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Tuesday, 23rd September 2014

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Premier League June 20 Report

The first rounds of the Nottinghamshire Premier League's Twenty20 Cup took place this weekend with a place in the Finals Day at Trent Bridge the prize.

The Nottinghamshire League is the only county competition to be holding it's finals at a first class ground and the day on Friday 13th August promises to be a special day for all concerned. The fact that Cuckney progressed from last year's competition right through to the National Twenty20 final at Derby showed the opportunities on offer.

Clifton Village hosted the first round of matches which included themselves, Attenborough, Radcliffe and Caythorpe. The first match saw the hosts take on Attenborough and saw them ease through to the semi finals with a 77 run victory thanks to 71 not out from Richard Harris and 3-20 from Alex Turner. Attenborough's key contributors were Andy Simkiss with 21 and Sam Clulow with 2-29.

The second match at Clifton saw Caythorpe through to the semi-finals at the expense of Radcliffe who batted first and reached 102 for 8 with Rob Sutton top-scoring with 46 and Steve Randall leading the Caythorpe attack with 3-19. Caythorpe knocked off the meagre total with more than seven overs to spare with James Hartley grabbing top batting spot with 47 not out.

The Clifton quarter final therefore took place between the hosts and Caythorpe and resulted in a massive 115 run margin for the home side. They cruised to 199 for 7 in their allotted overs with Martin Weightman contributing 80 and Scott McNeill 67. Jim Hemmings (2-50) and Jim Hindson (2-42) recorded the best Caythorpe figures. In reply, they were bowled out for just 84 with Alex Turner putting in his second fine performance of the day with 4-13 supported by Dan Footitt with 2-40. Guy Welton with 33 made the only significant Caythorpe contribution.

The second tranche of matches took place at Welbeck Colliery and also involved the Notts Academy, Cuckney and Wollaton. The home side took on the Academy and batted first and scored 151 for 6 with Matt Higgins leading the scoring with 43 and Jacob Ball securing three run outs for the youngsters. In reply, the Academy could only get to 138 for with Sam Kelsall top scoring with 39 and Jonathan Ball taking 2-23.

In the second game, Cuckney went through to the quarter final with a 73 run win over Wollaton; the 2009 National runners-up posted 177 for 4 with Will Butler leading the way with 66 and Wollaton's Alex King taking 2-24. Wollaton were bowled out for 105 in 18 overs with David Smith (26) making the only significant contribution. The Cuckney attack was lead by Dan Brown with figures of 2-3.

The Welbeck quarter final was a much closer affair; Cuckney posted a total of 143 for 5 including key contributions from Will Butler and David Hunt both with 36 and Rob French posted Welbeck's best return was provided by Rob French with 2-36. In reply, Welbeck got within 6 runs and finished on 137 for 6 with Martin Dobson grabbing 31 and Matt Higgins 28.

The final round of games included Kimberley, West Indian Cavaliers, Mansfield Hosiery Mills and Papplewick. The first match saw Mansfield lose to Kimberley by seven wickets; Mansfield scored 150-5 with Joe Caunt leading the batting with 56 not out; Richard Adams secured the best bowling figures with 2-35. Kimberley over came this total in the 18th over, with in-form Nick Langford in outstanding touch with 90*.

In the second match, Cavaliers won through in another close game; Papplewick batted first and were bowled out in the final over for 123, Robin Rhodes with 46 grabbing the headlines. Patrick Gada was the leading Cavaliers bowler with 3-24. This total was hauled down with two balls to spare with Dominic Williamson catching the eye with 44 not out and Taimoor Khan being typically frugal with 3-13.

The final quarter final therefore took place between Cavaliers and Kimberley with Cavs batting first and securing a massive 210 for 7 with key contributions from Andy Haye (68), Mortaza Ali (25) and Dominic Williamson again with 33. Kimberley's bowlers all took some hammer but Matt Wright (2-41) and Richard Adams (2-40) stood out.

Kimberley could not match the Cavaliers batting power and were bowled out for 142 in the 18th over; Carl Blake made the only significant contribution with 24 and the Cavaliers bowlers enjoyed the day, especially Patrick Gada (3-38), Zubin Faisal (3-20) and Steve Atkinson (2-19).

The finals day on 13th of August will therefore consist of Clifton, Cuckney, West Indian Cavaliers and the winners of a play-off between the winners of the Bassetlaw and South Notts Twenty20 competitions. Trent Bridge is hosting the day and the first semi final starts at 10.45 am, the second at 2.00 pm and the final starting at 5.15 pm with the second innings under floodlights. Admission to the ground will be free for all spectators and it promises to be an outstanding highlight to the season.

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