Top Three Seal Their Place For Finals Day At Trent Bridge
Clifton, Wollaton and Cuckney went through to the finals day of the The Premier League Twenty20 Cup.
They will be joined by the SNCL qualifier at Trent Bridge on Monday July 9.
Clifton booked their spot after beating Kimberley in the first round when they smashed their way to their target of 101 from 13.1 overs through James Taylor (32) and Tom Lungley (33). Paul Riley had earlier scored 53 in Kimberley's score of 100-9.
They met Welbeck in the second round, who had earlier beaten hosts Mansfield Hosiery Mills by 19 runs with Guy Darwin starring with bat and ball, an innings of 31 being followed by bowling figures of 4-5.
The second round match was also won at a canter by Clifton who strolled to their target of 118 in 13.2 overs with Richard Harris (65) and Paul MacMillan (3-23) starring. Robert French struck 49 in Welbeck's innings of 117.
Wollaton won through after good victories against Caythorpe and WI Cavaliers. Set 107 to win against Caythorpe, Wollaton strolled to victory inside 14 overs with Alex King (43) and Tim Young (31).
Cavaliers went through to the second round after inflicting a 20-run defeat on hosts Papplewick, dismissing them for 115 in 20 overs.
The second round between the Cavaliers and the 2011 T20 champions was a low-scoring affair with Wollaton overcoming their target of 79 for the loss of three wickets.
Cuckney (198-4) progressed by first pushing Plumtree aside thanks to Will Root's 84 not out from 42 balls (nine sixes).
Plumtree could not match that firepower and were dismissed for 110, despite 47 from Caleb Mierkalns.
Cuckney took on the Notts Academy in the second round after they overcame Worksop. The county juniors took only 11 overs to overcome the target of 77 set by Worksop.
The clash between the Academy and Cuckney was equally disappointing as a contest, with the Notts side being dismissed for 69, Luke Wood taking 3-9 and only Simon Webster's 25 standing out.
Cuckney didn't have it all their own way in reply, losing four wickets to overcome their target. Root again finished unbeaten, this time on 27.
Welbeck 118-7 bt MANSFIELD H.M. 99 in 19.2 overs. For Welbeck; G Darwin 31 & 4-5.
Kimberley 100-9 lost to Clifton 102-5 in 13.1 overs. For Kimberley; P Riley 53. For Clifton; D Harvey 3-12, J Taylor 32, T Lungley 33.
WI Cavaliers 135-2 bt PAPPLEWICK 115-9 .
Caythorpe 106-6 lost to Wollaton 109-3.
Cuckney 198-4 bt PLUMTREE 110 in 20 overs. For Cuckney; N Langford 61, W Root 84*, W Butler 4-19, R Bostock 3-25.
Worksop 77-6 lost to Notts Academy 78-3 in 11 overs.
2nd round: Welbeck 117 overs lost to Clifton 121-6 in 13.2 overs. For Welbeck; R French 49. For Clifton; P Macmillan 3-23, R Harris 65.
WI Cavaliers 79-8 lost to Wollaton 80-3.
Notts Academy 69-9 in 20 overs lost to Cuckney 72-4.
Note: The result is given in order of team batting first. Uppercase characters indicate the host club.
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