CRICKET: Farnsfield strengthen title chances with easy win over Thoresby Colliery in Bassetlaw Cricket League

Thoresby v Farnsfield''Thoresby's Martin Cheshire
Thoresby v Farnsfield''Thoresby's Martin Cheshire

FARNSFIELD underlined their position at the top of the league with a crushing victory over Thoresby Colliery at Fourth Avenue. Whilst Thoresby had put together a good run of late they were no match for the youthful but very strong Farnsfield combination who on this form will take a lot of stopping.

Batting first Thoresby were bundled out for just 127 with only skipper Martin Cheshire (31) making much impact. Dave Loveridge (3 for 11) and James Bowker (3 for 19) made up a nice blend of youth and experience and also pace and spin. In reply it was virtually no contest as Callum McKenzie top scored with an unbeaten 59 as Farnsfield won by seven wickets.

A tense and taut match at Park Avenue saw Glapwell squeeze out a one wicket win over Notts & Arnold Amateur. Batting first Notts. & Arnold were dismissed for just 102 with Matt Page carrying on his consistent form and taking another four wickets for 27 and good support came from skipper Matt Goodwright with 3 for 28.

Even this small total proved troublesome as Glapwell collapsed to 92 for 9 with Ian Flood taking 4 for 12 and Jordan Finney 3 for 19 to set up an unlikely win for Notts & Arnold but a last wicket stand between Goodwright and Josh Stone eventually saw Glapwell squeeze home on 106 for 9 for the narrowest of victories.

Cuckney 2nd slumped to a losing draw against Caythorpe 2nd in Division 1. Batting first Caythorpe were indebted to a fine innings of 77 by James Hartley whilst Mark Langford carried on his good form with 3 for 25 to limit the score to a manageable 149 for 8. However a great mixture of pace and spin from Tom Hemmings (3 for 22) and Andrew Staszkiewicz (3 for 5) gave Cuckney more trouble than they could handle and they closed on 83 for 7 and Caythorpe emerged with a meritorious winning draw.

Clipstone emerged with a win over neighbours Blidworth but it was such hard work. Batting first Blidworth slumped to a far from impressive 125 for 9 with only Dan Willcock (30) and South African Mikhail Pheiffer (49) producing anything like real form with the bat. Lee Wilson was the pick of the Clipstone attack taking 4 for 36. What looked a relatively simple task proved to be far from it as only Australian Anthony Armistead (40) showed anything like true form but despite a good effort by Lee Overton (3 for 40), Clipstone just got there on 126 for 8 for another win.

Edwinstowe rattled up the highest score in the division at Clumber Park, 203 for 4 with Andy Edwards and Craig Coffey making 48 each and skipper Jason Gorman being unbeaten on 64. Chris Ward with 3 for 49 was the best of the Clumber attack. A dismal start saw Clumber slump to 30 for 4 but good batting from Darren Ward (63) and Craig Ward (37) saw them finally reach 174 before being bowled out. For Edwinstowe, Simon Walton (4 for 41) and Paul Benson (3 for 25) bowled superbly for a rampant Edwinstowe side who are just reaching their best form.

Killamarsh’s Steve Ludlam (4 for 24) and Jason Rowbottom (4 for 10) simply wrecked the Mansfield & Pleasley batting as they were bowled out for just 59. This proved no problem for Killamarsh who raced to 61 for 0 with Richard Dewsbury (30 n.o.) and Adam Jessop (29 n.o.) making light work of the job in hand to record a ten wicket win.

An astonishing tied match took place at The Rookery with Whitwell and Welbeck 2nd sharing the points. Batting first Welbeck managed 136 for 9 with Jamie Jevons top scoring on 40 and Andrew Heath (3 for 30) and Lewis Robinson (3 for 38) both bowling well. Whitwell got away to a great start with Matt Dyer (42) and Dave Hall 36) but a major collapse set in and they closed on 136 for 8. Ryan Mitchell (3 for 40) and Chris Murphy (3 for 37) were the Welbeck bowlers in form.