Tuxford retain their schools cricket title

Tuxford retained the Bassetlaw Primary Schools Cricket ‘Champion of Champions’ title in its 24th year, with a 30-run semi-final defeat of St John’s, and a 13-run victory over Gringley in the final.

St John’s batted well in totalling 120 in their innings but when they took the field they could not cope with the big hitting Tuxford batsmen, who managed to find the long Bridon Ordsall boundary with regularity.

The final against Gringley was a much closer affair and the smallest school in the competition looked well on the way to a match winning total until Jake Soper finished off their innings with four wickets in an over.

Runners-up spot for Gringley was a disappointment but also a great achievement as they had also finished as runners-up to Rushcliffe’s Plumtree School in the County Small Schools Championship on the Southwell Cricket Club’s ground two days previously.

Fourth placed Beckingham can also consider themselves unlucky after they lost their semi-final tie against Gringley on a count-back of wickets lost following a 152-all tie.

Then they lost the third place play-off against St John’s by a single run.