both curbed their natural attacking instincts to record a four wicket win.
Fortress Calverton proved decisive yet again playing host to a Jekyll and Hyde Ellerslie team.
Calverton took first knock and registered the division’s highest score of 270. There were welcome runs for Scott Andrew (80) and Eddie Lee (71) after Darren Wright (39) had opened up. Ellerslie, Dan Footitt (3 for 54) apart, were wasteful with the ball.
The breakthrough player for Calverton this year has been Brinsley Kirkham, any doubts that he would be able to perform at a higher level have been firmly extinguished with the spinner picking up his 2nd seven wicket haul of the season. Only opener Eddie Somekh (38) hung around for any space of time in a poor 118.


Congratulations go to Attenborough who are champions of 200 Degrees Coffee Division B. The winners had to do it the hard way though, missing the influential opening duo of McKinlay and Murray.
Visitors Eastwood went off like the clappers through AJ Marsh (97) before being halted in their tracks by spinner Arjun Sandhu (5 for 51). Attenborough needed 196 for victory but two early wickets for James Longden and three in the middle order for Shaun Stocks saw the champagne staying on ice at one stage on 105 for 6. Sam Clulow would be the first to admit that he has only played a minor role in this year’s success but on Saturday the stand in opener was immense with a century. Take nothing away from 17 year old Sam Henson (27*) too who played more than his part in the game winning partnership.
Not so good news for Long Eaton who have seen their seemingly unassailable cushion in second dwindle to just 15 through three straight defeats. True it was a bad toss to lose on a damp Gotham track but you aren’t going to win many games with 119. It was to be Luke Prettyjohn’s day with figures of 6 for 29 with Long Eaton’s batsmen still finding bizarre ways of getting out. The visitors fought hard after the interval but 16 year old Bradley North (39*) batted himself into form. Gotham were victors by four wickets but it has only delayed their inevitable relegation.
Relegated on Saturday were Keyworth who continue their remarkable roller coaster ride through the top four divisions. Since 2006 their home has been C,B,A,B,C,D,C,B and now back to C following a heavy defeat at home to Southwell. The losers did recover temporarily from 16 for 4 thanks to Ted Elliott (33) and Stuart Meek (20) but four wickets in two overs from Devon McCarthy saw Keyworth slip to 83 all out.
At least their fate was sealed quickly with Dave Rimmer (33) and Stuart Grimley (31) knocking off the runs in 13 overs.
If three teams are to be promoted from each division then there are going to some royal battles in E, G and B. From fighting relegation most of the season, Hyson Green (221) now have a real chance of honours following a winning draw over Collingham (194 for 8). Bilal Ahmed (79) and Shahid Mohammed (49) batted well but both were given reprieves by some sloppy Collingham catching. The visitors were coasting after tea though at 130 for 0 through James Cousins (63) and David Pipes (61). However within five minutes the tables had turned with Cousins mis-hooking one straight up in the air and Pipes running himself out.
Kimberley II (130 for 8) need just one point to ensure their status after holding on for a losing draw at West Bridgfordians (211 for 5).  The home side lost starlet Ben Shaw for a duck but Kimberley chased leather thanks to Henry Straw (83) and a rare appearance from Andrew Sharpe (53). Kimberley were never in the hunt in the second half and they were thankful for Ben Savage (51) who was the only player to capitalise on a start.


