Worksop move into scrap for second place in Bassetlaw Championship, with South African in fine form again

Worksop v Notts and Arnold Amateur - Worksop batting - Photo By James Williamson
Worksop v Notts and Arnold Amateur - Worksop batting - Photo By James Williamson

Worksop dragged themselves into a three-way scrap for second place in the Bassetlaw Championship, after bagging 20 more points on Saturday.

A hard fought home clash with Notts and Arnold Amateur saw them win by 45 runs.

Worksop v Notts and Arnold Amateur - Worksop making runs - Photo By James Williamson

Worksop v Notts and Arnold Amateur - Worksop making runs - Photo By James Williamson

Having won the toss Luke Ambrose, captain in the absence of Conor Smith, elected for the hosts to bat. Worksop made a steady start but a rain delay just 20 minutes into the innings disrupted any early rhythm. When play restarted the Warriors collapsed from 20-0 to 26-4 and with only 10 overs bowled. However as they so often have been able to in recent weeks Worksop were able to turn to overseas batsman Bernard Beukman.

With C. Taylor, M. Ambrose, L. Ambrose and Titterington back in the pavilion for a combined total of 20 runs the South African was joined by 18-year-old Harry Taylor. Together they batted magnificently, frustrating the visitors’ attack.

Visiting Captain Ecob turned to spin but Beukman eased passed 50 for the fifth week in a row in league action.

Having stood together for 29 overs, Dilhan Cooray finally found the faintest of edges from Taylor (39) who was caught behind by Ecob, but Worksop had moved on to 166-5 a partnership of 140.

Stoneman the hero in Tuesday’s T20 was as combative as ever quickly settling in alongside Beukman with a couple of boundaries.

However Beukman was in top nick and he moved to his third century of the season soon afterward, a huge six taking him to 101 from 101 balls.

Beukman and Stoneman added 41 before the South African finally departed for 117 as he mistimed his swing only to see his stumps rattled by the impressive Finney (4-34) who had earlier ripped through Worksop’s top order.

Stoneman (21) departed soon afterwards but Worksop almost saw out their overs as they were bowled out for 241 with the penultimate ball of the final over. Dave Hancocks added a useful, unbeaten contribution of 15.

The job was far from done for Worksop who knew that one of the most dangerous batsman in the league was waiting for them after tea.

It looked as though they had made a dream start, Cooray smashing the first ball towards the Worksop skipper who looked to have taken a brilliant catch only for the ball to slip from his hands as his arm contacted the ground.

However Stoneman quickly dismissed the opening pair with Cooray (16) caught behind and Landa (3) caught by Beukman at slip.

Ecob and youngster Ben Scott took the fight to Worksop with the partnership of 74 finally broken just before the drinks break.

When Ecob was caught by H. Taylor for 48 off the bowling of Hancocks it turned out to be the breakthrough Worksop needed and Hancocks quickly added the wickets of Scott (54), Finney and Harrison to reduce the visitors to 163-6.

The addition of Alex Scott for just nine gave Hancocks (5-73) his fifth wicket, Beukman picked up the wicket of Lees (7) and Stoneman and Harry Taylor took a wicket each to dismiss the tail and leave Notts 196ao.

Worksop move to within one victory of second placed Mansfield Hoisery Mills ahead of Saturday’s local derby at Anston.