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10th July 2012
Cuckney Cricket Club
Cuckney secured their third victory in four years in the Nottinghamshire Premier League Twenty20 Cup when they defeated Wollaton in a close final game by just 3 runs.
They will now go through to the National ECB Club Twenty20 competition to represent Nottinghamshire and hopefully go one better than 2010 when they lost in the final.
The National ECB Club Twenty20 competition finals day is televised live on Sky Sports.
Earlier in the day, Wollaton reached their second successive T20 final after brushing aside the South Nottinghamshire League side Keyworth who had won through to the day after defeating Gedling Colliery in a bowl-off.
But the Division C side found the step up in standard too great and they were dismissed for 89 with 7 balls remaining with only skipper Geoff Tindsley making an impression with a fighting innings of 34 and Adam Cobbett taking 4-25.
Wollaton, the 2011 champions overcame this target in just 10.4 overs for the loss of 4 wickets to secure their place in the final.
The second semi-final saw Cuckney secure an 11 run victory over Clifton and claim their place in the final.
Will Butler won the toss for Cuckney and opted to bat first and they set a decent target by closing on 154 for 8.
Nick Langford struck 63 from 48 balls with support from Butler (38 from 37) and Tom Ullyott (24 from 15).
Dominic Harvey was the leading Clifton bowler with 3-28 with Alex Turner (2-28) and Scott McNeill (2-11) finishing the job.
Clifton fell short in their reply for the loss of six wickets with McNeill enjoying his day with a run-a-ball 44 and Ian Parkin turning the screw with excellent figures of 2-20 from 4 overs and Ullyott taking 2-21.
The final turned out to be the closest of the three games, worthy of a match designed to find the league’s best Twenty20 side.
Wollaton won the toss this time and decided to field first and will have been encouraged to limit the aggressive Cuckney batting unit to 126 for 6.
Dominic Reed led the Wollaton attack with 3-15 from his 4 overs and Langford continued his outstanding batting from the semi-final with 56 from 51 balls.
Any idea that Wollaton had done enough to retain their T20 crown was dashed when they were dismissed from the last ball of the match, falling three runs short.
Tom Ullyott ended with the remarkable figures of 5-21 from his 4 overs with Parkin adding 3-36 to his earlier return.
Wollaton skipper Tim Young did his best to inspire his side to victory with 31 from 25 balls at the top of the order.