Plumtree II (188 for 7) need just one point for promotion in Rothera Dowson Division C after getting the best of a draw at home to fading Hoveringham (160 for 9). It has been a real team effort for the leaders with Saturday seeing the turn of Justin Stockdale (56) and Nigel Finney (4 for 44) to play leading roles.
Thurgarton, who have stayed up on the final day in both 2011 and 2012 will still harbour hopes of runners up after dominating their home game against current incumbents Bottesford.
Highlight of the game was an opening stand of 145 between Colin Cliff (107) and Josh Downie (58) and from that point on the visitors were always on the back foot. Hopes of passing the 248 set were laid firmly at the feet of Nick Silverwood but it was former player Sam Cliff who had the star man caught at the wicket for just 3. Bottesford decided on damage limitation and ended on 119 for 7 with Jim Ward (36* and 2 for 60) the pick of some mediocre visiting performances.
Nerves are clearly evident at Gedling Colliery II who can now be caught by bottom club Newark R&M. Colliery made only 103 at Radcliffe II with Josh Mills (3 for 43) the best bowler, the home side knocked the runs off for the loss of four wickets.
Kirkby Portland (160) got the better of Wollaton II (112) and the defeat for the visitors took the shine off 15 year old Tom Naylor’s performance of 7 for 36 which included a hat trick.


The game of the day in Milward Print Division D lived up to its billing with Thrumpton (186) finally being defeated with two balls to spare in pursuit of 195 at Wilsons. For the winners, Nadeem Ghani (71 & 3 for 51) and Zaheer Ahmed (63 & 2 for 46) shared the plaudits.
Hucknall II (195) took full advantage of Thrumpton’s slip up by going into second. It was again too close to call at times with Bramcote  going down by 14 runs. In fact, the losers were looking well set at 144 for 2 before Jamie Braybrook (5 for 41) who should really be pushing himself to play in the first team, got to work.
Time has almost run out though for Gedling & Sherwood (73) who lost at Kinoulton (167) and Eastwood II will soon join them if they continue to post August scores of 77, 93 and now 49 at West Bridgfordians II (159).


One win will see Farndon finally promoted after years of near misses in Star Foundation Division E. However it’s not all done and dusted with Farndon having to play Hickling (3rd) and Underwood (2nd) in their final two games.  Saturday saw the leaders roll over Southwell for 84 with David Adwick taking four wickets and Jason Lam three. The openers were in a hurry too with Daniel Hubbard out for 20 in the third over. Martyn Hill (35*) and Jason Johnson (24*) concluded proceedings as early as the 12th over.


Despite both losing, Belvoir II and Sutton Bonington both gained promotion from Trophy Master Division F on Saturday. It was a mixed day for Ravenshead (181) who defeated Sutton Bonington by 1 run only to find themselves relegated in the process. Burton Joyce’s fate was almost sealed too, their task not being helped by only having 19 players available for their two teams out of the 77 signed on at the start of the season. Kirkby Portland (185) and Adam Tait (60) in particular showed no mercy and were victorious by 103 runs.


In GB Bookkeeping Division G, wins for Lambley and Collingham II saw them promoted with the latter recording their ten successive win, this coming after four straight losses in May. That potential third promotion spot is up for grabs with five teams having a good shout. Gotham Village (206) II have literally come from nowhere to be in the running after fifties from James Burton and Mohammed Nazir saw Bottesford II (133) come a distant second.


Two weeks ago Kimberley were third in JR Estates Division H and now a fortnight later they lead the way with defeats for Bingham and eight men Rolls Royce II. There was a first win of the season for relegated Gedling & Sherwood II (142 for 5) at West Bridgford Legion (140) thanks to Arif Khan (50*) and Suni Banji (49).


Young Lions are the latest team to take over at the helm in Carlton Car Centre Division J after success at Attenborough III (101). Full credit to the bowling of Haljeet Swali (3 for 19) and Bav Digwa (3 for 10) who helped their team defend 120.


Finally Caythorpe IV won promotion from King Stone Products Division L after a seven wicket win at relegated Farndon II (162). Hoveringham II also join Caythorpe but they could not crown it with a win. With four to tie off the last ball at home to Wollaton III (192), thirteen year old Tom Hart almost became an instant hero, alas the youngster was foiled by a diving stop on the boundary.


