Worksop: Clumber batsmen pile on the runs in record-breaking stand

Clumber Park batsmen David Beard and Warren Rhodes shared a record-breaking partnership of 304
Clumber Park batsmen David Beard and Warren Rhodes shared a record-breaking partnership of 304

It was raining at Clumber Park’s Sunday game with Oxton – raining sixes, fours runs and records.

The Newark Sunday alliance Division Three game turned into a record-breaking affair for Clumber as batsmen David Beard and Warren Rhodes shared an unbroken second-wicket stand of 304 out of a final total of 372 in just 40 overs.

Beard smashed an incredible 220 not out off just 129 balls, hitting 13 sixes and 18 fours in his onslaught.

Meanwhile, number three batsman Rhodes clubbed 129 not out off 91 balls with eight sixes and six fours.

The pair’s stand of 304 partnership shattered the club’s previous record partnership for any game the club had taken part in.

Poor old James Crudgington bore the brunt of it for the Oxton bowlers as his eight overs went for 80, while Michael Berry and Bernie Finch also both conceded more than 50 each.

In reply, Oxton’s and Crudgington’s day got even worse when he was dismissed for a second-ball duck to leave them 1-1.

And the shell-shocked visitors had little to offer although Berry got a little of his own back with 52 late in the day.

Andy McCarroll (35) and Matt Wheatley (44) also scored well but the task facing them was just too much.

Callum Rutherford finished with impressive figures of 3-6 while the Matthew Wheatley in the Clumber ranks also claimed two wickets as Oxton managed 184-9 in their 40 overs to Clumber victory by 188 runs.

The previous day, Clumber’s Bassetlaw League game at Everton was washed out.