Joy and then despair for Stanton Elks

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Stanton’s first XI had a mixed weekend as they beat Ockbrook & Borrowash on Saturday before losing to Wooton on Sunday.

Ockbrook 3rds arrived at the Stute on Saturday and Stanton won by six wickets.

Ockbrook batted first and veteran Barrie James (2 for 20) took two early wickets as the visitors were reduced to 6-2.

The third wicket pair of Graham Gough and Andy Fowler steadied the ship and took the total to 78 before Matt Winfield (5 for 39) having Gough caught for 29.

Wickets fell at a regular rate as Fowler was caught by Scott Law for 47 off Winfield. Callum Slater batted well for 37 before he became another victim, bowled by Winfield, Ockbrook’s innings ending on 155-9.

Elks openers Matt Sisson and Mark Aldred set off set off at a brisk rate and shared an opening stand of 108 before Sisson was out for a good 60, the first of three wickets for one run.

Law batted through to the end of the innings to remain undefeated on 28 and Aldred was bowled for 54, but Daniel Daykin then hit the winning runs in the 38th over.

Wootton arrived at the Stute on Sunday and chose to bat on a sunny day.

Opening bowlers Law and Martin Case took two wickets apiece and opener Carr was eventually bowled for 26.

The fifth wicket pair or Will Tomkinson and Ollie Degg then accelerated although both were dropped three times before Tom Henshaw eventually took a catch to remove Degg for 30.

Matt Winfield (3 for 26) bowled Tomkinson for 32 before Will Heathcote was bowled by Tom Windley for 33, Wooton’s innings ending on 169 all out.

Stanton set off at a brisk rate in reply but two wickets fell in successive overs to reduce Elks to 30-2 after eight overs.

Sisson and Windley took the total to 59 in the 15th over, but a wicket in each of the next three overs reduced Elks to 66-5.

Winfield and Henshaw then shared a 49-run partnership before Henshaw was out for 25 with the total at 115.

James Perry and Winfield looked to be taking Elks to victory, as only 22 runs were needed with 12 overs left, but Heathcote was brought back to bowl and this proved to be the match winning decision as he had Winfield caught for 37, and in his next 2.5 overs took three more wickets as Elks were bowled out for 151, Heathcote ending with 6-24.