Worksop CC's tough start continues

Worksop CC’s difficult start to the season continued as they fell to a 31-run defeat at home to Clipstone & Bilsthorpe on Saturday.

It leaves Worksop still without a win from their opening four games, with three defeats and a cancellation all they have to show for their season so far.

Action from Worksop v Clipstone & Bilsthorpe

Action from Worksop v Clipstone & Bilsthorpe

On Saturday, Worksop skipper Tim Smith won the toss and elected to put the visitors into bat, and Harry Taylor soon had Andy Norwood back in the pavilion as he bowled him with just seven runs on the board.

Opener Adam Dutton and Louis Brigg edged the score along to 38 before Brigg out lbw off the bowling of Andrew Stoneman, before Dutton suffered a similar fate to depart for 24 and leave his side 66-3.

But Lee Wilson had come in alongside Dutton before that and would remain for some time, carving out a fine innings of 89 before sixth man out with the score on 181, one of two catches for David Hancocks off the bowling of Ross Wicks.

Before that, Josh Flowers and Ameesh Kaul had fallen to Wicks and Hancocks respectively, the latter stumped by keeper Oliver Titterington.

The lower order added some useful runs as Clipstone held firm to see out their overs with a wicket still standing, although the extras column did Worksop few favours as it added 40 runs and the visitors closed on 219-9.

Smith, Stoneman and Wicks claimed two wickets each with Taylor and Hancocks getting the others.

Ultimately, the run chase would prove just too much for Worksop but having lost opener Lee Taylor with the score on 19, they plugged away courtesy of Liam Kearns (22) and then Daniel McLean (37) to have Worksop 102-3 at one stage.

Smith then came in and hit six fours on his way to a half century before falling for 55, but double figure scores from all of the top six in the order gave Worksop hope.

However, Mohamed Althaf Anwardeen would prove Clipstone’s main weapon as he helped tidy up the tail and Worksop collapsed from 184-6 to 192 all out, Anwardeen taking four wickets in total, including opener Taylor, as Clipstone earned the win in the 44th over.

Worksop seconds saw their game at South Normanton abandoned during the hosts’ innings, with Worksop having closed on 122-6 from their 46 overs.

Iain Tingle (38) and Richard Armitage (32 not out) top scored.

South Normanton were struggling at 42-7 in reply, Snowdon having taken four wickets, but the rain came to save them and they took eight points to Worksop’s ten.

Worksop thirds were bowled out for 100 by Farnsworth, Kieran Blood top scoring with 20.

Farnsworth then had little trouble knocking off the runs required for a seven wicket victory, their target reached in the 23rd over.