Last over drama, but Worksop lose at Farnsfield

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Worksop Cricket Club suffered an agonising four run defeat at Farnsfield Seconds in an exciting Bassetlaw & District Cricket League Division One clash on Saturday.

Chasing Farnsfield s 239-4, Worksop entered the last over still in with a chance, needing 15 to win and going so close, but ending on 235-9.

“We were quite unfortunate not to get the win but overall it was a good team performance again,” said captain Harry Taylor.

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“Farnsfield have a strong set-up and we took it close but unfortunately just didn't get it over the line.

Worksop batsman Tim Smith JrWorksop batsman Tim Smith Jr
Worksop batsman Tim Smith Jr

Worksop had early success with the ball as they had the home side at 35-3.

But then Curtis Mitchell (79) and Martin Mitchell (73) came together for a crucial 157 partnership.

Opener Tim Smith Jnr had another fine weekend with 70 and was given solid backing from Andrew Appleton (31) and Harry Taylor (54), Curtis Mitchell ending with 3-36 from his eight overs.

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Taylor added: “Tim Smith showed his class at the top of the order and I thought Cole (Parker 2-38) bowled nicely as well. Coming into the first team for his first year he has shown promising signs.

The win put Farnsfield in second place after three games, joining leaders Papplewick & Linby II on 60 points after both had won all three opening matches.

This Saturday Worksop are at home to Kiveton Park Colliery (1pm).

“Hopefully the rain stays away – the forecast is not great – but it should be a good game,” said Taylor.

Kiveton Park beat Mansfield CC by 78 runs in a rain-affected match. Papplewick & Linby won by nine runs at Harthill in another game also affected by the weather.