Lea Park leave it late with last delivery win over Thoresby

Lea Park CC v Woodsetts.  Lea Park wicket keeper Lee Mardle.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Lea Park CC v Woodsetts. Lea Park wicket keeper Lee Mardle. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

A brilliant game in lousy conditions saw Lea Park beat Thoresby Park II with the very last ball of the game.

Scott Wolley flicked the final deliver to mid-wicket to complete his maiden half century in style.

Earlier Thoresby were inserted and Woolley (0-13) and Andy Slater (1-21) picked up where they left off a week before, bowling economically before Slater made a breakthrough.

This brought Danny Tyson to the crease and he immediately took the initiative.

Despite surviving a dropped catch he moved to 45 before Andy Dewick trapped him LBW with the score 92-3 and the game in the balance.

Lea attacked but conceded way too many boundaries although Andy Orton with his usual mix of swing and spin offered some control, with 3-41.

Nigel Birkett survived chance after chance to accumulate 48* and lead Thorseby to 176-7 at the close.

In deteriorating conditions this was a good total but with Lea’s Lee Mardle and Chris Needham playing themselves in to wear down a decent opening attack, they made a slightly pedestrian start and were at 54 before Needham (26) became frustrated.

Andy Whiteley (4) could not match his heroics of the previous week but impetus was added by Ashley Page with successive boundaries and then Woolley and Paul Marriot complied the match winning partnership.

Overs were running out when they hit their stride, murdering anything remotely off line as victory became a possibility.

Marriot fell for 20 but his batting style put Thorseby on the back foot which helped take pressure off Woolley, who hit the ball clean and hard.

With Andy Tucker’s running power joining Woolley, ones became twos and Thoresby lost all composure.

Eleven needed from the last over became five from two balls and then three from the last delivery.

Woolley turned this delivery to the on-side and scrambled a two, when Tucker noticed the bullet throw from the fielder to the wicket keeper was wayward and called Woolley through for a third to seal a two wicket victory.

Lea are home to Roses on Saturday, looking for revenge for last season’s derby defeat.