Glapwell have led the Bassetlaw League table for as long as one can remember and probably deserve the title, but Ordsall Bridon have stayed close to their coat tails all the way.
Now with the ‘Singaporean sensation’ Anish Paraan back in his homeland, some would have expected Glapwell to perish and Bridon to come through at a gallop, but sometimes things don’t work out the way you expect as Glapwell have an immense fighting spirit.
While Saturday’s opponents Retford are having the worst season in their existence, they still needed to be beaten, and Glapwell did just that with a comprehensive 71 run win.
Batting first Glapwell were well served by Liam Douglas (46), Andy Stewart (37 not out) and Danny Bircumshaw (31) in scoring 209-7 whilst Chris Bowers, with 3-50, bowled admirably for Retford.
In reply, Retford were bundled out for just 138 as, after Edward Tofts (33) and Pascal Broadley (31) had given them a good start, they could not cope with the excellent bowling of Matt Page (5-31) and Danny Bircumshaw (4-16) as Glapwell consolidated their position at the top.
However, the shock came at Ordsall Bridon, who have been in majestic form of late. But Notts & Arnold on their own patch are always a danger to any side as many sides have found out to their cost.
Batting first Notts & Arnold made a useful 226-7 with Dilhan Cooray (33), Samuel Ecob (35) and the very talented 14-year-old Liam Patterson-White (45) all contributing. Darren Spooner with 5-66 was the pick of the Bridon attack.
Bridon started comfortably enough with Paul Van den Heuval (39), Tim Miles (58) and Marc Brewer (39) all batting well, but then the entrance of Liam Patterson-White, this time with the ball provided a phenomenal change of events.
The young spin bowler ran through the Bridon batting like a knife through butter taking 7-48, including a hat-trick, to bowl the Ordsall side out for 209 and give Notts & Arnold a 17-run win. The title race is still to be won and it could well go right down to the wire.
Clipstone simply blew Kiveton Park right away with ridiculous ease.
Batting first Kiveton totally collapsed to 126 all out with Jon Plant (52) saving them from complete humiliation. Lewis Sprigg (4-40) bowled a brilliant hostile spell that proved far too much for the disappointing Kiveton batting.
This proved no difficulty for Clipstone who reached 128-4 with relative ease. Scott Powell, with 35, top-scored in a very easy six wicket win.
Cuckney II were also blown away by Worksop and their position in the table is now looking extremely precarious.
Worksop put on one of their best batting displays of the season with Luke Ambrose making 73, plus great support coming from talented youngster Tim Smith jnr. (54), Wayne Spooner (36) and Ross Stallworthy (30), as they piled up 231-7. Daniel Wood (3-45) and Richard Bostock (3-87) were the pick of an overworked Cuckney attack.
Cuckney’s reply was dismal to say the least and they were bowled out for just 120 to leave Worksop victors by a massive 111 runs.
Only Will Ullyott, with 38, defied left arm spinner Dave Hancocks, who produced his best form of the season to take 6-25 in a magical spell which was much too much for Cuckney.
Thoresby Colliery, who have produced some stunning results recently, showed their wretched inconsistency by losing to North Wheatley with Leverton by 19 runs.
Batting first, North Wheatley made 169-9 with Richard Robinson (35) and Dwight Thomas (38) making significant contributions. Jack Willis once again showed his promise, taking 3-41 and spin partner Akeeb Aziz helped himself to 3-48.
Thoresby made a very confident start with Martin Cheshire (46) and Farooq Aziz compiling the same score, but being undefeated .
Aziz carried his bat whilst his support was virtually non-existent as Callum Harrison showed what spinner’s can do for one side, he could do for the other.
Harrison took 6-21 and totally wrecked Thoresby’s batting as they were bowled out for just 150.
Anston are another side who carry a threat to everybody and they quickly dismissed Harthill for just 108 at Thorpe Road. Amila Perera was unplayable, taking 5-18, and the match was soon over as Anston not without a spot of trouble reached 110- 6 with Josh Marsh (42) making the big difference.
Harthill skipper Rob Jones (3-23) tried hard for his side, but the lack of runs was their downfall. Had they scored another 50, another shock might well have been on the cards.