Worksop Cricket Club’s T20 side made the short trip to Clumber Park on Tuesday evening, clinching the victory they needed to keep their hopes of progressing alive.
The visitors lost the toss and Clumber chose to bat.
But the pitch was slow and sticky and the lack of pace and bounce found Worksop their first wicket, Dave Hancocks bowling Dave Beard with one that skidded through.
Hankcocks then did for Clumber’s other opener Ed Foulds with one that turned and bounced, and Foulds was so far down the track he was run out from first slip by Chris Taylor.
This brought Gaz Beard to the crease who held the Clumber innings together as he has done many times before with a somewhat patient 46 before falling late in the innings.
Clumber’s middle and lower order failed to majorly support Beard and finished on 133-8 .
Worksop’s success with the ball was largely down to Hankcocks (4-0-8-2), aided by tight bowling from Andy Stoneman (1-25) and Conor Smith (1-21).
The Central Avenue side’s reply began with a bang, Smith clubbing Callum Rutherford to the longest boundary and a long way over it, signalling Worksop’s intent of chasing this down and chasing it quickly.
While Worksop were scoring quickly, wickets were a problem as they continued to fall just as quickly.
Smith bludgeoned a 20 ball 33 before he became the first of three Worksop batsman to perish to the slow, sticky pitch.
Two of the batsmen returned caught and bowled chances to Beard (1-38) and Warren Rhodes (3-19).
With wickets tumbling and the end in sight it was left to Andy Stoneman to be Worksop’s hero.
He hit 38 off just 20 balls as he saw Worksop home by three wickets, with 4.3 overs to spare.
Worksop now host Anston next Tuesday, before the visit of Cuckney II on 23rd June.
The semi-finals of the Mallen Trophy are scheduled for 30th June, with the final taking place at Papplewick on 5th July.