SLIDESHOW: Clipstone are no flash in the pan

Anyone who thought Clipstone were just a flash in the pan last season must have been sadly deluded with what has happened so far this time in the Bassetlaw League Championship.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 19th May 2014, 4:00 pm
Clipstone v Worksop, Clipstone celebrate
Clipstone v Worksop, Clipstone celebrate

This side looks to have the perfect ingredient of experience and youth and, the way they are going, it is going to take a mighty useful combination to stop them.

Saturday’s match at Seventh Avenue resembled virtually a walk in the park for Clipstone who defeated Worksop by five wickets with 13.5 overs to spare.

Batting first, Worksop could only muster an all out total of 174 and that would have been even worse without the commendable efforts of Connor Smith, who made a creditable 51 runs, while all the Clipstone attack buzzed around like bees round a jam pot.

Clipstone v Worksop, Clipstone celebrate

Taylor Wright, with 3-21, was the most productive, but all the rest played their part exceedingly well.

Despite an unfortunate run out early on, the result was never in any doubt.

West Indian Justin Braithwaite was quickly into his stride and Josh Flowers (46) and Lee Wilson (33 not out) both batted without fear.

Braithwaite was finally out for an excellent 61 and surely will score a century soon as Clipstone showed they were in a different class to an overwhelmed Worksop side.

Farnsfield will without question be the strongest threat to Clipstone. They beat Anston by 115 runs and looked rather good doing it.

Out of an all out score of 255, Farnsfield were well served by Matt Sissons (43), Callum McKenzie (34), Andrew Bell (45) and skipper Curtis Mitchell (92).

Anston’s ‘Little Master’ Amila Perera bowled brilliantly to take 6-55 and showed what a fine cricketer he is.

In reply, the Anston batting, which is usually excellent, was reliant only on Josh Marsh (48), who carried the innings single-handedly.

The result was never in doubt as Farnsfield’s ‘King of Spin’ Dave Loveridge tied the Anston batting in knots to register 5-61 as they were dismissed for just 140 runs.

To beat a side with the strength of Anston as easily as this shows the merits of this Farnsfield team.

Glapwell cruised to victory by five wickets against a Papplewick & Linby side who are finding life rather difficult back in the Bassetlaw League after relegation from the Premier.

Batting first, Papplewick could only muster 163-8, with Alex Lloyd (66) saving them from a greater humiliation.

Glapwell’s skipper Matt Page (4-30) bowled his immaculate line and length and never gave the Papplewick batting any peace.

This target was never going to be enough and the elegant Danny Bircumshaw (70 not out) continued his excellent early season form in the style we have become used to as Glapwell cruised to 165-5 - surely another player who will notch up a century before too long.

Thoresby Colliery are beginning to show that they have slipped into last season’s mode of inconsistency.

They are without doubt very good when they are at the top of their game, but occasionally they slip from this pinnacle and disappoint greatly.

They absolutely annihilated Kiveton Park by a mammoth 184 runs and made their opponents look mighty average indeed.

Thoresby amassed 290-7 in their overs with Martin Cheshire (53), Farook Aziz (52), Chris Bennett (69) and Nyeem Ahmed (33 not out) all scoring heavily.

Richard Spurr, with 3-68, was the best of the Kiveton attack and did a similar job when his side batted, top-scoring with 37 as they were dismissed for just 106. Kiveton look to have a long season in front of them.

A side who have started well and will be ignored at anyone’s peril is North Wheatley with Leverton, who completely outclassed promoted Caythorpe II.

Batting first, North Wheatley made a useful looking 237-8 with Richard Robinson (48), Jonathan Loates (32) and Luke Tong (37) scoring the bulk of the runs.

Caythorpe’s Andrew Staszkiewicz (3-70) and Geoff Crook (3-43) both bowled well against a side who are full of confidence at the moment.

The Caythorpe reply was a disaster as they were bowled out for just 85.

Dave Willcox (5-28) and Jamie Bovill (3-14) simply brushed aside some feeble resistance as North Wheatley marched to their third success of the season.

An incredible match took place at Goosedale where Notts & Arnold Amateur gained the better of promoted Killamarsh by four wickets after a titanic struggle.

Killamarsh have showed signs of late that they are capable of improvement after a dreadful start but must have been mortified to lose this one after a great effort.

Killamarsh made 239-8 batting first, with Michael Spence (31), Steve Ludlam (41) and Richard Dewsbury (62 not out) all batting well. Liam Brown (4-79) was the pick of the Notts & Arnold attack.

However, the wicket was an excellent one and Notts & Arnold, in the shape of Connor Brindley (78) and Sam Ecob (85), soon showed that victory was far from impossible.

Steve Ludlam captured 3-59, but Killamarsh once again finished on the losing side.

But they have shown that there is something about them and they could yet turn this season round.