Slideshow: Glapwell lose ground in title race as rain hits game with Cuckney II

Glapwell lost ground in The Championship title race after they were robbed of certain victory when the rain struck to end their derby match against Cuckney II.

It was one of just three matches in the entire league to fall foul of the weather and allowed Ordsall Bridon to extend their lead at the top of the table by 10 points after they defeated North Wheatley with Leverton by one wicket.

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But had it not been for a simple catch being dropped North Wheatley would have claimed a memorable win as the Ordsall side clung on desperately with nine wickets down.

North Wheatley batted first and their West Indian star Dwight Thomas quickly took a shine to the Bridon bowling, scoring freely to make 89 very good runs from an all out total of 172.

Bridon’s Australian pace bowler Tim Miles was the scourge of the rest taking 6 for 27 and now looks very likely to bag 100 wickets for the season.

In reply it was Paul Van den Heuval who propped up the Ordsall Bridon innings and got them over the finishing line with an unbeaten 83.

Skipper Darren Spooner (30) was the only other player who provided much support as Dwight Thomas (3 for 49) and in particular Jamie Bovill (3 for 25) gave Bridon all the trouble they could want.

They finally reached 173 for 9 and must have been very relieved when the target was passed.

Whilst it was joy for Bridon it must have been heartbreak for Glapwell who were robbed of certain victory by the weather.

If it hadn’t been for a super knock of 76 by Steve Gooding, Cuckney II would have been totally blown away, but thanks to his efforts they were bowled out for a more respectable 149.

Scott Smith (3 for 50) and Matt Page (3 for 20) proved to be far too good for the rest of the Cuckney batting.

Glapwell then seized the initiative and coasted to 90 for 3 with Rob Davison (42*) looking in ominous form and a maximum looked on the cards until rain drove the players from the field and this proved final as no further play was possible.

Third placed Anston kept up the pressure on the top two with a fine five wicket win over Thoresby Colliery. Batting first, Thoresby made 206 all out with Ben Marson batting superbly to reach 77, whilst the brilliant Sri-Lankan Amila Perera (4 for 42) and Josh Littlewood (3 for 41) bowled excellently for Anston.

In reply, Anston were never in serious trouble with Amila Perera simply magnificent as he guided his side home to 209/5 with a splendid 104*.

Ordsall now lead Glapwell by 13 points at the top of the table.