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.