Stanton end 2013 on a high note

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Stanton played Rolleston thirds at the Stute on Sunday in the last game of the season and won by 53 runs.

Stanton were invited to bat first and the order was chosen by each player picking a card, which resulted in a very strong tail.

Barrie James opened but didn’t last long and was bowled for a duck in the third over by Harper who went onto take five wickets.

James Perry was equal second top scorer and was bowled for 25.

Wickets continued to be taken, Scott Law, Mark Aldred and Richard Barnes all getting into the 20s. When Barnes was eighth out at 122, and with eight overs left, the visitors expected to bowl the hosts out.

However, Tom Windley and Matt Sisson took the total to 152, which brought in Matt Winfield to join Sisson and they scored 46 in the last four overs to take Elks total to 198-9, Winfield 30 not out and Sisson 25 not out, with Harper the pick of the bowlers with 5-49.

Stanton’s opening bowlers Windley and Martin Case each claimed an early victim, and Sisson took a wicket when he came on.

All 11 players bowled during the innings and seven took wickets, though it should have been eight but Chris Marshall dropped the easiest catch of the season at slip off the unfortunate Perry, which just about summed up Stanton’s fielding for the year.

Stanton seconds made the long journey to Holmewood on Sunday for their last game and were defeated by seven wickets, but the game was closer than the result suggests.

The day belonged to Stanton’s Dave Coy who scored his maiden century for the club and carried his bat through the innings to score a superb 135 not out which included 20 fours.

Coy shared in stands of 56 with Alex McGinley (19) and 120 with Simon Kennedy who scored 41 and hoped that the season didn’t have to end having found some batting form in the last few games. Coy’s innings took the total to 229-6.

Holmewood’s openers Mick Hickton and Harry Sharman-Davies took the total to 45 before Davies was out for 29.

Hickton was third out for 45, which brought in Ainsley Gee to join David Gray and they shared an undefeated stand of 127, Gray 78 not out and Gee 54 not out, which took Holmewood to a seven wicket victory with two overs left, Tom Henshaw taking 2-32.