Fixtures this weekend: Sat 1st XI @ Plumtree, 2nd XI home to Plumtree, 3rd XI @ Gedling & Sherwood, 4th XI home to Oxton, Sun T20 Finals Day @ Caythorpe, 2nd XI home to Wanderers.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Attenborough v Cuckney - June 29th

In stifling, oppressive heat both sides put in tremendous efforts to win the game but it was the visitors that had the final say, winning by 2 wickets with just 4 balls to spare.

As with all this weekend's Premier League games the side winning the toss elected to bat and the Squirrels put together good initial stands of 76, before Buffy Landa was sadly run out for 28, and 93 between Paldip Sidhu (75) and Savin Perera (who went on to complete his 5th 50 for the Club with 69) for the first and second wicket.  Both were the best NPL stands for Attenborough against Cuckney.  The excellent start unfortunately didn't lead to a mammoth score as subsequent batsmen couldn't cash in as wickets fell too regularly and the innings closed on 232 for 6.

For large parts of Cuckney's reply it looked as though Attenborough had the upper hand but the required run rate never rose to an unattainable height.  The wicket of James Hawley looked to have tilted the scales the right way and then three quick wickets from Dom Harvey reduced the visitors to 173 for 7 and suddenly Attenborough looked firm favourites.  However a match winning 52 not out from just 36 balls from Joe Hayes wrestled the win from the Squirrels grasp.  Andy Simkiss also picked up three wickets and Ian Stones' initial burst of 7 overs 1 wicket for 10 was most impressive.  

The result brings the losing streak to four but in three of those games there could easily have been a different outcome.  To their credit there has been no apparent drop in team spirit.

Next up is Hucknall at the New Gatehouse Ground.


A couple of the Cuckney wickets

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