With coach Andy Farmer making a comeback behind the stumps, Nutbrook survived a last-wicket scare to beat bottom-of-the-table Sawley and Long Eaton Park in Division One of the Derbyshire County League.
Farmer marked his return with a crucial stumping to wrap up the hosts’ innings on 126 and end a defiant last-wicket stand of 47 between tailenders Jeff Glover (31, six fours) and Barry White (16no). And although Nutbrook were faced with a target much higher than looked likely when they had reduced Sawley to 79-9, they eased home with four wickets to spare.
A solid platform for the reply was provided by openers Michael Chambers (31, four fours) and Mohammed Ikram (18, three fours), who put on 55. From 81-1, they did slide to 96-5 as Matthew Deyzel (3-51) struck with three quick wickets. But further knocks of 18no (three fours) from Harry Thoman and 17 from Chris Palfreyman got the visitors over the line by the 29th over.
Earlier all six of Nutbrook’s bowlers had taken wickets, most notably Matthew Wakefield with 3-14 from seven overs and Thoman with 2-28 from 14 overs.
IN Division Six North, Nutbrook 2nd fell by nine runs to Heanor Town 2nd, despite a superb display by skipper Ben Hawes, who took 5-39 in 14 overs with the ball to roll out the visitors for 148 and then finished unbeaten on 51 with the bat.