AN astonishing match took place at Park Avenue with Farnsfield recording victory off the very last ball of the match to thwart the efforts of Glapwell.
As was the case with most pitches, the overnight rain made things exceedingly difficult for both sides and a highly creditable knock of 72 by Lee Topham helped Glapwell to a commendable 186 for 9 at the end of their 50 overs.
Will Jones (3 for 60) and Dave Loveridge (3 for 30) both bowled well for Farnsfield with a ball that resembled a sponge and was constantly having to be dried which added to the time factor.
In reply Farnsfield were well served by Paul Delaney (35) and Callum McKenzie (42) as they crept ever closer to the target.
But with Danny Pykett (3 for 37) bowling well things were always difficult. An important eighth wicket stand between Michael Hall (21*) and Jamie Wagstaff finally saw Farnsfield home with nothing but two wickets to spare!
The big match in Division One saw Blidworth gain a winning draw against Edwinstowe.
Blidworth owed most of their thanks to Dave Willcock who batted brilliantly to make an unbeaten 110 and skipper Craig Turton, who weighed in with 30 as their side made a very useful 190 for 5.
In reply Edwinstowe were in a real mess until Gary Wilson made an unbeaten 50 to prop up the innings which closed on 140 for 7. Craig Turton completed a fine all round match with 3 for 16.
Only Geoff Crook with 56 propped up the Caythorpe second innings which terminated on 115 all out at Clipstone.
This total proved no obstacle to the home side and Matt Milnes and Craig Brittlebank (31 each) saw them home with five wickets to spare.
Skipper Mark Dean (50) and Adam Bellamy (48) were the chief contributors in Clumber Park’s 169 for 7 whilst James Willis bowled well to take 3 for 40.
Welbeck II had no answer to this and were bowled out for just 62 with Gareth Beard bowling brilliantly to take 5 for 13.
A thrilling tied match took place at The Metcalfe Ground between Everton and Mansfield & Pleasley.
Batting first M & P made 196 for 5 with Steve Gooding (52), Ryan Weaver (52*) and Daniel Walker (39) all making telling contributions.
The Everton reply is summed up in two words ‘Gareth Campion’ who made a brilliant unbeaten 121 which just failed to secure victory for his side. Ian Woodall (3 for 48) was the pick of the M & P attack as Everton were bowled out for 196.
Cuckney II easily saw off the challenge of promoted Wiseton to win by six wickets at Wiseton Hall.
Batting first the home side were bundled out for just 62 with David France recording the amazing figures of 4 for 2. Although they lost four wickets the result was never in doubt as Cuckney II waltzed to victory very easily.
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