Welbeck slip back as Academy battle for deserved draw
Second-placed Welbeck Colliery fell further behind leaders Clifton when they were on the wrong end of a draw against the Nottinghamshire Academy at Lady Bay.
The county side included three players selected this week in the England U19 squad – Sam Wood, Sam Kelsall and Brett Hutton – and they batted first on winning the toss.
But this wasn't to be another day of free-scoring with only skipper Andrew Parkin-Coates (50) and Tom Rowe (43) making significant contributions as they were bowled out for 181 inside 48 overs.
Welbeck's Jonathan Ball enjoyed his day in taking 4-38.
The visitors would have been hopeful at tea of securing their eighth win of the season but in the end they finished 38 runs adrift for the loss of eight wickets.
Martyn Dobson did his best to win the tie but when he was seventh out at 123, the game was up.
Wood and Hutton hinted at why they have earned their call ups by grabbing 3-34 and 3-20.
At the other end of the table, Belvoir moved off bottom spot when they got an eight-point draw away at Mansfield Hosiery Mills.
The home side posted an impressive 297-5 after being asked to bat first, with Gareth Curtis continuing his fine form with 141 from 124 balls.
He was given solid support by Sudesh Fernando's 81 and KC Jayasinghe chipped in with 30.
In reply, Belvoir got to 228-7 with Gurpej Landa (34) and Darren Bicknell (75*) both continuing their recent good run. Jayasinghe rounded off his day in taking 3-37.
Papplewick grasped the opportunity to widen the gap between themselves and the bottom two in securing a 20-points to nil thrashing of Kiveton Park.
Kiveton batted first and were skittled out for 109 inside 40 overs with only Adam Dutton (44) and Lee Brooks (11) making double figures.
Husnain Riaz grabbed 3-24 but was outshone by Richard King's 4-14 from 9.3 overs.
The visitors raced to their target in 24.3 overs for the loss of just two wickets, with skipper King rounding off an excellent personal day with 72 not out.
Papplewick are now 40 points above the drop zone.
West Indian Cavaliers travelled to Langwith Lane to take on Cuckney and came away with a solid seven-wicket win.
The home side posted 222-7 in their 50 overs after being asked to bat first, with skipper Richard Stroh striking 76, Tom Ullyott 36 and Dan Brown an unbeaten 31.
Saqlain Mushtaq again underlined his importance to the Cavs with 5-41 from his 15-over spell.
The visitors never looked in any real trouble in their response in losing only three wickets and securing a win in 43 overs.
Usman Afzaal continued his fine form with an unbeaten 85 with excellent support from Aaron Thomas (47) and 60 from Rawait Khan.
Kimberley are in fourth, 11 points behind the Cavaliers after yet another close game, when they secured a ten-wicket victory away at Caythorpe.
Kimberley skipper Sam Ogrizovic called right at his former club and batted first, but it was hard going and they closed on 185-5 in their 50 overs.
Ogrizovic continued his recent good run of scores with 41 in a consistent performance, assisted by Jon Terry (33), Paul Riley (41*) and Carl Blake (32*).
Caythorpe looked a good bet to better that score with 53 from James Hawley and a debut 50 from Nottinghamshire's Ben Phillips but they were dismissed on 175, thanks in no small part to Akhil Patel's return of 4-41.
CUCKNEY 222-7 in 50 overs (5 pts) lost to WI Cavaliers 226-3 in 42.2 overs (19 pts)
For Cuckney; R Stroh 76, T Ullyott 36, D Brown 31*
For Cavaliers; S Mushtaq 15-2-41-5, A Thomas 47, R Khan 60, U Afzaal 85*.
Kimberley 185-5 in 50 overs (20 pts) beat CAYTHORPE 175-10 in 49.3 overs (4 pts)
For Kimberley; J Terry 33, S Ogrizovic 41, P Riley 41*, C Blake 32*, A Patel 4-41
For Caythorpe; J Hawley 53, B Phillips 50.
KIVETON PARK 109-10 in 39.3 overs (0 pts) lost to Papplewick 111-2 in 24.3 overs (20 pts)
For Kiveton Park; A Dutton 44
For Papplewick; H Riaz 3-24, R King 4-14 and 72*.
WOLLATON 163-10 in 48.1 overs (4 pts) lost to Clifton 164-6 in 46.3 overs (20 pts)
For Wollaton; T Young 53
For Clifton; T Lungley 3-39, A Shepherd 3-42, J Taylor 79*.
NOTTS ACADEMY 181-10 in 47.4 overs (16 pts) drew with Welbeck 143-8 in 52 overs (7 pts)
For Notts Academy; A Parkin-Coates 50, T Rowe 43, B Hutton 3-20, S Wood 3-34
For Welbeck; J Ball 4-38, M Dobson 67.
MANSFIELD HM 297-5 in 50 overs (17 pts) drew with Belvoir 228-7 in 50 overs (8 pts)
For Mansfield H.M; G Curtis 141 (16x4, 5x6, 124 balls), S Fernando 81, K Jayasinghe 30 and 3-37
For Belvoir; G Landa 34, D Bicknell 75*
Note: The result is given in order of team batting first. UPPERCASE characters indicate the home side.
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