Confident Clifton March On At The Top
Leaders Clifton continued their charge to a hat-trick of titles by securing a 55-run victory over Belvoir at the Clifton Oval.
On a day when high-scores were at a premium, Belvoir did well to limit the home club to 199-9 in 50 overs.
They were staring down the barrel at 58-5 but Tom Lungley (57*) and Martin Weightman (37) staged a solid recovery with support from Dominic Harvey (31).
Sam Cliff and Lee Fazackerley enhanced their growing reputations with 4-22 and 3-65 respectively.
The target looked even more daunting when the visitors were dismissed for 144 inside 42 overs, with only veteran Darren Bicknell showing any stickability, carrying his bat for 64.
Clifton's Adam Shepherd enjoyed his day with 4-30 and his side are now 29 points clear at the top.
Second-placed West Indian Cavaliers maintained the pressure on Clifton by handing out a seven-wicket thumping of Mansfield Hosiery Mills at Birchover Park in a game that lasted fewer than 60 overs.
The Cavs won the toss and bowled first, dismissing the Millers for 120 in 36.3 overs.
Saqlain Mushtaq continued his romp through the Premier League by taking 5-15, supported by Steve Atkinson with 3-22.
Gareth Curtis was the only Mansfield player to get to grips with the opposition and the conditions, scoring 55.
The home side strolled to their win in just 23 overs for the loss of three wickets with Usman Afzaal leading the way with an unbeaten 55.
Welbeck's recent slump continued when they travelled to Wollaton and suffered a 16-run loss.
The home side needed a positive result to stay clear of the drop zone but would have been fearful when they batted first and were bowled out for just 152 in 44.5 overs.
Ian Dodd hit an unbeaten 49 and Welbeck's Guy Darwin led the attack, taking 4-36. But Wollaton roared to a 20-point victory in just 37.2 overs when they skittled the visitors for 136, with Rhys Owen taking his season's best figures of 5-49 with solid support from Ben Savage with 3-36.
This result lifts Wollaton to eighth place but drops Welbeck to fourth, their lowest position so far this season.
Papplewick have also been struggling this term but achieved a stunning 15-run home win over Kimberley.
The visitors won the toss and chose to field first and would have thought that the job was half done by tea when Papplewick were dismissed for 145 in just shy of 50 overs.
Alex Lloyd has been in good nick all season and this continued when he grabbed 57.
The Kimberley bowling attack was led by Akhil Patel (3-31) and Matt Wright (3-38) but when they replied, they had not counted on a pair of bowlers who have been in impressive recently with Jim Rhodes taking 5-49 and Aaron Onyon 4-51.
The fact that Kimberley's highest score came from the 39 extras conceded summed up their poor day.
Papplewick remain tenth but are now 37 points ahead of the relegation places.
Cuckney welcomed bottom-club Kiveton to Langwith Lane and finished the day with a winning draw.
The home side took first dig and closed on 286-9 with Will Butler scoring 103 at almost a run a ball, with skipper Richard Stroh contributing 66 and Dave Hunt 35 not out.
Kiveton skipper Lee Brooks continued his good form with the ball taking 5-77 from 13 overs and Luke Donaghy added 3-93.
Kiveton did not look in with a chance with overhauling their target but neither looked like being beaten and they finished on 201-6. Adam Dutton (49) and Roger Spurr (32 not out) made significant contributions.
At Lady Bay, the Nottinghamshire Academy had the better of a draw with Caythorpe.
The county side batted first and posted 240-8 with runs for Michael Robson (72) and Olly Swann (71) with the visitors' James Hawley returning 3-31.
In their reply, Caythorpe slipped to 153-8 with eight overs remaining but managed to hang on and closed on 168-8, thanks mainly to 40 from Steve Allcoat.
NOTTS ACADEMY 240-8 in 50 overs (17 pts) drew with Caythorpe 168-8 in 50 overs (7pts)
For Notts Academy: M Robson 72, O Swann 71
For Caythorpe: J Hawley 3-31, S Allcoat 40
CLIFTON 199-9 in 50 overs (20 pts) beat Belvoir 144-10 in 41.3 overs (5 pts)
For Clifton: M Weightman 37, T Lungley 57*, D Harvey 31, A Shepherd 4-30
For Belvoir: S Cliff 4-22, L Fazackerley 3-65, D Bicknell 64*
CUCKNEY 286-9 in 50 overs (16 pts) drew with Kiveton Park 201-6 in 50 overs (10 pts)
For Cuckney: W Butler 103 (17x4, 1x6, 104 balls), R Stroh 66, D Hunt 35*
For Kiveton Park: L Brooks 13-0-77-5, L Donaghy 3-93, A Dutton 49, R Spurr 32*
Mansfield HM 120-10 in 36.3 overs (1 pt) lost to WI CAVALIERS 121-3 in 23.1 overs (20 pts)
For Mansfield HM: G Curtis 55
For Cavaliers; S Mushtaq 8-1-15-5, S Atkinson 3-22, U Afzaal 55*
PAPPLEWICK 145in 49.4 overs (20 pts) beat Kimberley 130-10 in 38.1 overs (4 pts)
For Papplewick: A Lloyd 57, J Rhodes 15-3-49-5, A Onyon 4-51
For Kimberley: M Wright 3-38, A Patel 3-31.
WOLLATON 152in 44.5 overs (20 pts) beat Welbeck 136-10 in 37.2 overs (4 pts)
Wollaton won the toss. The game started at 1230 hrs.
For Wollaton; I Dodd 49*, R Owen 14.2-2-49-5, B Savage 3-36
For Welbeck; G Darwin 4-36
Note: The result is given in order of team batting first. UPPERCASE characters indicate the home side.
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