Nervous Farnsfield cling on to draw to stretch lead at top of Bassetlaw League

Clipstone v Mansfield and Pleasley''Clipsone's Louis Sprigg
Clipstone v Mansfield and Pleasley''Clipsone's Louis Sprigg

ON a day when surprise results were the norm, Farnsfield, despite holding on desperately at the close, actually managed to increase their lead over Anston by seven points at the top of The Championship.

One would never have guessed that North Wheatley, who in fairness have improved immeasurably over the last few weeks, would get the better of the powerful Farnsfield side, but they almost pulled off a victory and it was only a determined rear guard action at the end that staved off defeat.

North Wheatley batted first and made a useful looking 217 for 7 with Richard Robinson (60), Will Shaw (34) and Cameron Parker (41) leading the charge. Whilst this looked a good score, one could not see the powerful Farnsfield batting line-up failing to pass the target.

However on this occasion, things didn’t go quite to plan. After losing Curtis Mitchell fairly early, Farnsfield were thanking the consistent Callum McKenzie (63).Farnsfield finally held out on 165 for 8 with Jamie Bovill bowling brilliantly to take 4 for 25.

Glapwell must have thought the job was done when they hustled Retford out for just 119 with Wewilwela Chanditha top scoring on 39 and Luke Smith being Glapwell’s best bowler with 4 for 19.

It was not to be though as Retford fielded brilliantly to bowl out Glapwell for just 84 and win by 35 runs.

Thoresby Colliery pasted Ordsall Bridon by 96 runs at Fourth Avenue. Batting first Thoresby managed 186 for 9 with Taylor Wright hitting 50.

Bridon were never in it from the moment their batsman took guard as they were dismissed for just 90.