Law’s in fine form for Stanton

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Stanton first XI hosted Mickleover 2nd XI at the Stute on Saturday and had to a settle for a comfortable winning draw.

Stanton were inserted by the visitors and lost the first wicket when Richard Barnes hit a full toss to mid on to be out for 14 with the score at 34.

This brought in Tom Windley to join Scott Law and they enjoyed the windy conditions to put on a stand of 218 in 34 overs and take the score to 252 before Windley was run out by a direct hit from Harry Logan for91.

Law, having been aggressive with his shots, then added a few more big hits to take the score to 273-2 and bring up his 150, and as rain started captain Barnes declared with two overs left, Law scoring an excellent 152 not out.

Mickleover’s openers Chris Stevenson and Dalvir Singh put on 58 before Chris Marshall bowled Singh for 25. 

Mickleover had settled from an early stage to bat out the overs, and they lost the next wicket courtesy of an excellent run out by James Perry to remove Pratley for six.

Opener Stevenson was next out for 39 as Matthew Winfield had him caught, while Rohin Bains had set about a solid defence but when a mix up in calling left him stranded, he was run out after a throw from Luke Pollard.

Sam Foster hit a few big shots and took the total to 116 before he was fifth out for 30, caught by Law off Martin Case with ten overs left.

Winfield claimed the penultimate wicket with three overs left and Elks sensed victory, but the last two batsmen saw out the overs and the innings closed at 127-8, Winfield claiming 2-40 and Marshall 2-14.

Stanton second XI played Mickleover thirds away and had an easy victory.

Batting first, Stanton got off to a good start as openers Dave Coy and Ash Goring shared a fine opening stand before Coy was out.

Ross Coy joined Goring and the pair took the total to over 100 before the second wicket fell, and others then followed including Goring for 61 as the innings closed on a disappointing 135 all out.

Mickleover were never in with a chance of victory as opening bowler Paul Daws claimed 3-10 and Tom Henshaw 4-17 as Mickleover were bowled out for 49, Elks winning by 86 runs.