    

Phil Johnson weekly report 10-Aug

Written by Dennis Wright. Posted in Gary Edginton Report

Gunn and Moore South Notts Cricket League Report Saturday 10th August 2013
By Phil Johnson
With three games remaining, Belle & Jerome Division A leaders Radcliffe on Trent show no sign of relenting in their pursuit of the title. Saturday saw a routine 81 run success over struggling Belvoir which maintained their 9 point lead.
Radcliffe took first knock and once again it was a real team effort with five players scoring over 25, the highlights being 47 from captain Rob Sutton, 40 from Eddie Torr and 29 from Tom Crosse, the final total being 232 for 7.
Belvoir were never in the hunt despite a battling 41 from Ollie Clayfield and 43 from Lewis Dann, the visitors were sent spinning to defeat by Connor Marshall (5 for 29) with Crosse (3 for 34) providing the support. Belvoir fell to 151 all out and have three games to save themselves and surely it must be time for the likes of Sri Lankan Ruhan Pitigala to step up to the plate.
Third met second at Balderton and the home side were dealt a huge blow twenty four hours before the game with the sudden departure of Akshu Fernando due to a family bereavement. Undeterred though, David Lynn (35) and Ian Sellars (23) got Balderton off to a decent start and then Dominic Wiffin took centre stage with a brilliant first century of the season. The consistent Alan Jackson weighed in with 51 as Wollaton were set 275 for victory.
The visitors lost Godrich and Glendenning early on but a fifth wicket partnership between David Barr and Max O’Dowd (54) threatened to win the game. With 62 runs required off 7 overs O’Dowd was bowled trying to hit over the top but this only brought in the game winner. Will Rattray has batted in the lower order all season and has had few opportunities but Saturday was his day with an unbeaten 34 off 24 balls including two huge sixes which swung the game firmly to the visitors, to the extent that the winning runs came with eleven balls remaining. Every successful run chase usually involves an anchor man and Barr (110*) played the role to a tee, and all eyes will be on Wollaton’s clash with Radcliffe in a fortnight.
Hucknall climb back into third, knocking off an impressive 250 at home to Gedling. Colliery had a good second wicket stand between Lee Gomersall (76) and Geoff Burton (42) whilst Tom Coffey (60* in 48 balls) increased the tempo towards the end.
After the early dismissals of Lee and Buckthorpe, Robin Maxwell struck an unbeaten 85 to take his Saturday tally to 709, making him the divisions leading run scorer. However for once Maxwell was outshone by Richard Greatorex (92) who has been sorely missed due to work commitments. When Greatorex was dismissed, a run a ball 25 from Lee Smith got Hucknall over the line in the penultimate over.
There is renewed hope for Clifton Village II who closed the gap at the bottom with a four wicket win at home to travel sick Calverton (171).
The visitors’ innings never really got going and this was partly self-inflicted with the run outs of Darren Wright (24) and Ryan Evans. Scott Andrew made 38 at 3 but it took an unbeaten 30 from ex Lowdham man John Noall to set something to bowl at.
Clifton’s top three of Hollingsworth, Killingworth and McDermott were all back in the hutch cheaply but this only brought Dominic Robinson to the crease. Robinson, usually renowned for his bowling , cracked 70 including 5 fours and 5 sixes to see the home side through to a priceless win. Alamgir Khan (32*) played the support role and the survival battle could go down to the final week with the bottom four playing each other.
Notts Unity Casuals, currently one place above the drop zone, never recovered from 24 for 4 and posted a poor 147 at Ellerslie with only Prabhdip Sidhu (35) showing resistance. Tariq Mahmood (3 for 22) has really come to the fore in the last couple of weeks and the home side could even afford the luxury of Charlie Shreck (2 for 36) coming on second change with Dan Footitt and Peter Vladev also taking two wickets apiece. 
