Under strength Lea Park run Thoresby side close

Lee Mardle batting for Lea Park, as Chris Watts bowls for Retford II
Lee Mardle batting for Lea Park, as Chris Watts bowls for Retford II

Lea Park rued their inability to field a full strength side on Sunday, as they ran Thoresby Colliery II close, away from home in Bassetlaw Division Two.

Restricting scoring on a fast and true Thoresby ground was always going to be difficult.

But Lea Park stuck to their task reasonably well to keep the home team to an innings of 224-6.

Lea missed a few chances which did not help and with a number of close decisions not going their way they managed to keep their heads up on a hot afternoon. Birkett, Patel and Halfpenny all hit 50s for Thoresby but all rode their luck throughout their innings – it seems to be that sort of season for Lea this year.

Wickets were shared by the Park bowlers and when the second innings commenced Lea started at a rate of knots.

Chris Needham and Lee Mardle took the score to 30 from three overs before Needham was out and Mardle then carried the attack to Thoresby whilst the others batted around him.

Most Park batsmen reached double figures to enforce a series of bowling changes but apart from Mardle, no one could continue to make a significant score. Mardle played superbly well and constructed probably his best innings for a number of years before he was out for 69, and with Zac Metcalfe hitting a quick fire 19 the game was on until the very last over.

Park ended 208-8 in a very close game and whilst they regretted not being able to put out their first choice line-up, the game was there for the taking until the very end.