Elks sides fall to defeats

Stanton travelled to Tutbury to play the runaway leaders, and came away having been beaten by seven wickets

Elks batted first but Mark Aldred was out in the first over for nought and as the batsmen struggled in the conditions Simon Edgerton bowled ten overs and took 4 for 7.

Veteran Barry James top scored with 19 not out as the Elks were bowled out for 71.

Tutbury’s opener Yates was dropped in the first over but became one of Tom Windley’s 2 wickets shortly afterwards.

Ashley Fletcher took the other wicket to fall and was unlucky not to get Andy Luffman Out caught behind, when there appeared to be a big inside edge.

However Tutbury knocked off the required runs to earn a deserved seven-wicket victory and push them closer to the title.

l Elks 2nd Xl entertained Uttoxeter 2nd Xl and batted first.

They made a good start with a 45-run opening partnership before Cufflin was dismissed for a fluent 34.

Stanton reached 161 for 6 in their overs with Goring top scoring with a patient 38 and Wheeldon the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 46.

The reply was always ahead of the run rate despite two early wickets from the evergreen Daws who had figures of 2 for 42, and Uttoxeter reached their victory target in just 32.4 overs with Powell making 36 and opener Burton 68 not out as he guided Uttoxeter home