Weather fails to dampen Lea’s winning return to Division Two

Lea Park CC v Woodsetts.  Lea Park opening bowler Andrew Slater.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Lea Park CC v Woodsetts. Lea Park opening bowler Andrew Slater. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Miserable weather failed to dampen the high spirits of Lea Park Cricket Club, as they made a victorious return to Bassetlaw Cricket League’s Division Two.

They comprehensively beat Anston, thanks to an excellent fielding display which supported a youthful bowling attack.

Andy Slater and Scott Woolley opened the bowling, with the latter particularly impressive, bowling seven overs for just 22 runs to keep things tight.

Slater, meanwhile, picked up the top order, returning 3-41.

His extra pace on the small ground meant anything past the infield flew to the boundary.

Andy Orton struggled initially to get his line right but once in gear he returned 4-40 as Lea reduced Anston to 157 all out.

A number of excellent catches were taken to remind everyone that many games this year will be won or lost in the field.

Confident in their pursuit of the total, Lea were soon in total control with Lee Mardle (59) and Andy Whiteley (57) compiling a chanceless 127 partnership before decisions went against them.

Both were impressive throughout, Mardle driving well through covers and Whiteley severe on anything remotely short, cutting well and even puling for a maximum.

With the light fading and the opening bowlers returning Dewick (20*) and Orton (8*) ended the match with some lusty blows as Lea strolled to victory with 25 overs remaining.

Dewick ended the game with a six over long off to complete a good all round match, in which he took three good catches and three wickets.

On Saturday they host Thoresby Colliery II, at Marshalls.