Rain and last wicket pair frustrate Retford
Retford had the better of their match with undefeated Grassmoor, but had to settle for 12 points as bad weather brought the game to an early close.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first Retford quickly found themselves under pressure as John Donaldson claimed two early wickets. Captain Mark Bull and Greg Mann steadied the ship with an important partnership before rain forced the players off the field. When the players returned they had been off the field for long enough for the match to revert to a timed game which would ultimately prove crucial in the outcome of the game. Mann dominated the scoring after the break with a number of fluent shots through the offside until he dragged on to give Adam Bedford his first wicket for an impressive 42. That sparked a mini-collapse as Bedford picked up three wickets and Bull fell for a dogged 27. Jon Mattioli and Kevin Pattenden ensured their side survived the remaining overs and pushed the score to 140 to earn a second batting point.
Nathan Singleton put an immediate dent in Grassmoor’s chase in another impressive performance before a second wicket partnership threatened to put the visitors in a dominant position. Bedford batted with his usual fluency while Andy Woolven chanced his arm to find regular boundaries. Once again it was Singleton who made the breakthrough as he produced a brilliant delivery to hit the top of Bedford’s off-stump. Singleton found able support from Rasika Wijesinghe who claimed three wickets in his spell including the dangerous Woolven for 42 thanks to an outstanding catch by keeper Mann. Singleton continued to dominate finishing with the superb figures of 6 for 17 in his ten over spell to follow his hat-trick the previous week. That left Retford with just one wicket required to complete an impressive victory, but the last wicket pair of Pete Bedford and Sam Smith showed stout resistance. The earlier spell off the field and the switch to timed cricket left Retford 10 overs short of having a full allocation to bowl and Grassmoor hung on to salvage a losing draw.