Law stars but it’s not enough

Scott Law scored 124 not out and took 5 for 54 but Stanton Elks still had to settle for a winning draw at Spondon thirds on Saturday.

Elks were asked to bat first and Leah Kellogg took a couple of early wickets, and when Rich Barnes (35) became Kellogg’s third wicket in the 16th over the score was 67-3.

This brought Dave Coy to join Law. Coy started off in a resolute manner but then started to time the ball hitting several boundaries before he was caught for 41 having shared a stand of 105 in 21 overs with Law.

The last eight overs saw Law accelerate the run rate as he took his innings to an excellent 124 not out, helped by James Perry’s 17 not out as they put on 82 in the last eight overs and Elks’ innings closed on 257-4, with Kellogg taking 4-60.

In reply, Neil Sanderson knocked out Baker’s middle stump early on, which brought John Cooper to join opener Tom Fearn-Wright and they shared a partnership with several boundaries before the introduction of occasional slow bowler Barnes enticed Cooper (32) to hit a short ball straight down Law’s throat at deep square leg.

This was followed in his next over by having Fearn-Wright plumb LBW for a good 79.

Law then bowled a hostile spell and took the next five wickets to give Elks a chance of winning, but defensive batting by Spondon’s tail meant that at the start of the last over they had two wickets left.

Dave Coy bowled the over and when Gorbett padded up offering no shot he was out LBW, but Spondon’s last batsman held out the last two balls and Spondon closed the innings on 163-9. Law took 5-54 and Barnes 2-16.

Stanton’s second XI, with a much weakened side, entertained Duffield 3rds at the Stute.

Duffield batted first and opener Will Clare was the mainstay of the innings as he batted through to remain 112 not out. Oliver Paish scored 66 as Duffield set a challenging total of 251-3.

Elks opener Ash Goring was out for 22 with the total at 46 in the tenth over.

Wickets then fell at a regular basis and when Lewis Reed took two in two balls it made it 123-9 in the 38th over.

Simon Kennedy was joined by last man Paul Daws and they set about batting out the remaining overs, but on the first ball of the 44th over Kennedy was caught and bowled for 23 as Elks finished 144 all out. Reed taking 5-39.