Lea hand a seven-wicket haul to young opponent

Bassetlaw League Div 3. Lea Park v Wadworth. Lea batsman Chris Needham G130914-5a
Bassetlaw League Div 3. Lea Park v Wadworth. Lea batsman Chris Needham G130914-5a

Lea Park handed out yet another seven-wicket haul to a grateful opponent, as they fell to defeat against Killamarsh II.

Ellis Robinson, a Killamarsh Under 17 bowler, returned 7-35 from 13 overs, as Lea Park appear certain to have a say in the league bowling averages this year.

Park were inserted but for once made a decent start with Chris Needham finding some form and Lee Mardle hanging in there, although a long way off his fluent best.

Robinson was at home on the Killamash wicket where his low action made the ball skid on and he was rewarded for nagging off stump accuracy.

At the other end the enforcer was a new young player to the league, Laurence Pickford who bowled sharply although slightly wayward.

Mardle accumulated 20 before being caught and bowled by first change off spinner Ryan Donnelly with the score on 70.

Needham was determined to not be dictated to, running hard between the wickets and punishing anything loose.

He reached his 50 in good time but when Andy Whitely was adjudged LBW, Andy Dewick joined Needham and they took the score to 142 before Dewick mistimed a pull to be caught and short long on.

This was the catalyst for the obligatory collapse in the face of accurate bowling - four ducks and only three batsmen reaching double figures tells its own story.

Only Needham was able to scorer freely with no other batsmen showing any real application until last man in Nick Ward-Lowery dug in with Needham.

They looked to move the score to 180 to secure maximum batting points.

In the penultimate over however Needham was last man out for 111 when a short ball from Pickford stuck in the pitch as Needham bottom edged onto his stumps to leave Lea 178 all out.

Defending this total was always possible but when Brett Pickford was dropped behind on three off Matt Housham things quickly went from bad to worse.

Pickford took 22 off Andy Slater’s second over and then proceeded to take the attack to Lea, hitting boundary after boundary and with Mike Long at the other end engaging in controlled swatting over square leg, for a while Park were shell shocked.

Bowling changes stemmed the flow of runs and curiously enough Killamarsh were on 129-2 off 26 overs which was exactly the same as Lea were at in the first innings.

Long then offered a simple change to cover which was shelled but Scott Woolley’s introduction into the attack brought immediate reward as he clean bowled the aggressive Pickford for 64 and next ball cleaned up Killarmarsh’s number three.

Killmarsh’s captain arrived and the superb Woolley had him dropped at point before he had scored.

Woolley had him in knots and could have easily bowled him several times over if it was not for Lea’s woeful luck.

Woolley bowled 7-2-15 to offer hope for Lea but Killamarsh knocked the runs off with five overs to spare and Park have only themselves to blame for another defeat.