Cricket: Farnsfield lead the way at Bassetlaw half term

Edwinstowe Cricket Action, Thoresby Colliery V Glapwell.''Glapwell Batsman Matt Goodwright and Thoresby Wicket Keeper Ben Marson.
Edwinstowe Cricket Action, Thoresby Colliery V Glapwell.''Glapwell Batsman Matt Goodwright and Thoresby Wicket Keeper Ben Marson.

WITH 2012 up to now the wettest season on record, it has been a case of which side has been the luckiest as to where the rain descended up to now.

Leading the pack in the Bassetlaw League are FARNSFIELD, and they are looking very good at the moment.

On most occasions they have had to manage without Paul Franks, but their young players have done them proud.

Astutely led by Paul Delaney, they have knocked off some massive scores and only lost a few wickets in the process.

Wicket-keeper Curtis Mitchell has already made two centuries and really does look the business and Michael Bell is the ideal foil as his opening partner.

Callum McKenzie has also performed and the side as a whole looks very good indeed.

Jamie Wagstaff leads the bowling attack with pace and precision and veteran Dave Loveridge is still without doubt as good a slow bowler you will find anywhere in the league.

ANSTON are in second place and, now their Sri-Lankan all-rounder has arrived, once again they are even more potent.

They can certainly bat and Martyn Long is a quality left-hander at the top of the order.

There are runs right down the order and they have the added bonus of players such as Jon Plant and Andrew Ruczenczyn, who are equally adept with both bat and ball.

A surprise packet in every respect are RETFORD, who proudly sit in third position in the league. There are no stars in this team, just an honest-to- goodness hard work logic about them.

They have surprised even themselves and have already recorded five straight victories.

All the side are pulling for each other and long serving stalwarts such as Pascal Broadley, John Musgrove and skipper Paul Singleton are still producing the goods as is 16-year-old Nathan Singleton, who has been rewarded with several wickets in his first season at this level.

A team capable of beating anyone in the league on their day are GLAPWELL, and they will trouble every side right through the season.

Skippered by Australian Matt Goodwright, they have an inner belief that they can beat anybody. And with youngsters such as Ashley Draynor, Luke Smith and Danny Pykett improving all the time, anyone who discounts them does so at their own peril.

In addition, Matt Page is beginning to look like one of the best all-rounders in the league. Yes, Glapwell are not without a chance of glory.

Promoted last season, HARTHILL have made a terrific start to their first campaign in the top flight.

They have a good fighting spirit with everyone playing for each other and certainly look more than capable of maintaining their position at this level.

They have a South African all-rounder in Jeffrey Myburgh who, unfortunately, has not seen such conditions before and looks as though he would be much better on dry hard fast wickets.

However, he has scored a few runs and taken several wickets also. Young Danny Anthony is also beginning to look the part and Harthill have every reason to believe that they will be okay.

Another side who looked good at the start of the campaign are ORDSALL BRIDON.

Th ey are now based exactly half way up the league and they certainly have an array of good players when they are all firing.

Darren Spooner has returned from Retford and they have a dazzling crop of young talent such as George and Henry Appleyard and Will Heathcote, with the last two quick enough to make any batsman feel uncomfortable.

At the start of the season KIVETON PARK were one of the big favourites to regain their place in the Nottinghamshire Premier League, but a slow start has hit the badly.

Losing six matches to rain hasn’t helped much either and, with newcomer Matt Hall already showing fine form, one might have expected better.

Unfortunately their inspirational skipper Lee Brooks has left to live in Chelmsford and this is a big blow, but there is still enough talent there to see them rise dramatically up the table.

THORESBY COLLIERY are a painfully inconsistent side.

There is no doubt that they have talent in abundance and in Akib Farook and Jack Willis they have two of the best young slow bowlers in the league.

Skipper Martin Cheshire is still a class act with a bat in his hand as is wicket-keeper Ben Marson, who is improving all the time.

Nyeem Ahmed is another quality all-rounder and, if only Thoresby could find some consistency, they would be right up there with the best.

It’s difficult to find anything much to say about WEST INDIAN CAVALIERS II because they have hardly played this season.

They have lost seven matches to rain, the most of any team in this section, and they certainly need a change of luck before things get too late.

Kamran Afzaal has scored well in every match they have played, but with their drainage problems on Birchover Park they need to get things sorted fast before it is too late.

Another side who are in a spot of danger are NOTTS & ARNOLD AMATEUR, but they have enough good players to steer themselves clear of it.

Ian Flood and Dilhan Cooray are two players that every other side in the league would like in their ranks, but they can only do so much.

They should be okay, but they need to fire on all cylinders a little more.

The two teams at the foot of the table really do look to be in trouble. MARSHALLS look a completely different side from two years ago and are struggling very badly.

Paul Van den Heuval, who had a terrific spell and scored runs against everyone, is not doing it as well these days and times look rather difficult.

Gary Andrews is the skipper now and, though he is stlll taking wickets, they do need more.

Right at the bottom and looking in danger of being cut off are NORTH WHEATLEY WITH LEVERTON.

This looked a possibility before the season started when they lost the services of big-scoringJon Loates to Welbeck.

When you take away a guy who scored in advance of 1,000 runs at an average of 57.21, it is awfully difficult to find someone to replace him.

The spirit is still there and you can be sure they will fight all the way, but it doesn’t look good for them this time.