Stanton Elks enjoyed a six-wicket win at home to Rosehill Meths on Saturday.
Meths were inserted by the hosts and opners Richard Sharpe and Asad Batt put on 86 before Martin Case had Batt caught on the deep square leg boundary by Paul Mallon for 46.
This brought in Nahim Abas who was the dominant partner in a partnership of 65 with Sharpe, as he mixed some good shots with outrageous leg side slogs before Matt Winfield had him LBW for 45.
A good total still looked on with the score being 151 with 18 overs left. Case then had Sharpe caught in the next over for 49 and the remainder of the Rosehill batsmen struggled against Winfield and Scott Law. The innings closed on 202-8, Winfield being the pick of the bowlers with 4-41, Case 2-59 and Law 2-62.
Stanton were soon 22-3 in reply, Batt claiming two early wickets.
This brought in Law to join Simon Kennedy and they set about a recovery which ended when Kennedy was caught for a season’s best of 24 with the total on 111.
Winfield came to the crease and he and Law shared an undefeated stand of 94 with Winfield 33 not out, but it was Law’s day as when on eight he brought up his 1,000th league run for the season and went on to score a chanceless 120 not out which included 24 off Abas’s last over and Elks won by six wickets with 11 overs left.
Stanton second XI travelled to second-placed Condor in a must-win game to maintain the chance of promotion, but ended up losing by six wickets and that promotion chance is now over.
Having been inserted by the hosts, Stanton got off to a reasonable start as openers Ash Goring and Dave Coy scored steadily before Coy was out for 16.
The next three batsman all got into double figures but only Goring went on to get a decent score before he was run out for 55. Adam Soar bowled an excellent tight spell to claim 4-13 and Stanton’s innings ended in the last over at 158.
Codnor’s reply set off slowly as tight bowling by Paul Cook, Paul Daws Alex McGinley and Tom Henshaw kept the runs down.
But when the fourth wicket fell it brought in Soar to join Kevin Lanyon and 60 runs were conceded in less than nine overs to take Codnor to victory in the 39th over, Soar 56 not out and Lanyon 41 not out. Henshaw with 2-35, Cook 1-13 and McGinley 1-20 claimed the wickets.