Stanton Elks 2nds made the long journey to play Eckington 3rds on Saturday and came away with an emphatic winning draw.
Stanton batted first and couldn’t have got off to a worse start as, first ball, opening bat Ash Goring’s eyes lit up at a short wide long hop, but rather than finding the boundary he found the point fielder and was caught.
This brought together father and son Dave and Ross Coy, who shared a 126-run stand in 18 overs.
Ross was out the ball after appearing to reach his 50, although it turned out he was one short of his half century. His 49 included six fours and three sixes, just missing out on his maiden 50. Tom Henshaw then hit 22 off four balls before he was out LBW.
Dave Coy had played the anchor role but still managed 12 fours in his 61 before he was fourth out. Runs kept flowing at a brisk rate as all the Elks batsmen got stuck in and Eckington tried eight bowlers. Wily old batsman Dave Riley, batting lower down the order than normal, became the second batsman to be out for 49 (eight four and one six) with the total at 277.
Captain Henshaw declared shortly afterwards with the total at 286-8 after 40 overs, Josh Lineham being the most successful bowler for Eckington with 4-62.
Eckington openers put on 33 in 12 overs but the introduction of Riley produced a wicket in each of his first two overs to remove both openers.
The third wicket pair of Chris Radford (34) and Danny Reynolds (25) then set about a rearguard action and put on 59 in 23 overs before Henshaw took the first of his two wickets, in a very tight spell of 2-14 from 11 overs.
Elks tried eight bowlers in an attempt to take wickets to no avail, although Ross Coy finished the game off by taking a wicket off the last ball of the game and Eckington finished on 120-6, 166 runs short of the target.
Stanton are now third in the table and host Darley Abbey at the Stute on Saturday, looking to avenge the defeat at Darley earlier this year.