Retford 1st XI Vs Grassmoor 1st XI 11/5/19

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.

Retford 2nd XI Vs Thoresby Colliery 3rd XI 4/5/19

Winning start for Seconds as Adams stars with the ball

After winning promotion last season Retford 2s started their campaign in Division 6 with a home match against Thoresby Colliery 3s.

With grey overcast skies Thoresby elected to bowl first after winning the toss and when Retford lost a wicket from only the second ball of the game it looked like they had made a sensible decision. A solid partnership of 60 between the experienced pair of Matt Saward and Clive Savage followed to put the home side back in a strong position. Savage was bowled for 22, but next man in was 13yr old Ben Bekisz making his senior debut and the youngster looked composed from the start as he made a very assured 13. The impetus for the Retford innings came from Greg Crawley who scored a quick fire 46. Saward was then out for 43 as Retford recorded a final total of 176 for 8.

Thoresby’s reply struggled to gain any momentum with skipper Kevin Pattenden and young Bekisz bowling beautifully to both pick up a wicket. There was a wicket for Saward and a wicket on debut for Phil Payne before the introduction of pace man Stuart Adams provided the real difference. He ripped through the remainder of the batting order with remarkable figures of 6 for 4. Thoresby were all out for just 70 to give Retford an impressive winning start with victory by 106 runs.

Mansfield Hosiery Mills 2nd XI Vs Retford 1st XI 4/5/19

Singleton hat-trick in vain in disappointing defeat

Nathan Singleton claimed a hat trick as Retford suffered defeat at the hands of Mansfield Hosiery Mills in their first away trip of the season.

Having won the toss Retford elected to field in favourable bowling conditions. However, Hosiery Mills’ innings got off to a fast start with opener Anandakrishnan Thansaiah quickly finding his fluency striking a selection of boundaries. With Mansfield scoring quickly on a fast outfield Retford needed an early breakthrough and this came when Singleton trapped Joanne Derbyshire in front for 1. One wicket soon became two as Singleton removed Joshua Dykes the very next ball and Singleton then completed his hat trick by bowling Simon Butler and put Retford back into the game. Thansaiah continued to look dangerous from the other end with the majority of his runs still coming from boundaries. Retford began to take complete control of the match when young bowler Senith Wijesinghe finally beat Thansaiah with a fantastic delivery for 45. Singleton then took two more quick wickets to complete his five-for by first dismissing Ian Wright for 21 via a fine slip catch by Jon Mattioli, and then bowling Jamie Lomas. Wijesinghe then had his second wicket of the afternoon to leave Hosiery Mills 80-7. Retford found the last three wickets challenging as Nathan Lomas found the rope on frequent occasions. Wickets still fell at the other end with Mattioli and Andy Wathey picking up their first victims. Lomas’ innings finally ended just after reaching his half century as he was caught by Greg Mann from the bowling of Richard Morrall for 54, which set a target of 175 for Retford to win.

Retford’s innings got off to the worst possible start as Mark Bull was trapped lbw for 4 by Thansaiah in the first over. Thansaiah continued his outstanding game as he added three further wickets all given leg before in quick succession. His fifth wicket soon followed as Singleton was bowled and Josh Bull followed the next ball to give Thansaiah his sixth wicket. Opener Mark Shevill showed plenty of fight and added the occasional boundary, but the wickets continued to tumble at the other end. Ian Wright claiming two wickets in as many balls by first bowling Jack Eusman and then Morrall without scoring. Mattioli survived the hat trick ball and struck three pleasant boundaries. Shevill’s resilience finally ended as he was bowled by Jake Miller for 16, and the match was over when Mattioli was dismissed to inflict a disappointing 100 run defeat on Retford.

England PCA Masters XI Confirmed for game at Retford CC on 1st Sept

We are excited to confirm the following PCA England Masters players will be playing at Retford CC on the 1st of September:

Mark Ramprakash
Alex Tudor
Phil DeFreitas
Dominic Cork
Simon Jones
Usman Afzaal
Owais Shah
Mal Loye
Richard Blakey
Devon Malcolm
Jason gallian

Free entry to ground.

Fun day activities begin at 10am. Fun for all the family all day.

Full details here!



ECB Helmet Guidance 2016

ECB Guidance Note: Safety measures for helmets within recreational cricket

British Standard Helmet Poster - 02-16The ECB has recently announced new helmet safety measures, which are being introduced with a view to reducing the risk of head and facial injuries within the game. The purpose of this brief note is to assist Leagues and Clubs at the recreational level to understand the key elements of these changes and what they mean.


Players over the age of 18

The ECB strongly recommends that all adult recreational cricketers should wear helmets for certain activities, preferably which meet the most recent British Safety Standard (see below). This recommendation applies to batting against all types of bowling, wicket-keepers standing up to the wicket (who may as an alternative wear face protectors) and fielders fielding closer than eight yards from the batsman’s middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side.

Under 18s

The position in relation to u18s currently remains unchanged, and is governed by the ‘ECB Guidance on the Wearing of Cricket Helmets by Young Players’ ( In essence, batsmen and wicket-keepers standing up to the stumps must wear head protection when playing or practising. That Guidance should be referred to in full for the position in relation to u18s.

British Safety Standard

The latest British Safety Standard is BS7928:2013 (for both adults and juniors). The full list of helmets meeting this standard is available at For wicket-keeping face protectors the relevant British Safety Standard is BS7929-2:2009 (again, for both adults and juniors).

The ECB understands that there is currently no specific women’s helmet and as a consequence no specific standard for women’s cricket helmets. As the size of the standard women’s cricket ball is between the standard men and junior balls, it is recommended that women use helmets that have been tested against both the men’s and junior sized ball, or at least against the junior size ball (as that could potentially get through the gap above the face guard on a men’s helmet).

What do Leagues and Clubs need to do?

Whilst it is strongly recommended that all adult recreational cricketers wear helmets in the on-field circumstances detailed above, it is not mandatory for them to do so. For the avoidance of doubt, Leagues or Clubs do not need to go above and beyond the ECB’s recommendation by forcing their cricketers to wear helmets.

However, Leagues and Clubs in recreational cricket should ensure that their cricketers are made aware of the ECB’s above recommendation in relation to helmets, including the need to check that any newly purchased helmets meet the latest British Safety Standard. The ECB recommends that Leagues and Clubs bring the link above (i.e to the attention of their cricketers and encourage all cricketers to carefully consider their own health and safety regarding helmet use.

Leagues and Clubs should always ensure that they have adequate public liability insurance.

February 2016