Farnsfield look determined to bounce back after relegation

TAILEND DEFIANCE -- watchful wicketkeeper Curtis Mitchell, the Farnsfield captain, behind the stumps as Max Stott tries to rescue Anston's sorry innings in the Championships of the Bassetlaw League.
TAILEND DEFIANCE -- watchful wicketkeeper Curtis Mitchell, the Farnsfield captain, behind the stumps as Max Stott tries to rescue Anston's sorry innings in the Championships of the Bassetlaw League.

Determined to bounce back after relegation from the Notts Premnier League last season, Farnsfield proved they mean business when hammering Anston in the new season’s second week of action.

Farnsfield strolled to a comfortable seven-wicket victory at home to the Sheffield side to get off the mark in The Championship of the Bassetlaw League.

After their weather-affected draw of the previous week, they established winning ways when calling the toss correctly and quickly bowling out Anston out for 80, with Joe Worrall taking 3-17 and Sam Routledge 3-12. In reply, Farnsfield lost only three wickets to take the full 20 points.

Home victories and a maximum quota of 20 points were also the theme for Papplewick and Linby, along with Edwinstowe, who spent last season at opposite ends of the Championship table.

Papplewick look keen to make amends for last year’s promotion near-miss as they raced to their second victory, skittling North Wheatley with Leverton for 102, with Gareth Blinkhorn making the greatest impact, bagging 4-21. After tea, a solid innings of 63 by overseas signing Leon Botha guided the home team to a seven-wicket triumph over a North Wheatley side who had themselves opened the campaign with victory by the same margin.

Edwinstowe contrasted the previous week’s defeat to Thoresby Colliery with a good start to their home record. Newly-promoted Whitwell amassed 206, but three strong innings provided the foundation for the hosts’ win. Yashan Samarasinghe top scored with 66no, while Adam Dutton struck 46 and Thomas Ward made 35 to follow up his significant bowling return of 5-61. Edwinstowe’s winning total of 207-2 completed the only Championship game with scores above 200.

Retford’s Aqib Afzaal took four wickets as Glapwell were bowled out at home for 142. Unfortunately, this was the only action of the fixture as rain intervened to force a weather-affected draw.

Thoresby Colliery continued their winning start to the season, batting first away at Worksop. Their total of 148-9 included 43 from Muhammad Yasar to defy fine bowling by Tim Smith (3-32), whose side then plunged to a less than desirable 67 all out.

In the top flight’s final fixture of the day, Clipstone Welfare took the full 20 points at home to Notts and Arnold Amateurs after hitting 193-7, which featured 57 from Amory Holder. The visitors crashed to 67 all out in reply as Mohamed Althaf Anwardeen claimed an impressive six-wicket haul to set up the biggest win of the day -- by 126 runs.

Runs were also hard to come by in Division One, where only one team topped 150. That was Welbeck Colliery 2nd, whose score of 159-9 was just enough to see off home side Clumber Park by 13 runs.

However, the Second Division featured a superb century by Anthony Roddis for Anston 2nd in a total of 209-9. It wasn’t enough for victory, though, because Farnsfield 2nd, led by Ben Kilford (52), Charles Wilson (40), Wayne Kilford (36no) and Alex England (31), raced to 213-8 in reply, despite six wickets for the home side’s Ian Barley.