After a dreadful start to the Bassetlaw League Championship season, Thoresby Colliery appear to be gaining a reputation as a side who will trouble even the very best.
And an amazing display saw them overcome Kiveton Park by a prodigious six-wicket margin at Fourth Avenue.
Richard Grainger (41), Richard Spurr (47) and Rob Coxon (32) all batted well as Kiveton built up a huge 236-9 total. This score looked even better as Thoresby made a woeful start to their reply, losing three early wickets to have Kiveton very hopeful of victory.
From this moment, however, things changed dramatically. Thoresby, in the shape of Farook Aziz and skipper Nyeem Ahmed, realised there were no demons in the pitch and that the Kiveton bowling was far from being world class.
The batting was extraordinarily good and Farook Aziz made a magnificent unbeaten 112 whilst Nyeem got in the act with a splendid 104 in a staggering fourth wicket stand of 221.
This was Thoresby at their very best and Kiveton must have been shocked to lose a game they thought they had in their locker.
The incredible Anish Paraam showed once again what a talent he is.
Glapwell’s Singaporean all-rounder totally destroyed North Wheatley with Leverton with a fantastic virtuoso performance with both bat and ball, and the visitors to Park Avenue hadn’t a clue where he was coming from.
Batting first, Glapwell made 199-8, with Paraam contributing 91 runs in a fine knock. He received great support from Danny Bircumshaw, who made a well-constructed 30 runs.
This score proved miles too much for North Wheatley, who were turned over for just 97 runs.
Paraam was totally unplayable, taking 7-12 in a mesmerising stint of slow left arm bowling.
From the moment he entered the attack, North Wheatley’s batting resembled a procession with quick walks to and from the pavilion as Glapwell won by a massive 102 runs and gained another maximum haul.
Clipstone, who have been in sparkling form of late, came a cropper as they were beaten by Cuckney II in a high-scoring game.
Matt Millns (68) and Lee Wilson (56) helped Clipstone reach a substantial 224 all out whilst David France (4-84) and Mark Langford (3-44) bowled well, despite the onslaught.
This score, however, was not enough as Daniel Woods (63), Steve Gooding (43) and Richard Bostock (54 not out) took Cuckney to a vital and very important six wicket win as they reached 225-4.
It has become very tight at the bottom and on this form Cuckney have a great chance of survival.