Elks fall just short of Sunday win

Stanton Elks 1sts had a double header of cricketing action at the weekend in Division 6S.

They played Ockbrook and Borrowash 3rds away on Saturday and chose to field.

Two early wickets by Scott Law meant that Toby Piggott joined opener Chris Lees, who had been dropped in Law’s first over.

This pair then shared a stand of 120 runs before Lees was bowled by Barrie James for 65. Tom Henshaw was then introduced, had Piggott caught by Cory Kennedy for 63 and then claimed two more wickets.

This brought in Oliver Gough, who hit a quick 46 not out, including several sixes as the innings closed on 246-7.

Stanton’s openers Richard Barnes and Law set off at an excellent rate and shared an opening stand of 119 in 19 overs before Barnes was bowled for 43.

Mark Bostock joined Law and took the total to 152 before Law was bowled by Gough for 71. Gough claimed five wickets as Stanton innings finished on 203-9.

Stanton travelled to Mickleover on Sunday but the rain ended their chance of victory.

Mickleover batted first and tight bowling by Stanton’s Scott Law and Tom Windley kept the runs down as Windley claimed two early wickets.

Chris Stevenson came to bat at the fall of the first wicket but was dropped, which proved costly as he ended up top scoring with 67.

Heavy rain meant an early tea and the match also becoming a time game.

Chris Marshall and Law kept it tight but a few big blows by Lees and Ashley Bennett took the score to 153-8.

Stanton set off in reply and were hampered when Richard Barnes had to retire hurt when on 12. Stanton’s first wicket fell when Danvir Singh was introduced and the runs dried up. Richard Kingham then removed Law and Windley and at the start of the last hour Elks were 75-4. Drizzle started but Mark Aldred kept the Elks in with an outside chance of victory. He eventually fell in the last over going for a six but was bowled, Elks falling 11 runs short.

Stanton 2nds claimed 27 points as Sawley and Long Eaton conceded their game.