Farnsfield stretch lead at top of Bassetlaw District Cricket League after dramatic weekend

Glapwell v Anston Glapwell High 5s
Glapwell v Anston Glapwell High 5s
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FARNSFIELD have opened up a healthy 18 points lead at the top of the table after they enjoyed a narrow win at the weekend.

Both games were vitally important and Glapwell proved themselves real ‘party poopers’ with a narrow two wicket win over nearest challengers Anston at Park Avenue.

There can be no doubt that when Glapwell are firing on all cylinders they are a match for anyone and Anston found this out quickly as they were bundled out for just 169.

Had it not been for an excellent 79 by Josh Marsh and 37 from Amila Perera it would have been much worse.

An opening burst by Danny Pykett of 4 for 39 left Anston in real trouble and when Matt Page (3 for 39) destroyed the middle order, Glapwell were sitting pretty.

In reply it took a fantastic unbeaten knock of 65 by Glapwell’s Australian skipper Matt Goodwright to re-dress the balance and a man of the match performance from Matt Page (31) to steer their side to 173 for 8 and victory. .

One would have thought that after bowling out West Indian Cavaliers II for just 115, Farnsfield would have cake- walked it to victory, but exactly the opposite happened.

Opener Aqib Afzaal (43) moved the Cavaliers off to a good start, but the rest of the batting fell apart.

Facing this mediocre total Curtis Mitchell (30) and Zach Richmond-Dixon (20) moved Farnsfield away to a great start.

But only James Smith of the next nine batsmen managed double figures and only a spirited effort by last pair Dave Loveridge and Jamie Wagstaff got Farnsfield over the line on 116 for 9 to move them closer to the title.

Tatenda Mukome (5 for 26) led the recovery bid and this side who have endured a torrid season mainly due to the weather, showed they are far from finished yet.

Thoresby Colliery were in a rather benevolent mood at Marshalls and when weather intervened it was difficult to know what the result might have been. Martin Cheshire (55) and Lee Willis (37) were the highest scorers in Thoresby’s rather disappointing 162 all out whilst Sam Carlon (5 for 55) and Gary Andrews (3 for 30) both bowled superbly.

Paul Van den Heaval and Mark Whitlam took Marshalls to 25 for 0 when rain put paid to the rest of the match.