High expectations and victory at Central Avenue for Worksop II

BC NGAS 9-8-14 Cricket, Liam Cairns (batting)  BC  8
BC NGAS 9-8-14 Cricket, Liam Cairns (batting) BC 8

Worksop II began the 2015 with high expectations, and a 30-run victory to boot.

The Central Avenue men had bolstered their bowling and batting options in the winter, acquiring Ian Tingle from North Wheatley and welcoming back Tim Smith senior from injury.

Worksop skipper Liam Cairns lost the toss and was put into bat by Cuckney III in the season opener, and after a rain break it proved a great decision by Cuckney, as both openers Billam and Young fell in quick succession.

Cairns soon followed and Worksop were three down with barely 15 overs on the board.

That brought together veterans Ivan Stallworthy and Smith senior who secured a partnership of 48 before Stallworthy departed for a battling 21.

Smith stayed a bit longer and pushed the run rate on before mistiming a pull to mid wicket for a great knock of 35 off 115 balls.

A late flurry from Tingle and Ray Black pushed Worksop to 110-5 off their 46.

Cuckney’s reply began solidly and swiftly with Jordan Wake – having been dropped on zero – smashed 23 off just 17 before been first man out clean bowled by Tingle with the score on 25.

Wicket number two came in the next over with Jake Hogan playing a drive on the up to Cairns at short cover off Smith (1-15), before Tingle ripped through the middle order to leave Cuckney reeling at 38-5.

Ex-skipper and current skipper Phil Calcraft (29) and Nick Barrat then set about steadying the Cuckney ship before Barrat gave Cairns (2-11) the charge and with the ball turning and missing the bat Young did the rest with the stumping.

The following over Calcraft was done with one that grubbed across the damp track and hit him bang in front.

Tingle (5-28) and young Mayhdi Ahmed (2-7) returned to polish off the tail for a jubilant Worksop side who hope to improve on last season’s third bottom finish.