After winning the toss and electing to bat, stand-in skipper Paldip Sidhu saw his team strive throughout the entire game to secure a result. Sadly it wasn't to be as the visitors secured a 5 wicket win with 2.5 overs to spare.
Wickets fell at fairly regular intervals for the Squirrels such that just as the accelerator was about to be pressed there was a setback. As a consequence the score of 216 for 8 was probably about 30 short of what it might have been. On the positive side it was probably 30 or 40 more than may have been scored last season. Savin Perera (57) scored his fourth 50 in seven innings with the main support coming from Craig Heiden (24), Tom Murray (28) and a late flurry from Neil Thurlow (23).
A couple of early wickets in the visitors' reply had them on the back foot at 14 for 2 with the highlight being a quite astonishing catch from Neil Thurlow, diving full length to his left at mid off and grabbing the ball with one hand - a sight to rival Ben Stokes' recent effort. A stand of 78 followed between Tom Rowe (46) and Martin Weightman, who finished the game unbeaten on 99, put Kimberley back in charge, but another couple of quick wickets taken by Ben Kitt saw the pendulum swing once again. Thereafter Kimberley showed their champions potential with an impressive level of control that saw them home. Ben Kitt finished with 3 for 45 from his 12 overs.
The 5 points gained from the game seemed scant reward for the effort and determination the players showed.
Next up is newly promoted Gedling Colliery at Plains Road.