A first wicket partnership between Ed Somekh (29) and Jon Wakeling (85*) meant an early finish was in store, the home side victorious by seven wickets. Sidhu (2 for 42) completed a decent personal game but the likes of Aiden Kerry and Dominic Terkowski will need to rediscover their early season form if Unity are to survive.
Things are more straight forward in 200 Degrees Coffee Division B, where Attenborough require just five points in three games for promotion. A slow wicket at Southwell meant entertainment was in short supply with the visitors posting 168 for 7 thanks to some late hitting by keeper Jack Harrison (58*).  Southwell could never quite keep up after tea after losing early wickets and settled for a losing draw on 120 for 7 with Chris Miller unbeaten on 42. For the leaders, who require 31 points to go up as champions, there were three wickets for spinner Arjun Sandhu and a couple for Ben Bhabra.
Second place Long Eaton set Hyson Green 200 to win with extras top scoring on 49. Andy Edge made 45 and Tom Pepper 27 but both were dismissed after making starts to the impressive duo of Ikram Ul Haq (5 for 37) and Mohammed Bilal (3 for 45).
At 150 for 8, the odds were heavily stacked with the home side but Ghulam Sarwar threw everything bar the kitchen sink at the ball to win the game on 31 not out. Ul Haq (36*) claimed the man of the match award but despite a second successive defeat for Long Eaton, they hold a 26 point cushion over third place.
How it stands at present, two Bassetlaw clubs hold the relegation places in the Premier League. If this was the case come the close then three clubs from each division will be promoted rather than two. This news is particularly significant for Eastwood who leapt over previous inhabitants West Bridgfordians to claim third.
 An early burst from James Longden who removed dangermen Petitt and Shaw (both caught by Neil Gregory) set the tone for the innings with Steve Dockerell (5 for 16) then ripping through the middle order. After losing three early wickets themselves an unbeaten 74 from AJ Marsh took Eastwood home in no time.
Not such good news for Keyworth and Gotham Village whose relegations will surely be confirmed next weekend. Gotham’s bowling attack, with the exception of skipper Paul Blatherwick (2 for 64) has been notoriously weak all season and it was the turn of Collingham (255) to reap the rewards. James Cousins (124*) struck his maiden Saturday century whilst there were welcome runs for Jonathan Todd (34*).  After tea, Gary Kerslake (48*) held the inevitable up for a while but the gruesome twosome of Oliver Dyson (5 for 29) and David Pipes (3 for 21) sent the losers crashing to 113 all out.
The future of Kimberley cricket looks bright if the youngsters in the second team continue to develop. This season has seen the likes of Liam Webb, Jack Blatherwick, Alex Aldred and Elliott Bowles all play prominent roles at some stage or other however the quartet were eclipsed by Sukhdeep Sidhu on Saturday. The 14 year old spinner took a career and division best 8 for 48 as Keyworth collapsed from 127 for 2 to 181 all out, abolishing the hard work carried out by Geoff Tindsley (59) and Dale Collison (34) at the top of the innings.
Kimberley’s reply was not without its tribulations but another fifty from injured bowler Ben Savage and 32 from fourth team skipper Luke Tantum saw the home side past the post with three wickets intact.
Just one more win for Plumtree II will now secure promotion from Rothera Dowson Division C. The leaders made 196 at Gedling Colliery II who made a disastrous start losing three of the top four to ducks. Paul Kelly (3 for 20) and Declan Marks (3 for 23) were the chief perpetrators as Colliery were bowled out for 87.
Second placed Bottesford were 100 for 5 at one stage chasing 222 at home to Radcliffe II yet 72 from Dave Allen and 57 from Jim Ward saw the winners home with no further alarms.
The main movement was Thurgarton climbing into third after successfully defending 194 at Hoveringham (153). Teenagers Josh Downie and Aaron Singh both struck fifties and the find of the season, Ben Powell, took the bowling honours with 5 for 49. Veteran Tim Kirkham also weighed in with 3 for 19 for the winners who face Bottesford and Plumtree II in their next two games.
