Law’s 102 aids Stanton Elks’ cause

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Stanton first XI travelled to Uttoxeter on Saturday and a rain-delayed start saw the game reduced to 30 overs a side.

Stanton’s opening bowlers Scott Law (0-22) and veteran Barrie James (2-33) kept Uttoxeter to 58-2 after 18 overs.

This brought together Mick Hall and Tony Hayes who then set about the other Elks bowlers before Martin Case bowled Hayes for 35.

Hall eventually fell in the last over for 45 well caught by Matt Sisson off Cory Kennedy who finished with 3-22 and Case 2-42 as Uttoxeter closed on 150-7 after 30 overs.

Blue sky and sunshine made a brief appearance in Stanton’s reply, as did most of Elks batsmen as there were five ducks in the reply.

The stand out exception was opener Law who tried his best to win the game single handedly for the Elks with a superb 102 (8x4 5x6) before he was ninth man out in the penultimate over with the total on 140, with only James Perry (15) and Richard Barnes (12) making double figures.

There were ten balls left and Mark Jeffries played back the four balls of the 19th over, leaving Daniel Daykin to face the last over to be bowled by the wily slow bowler Jan Kasperowicz with nine men round the bat.

Daykin stood firm and remained undefeated as Elks closed on 140-9, Kasperowicz (2-26) and Hall (2-31) taking the most wickets.

Stanton have two games at the Stute this weekend, Ockbrook thirds on Saturday and Wootton on Sunday.

Stanton seconds played host to Nutbrook thirds at the Stute on Saturday, and like many other games rain was the clear winner.

Rain delayed the start and several further heavy downpours of rain and hail meant only 11.3 overs were bowled and Nutbrook had reached 37-1 with Paul Dawes taking the only wicket, before the game was called off.

Ambergate 3rds. meanwhile, couldn’t get a side to play Stanton on Sunday and conceded the game which returns Stanton back to the top of the table.

Stanton seconds travel to play Sawley and Long Eaton fourths on Saturday.