Leaders edge past Stanton

Stanton made the long journey to play league leaders Yoxall on Saturday and only just lost out in a close match.

Stanton lost a crucial toss and were asked to bat. Naeem Raja took two early wickets but Scott Law joined opener Matthew Sisson and they took the total to 50 before Sisson was bowled.

Raja claimed his third and Cockeram his first as Stanton slumped to 55-5. Chris Marshall joined Law at the wicket as they struggled to get the ball away but shared the highest stand of the day of 67 before Law was caught behind going for a big hit for 52.

A score of 122-5 soon became 133-9 as Ashley Docherty claimed two wickets, and when last man Martin Case was bowled in the last over Stanton were 142 all out, Marshall remaining 28 not out, Raja 3-32 and Ryan Elstone 2-7 being the pick of the bowlers.

Tom Windley bowled Yoxall’s opener in the third over and Law took the next wicket at 19. Windley then had Nadeem caught by wicket keeper Dave Hardy at 34 which brought in Elstone to join opener Muhammed Tayyab.

They took the total to 74 before Tayyab was bowled for 33 by Barrie James who then bowled Daniel Welch with a full toss.

Matthew Winfield came onto bowl and Elstone tried to reverse sweep him and was plumb LBW for 27. Raja and Jonathon Tringham took the total to 117 before Raja was caught by Windley for 18.

Two more wickets fell and with the last pair needed 12 to win with several overs left. The rain started to come down as Docherty played some big shots and they scored the required runs to finish on 145-9. Law, Case, Windley and James all claimed two wickets.

Stanton second XI hosted West Hallam at the Stute and were inserted by the visitors.

Openers Ash Goring and Dave Coy put on 81 and all six of Stanton’s batsmen got into double figures as Goring top scored with 43 before being run out, Elks declaring at 191-6 in the 41st over.

Paul Daws (2-19) bowled his usual economical spell and Luke Thompson offered some resistance before he was bowled for 32.

Sam Johnson and James North shared a good fifth wicket stand before Alex McGinley removed them both, and wicket keeper Dave Coy claimed three catches and a stumping.

Tom Henshaw then took three of the four last wickets to bowl West Hallam out for 141 in 45 overs and win by 50 runs, McGinley taking 4-36 and Henshaw 3-15.