Stanton victorious over Meths

Stanton first XI recorded a six wicket victory away to Rosehill Meths on Saturday.

Elks asked the hosts to bat first and Tom Windley took a wicket in the second over of the game, and Scott Law bowled the other opener with the score at 33.

Windley had the impressive Calvin Varkey dropped before he finally got his man caught on the deep mid wicket boundary by Richard Barnes for 45.

Law took three wickets in the next over, and when he claimed his fifth in his last over Meths were 105-7, and Law finished with 5-39.

A stubborn stand of 38 between Nahim Abas and Shahid Mahmood was ended when Matthew Winfield had Mahmood caught by Dave Hardy.

The introduction of Martin Case brought about the last wicket as Abas charged down the wicket, missed the ball and was duly stumped by Mark Aldred for 49, the innings closing on 152.

Stanton’s openers Matthew Sisson and Barnes took the score to 57 before Barnes was caught for 30.

Two wickets fell in the next two overs and when Sisson got a leading edge he was caught at square leg for 25 with the total at 87. 

Hardy (24*) joined Windley (55*) and a mixture of good shots and quick running enabled them to share a stand of 66 and to take Elks to a six wicket victory with 13 overs left, Elks finishing on 153-4.

Stanton second XI hosted table-topping Codnor at the Stute on Saturday, the visitors asked to bat first.

Stanton’s opening bowlers Paul Daws (1-30) and Neil Sanderson (2-23) bowled a tight opening spell, Sanderson claiming two wickets and Paul Cook a run out. Cory Kennedy also kept it tight with 1-13 from 7 overs. 

Codnor’s next five batsmen all got to at least 20 with Ricky Soar the top scorer on 33 as they closed on 151-6.

Stanton’s reply started off as badly and were reduced to 31-4 from 12 overs, as opening bowler Simon Arnold bowled his 14 overs and claimed 2-13, assisted by Shaun Mills’ 2-36.

Dave Riley batted 28 overs for 41, assisted by young Franklin Henshaw who batted for 26 overs. Sanderson hit one six but when Lee Buxton removed both Riley and Sanderson, hopes of winning had faded.

Simon Kennedy and Cook batted out the remaining overs as Elks finished on 112-7 and earned a losing draw.