Grassmoor extend lead at the top

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A Friday downpour of torrential rain left Barnes Park submerged, casting serious doubt over the Bassetlaw Division Two top of the table clash between leaders Grassmoor Works and Ordsall Bridon seconds.

Miraculously, the standing water dissipated overnight and, although a little soggy, the pitch was declared fit allowing battle to commence at the scheduled start time. The home side won the toss and put the visitors in to bat.

Grassmoor’s opening bowlers were in uncharacteristic form and struggled to find early rhythm as the visitors raced to 27 runs in five overs. The hosts were soon given a boost in the very next over of the day.

Ash Walters (3-29) striking with a double wicket maiden in the sixth over to remove Nick Legg (15) and B Wilson (0). The visitors again dug in and Grasmoor’s seam attack struggled to make any impression on the soft wicket.

The score was moved onto 59 before Grassmoor slowed the pace with the introduction of spinners Chris Fletcher (4-19) and Adam Bedford (3-29). Ordsal Bridon were dismissed in 40 overs for 152, Adam Sedgwick (46) top scoring.

Having been handed an additional 5 overs, Grassmoor made a steady start to the run chase. An opening spell of tight bowling made runs difficult to come by - Grassmoor scoring only nine from the first six overs.

Grassmoor lost Fletcher (27) in the 12th over but advanced to 81 before Chalkley (2-44) struck twice in one over to dismiss Coupe (16) and Paul Bedford (0). The prize scalp of Adam Bedford (46) fell shortly afterwards.

The game was in the balance with Ordsall Bridon buoyed by the prospect of an upset with Grassmoor on 105-4, though a number of dropped catches meant it wasn’t to be.

Grassmoor’s dependable middle order, Dale James (23*) and Andy Woolven (31*), saw the home side to a valuable 20-point victory to extend their lead at the top.