Runs flow and records tumble - Bassetlaw League review

On a day where there were two matches that deserved to share the headlines, cricket was the big winner.

At Ordsall, Bassetlaw Championship Division league leaders Ordsall Bridon managed a winning draw against second placed Glapwell in a fantastic match which was a credit to both sides.

The pitch resembled a road and presented bowlers with some torturous work whilst the batsmen revelled in the conditions.

Paul Van den Heuval set the tone for Bridon with a brilliant 120, and other fine contributions came from skipper Darren Spooner (48), Tim Miles (43) and David Fagan (41) as they racked up 302-5 in the 50 overs.

Glapwell hit back strongly but, despite an unbeaten 76 by Liam Douglas and 37 from Danny Bircumshaw, Glapwell finished on 236-7.

However, match of the day was at the Goosedale Sports Club where Notts & Arnold Amateurs (396-4)and Harthill (284-5) managed to break the league aggregate score with a massive 680 runs between them.

Another high-scoring affair saw Clipstone beat North Wheatley with Leverton by four wickets.

Batting first, North Wheatley were indebted to their West Indian star Dwight Thomas, who blasted his way to 126 with some glorious strokes.

Skipper Richard Robinson made 40 and Dave Willcock (34) as North Wheatley reached 248-9. Ian Woodall was the best of the Clipstone attack, taking 3-34.

Clipstone, though, have proved on several occasions that they are a match for everyone and skipper Lee Wilson, who has enjoyed a marvellous season, was at it once again with a terrific 109 not out. Craig Brittlebank (33) chipped in and Clipstone ran out worthy winners on 249- 6.

Anston are still in the chase for the title and they destroyed Cuckney II by 62 runs at Langwith Road.

Anston’s ‘Little Master’ Amila Perera took his side’s inning by the throat, scoring an unbeaten 77 out of a total of 208-7, whilst Daniel Brown bowled superbly for Cuckney to take 5-58.

In reply, Brown hit a superb 51, but Perera again took charge with 6-22 in a staggering performance of the highest quality as Cuckney were all out for 146.

Thoresby Colliery were back to their best in gaining a winning draw over Retford at Fourth Avenue. Batting first, Thoresby clocked up 209 all out with skipper Nyeem Ahmed once again in prime form with 57 runs.

Jon Cooke (3-27) and skipper John Musgrove (4-30) bowled tidily for Retford. However, Retford’s batting was rather disappointing with only John Musgrove (33) making much impression as Aqib Farook (3-28) had them hanging on at 124-9 at the close.