Hope springs eternal too for Newark R&M who moved within 13 points of Gedling following a winning draw at home to the inconsistent Kirkby Portland. This was a significant result with the likelihood of only one team being relegated from C this season due to there being only nine teams.
Rob Matchett fired 85 and Steve Vickery 73 in Newark’s 250 and only Andy Dallsino (74) and Jonathan Williamson (43*) prevented outright defeat for Kirkby (188 for 9).
Hucknall (126) continue to implode in Milward Print Division D, falling from first to third following a heavy defeat at Kinoulton (204). Wilsons (251) took full advantage to take over at the top with Nadeem Ghani (86) and Safir Ahmed (81) playing leading roles in their win at West Bridgfordians II (103).
Thrumpton move into second with Mohammed Aleem taking 5 wickets in 13 balls to help dismiss Eastwood II for 93. Time is running out though for Gedling & Sherwood (205) who managed just a single off the final ball when a boundary would have tied the game at Long Whatton. Better news though for Bramcote who recovered from 56 for 5 to knock off 188 at home to Risley thanks to Pete Hollingsworth (62*) and Divinder Kumar (69*).
Farndon recovered from their set-back last week to increase their lead at the top in Star Foundation Division E. They did it the hard way though, coming from 58 for 4 to overhaul Ellerslie II (156) with Robin Curtis (52*) and Andrew Duckmanton (47*) the run scorers. Earlier in the day, the two Mark’s Townrow and Everington had taken four wickets apiece. Farndon’s day got even better with defeat for closest rivals Hickling by the unlikeliest of margins. Ex Kinoulton man Will Minchin scored his first century for the club in a total of 207 but few would have expected Attenborough to knock off the runs without losing a wicket through Alan Moss (125*) and Pete Turner (74*). Beeston & Toton Sycamore took advantage of a weaken Fiskerton to score their highest total of the season, 276-3. The Burrell brothers Andy (136*) and Dennis (57) notched up a 167 run third wicket stand. In reply Fiskerton could not match the skill of vetran David Fawcett (41-6) to record a 144 run victory.
Issues are almost done and dusted in Trophy Master Division F with the top two of Belvoir II and Sutton Bonington one win away from promotion. If three teams are to be promoted, then Wymeswold are hot favourites to secure third with Dan Lewin (70) and Dan Barry (50) the chief run getters in their 47 run home win over doomed Ravenshead (178).
A win next week will also secure promotion for Lambley (154) in GB Bookkeeping Division G. It was too close for comfort though with Sam Freeman (54 & 3 for 22) bowling last man James Whitchurch with only five runs required for an East Leake victory. In the first innings, the losers’ 16 year old Simon Oakley had taken a hat trick.
There was a major shock in JR Estates Division H with defeat for previous leaders Rolls Royce II (200) at mid table West Bridgford Legion (222). Bingham took full advantage, just, with the team one wicket away from defeat at winless Gedling & Sherwood II (147). Bingham were 98 for 9 before Andrew McCarthy (57*) and son Tom put on 50 for the last wicket.
Caunton remain top in Carlton Car Centre Division J but Young Lions climb into second after Ravi Digwa (108) and Pranab Badia (57) scored heavily in their 162 run success over fading Woodborough (116). Elsewhere in J, the run spree of Keyworth’s Richard Drury continues with the opener making an unbeaten 72 and Stuart Meek 73 in a ten wicket win at home to Basford Hall OB (149).
Caythorpe IV claimed a decisive win in King Stone Products Division L over Chilwell II (128) and now require just three points for promotion. For the winners, Steve Trueman took 5 for 57 in a six wicket victory. Wollaton III remain outsiders for a promotion place too after a career best 140 from captain David Watson put his team on their way to a huge 283 run win over bottom club West Bridgfordians IV.
 

