Andrews gets champs off to a flying start
Reigning champions Clifton started the new season of the Notts Premier League with a six-wicket home win against newly-promoted Kiveton Park thanks in no small part to an outstanding spell of bowling by Liam Andrews.
Coming on fourth change, Andrews returned figures of 7-34 from ten overs to play the lead in bowling the newcomers out for 146 in 34 overs.
Only opener Tim Ward provided any substantial resistance with 42.
In response, Clifton overhauled the target in little over 24 overs for the loss of four wickets with Martin Weightman starting the season well with an unbeaten 49.
Welbeck Colliery had the privilege of welcoming the other league newcomers Belvoir for their debut match and inflicted a similarly heavy defeat.
The home side batted first and will have been satisfied with their 272-5 thanks to Martin Dobson (68) and Robert French (69). Belvoir's leading bowler was Lee Fazackerley with 3-65.
Belvoir found the step up in standard tough and were dismissed for only 101 in 37 overs thanks mainly to 20-year-old Luke Waterhouse who took 6-15 from 9.5 overs, despite Olly Clayfield's battling innings of 40.
West Indian Cavaliers were another side to grab maximum points as they beat Wollaton comprehensively at Birchover Park.
The Cavaliers batted first and posted a competitive 260-4, led by Rawait Khan's 116 from only 93 balls, with veteran Dominic Williamson chipping in a useful 55 not out.
The visitors would have been hoping for a good start to the 2011 season after their struggles last term but were blown away by former Pakistan Test star Saqlain Mustaq who made his mark on the league with 6-37 from 14 overs to dismiss Wollaton for 120 inside 45 overs.
Caythorpe started with a valuable winning draw away at Papplewick.
The visitors won the toss and batted first to make 270-6 thanks mainly to a superb century by James Hawley (109 from 132 balls). Steve Allcoat (58) and James Hartley (50) added support with the evergreen Jim Rhodes grabbing 3-33 for the home side.
In reply, Papplewick clung on to the draw points in scoring 186-9 with Hawley completing an excellent opening day in taking 3-25 and Stuart Cope added 3-31. The only home batter who managed to get any momentum was Alex Lloyd with 65.
Kimberley Institute also managed a winning draw in a home fixture with Mansfield Hosiery Mills; the home side batted first on winning the toss and scored 296-6 with runs for Nick Langford (68), Carl Blake (63) and Nottinghamshire's Akhil Patel (51).
The visitors put up a good fight but ended well short on 222-7, Adam Whitely contributing 46 and Keshara Jayasinghe 43.
The final game between the Nottinghamshire Academy and Cuckney at Lady Bay was a rain-affected draw with most of the spoils going to the youngsters.
The visitors batted first and were bowled out for 229 in the 50th over with Tom Ullyott's 81 leading the way, supported by 61 from Ian Parkin.
The Academy bowling was spearheaded by Dan Cumming (3-46) and Brett Hutton (3-53).
In reply, the Academy had to call off their run-chase when the last eight overs were lost to the weather with them on 184-6. Olly Swann continued his good form from last year with 54 and debutant Tom Rowe grabbed 51. Parkin completed a good day personally with 3-37.
Kiveton Park 146 in 34 overs (2 pts) lost to CLIFTON 147-4 in 24.1 overs (20 pts). For Kiveton Park; T Ward 42. For Clifton: L Andrews 10-0-34-7, M Weightman 49*.
WELBECK 272-7 in 50 overs (20 pts) beat Belvoir 101-10 in 37.0 overs (3 pts). For Welbeck: M Dobson 68, M Higgins 36, R French 69, L Waterhouse 6-15. For Belvoir: L Fazackerley 3-65, O Clayfield 40.
KIMBERLEY 296-6 in 50 overs (17 pts) drew with Mansfield Hosiery Mills 222-7 in 50 overs (8 pts). For Kimberley: N Langford 68, C Blake 63, A Patel 51, M Wright 3-39. For Mansfield Hosiery Mills: S Ludlam 3-73, A Whiteley 46, K Jayasinghe 43.
Caythorpe 270-6 in 50 overs (18 pts) drew with PAPPLEWICK 186-9 in 50 overs (7 pts). For Caythorpe: J Hawley 109 (132 balls, 13x4, 2x6)and 3-25, S Allcoat 58, J Hartley 50, S Cope 3-31. For Papplewick: J Rhodes 3-33, A Lloyd 65.
WI CAVALIERS 260-4 in 50 overs (20 pts) beat Wollaton 120-10 in 44.5 overs (1 pt). For W.I.Cavaliers: A Afzaal 34, R Khan 116 (93 balls, 16x4, 2x6), D Williamson 55*, S Mushtaq 6-37.
Cuckney 229-10 in 49.5 overs (12 pts) weather affected draw v NOTTS ACADEMY 184-6 in 42 overs (14 pts). For Cuckney: T Ullyott 88, I Parkin 61 and 3-37. For Notts Academy: D Cumming 3-46, B Hutton 3-53, O Swann 54, T Rowe 51.
Result given in order of team batting first. Uppercase characters indicate home side.
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