Stanton held by Ockbrook

Stanton Elks were held to a winning draw by Ockbrook & Borrowash on Saturday.

Batting first, Stanton openers Richard Barnes and Scott Law found the boundary on several occasions and the score was 98-2 after 19 overs as bowler Smith had them both caught for 43.

Tom Windley scored a quick 10 before he was excellently caught by Wood in the gulley.

Mark Aldred decided to play the anchor role of the innings and James Perry joined him. Perry struggled early on but he changed his bat and then hit 20 in five balls (two fours and two massive sixes) off Ockbrook’s captain who quickly removed himself from the bowling having conceded 25 in his two overs.

Perry was then caught going for one more big hit for 33. Aldred became more aggressive with his batting as Cook struggled to score and was out for three in the 40th over with the score on 180, which brought in Chris Marshall.

Aldred was sixth out for 39 in the 44th, and Marshall then finished the innings off with some big hits to end up 32 not out as the innings closed on 224-6.

Ockbrook set off in reply and took the total to 49 in 11 overs before Windey bowled opener Hill for 12, which brought in Galloway to join opener Beyxer.

Law came on to bowl and had Beyxer caught behind for 46 by keeper Aldred, who didn’t have his best day behind the stumps as he put down three more chances and missed a couple of hard leg side stumping chances, which brought in Wood.

Galloway struggled against the pace of Law and Cook was keeping the runs down from the other end in his first few overs, but was hit for a few fours and was taken off after nine overs and replaced by Marshall.

He had Wood caught by Cook for 27. Windley then had Hall well caught by Case at mid-off and when Marshall took two more wickets it reduced Ockbrook to 155-6 witheight overs to go, but Ockbrook then shut up shop and batted out for a losing draw, to finish on 165-6.

Galloway found a boundary in the last over to bring up his 50. Law deserved more than one wicket from his spell and Marshall ended up 3-22 from nine overs.

Elks travel to league leaders Rosehill Meths on Saturday

Stanton second XI, whose game on Saturday was cancelled due to the weather, entertained Selston at home on Sunday and for the third time this season the game wasn’t decided until the last over.

Stanton batted first and openers Ash Goring and Andy Page put on 29 in seven overs before Goring was out for 12.

Elks then lost three quick wickets including Page for 43 to leave them 79-4, after 24 overs.

Tom Henshaw and Chris Marshall then steadied the ship and took the total to 154 before Marshall was out for 29, and wickets were then sacrificed as Elks chased quick runs in the closing overs.

Henshaw remained undefeated as he mixed boundaries with singles to end up 56 not out to take the total to 169-7. Kieron Egan was Selston’s best bowler with 3-33.

Adam Flynn had Selston’s opener Johnson caught by Simon Kennedy for 15 with the total at 33, and when Kennnedy took his second catch to remove Dennis for nought off Alistair Hodgkinson and Selston were 34 for 2.

Lee Harris and Ian Whittaker then shared a 74-run stand before Harris was caught by Cory Kennedy off Marshall for 50 as Selston looked to be heading towards victory.

As three more wickets fell to reduce Selston to 135-6, Whittaker remained at the crease, slowly edging Selston nearer the total.

Henshaw then brought himself back on to bowl and took the crucial wicket of Whittaker for 68, and when Cory Kennedy took another wicket Selston were 152-8 which brought in Egan.

He blocked out deliveries from the Elks bowlers, but then had a big swipe at a delivery and connected with it to see the ball clear the long on boundary for six.

Henshaw then took the ninth wicket to leave Selston needing six runs to win from the last three overs with the last pair at the wicket.

Egan blocked the deliveries and scored a single off the fourth ball of the 45th over, and then Lemon hit the last ball of the 45th over to the boundary, much to the surprise of his own team so the scores were level.

The first ball of the last over was blocked, and Selston won off the next ball as the winning runs came courtesy of extras to earn a one wicket victory with four balls left.

Elks entertain Kirk Langley at the Stute on Saturday.