Phil Johnson Weekly report 20 July

Written by Phil Johnson. Posted in Gary Edginton Report

Gunn and Moore South Notts Cricket League Report Saturday 20th July 2013.
By Phil Johnson
With just six games remaining, five title contenders in Belle & Jerome Division A became four after Calverton’s shocking away form continued with defeat at Belvoir.
Beginning at the top though and Radcliffe on Trent reacted swiftly to their pasting at Wollaton the previous week by axing under-performing professional Husnain Riaz. It is a bold move but Riaz wasn’t missed on Saturday following a 126 run thrashing of free falling Ellerslie.
The teenage duo of Jake Fish (43) and Luis Holliday (29) got the winners off to a sound start but wickets fell regularly after and at 130 for 6 the visitors held the upper hand. However, the experienced Rob Sutton (81*) came to the fore and together with Jordan Harbottle (24) and Jake’s father Mark (19) a total of 247 was assembled. For Ellerslie, Tariq Mahmood picked up his first five wicket haul of the season.
The chase was never a contest, especially after the dangerous Wakeling was dismissed in single figures. Kane Wilson passed fifty for the first time this year but the real star of the show was 15 year old off spinner Jacob Deavin – Baker (5 for 42) who spun the leaders to victory. Eddie Torr and Sutton both claimed two victims apiece and it could prove to be a thrilling climax to the season with Radcliffe travelling to in form Balderton next week and Hucknall on the final Saturday.
Talking of those two sides, the pair met on Saturday and Alan Jackson batted superbly to record a seasons best 123. He was helped along by Ian opener Sellars who recorded a second successive fifty and Tim Clipsham (51) in a huge total of 295.
Hucknall do have the ability to chase these totals but rely a little on the likes of Robin Maxwell to do so . He and Scott Harris recorded fifties and were well set before Harris was put down at long off by Ian Sellars off Akshu Fernando. However the ball rebounded kindly for Chris Dobbie who threw it in and claimed a direct hit to leave Maxwell out of his ground coming back for a second run. Chris Dobbie (4 for 36) continued his excellent run of form with the ball but couldn’t prise out the last pair of Nathan Thomas (21*) and Tom Walters as Hucknall clung on for the losing draw on 214 for 9.
Wollaton remain right in the challenge following a seventeen point winning draw at Notts Unity Casuals. Wollaton’s top three were bang on form with David Barr (76), James Godrich (58) and Max O’Dowd (56) all in the runs, although progress was hampered late on by Prabhdip Sidhu (2 for 67) and Ibby Asif (2 for 62).
Chasing 248 to win, Aiden Kerry (31) and Ammar Khan (40) made good progress before Kerry was ran out. A clutch of wickets followed, including that of top run scorer Dominic Terkowski for nought. However, Sidhu (42) and Tiger Dalby (41*) saw Casuals through to a losing draw on 204 for 7.
Relegation issues look far from certain after a disastrous day at the office for Gedling Colliery at bottom club Clifton Village II.
Colliery took first hit and a measure of their efforts is illustrated by the fact that extras top scored on 26. Chief tormentor was Kiwi Brad Moore who took 6 for 30 and was supported by both Alamgir Khan (2 for 5) and Dominic Robinson (2 for 24).
Defending a meagre 101, Colliery needed early wickets, but an opening stand of 66 between Richard Harrison (45) and Kyle Killingworth (22) put the final nail in the coffin. Craig Fairhall (18*) finished things off in his usual manner and the victory gives Clifton renewed hope of beating the drop.
Belvoir took full advantage of Gedling’s slip to move within a point of safety. Calverton were without leading run scorer Darren Wright but still posted a very competitive 238 thanks in the main to the father and son combination of Kevin (40) and Ryan Evans (41). For Belvoir, veteran Tony Wade was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 49.
Belvoir lost star man Ollie Clayfield early on in the reply but finally other players came to the fore. James Fellows (62) and Charles Hubbard (93) batted really well and after a couple of wickets went down it was left to Sam Penfold (34*) who had been promoted from the second team, to give his team a priceless five wicket win in the penultimate over.
