Whitwell take lion’s share in away draw

Whitwell batsman Christian Foster running
Whitwell batsman Christian Foster running

Whitwell’s season started a week late at Everton on Saturday, but under new captain Greg Seaston they proved themselves ready for the challenges before them.

An innings of 211 for 6 was too much for Everton to chase, and the hosts finished on 193 for 6, leaving Whitwell with the lion’s share of the points from the winning draw.

Daniel Wheatley, batting for Whitwell

Daniel Wheatley, batting for Whitwell

Opting to bat first on a good track the visitors started confidently with Curran (20) looking positive.

His opening partner Draycott (101*) steadily accumulated but at 104 for 4 the home side looked dangerous.

Foster (32) joined Draycott and the pair added 84 for the fifth wicket to ensure that Whitwell made a decent but not overwhelming total.

Everton’s reply opened quickly with a flurry of boundries before Searson (3 for 44) trapped dangerman Mimms for 11.

Ramsdale (2 for 36) in a rare foray into Division One produced an exceptionally controlled spell but two catches and a run out from teenager Evans really swung the game.

When Brighton (63) departed for the sixth wicket with 70 still required the home side became cautious and Whitwell took home 16 points.

In another local Division One encounter, Clumber Park were victorious over West Indian Cavaliers.

Bassetlaw league stalwart Mark Dean rolled back the years with the ball to spearhead a superb team effort from Clumber as they came out on top.

Batting first, Clumber found it hard going against the new ball and slumped to 43 for 4.

However, a superb middle order fightback came from Chris Ward (38), Dan Walker (38) and Warren Rhodes (39) to ensure the visitors posted a competitive total of 176 for 8.

Fine opening spells from Owen Morris (1 for 17) and Callum Rutherford saw them both take an early wicket but the Cavaliers reply rallied to reach a commanding position of 75 for 2 from 18 overs.

Clumber were hauled back into the game though by Dean who broke through in his first over and proceeded to run through the middle order with an excellent 13 over spell.

Eventually he returned figures of 4 for 36.

Nevertheless, with 30 runs required off the final six overs and five wickets in hand, the hosts still looked likely winners.

But the impressive Rutherford (2 for 28) capped off a fine bowling stint by removing Iqbal (33) and in the next over Dean trapped Chowdry LBW before deflecting a drive onto the stumps to run out Sidoo two balls later.

With three overs remaining Ward swooped to throw down the stumps from point to secure another run out.

Victory was sealed for Clumber with three balls left in the game when debutant Josh Taylor ran out Khan after a mix up by the two remaining batsmen, to spark celebrations amongst the visitors at the end of a pulsating game.

Elsewhere in the division, Firbeck were commanding winners over Harthill, who were in trouble when dismissed for 119 – despite Ian Briggs’ knock of 81.

Adam Dutton top scored for Firbeck with 32 as they reached 123 for the loss of four wickets to take 20 points.

In the Championship, Worksop were beaten by 77 runs at home to Notts and Arnold Amateur.

Bernhard Beukman took 4 for 56, while Luke Ambrose starred with the bat with 34.