Stanton ease to victory over Rosehill

Stanton Elks travelled to Rosehill and invited their hosts to bat first. 

Scott Law bowled a hostile spell and returned figures of 5-58 from his 14 overs as only opener James Sharpe 33 and Nahim Abas 30 offered any resistance as Rosehill were reduced to 88-6.

Mushtaq Khan, who retired hurt early on in his innings, came back into bat and ended up 33 not out as Tom Windley 3-42 and Marc Bostock 2-8 took the remaining wickets to bowl Rosehill out for 154 in he 32nd over.

Elks lost opener Law for a duck in the first over, which brought in Matt Winfield who hit ten fours in his 56 before being third out with the score at 93.

Mark Aldred had come in to bat at the fall of the second wicket and batted through the innings to remain 32 not out, and together with Ashley Fletcher’s 17 and Bostock scoring a quick 17 not out the Elks recorded a four-wicket victory.  

l Rosehill Methodists 2nd XI were the visitors for Elks’ second XI on Saturday.

The visitors batted first and made a good start with an opening partnership of 50 between Bhatti 35 and Warren 22.

Once these two were dismissed the rest of the visitors’ innings was dominated by Williamson who made 78 as Rosehill made 230 for 8 in their overs.

The Elks’ wickets were shared with Tom Henshaw taking 3 for 46, captain Neil Sanderson 2 for 39 and young Sam Trueman 2 for 28.

Stanton’s reply started badly with the loss of an early wicket but then a partnership between Ash Goring and Paul Anderson steadied the ship and when Goring was dismissed for 29, youngster Corey Kennedy forged a partnership with Paul Anderson before both were dismissed, Anderson for a fine 76 and Kennedy for 42.

Elks were never really up with the required run rate and settled for a losing draw, closing their innings on 188 for 5 from their 46 overs.