In 200 Degrees Coffee Division B, the top two of Attenborough and Long Eaton are looking hot favourites to return to the top flight.
Leaders Attenborough travelled to Gotham Village and bowled them out for 154 with Andy Simkiss (3 for 29) continuing his off spin with some success. Only Spencer Taylor (61) delayed the innings as Simkiss was supported with the ball by Sam Clulow (2 for 29) and Chris Allcoat (2 for 30).
Gotham’s slim chances were blown away in just twenty overs by arguably the best opening partnership in the division. After last week’s blip, Tom Murray (56) struck his way back to form but he was again overshadowed by Alec McKinlay (86*). Gotham unfortunately now require a miracle to survive.
Long Eaton recovered from 9 for 2 to post a daunting 285 at Kimberley II. Tom Pepper (70) recorded his best contribution of the season, Brett Scothern (48) looked well set before throwing his wicket away again whilst Alan Villiers (56 in 26 balls) made the home side pay for dropping him on one.
Vaughan Hamilton (38) had serious intentions of a run chase after tea before Danny Williams ran him out. Ben Savage (51) continued his recovery from injury with some late hits to enable Kimberley to claim a losing draw on 201 for 8. Incidentally Williams was perhaps enjoying an overdue recall to the seconds and he didn’t let anyone down with 30 and 4 for 95.
If two Bassetlaw sides are relegated from the Premier League then three teams should be promoted from each division (except A of course). This should make the final six weeks exciting and give more teams something to play for.
One of these teams could be Eastwood who totalled 226 at Collingham thanks to skipper Neil Gregory who top scored on 92. Collingham probably rely too much on David Pipes with the bat and it was a sorry tale to see the home side crumble to 83 all out with the home grown trio of Ryan Esson (4 for 15), James Longden (3 for 27) and Ryan Elliott (3 for 30) all starring with the ball.
Another team that seems to perform better at home are Southwell who comfortably overcame Hyson Green (153) by seven wickets.
Keeper Suhail Ahmed made a fifty for the losers but it was a day for the vets with Dave Rimmer and Steve Wright picking up four wickets apiece. Southwell have sorely missed the likes of Matt Wookey with the bat with work commitments severely restricting his appearances. However, a rare outing on Saturday yielded an unbeaten 64 as the winners stay on the fringe of the promotion race.
West Bridgfordians currently hold third spot and Saturday saw Kwesi Spencer (69*) who has really come of age in the last couple of seasons and Alex Sheriston both striking fifties in a total of 229 for 5.
Visitors Keyworth, needing points for very different reasons, gave it their best shot in the form of Dale Collison (49), Geoff Baker (38) and Tom Randall (25). However, the strugglers could not get over the line and had to hang on for a draw on 209 for 9 with the Hiller brothers blocking out at the end.
Newark R&M, currently bottom of Rothera Dowson Division C, posted a decent 231 at Bottesford thanks to half centuries from Matt Leggett and Alex Hales. However, their Achilles heel this year has been their bowling as Nick Silverwood (85), Jim Ward (74*) and Phil Irvine (49*) flayed the attack to all parts. Victory was achieved in just 34 overs leaving the losers adrift at the bottom.
There was a twist in the promotion chase though with Hoveringham (126), usually renowned for their huge scores, failing to chase down 145 at Wollaton II. Hoveringham did recover from 33 for 4 and were favourites to win until South African Jon Christiansen caught and bowled Adam Hugill. The last five wickets fell rapidly, mainly to Sunil Shrestha (5 for 18) who gave his team’s survival hopes a massive shot in the arm.
Sam Cliff of Thurgarton recorded his third century of the season. This time it was 110 and father Colin (57) made it a good day for the Cliff’s in a total of 274 at home to Radcliffe II. After tea, the Singh brothers of Aaron (2 for 27) and Aaman (6 for 19) continued the family affair as Radcliffe fell way short on 162.
