Bassetlaw League: Struggling Cuckney II seal draw with Mansfield as weather wrecks weekend programme


Only three matches survived the weather on Saturday but all of them provided some good individual performances which made up somewhat for the lack of activity.

In Division One, Cuckney II who have been going through a torrid time since suffering relegation last season managed to pull off a terrific winning draw in their match against the high-flying Mansfield side.

Batting first, Cuckney put up a useful looking 162 for 6 scoreline in a match reduced to 36 overs per side,

Tom Richardson scored a superb 63 and was the main reason why Cuckney amassed such a useful total.

This target proved troublesome for Mansfield who were 108 for 7 at the close with only Jonathan Antcliffe (38*) saving his team from probable defeat.

Mark Langford (4 for 28) was the pick of the Cuckney attack and once again showed that experience counts for a lot in tricky situations.

Division Five provided a sparkling match at Burntstump Country Park between Papplewick & Linby III and Clumber Park III.

Batting first, Papplewick made 141 for 8 which must have given Clumber hopes of a possible victory.

Andy Paulson (73) scored more than half the Papplewick runs whilst Rhys Ward was a constant threat with the ball taking 5 for 38 and no batsman played him with much confidence.

However, Darren Ward (48) was the only Clumber batsman who provided any threat to challenge the modest total.

For the second time in the afternoon, Andy Paulson showed he can bowl just as good as he can bat taking 5 for 31 as Clumber were bowled out for just 123.

This was an outstanding individual performance by a player who has performed well for his side all season.

Without doubt though top of the bill honours for the afternoon goes to Grassmoor’s Adam Bedford.

Batting first at Fourth Avenue, Thoresby Colliery II were blasted out for just 74 runs with the 17 year old Bedford claiming an astonishing 7 for 7 and proving totally unplayable in this Division II match.

Even though they were facing such a poor score, Grassmoor did lose four wickets, but who was it who saw them through to their target, why, Adam Bedford of course with an assured unbeaten 35.

This was a real one man show by a cricketer who when on top form is certainly a force to be reckoned with.