Bassetlaw Cricket pictures: Worksop v Blidworth finely poised before rain hit

Worksop’s Bassetlaw Championship encounter with Blidworth was finely poised when rain intervened on Saturday to leave them both with weather affected points.

Having been put into bat by the visitors to the Worksop Ground, captain Tim Smith Junior would have been pleased with how the opening pair of Chris Taylor and Liam Cairns begun the innings.

Worksop CC v Blidworth Colliery Welfare CC, pictured is Worksop batsman

Worksop CC v Blidworth Colliery Welfare CC, pictured is Worksop batsman

The duo took Worksop past 50 before the first wicket fell, that of Taylor for 31 runs from 43 delieveries, caught by Ben Brown from the bowling of Andrew Watson (1-26).

Jake Hogan joined Cairns out in the middle and the home side continued to keep the scoring ticking over before the number three batsman was trapped lbw by Martin Overton (2-47) for four.

The same bowler took the wicket of Smith Jnr, clean bowling the Worksop skipper for 14, to leave the hosts 99-3. But with Cairns still at the crease and batting still to come Worksop were well equipped.

So it proved with number five and six batsmen Conor Smith and Harry Taylor providing vital middle order contributions and ended up top scoring for Worksop.

Worksop CC v Blidworth Colliery Welfare CC, pictured is Blidworth bowler

Worksop CC v Blidworth Colliery Welfare CC, pictured is Blidworth bowler

Smith was first to join Cairns but the latter was soon gone, caught by Paul Robottom off the bowling of James Wood for 34, to bring Taylor out.

The two put on a fifth-wickets stand of 57 to help provide the platform for their side to a competitive total. Smith made a quick-fire 42 before he was bowled by Tom Ramage (1-31).

New batsman Andrew Stoneman made 17 from 11 deliveries, including three fours, before Wood (2-52) bowled him with the score on 199-6.

It was the last wicket to fall as Benjamin Swales (19*) and Taylor (58*) put on a 50-run partnership as Worksop closed their innings on 249-6 from 50 overs.

Worksop CC v Blidworth Colliery Welfare CC, Worksop caught out

Worksop CC v Blidworth Colliery Welfare CC, Worksop caught out

The match got to its three-quarters stage before the rain came and stopped proceedings, with both captain’s shaking hands and calling it a day.

It was Smith Jnr who picked up both Blidworth wickets to fall as David Willcock (9) and Antonio Leroy Greenidge (27) were both caught by Oliver Titterington.

Ramage was going at a steady 30* from 73 deliveries and Ben Brown nine not out from 31 deliveries as Blidworth were forced to finish on 96-2 from 25.2 overs.

Worksop got slightly the better of 10 points to Blidworth’s eight but both would have wanted more as they look to engineer great escapes from the drop zone in the second half of the season.

Worksop CC v Blidworth Colliery Welfare CC, pictured is Worksop batsman

Worksop CC v Blidworth Colliery Welfare CC, pictured is Worksop batsman

Elsewhere Worksop’s second team lost to Notts & Arnold Amateur thirds by two wickets in their Division 4 match at Goosedale Lane.

Put into bat, Worksop were all out for 117 after 38 overs. Arron Armitage top scored with 23, Ryan Baker made 22 and number 10 Iain Armitage made a useful 19. For the bowling side Jake Miller took 3-19 and Yash Samra 3-41.

While Notts & Arnold Amateur were thankful to large contributions from Nathan Nelson (40), Ben Francis (23) and Jake Miller (14*) as they squeezed over the line with 118-8 after 40 overs.

And Worksop’s thirds match with Todwick in Division 6 was a weather affected draw. Chasing Todwick’s 181, Worksop were 63-2 after 22.1 overs when it was called.