Double defeat for Stanton

Stanton Elks played Yoxall at home on Saturday and ended up losing in the last over.

Yoxall were inserted and tight bowling by Barrie James and Scott Law meant they started at a slow rate.

James got the first wicket when he bowled Muhammed Nadeem for 14, and the introduction of Tom Windley got the second when he bowled Tringham for 11.

Daniel Welch and Muhammed Tayyab took the total to 93 before a mix up led to Tayyab being run out for 31 courtesy of a direct hit from James at mid-off.

Welch kept the innings together as the last seven wickets fell for 41, Cory Kennedy taking 3-25 and Law finishing with 3-26, Yoxall bowled out for 178 in the 43rd over and how the extra overs would prove crucial.

Stanton set off in reply and were 29-2 after nine overs as Nadeem Raja took two wickets in two balls.

This brought Windley to join birthday boy Mark Aldred and they took the total to 92 in the 29th over.

The introduction of Nadeem had Windley caught at mid-wicket in this over for 25, and Aldred was bowled in the next over for 47.

Law scored freely but no other batsman could stay with him and when he was bowled for 37 Elks’ hopes faded.

Raja was brought back to bowl and took his third wicket with three overs left, before Mark Jeffries and Daniel Daykin batted out two overs as Jeffries reached his top score of six.

Daykin faced the last over from Raja who bowled him off the second ball to have Elks out for 144 in the 49th over.

Stanton seconds made the short journey to West Hallam and came away having been well beaten.

On a wet wicket the toss would be crucial and West Hallam won it and inserted Elks.

James North took the first of his five wickets in the first over when he bowled Ash Goring for a duck.

This brought in Ross Coy to join his dad, Dave, and they took the total to 20 before North bowled Ross for six. He took another wicket in each of his next two overs, Dave Coy the only batsman to reach double figures as Elks were bowled out for 50 with North taking 5-24 - all clean bowled.

West Hallam knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets in the 16th, over Hubbard being undefeated on 27.