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Collingham Cricket Club are beaten by Clipstone in the Nottinghamshire Premier League

Collingham slipped to just their second defeat of the Nottinghamshire Premier League season in a rain-affected match on Saturday.

They were beaten by four wickets at third-placed Clipstone to have their lead at the top of the Division Two table cut to 12 points.

Collingham had won the toss and elected to bat first but struggled for runs in difficult conditions.

John Miller.
John Miller.

They managed just 110 in their 40.4 overs with last week's centurion Ben Jones again their top scorer with 25.

Adam Mendham made 18 while Umer Waheed (16) and Chris Morris (14) were the only other batsmen to make double figures.

James Hubball was the pick of the Clipstone attack with 5-21 from his 10 overs while Maaz Sheth returned 3-34.

The hosts were then set a revised target of 105 from 46 overs in their reply under the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method.

They looked in a strong position at 81-3 before the dismissal of top scorer Shaun Levy for 39 sparked a mini collapse.

Liam Tew had Levy caught by Jack Copley and then struck again five balls later to dismiss Yash Ramesh without scoring.

Only 10 runs had been added when Copley stumped Andy Norwood off the bowling of John Miller who then struck again shortly after when he trapped Chris Fletcher leg before for 27.

However, Clipstone regained their composure to add the final 12 runs to secure a victory which kept their title hopes alive.

Tew took 3-29 from his 10 overs while Miller bowled three maidens in his eight-over stint of 2-10 for Collingham who will be looking to return to winning ways when they host Cavaliers and Carrington 2nds on Saturday.

Collingham 2nds were leapfrogged by Gedling Colliery in the South Nottinghamshire League Division C table after a 48-run home loss on Saturday.

Wilf Wright had taken 4-30 from 10 overs while Sumit Puri picked up 3-38 off nine as Gedling were restricted to 188-8 after being put into bat.

Collingham crashed to 37-3 in their reply before Puri (28) and Ethan Speed (32) added 57 runs for the fourth wicket.

However, they then lost a further three wickets for just 13 runs and eventually closed their 40 overs on 140-8 with Nadeem Abbas taking 3-16 for the victorious visitors.

The third team fixture at Hoveringham 2nds in Division L was cancelled due to the wet weather.

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