Bassetlaw round-up: Whitwell secure title on final day


Whitwell Cricket Club secured the Bassetlaw & District League Division One title in style on the final weekend of the season with a powerful 142-run win against visiting Blidworth Colliery Welfare.

Their top performers on the day were Greg Searston with 84 runs and 2-24, Brandon Pritchard with 52 and 2-9 as well as Lachlan Barret with a superb 5-32.

Blidworth won the toss and put Whitwell into bat, the home side making a solid 232-7 with opener Andrew Shaw also adding 28.

After opener Andrew Watson fell for a duck with the score on one in reply, it became more and more of an uphill struggle for Blidworth as Whitwell reduced them to 19-5.

Gareth Ellis (27) and James Hubball (17) offered some mid-innings resistance, but they were all out for 90 in 29.1 overs to leave Whitwell celebrating.

Hayden Walters finished up 16 not out for Blidworth, but he ran out of partners once Mark Bonam was run out by Daniel Wheatley.

In a season in which Clumber Park have given several of the club’s youngsters a taste of first team cricket, a final victory over Everton saw them secure a creditable fifth place finish in the Division One table.

Clumber ended their season in style with a solid team performance to win by 100 runs.

Batting first, Dave Beard led the way for Clumber with a sizzling 93, sharing an opening stand of 120 with Mark Dean (27).

From this perfect platform Gaz Beard (32) and Al Skinner (43) weighed in with runs as the visitors racked up a sizeable 239-9.

Everton never looked like chasing down the target as two of Clumber’s young prospects – Callum Rutherford (4-53) and Alex Jervis (2-15) – both reached the 20-wicket landmark for the season. Skipper Skinner (3-35) chipped in with three scalps and with just seven balls remaining in the game the winning wicket came from the unlikely source of Chris Mather (2-1).

Worksop Cricket Club seconds ended their Division Four season in defeat at Blidworth Colliery Welfare II to finish second from bottom in the table.

Worksop won the toss and decided to bat, but they found themselves all back in the pavilion with the score at just 96 after 40.5 overs.

Craig Turton was their chief destroyer, finishing with figures of 5-14, and he completed a man of the match performance with 41 of his side’s reply as they ended up five-wicket winners on 100-5.

Only four Worksop batsmen made it into double figures with Ivan Stallworthy leading the way on 27, with 16 for Mark Ambrose, 13 for Richard Snowden and 12 by Oliver Titterington.

In the Blidworth attack, Turton was given solid backing by Mark Tiplady, with 2-28 and James Wood with 2-18, Martin Overton taking the other wicket.

The reply took just 21.2 overs as opening bat Turton led the way with the backbone of the total.

Other contributions came from Wayne Mitchell, who finished 22 not out to see them over the line, along with James Wood (11 not out), while Tiplady also made 13.

Worksop’s Ian Tingle had plenty to be pleased about in defeat as he claimed all five of the Blidworth wickets to fall, ending with 5-31 from his 10.2 overs, including four maidens.

It was agony for Rockware on Saturday as they missed out on promotion to Division Five after defeat to Shirebrook at Sandy Lane.

The visitors chose to bat first and at one stage were 100-1 and on course for a huge total.

But the Rockware bowling attack dug deep and managed to restrict their opponents to a more respectable 167-8.

Top scorer for Shirebrook was Dean Walker (61). Carl Lake and Andy Bell took three wickets each and were offered great support from Dave Wesley and Brad Roe in the bowling attack.

The home side’s response started slowly and some tight bowling from John Binfield (2-35) and Andy Siven (2-15) saw them reduced to 34-4.

Some middle order resistance from the Glass at one stage threatened to achieve the desired total, Ady Bateman and Jake Stansbury both with 23.

Top scorer for Rockware was Dan Cookson, who anchored his side’s innings while all fell around him until being run out for 34.

Rockware finished on 131-9 which saw them finish the season an agonising six points short of promotion.

A club spokesman said: “The players and officials of Rockware Glass would like to thank captain Carl Lake for an excellent first season as captain, MB Engineering for their continued sponsorship and support, David Wesley and Rich Stansbury for their work on the ground and facilities and the Worksop Guardian for their coverage throughout the season.”