Day of drama in Bassetlaw Cricket League as Farnsfield chase down mammoth total

TWO magical matches took place this weekend with one being a low scoring encounter and the other one flowing runs so much that it now tops the league records for the highest aggregate ever recorded in the top section.

The low scoring one took place at Chesterfield Road on Sunday when Mansfield & Pleasley saw off the might of Championship side side and holders Anston in the Tomlin Trophy semi-final.

Anston could never have expected what happened and, whether there was a degree of over-confidence in their ranks or not, nobody can take away what a magnificent performance Mansfield & Pleasley put in on the field as Anston were dismissed for a derisory 39 runs.

Kyle Killday and Carl Wilkinson bowled magnificently to take 6 for 24 and 3 for 12 respectively.

Mansfield & Pleasley then knocked off the required runs with ease reaching 40 for 1 and the dreams of a Mallen/Tomlin double had gone for Anston.

This was certainly a moment for the Mansfield and Pleasley team to be very proud of and they now face Ordsall Bridon in the final at Blidworth on Sunday 11th September at 1pm.

The second match was the most amazing match of the season in the Championship and took place at Ordsall, where home side Ordsall Bridon must have been feeling quietly confident as they built up a massive 331 for 9 from their 50 overs.

Without bowling badly, Farnsfield were flayed all over the park with Aaron Haycock top scoring on 92 and Henry Appleyard (71) sharing a massive third wicket stand.

Previous to that openers Tim Ward (31) and Rob McLeod (47) made a good start and this was carried on as ball after ball sped to the fence.

Curtis Mitchell (36) led from the front right at the start and took the attack to the Bridon bowlers, but it was the arrival of Australian Mark Hanson, pictured left, which proved to be the divining moment.

From the very start, Hanson struck the ball superbly and boundaries flowed from his bat at an alarming rate. It quickly became apparent that Farnsfield felt that they could overcome such a huge total and, although they lost Mitchell and another wicket, James Smith proved to be a terrific ally to Hanson.

When he was out for an excellent 31, Mike Hall arrived at the crease and by this time, Hanson was dispatching every other ball to the fence.

And although he was dropped once, it had no effect on the hard hitting Australian as he guided Farnsfield to victory in the 49th over of a very memorable match and equally splendid 182 not out.

The match had yielded 664 runs beating the previous best run aggregate of 660 between Cuckney and Ransome & Marles in 2007 by just four runs.