Thoresby tie thrilling game - Bassetlaw League round-up

Clipstones keeper Rob Sprigg successfully appeals for LBW against Harthills Phil Higginson off the bowling of Bob Berry.
Clipstones keeper Rob Sprigg successfully appeals for LBW against Harthills Phil Higginson off the bowling of Bob Berry.
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While nobody would say that Thoresby Colliery are the best side in the Bassetlaw League, they are certainly involved in the most exciting matches and once again they produced a cracker as they tied with Worksop at Fourth Avenue.

On what is agreed one of the best wickets in the league, Worksop made a good start with Tim Smith jnr again proving that he is one of the best young players in the division.

Smith made a terrific 84 runs as Worksop piled up a good looking total of 241-8. Jack Willis was the best of the Thoresby attack with 3-48.

In reply it was once again Martin Cheshire in his best and most imperious form making a classy 74 while skipper Nyeem Ahmed added 33 priceless runs.

Some vital knocks by Shailesh Patel and Arno De Beer made the scores level before Akeeb Aziz was caught to have Thoresby all out for 241 and a compulsive thriller was tied. Wayne Spooner hit his best form for Worksop taking 6-57.

Glapwell just hold on to top spot, but it was so very tight in a rain-affected drawn match at Anston. Batting first Glapwell made 217-7 on a ground where this type of score is barely enough.

Ashley Draynor (44) and Danny Bircumshaw, with a sparkling 70, got the ball rolling for Glapwell while Luke Smith added some priceless late runs with an unbeaten 44.

Amila Perera took 3-62, and this was not to be the last contribution of the day for the dynamic Sri-Lankan.

Indeed had it not been for Perera, Glapwell would probably have won the match with ease, but there was no stopping him as he made a magnificent 111 before rain intervened with Anston locked on 206-7.

Glapwell skipper Matt Page took 3-53 and without doubt this side are never out of any game until it is over.

Harthill shocked a weakened Clipstone side and nearly pulled off a massive and vital win after piling up an astonishing 318-5.

Clipstone were quickly in trouble and only a patient knock of 30 by Ian Woodall plus rain saved them from defeat as they stood precariously on 112-7 at the close.

Young Jack Mason showed his potential, taking 3-29, while Rob Hartley helped himself to 3-17.

Cuckney II made a very good total of 231-7, but it was not enough as Notts & Arnold Amateurs followed up with 233-7 and victory.

Batting first Cuckney were well served by Steve Gooding (77), Richard Bostock (61) and Andy Stephenson (30) while Dilhan Cooray weighed in with 4-53 and Craig Harrison 3-74.

Ian Flood then made 55 and, with other fine contributions from Craig Harrison (54*) and Harvinder Bhakar (44) they won it with three overs to spare.