The division’s other game saw the unpredictable Kirkby Portland rack up 264 at Gedling Colliery II with Daniel Severn (58), Jonathan Williamson (50*), Brett Jones (41) and Richard Underhill (32) all contributing. Gedling were second best throughout the game and were all out for 188 with Williamson (3 for 44) and Tom Newcombe (3 for 38) the chief perpetrators.
Long Whatton (213) are the latest club to claim second place in Milward Print Division D knocking off opponents Wilsons (159) in the process. For the winners, Mark Lester (57 & 3 for 34) and Tom Freestone (4 for 26) played the leading roles.
Keep an eye on the form team of Thrumpton though. They lie just behind in third after Arslan Shah (53*), Mark Payne (44) and Frank Forman (5 for 21) saw their side through to an eight wicket win at home to Kinoulton (151). Skipper Joe Richardson was not to be overshadowed however as he struck 23 in 6 balls to win the game in the 31st over.
Down at the other end of the scale, hopes springs eternal for bottom side Gedling & Sherwood who claimed back to back wins for the first time in five years. They will have a decent chance of survival too if Matt Oliver is available. The opening bat followed up his 127 last week with 125 at Eastwood II (209) who fell 69 runs short.
It was a great day for Star Foundation Division E leaders Farndon (267) who won at Lenton Willoughby (188), but what they wouldn’t have reckoned for were defeats for their closest rivals Hickling and Attenborough II. Hickling (293) came mightily close though in overcoming the mammoth 302 set by Whatton & Aslockton. Incidentally the game included two centurions in Jamie Lambourne and John Chell.
Keep an eye on Beeston & Toton Sycamore (229) too who are coming into form at just the right time. Age is virtually no barrier in cricket as Dave Fawcett (4 for 23) proved for the winners at just six months short of 70. Incidentally opponents Ellerslie II (134) fielded Duncan Martindale who added to the list of ex Notts CCC players in the league.
In Trophy Master Division F, the player of the season to date has undoubtedly been Wymeswold skipper Rob Pitman. Saturday saw him add to his three centuries in June with another 112 at home to leaders Belvoir. Chasing 252 though Belvoir proved their title credentials with Jack Copley (127) and Matt Fenton (44) shining in a three wicket win.
Another player in form is Shakir Akhtar of Gotham Village II in GB Bookkeeping Division G. After surviving a confident stumping shout, the all rounder fired 107 to go with his two previous knocks of 77 in July. However, leaders Lambley made light work of the 206 target thanks to their player of the season Danny Greenhalgh (105*).
Still in G, in a season mirroring 2012, Collingham, bottom in May have now won six games on the spin to claim second place. Their latest success knocked Newark R&M II (188) off second and it was thanks to David Dakin (61) and Gary Clarke (4 for 51).
There is no change at the top in JR Estates Division H with wins for the top three of Kimberley III, Rolls Royce II and Bingham. Elsewhere, Gedling & Sherwood II and Bramcote II will need a swift turn around in fortunes to avoid the drop.
No change either in Carlton Car Centre Division J with Caunton (205) holding on to second after a captains performance from Malcolm Hawley (51* & 3 for 36) at home to Clifton Village III (174). Another batsman who is enjoying the dry wickets is Richard Drury of Keyworth II. Drury made 75 Saturday to go with scores of 102, 115 and 57 in the previous three weeks. It was a game winning knock too with Young Lions (164) falling just shy of the 173 needed.
After a quiet few weeks, Sam Ross (77*) of Balderton II (246) was back in the runs for the leaders who won comfortably at Lenton Willoughby II (120) in Sign Solutions Division K.
Second and third change place in King Stone Products Division L with Murray de Bank (132) the man of the match in his Hoveringham II’s 53 run success at home to Chilwell II (250).
Luke Tantum of Kimberley IV also joined the four century club on Saturday. Nuthall Park is obviously to his liking as Tantum fired 154* out of 269 which was more than sufficient to defeat Wymeswold II (171).
However, Tantum’s innings wasn’t the highest, that honour went to John Shaw of West Bridgford Legion II (255) who struck a career best 161 in his teams Division P win at Collingham III (141)