Clipstone edge to derby win over Thoresby in thriller

NMAC-Blidworth v Edwinstowe-6'Edwinstowe's Tom Ward and Blidworth 'keeper Dave Donaldson
NMAC-Blidworth v Edwinstowe-6'Edwinstowe's Tom Ward and Blidworth 'keeper Dave Donaldson

A fantastic match between local rivals Clipstone and Thoresby Colliery in the Bassetlaw League Championship Division saw the former edge to a three wicket win after a titanic struggle.

Thoresby batted first and piled up a massive 248-7 with Martin Cheshire in prime form as he made a superb 76 with some fine shots all around the wicket.

Danny Tyson gave excellent support with 36 while Clipstone skipper Lee Wilson chipped in with a very useful 4-54.

It was not enough, however, as Clipstone, who have proved to be a major force this season, got stuck into the Thoresby attack from the word go, with Scott Powell setting the tone with a sparkling 60 runs.

Great support came from Jason Gorman and Josh Flowers, who both made 32, while Jack Willis was the pick of the Thoresby attack with 3-55.

Thoresby look to have a lot more class than the other teams vying at the foot of the table, but they must finish the job off after such a good start, while Clipstone are enjoying a great season and it doesn’t look like ending yet.

Glapwell kept up the pace at the top of the table with a 39 run win over Worksop at Central Avenue. Batting first Glapwell could only muster 169-9 with Danny Bircumshaw (34) and skipper Matt Page (33) both batting well while Wayne Spooner (3-16) and Dave Hancocks (3-34) both bowled well for Worksop.

This score was easily enough, though, as only Bernhard Beukman (35) had any answer to the wiles of left arm slow bowler Anish Paraam who took 5 for 24 in a magical spell to keep his side at the top. Worksop were dismissed for just 130 and nobody had an answer for Paraam.

Ordsall Bridon kept up the pace in second place with a comfortable 69 run over Cuckney II who have slipped back after a good run.

Batting first Bridon made an achievable looking 208-7 on a wicket where far more runs than this are usually recorded.

Tim Ward top-scored with 59 while Tim Miles (33) and Paul Van den Heuval (36) also batted well. Orson Nurs,e with 4-50, was the main thorn in their side.

In reply, Cuckney II could only muster 139 runs and only Daniel Wood (56) made any impact against the threat of Tim Miles (4-38) and Matt Makings (3-33).

Cuckney need to get back to the form they showed a couple of weeks ago or else relegation is a real possibility, whilst Bridon are hanging like leeches to Glapwell’s shirt tails.

In Division One, Tom Ward made 77 as Edwinstowe scored 166 (pictured) before losing by six wickets to Blidworth, Gareth Ellis compiling an unbeaten 75.