Tough weekend as Stanton’s sides only manage a draw and a defeat

Stanton entertained Eckington at the Stute on a sunny Saturday which made a change from the heavy rain that had left the outfield soft and the wicket green.

Eckington batted first and lost opener Lee for three in the third over when he was caught by Paul Daws off Paul Cook.

The second wicket pair made the most of two dropped catches off Cook’s bowling to put on 51 before Sam Trueman had Bridgeman caught for 24.

Captain Tom Henshaw took the next wicket with his first ball and bowled an excellent spell to end with figures of 6-19 off 11.3 overs, while veterans Dave Riley and Daws took two catches each as Eckington ended up 155 all out in the 44th over, which was an above-par score in the conditions.

Elks openers Riley and Goring kept finding the fielders on a regular basis as they struggled against opening bowler Bastock who took 1-14 from his ten overs, including the wicket of Riley in the ninth over and Goring for 20 in the 18th over.

Runs were hard to come by and young Trueman and captain Henshaw put on 49 to take the total to 84 in the 33rd over before Trueman was out for 19 and Henshaw fell shortly afterwards for 26.

Elks then batted out the remaining overs to settle for a losing draw and end up 113-8.

Second XI

Stanton’s second XI travelled to Butterley on a windy but sunny Sunday afternoon and lost a crucial toss on a very wet and green wicket.

Elks were soon in trouble as Dave Coy was unluckily run out in the second over, backing up as a straight drive deflected off bowler Painter’s hand and onto the stumps.

Opening bowlers Wright (2-14) and Painter (2-24), making the most of the conditions, reduced Elks to 32-6 after 17 overs.

Paul Cook (21) and Chris Marshall (14) doubled the score before Powdrill took the first of his three wickets with the total at 64 and ended up with 3-8 from 4.4 overs as the Elks were bowled out for 82 in the 35th over.

Butterley’s openers Holland and Brooks struggled against tight bowling from Barry James and Cook and only got in double figures in the 12th over.

James removed opener Holland LBW for eight which brought in Parkin, who hit the first boundary for Butterley before trying for a second and was caught by Cook taking a good running catch on the boundary.

Elks tried six bowlers but could only take one more wicket as opener and captain Brooks remained undefeated on 18 to take Butterley to a seven-wicket victory in the 33rd over.

Stanton travel to Darley Abbey on Saturday.