The formbook proved reliable when leaders Stanton Elks hammered bottom-of-the-table Pilsley by 86 runs to strengthen their push for the Derbyshire County League, Division Six North title.
Two players, Richard Barnes and Scott Law, made half-centuries before a third, Alex McGinley, took six wickets in a convincing performance.
After being inserted by the hosts, Stanton suffered an early blow when Matthew Winfield fell for one, bowled by Tristan Bowers (2-77 in 13 overs). But they recovered to post such a good total that they felt confident enough to declare on 213-5.
The mainstay of their innings was opener Barnes, who fired 83 and shared profitable partnersips with Tom Windley (23) and, most notably, skipper Law, who struck a fine 78.
Both Windley and Law were eventually removed by Pilsley’s best bowler, Oliver Jones (2-27 in 13 overs), but Simon Walker added an undefeated 11 to put the visitors firmly in the driving seat.
The home team’s reply quickly came unstuck as Law (3-20 in eight overs) took three of the first four wickets. The rest of the innings belonged to second-change McGinley, who returned 6-37 from 9.3 overs. The only resistance was provided by Jamie Bonsor (25no) and Bowers (25), but McGinley soon wrapped up the victory as Pilsley slumped to 127 all out in 28.3 overs.
Stanton now have two home games this weekend in which to maintain their position at the top of the table. Ashover are the visitors on Saturday, and Apperknowle on Sunday.
A TERRIFIC knock by veteran Chris Marshall guided Stanton Elks 2nd to a morale-boosting victory over title-chasing Cutthorpe in Division Nine North of the Derbyshire County League.
Going in at number five, with his side wobbling on 46-3, Marshall rolled back the years to crack 95 (six sixes and nine fours) in a total of 210-7 from the allotted 40 overs. He shared key stands of 48 with skipper Mark Aldred (32) and 80 with Phil Murphy (19no) before he was caught on the long-on boundary, going for his ton, in the penultimate over.
Cutthorpe’s reply was never in the hunt after three early wickets, all bowled, from Paul Cook (3-43 in 12 overs). Amazingly, four of the other wickets were run outs, two effected by Cook and two by Dave Hardy, as the visitors crashed to 105 all out in 31 overs.