Smith Junior digs in to see Worksop to a draw

A fine unbeaten knock from Tim Smith junior helped Worksop Cricket Club hang on for a losing draw away at Cuckney II on Saturday.

The Central Avenue men lost the toss and found themselves in the field first.

Cuckney CC v Worksop CC, pictured is Worksop bowler Daniel McLean

Cuckney CC v Worksop CC, pictured is Worksop bowler Daniel McLean

Home opening batsman Dan Brown did plenty of damage with 112 runs, before being caught and bowled by Daniel McLean.

Brown found partners in short supply, however, only Mark Walker (22) and Conall Doughty (30) getting more than 20 runs, the other seven batsmen combining for a grand total of 56.

For Worksop, McLean starred with the ball.

He took five wickets for the loss of 52 and was the only visiting bowler to enjoy a maiden over.

Smith jnr, who ran out Luke Hall, took 2-25 and David Hancocks 2-71 in support.

In reply, Worksop got off to a disastrous start.

Chris Taylor (4) fell at 4-1, McLean went for a duck with the score at 7-2 and Liam Cairns (3) followed at 9-3.

It was 10-4 when Jake Hogan went back to pavilion for another duck and when Harry Taylor followed having added just one run, five wickets were down and only 20 runs were on the board.

With Smith jnr digging in, Andrew Stoneman helped steady the ship.

His 39 helped Worksop to 81-6 when he was caught by Luke Hall off the bowling of Kian Tansley.

Benjamin Swales was unable to trouble the scorers and Stephen Baker added just two runs, leaving Worksop in peril at 90-8.

But Oliver Titterington (32) and Smith’s stand of 67 frustrated the home side, until the former fell to the bowling of Brown.

Hancocks (4) joined Smith jnr, who carried his bat having made 84 runs, to see the visitors home .

Worksop’s reward for the draw was nine points, with Cuckney taking 18.

In the Bassetlaw Championship table Worksop sit second bottom on 78 points after 10 games.

They have a 30-point cushion over rock bottom Blidworth Colliery Welfare.

Cuckney II sit fifth, 17 points behind leaders Clipstone and Bilsthorpe.

This weekend Worksop will be back at Central Avenue, hosting Thoresby Colliery who lie sixth in the standings as we near the halfway point of the season.

In the local derby in Divison Six, Woodsetts triumphed over Worksop III by six wickets.

Worksop won the toss and elected to bat, and despite losing Ivan Stallworthy LBW at 5-1, they rallied to 79-6.

Wayne Keeling, however, took 5-41 for Woodsetts to leave the visitors all out for just 102 runs.

Stephen Dye also took 3-11 and Andrew Barley 1-18.

Woodsetts reached 82 without loss before Andrew Lowe (20) was run out by Kieran Blood.

But Adam Dickens (57) and the unbeaten Jon Howard (8)led Woodsetts to victory.

Saeed Ahmed’s 3-26 was the highlight for the Worksop bowlers.