UNDERDOGS Stanton made their Butterley Cup debut on Sunday against Denby second XI at the Stute.
Denby batted first and were soon 19-2, but a third wicket stand of 62 between Jonathan Simms (40) and Ross Perry-Taylor (23) took Denby to 81 before Perry-Taylor was caught by Scott Law who earlier had produced an excellent throw to run out Nick Smith.
Wickets fell on a regular basis over the remaining overs, but Denby finished on a total of 157-9.
Elks set off at a rapid rate as opener Law smashed 44 out of an opening partnership of 67 with Richard Barnes.
Phil Glenn (3-13) had Law caught on the long on boundary as he attempted to get to his 50 with another maximum, but Barnes, assisted by Chris Marshall’s 22, took the total to 132 before Marshall was caught on the boundary leaving the Elks needing 26 from the last five overs with five wickets left.
But then Fraser Kirk stole the show. Having taken two wickets to leave the Elks wanting nine to win, he then had Barnes lbw for 61
He then proceeded to take the last two Elks wickets with the next two balls to finish the game with a hat-trick and figures of 5-19 as Denby won by seven runs.
l On Saturday Stanton travelled to Elvaston and batted first, aopeners Matt Winfield (17) and Richard Barnes (25) both getting a start but unable to make a good score which left the Elks 54-2.
A partnership of 50 between Tom Windley (33) and Ashley Fletcher (26) ended with the latter run out, and two more wickets fell shortly after drinks to leave Elks at 133-5.
But Chris Marshall then batted through the remaining overs to end 64 not out and leave the Elks 203-7.
Elvaston’s openers Dave Archer (41) and Sam Yaxley (38) shared an opening stand of 81 before both were removed by Marc Bostock (3-73), and Barry James’s 2-35 reduced Elvaston to 142-5.
But Simon Wellings (18) and Steve Byram (23) kept Elvaston in the hunt and when Liam Lindsay hit a rapid 29, including two sixes in the last over, Elvaston won by four wickets with three balls left.
l The second XI also played twice, winning one game and losing they other.
They beat Alrewas by 47 runs on Saturday, helped by Mark Aldred’s 62 as his side scored 190 in their allotted overs.
Alrewas were bowled out for 143, Corey Kennedy taking 3-31.
On Sunday Stanton lost to Swarkestone despite a season’s best score.
They scored 223, Aldred making 95 and Marc Bostock with 74.
But Swarkestone were always up with the required run rate and Scarlet’s 91 was the highlight as they achieved the win with just two overs to spare.