Housham helps demolish Anston despite Lea lapses

Lea Park CC.  Back l/r Ashley Page, Andrew Slater, Matt Housham, Chris Needham, Andy Orton and Michael Overson.  Front l/r Will Birkett, Lee Mardle, Andy Dewick, Scott Woolley and Ed Cooke.   Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Lea Park CC. Back l/r Ashley Page, Andrew Slater, Matt Housham, Chris Needham, Andy Orton and Michael Overson. Front l/r Will Birkett, Lee Mardle, Andy Dewick, Scott Woolley and Ed Cooke. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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A superb all-round performance from Lea’s Matt Housham demolished Anston II – despite lapses in the field by the Park men.

In the Bassetlaw Division Two encounter, Andy Slater had one of the opposition batsmen dropped behind in his first over, for the third consecutive game.

And Housham was also disappointed to suffer the same fate and more so when a couple more chances at slip were put down shortly after.

But he showed his experience to continue to bowl in good areas and was duly rewarded with 7-26 from his 13 overs.

For the first time this year Lea won an important toss and inserted the opposition on a Marshall’s track that was recovering from heavy overnight rain and which appeared under prepared.

Housham’s first over set the scene as he repeatedly beat the bat by bowling just short of a length.

He bowled 13 overs straight through on the warmest Saturday of the year and considering he conceded 14 runs in three balls, due to Anston’s lower order simply swinging in desperation, his economy was second to none.

Housham’s fitness shone through as he did not lapse throughout his spell and with other younger members of the team suffering from dehydration, he also demonstrated his stamina in testing conditions.

Anston were bowled out for 104 inside 30 overs and in reply Lee Mardle (28) and Chris Needham (20) made as quick start to secure victory.

Needham’s over confidence was his downfall but new signing Brad Wilson joined Mardle at the crease to add some much needed resilience to Lea’s batting.

It was clear the game was won when Mardle departed to allow Housham to continue where he left off with his bowling by hitting a quick fire 34.

Lea only needed five runs for victory when Housham was caught and bowled as the bowler stuck a hand out more to preserve life then take a catch.

But rather than record victory in style Lea lost three more wickets in reaching the total.

Lea will be hoping this will be a turnaround in their fortunes as despite a number of catches being dropped, they took some very good catches, Housham probably claiming the best catch of the day.

Scott Woolley also claimed three outfield catches to show he has a number of strings to his bow.

Lea Park make the trip to Thoresby Colliery II in Division Two action this Saturday.