Champions almost toppled by Edwinstowe

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Relegated Edwinstowe 1sts came close to one of the surprise results of the season in the Championship as they lost by just one wicket to champions Papplewick and Linby.

Edwinstowe were bowled out for 93 as Sam Wagstaff top-scored with 43 from 70 balls, including five fours.

He added 37 for the third wicket with Justin Pretorius (18) but only one further batsman, captain Andrew Edwards (10), made double figures.

Edwinstowe’s bowlers fought back, however, with Pascal Broadley destroying the top and middle orders with five for 49.

Christopher Tindle took two late wickets, but the champions edged home.

Glapwell Colliery, who have also been relegated, ended their season on a high, defeating visitors Ordsall Bridon by seven wickets.

Danny Bircumshaw and Matthew Page both took four wickets as Ordsall were bowled out for 126 in the 41st over.

In reply, Glapwell looked to be in trouble at 27 for two after losing both openers.

But captain Danny Bircumshaw and Ron Davison added 74 for the third wicket before Davison and Lee Topham took the home side to victory in the 35th over of their run-chase.

Bircumshaw struck three fours and two sixes in his 64-ball knock of 41.

Davison found five boundaries in an unbeaten 34 from 71 balls, while Topham scored 16 not out from 18 balls, including three boundaries.

Thoresby Colliery dismissed visitors Blidworth for 129 in their five-wicket victory.

In Division One, Mansfield Hosiery Mills w2nds kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation after amassing 248 for seven from 44 overs against visitors Kiveton Park Colliery 1sts, who were dismissed for 96 in reply.

Mansfield 1sts’ outside chances of staying up in Division Two ended with a nine-wicket loss to Harthill 1sts. Mansfield totalled 102 for seven from 36 overs.

Rain came to the rescue of promotion-chasing Bilsthorpe in Division Five.

They were on 60 for six when play was abandoned as they chased Rockware’s 159 all out.

Bilsthorpe will go into the final round of matches in second place, eight points clear of third place.

Shirebrook 1sts (139) clinched the title with a 101-run success over Anston 3rds.