Cricket: Local sides beat the weather in Bassetlaw League Division One

Ben Williams and Richard Crabtree who play for Mansfield Hosiery Mills 2nd team  fed up on Saturday as the cold wet weather put a stop to their game against Papplewick 2nd team . Meanwhile their first team played for a short time at Papplweick before they had to stop play
Ben Williams and Richard Crabtree who play for Mansfield Hosiery Mills 2nd team fed up on Saturday as the cold wet weather put a stop to their game against Papplewick 2nd team . Meanwhile their first team played for a short time at Papplweick before they had to stop play
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THANKS to the inclement weather only two matches featuring Chad area teams took place in the top two sections.

Amazingly enough, both games played produced significant results.

Division One Clipstone gained a winning draw against Everton who can, when things go for them, produce performances that embarrass the very best.

Meanwhile second-placed Edwinstowe capitulated to a heavy defeat against Cuckney II, who are a vastly improved side this season.

Clipstone made a massive 242-3 at The Metcalfe Ground with Australian Anthony Armistead helping himself to a brilliant 138.

Armistead was imperious with his stroke play and took advantage of every loose ball delivered to him.

He received good support from Brad Wright, who weighed in with a splendid unbeaten 69.

In reply Everton batted sensibly and closed out on 180-7.

Richard Chambers (63) and Dan Brighton (55 not out) batted superbly and at no time did Clipstone ever look like bowling them out.

At Forest Corner Edwinstowe did a good job in limiting Cuckney II to 154 - 6 when they batted with Daniel Brown top- scoring on 58 and Paul Benson once again in good form with the ball as he took 4 -46.

What looked like being a simple task proved to be far from it as some devastating bowling by Oliver Wilson (5-32) and Andy Stephenson (5-22) blasted them out for just 85 runs!

It was a poor effort by the Edwinstowe batsmen, but take nothing away from the Cuckney attack who bowled splendidly, backed up by first rate fielding.