Rockware ease to local derby victory

Rockware were in fine form on Saturday, as they made relatively light work of near neighbours Todwick, in Bassetlaw Division Six.

Promotion chasing Rockware won the toss and elected to bowl first, in their home fixture.

Opening pair Ian Gregory and Jake Richardson both received an early lifeline after being dropped in the first few overs.

Richardson took particular advantage of this and made the most of some loose bowling from the home side.

First to go was Gregory (18) off the bowling of Kyle Wesley, and he was followed by Booth (24) who was well bowled by captain Carl Lake.

Despite this Todwick reached the halfway stage for a healthy 102-2.

The vital wicket of the big hitting Richardson (51) was taken by Dave Wesley.

Wesley went on to take another two scalps to record fine figures of 3-21 from his 13 overs.

Todwick never recovered from this wicket and a lower order collapse saw them finish on 135.

Young pace bowler Kyle Wesley earned three wickets and all-rounder Andy Bell took the other three.

An early wicket for Todwick saw Jake Stansbury (6) caught off the bowling of Jimmy Cooper.

Despite this fellow opener Andy Bell remained calm and looked in control before being caught and bowled by Richardson for a valuable 29.

The visitors continued to apply pressure and when Rich Eccles (9) and then Greg Atherton (7) fell in successive overs the result was in the balance.

The game’s deciding factor was a great middle order partnership between Ady Bateman and Carl Lake.

Both batsmen freed their arms and seemed intent on dealing in boundaries.

As Rockware neared their required target, Bateman (38) was unlucky to be bowled off his pads by Richardson.

Lake (31*) would not be deterred and remained at the crease to see Rockware record a deserved maximum 20 points.