Nottinghamshire Premier League: Champions Cuckney and Welbeck beaten by the weather, Kimberley defeated by Notts Academy

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Defending Nottinghamshire Premier League champions Cuckney were left frustrated by the weather during their match with Plumtree.

Cuckney won the toss and held Plumtree to 199 for nine from their 50 overs, with Sam Storey (59) and Saad Ashraf (39) top scoring for the visitors.

James Hawley was the pick of the bowlers with four for 32 from eight overs at the end.

But last season’s top two did not come out after tea as the rain lashed down.

At Sookholme, Clifton Village won the toss and put Welbeck in to bat, where the hosts had made 219 for seven from 46 overs when play was called off.

Reobert French made 35, Tom Lungley 53 and Andrew Parkin-Coates remained not out on 69. Adam Shepherd took six of the wickets to fall, his 11 overs and one ball costing 62 runs in the process.

The day’s only outright victors were the NCB Academy who played host to Kimberley Institute at Lady Bay.

The Academy won the toss and invited the Institute to bat.

Kimberley’s opening pair once again took the score beyond 50, but didn’t go much further, Sam Johnson making 39 before perishing.

Several batsmen got starts after this, but only Dominic Brown (60) was able to make a telling contribution, wickets being shared amongst the bowlers as Kimberley closed on 221 for eight.

After the early loss of Anuj Dal, Connor Marshall and Simon Webster set about compiling a partnership of 96 before Marshall fell for 35.

Webster went shortly after for 72 off 77 balls with 98 runs still needed for victory.

The wily veteran skipper, Paul Franks (39 not out) then marshalled his troops providing the steadying influence to see them home by five wickets. The win lifts the Academy to secnd in the table just a point behind Caythorpe.

At Farnsfield the home side won the toss and asked the visiting Radcliffe-on-Trent side to bat first.

Nottinghamshire’s Steven Mullaney made his Radcliffe debut, but was overshadowed by a fine unbeaten century by Jake Fish.

The youngster ended the innings on 107 not out as, assisted by 52 from Rob Sutton, Radcliffe totalled 256 for five from their 50 overs.

Jamie Wagstaff claimed three for 43. Once again the second innings didn’t get started.

Other than the weather, the big winners on the second weekend of the NCB Premier League were the NCB Academy who recorded their first win of the campaign and Caythorpe who moved to the top of the table.

At Caythorpe, home skipper James Hemmings opted to bat first when the visiting Attenborough captain called incorrectly. A pair of half century stands centred on Martyn Dobson’s 71 saw the hosts to 143 for two as James Oldham and Steve Allcoat both contributed 35 to their respective stands of 66 and 77. Gurpej Landa’s three wicket burst slowed the innings, before Dominic Harvey mopped up the tail to finish with figures of four for 42. Andrew Staszkiewicz marshalled the tail, hitting 35 at better than a run a ball to steer his side to maximum batting points.

Attenborough’s reply never really got going as Mat Dowman’s five for 48 reduced them to 94 for six.

When the innings top scorer is “Extras” you know it’s been a bad day for the batsmen, only Alec McKinley with 40 at the top of the order managed to outscore “Wides”, while a late 30 from Dominic Harvey in a 52 run stand with Ben Bhabra helped the Borough reach the threshold for a batting point.

The game petered out into a draw with Caythorpe taking the lions share of the points.

At Birchover Park, the visitors were Ordsall Bridon, who, on winning the toss asked their hosts to bat first. Bilal Shafayat made 36 and Usman Afzaal 56, but the star was Akhil Patel who struck the highest score of the young season, reaching 124, as the Cavaliers made 249 for eight from their 50 overs.

Matt Makings doing his bit to keep the Cavs in check with four for 55.

Bridon would have fancied their chances of getting a result when the weather intervened 22 overs into their reply.

Skipper Paul van den Heuvel (49) and Martyn Long (43) sitting not out with their side 104 for no wicket.