Rain frustrates Stanton firsts but second XI go top of the table

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Stanton visited Mickleover on Saturday but rain forced the game to be abandoned shortly after tea.

Stanton batted first and lost early wickets as Richard Kingham took 4-30 to reduce Elks to 52-4, only Tom Windley offering resistance, and it became 52-5 when Kulli Singh took a wicket.

A stubborn sixth wicket stand between Windley and Paul Cook (17) took the total to 98 before Cook became the first of Ollie Cammidge’s 4 for 33. Windley went for 49 and Stanton were eventually 124 all out.

As the players came out from tea the rain threatened and before Mickleover’s innings could start the heavens opened and ended hopes of any further play.

Stanton then hosted Brailsford on Sunday in what became a time game due to heavy rain at tea.

Brailsford batted first and openers Adam Randall and Alistair Gordon shared a stand of 203 before Randall was bowled by Scott Law for 89.

Tom Windley then took two wickets as Brailsford looked for quick runs, and despite Law adding another Brailsford ended 248-4, Gorton 110 not out.

In reply, Law went early and it became 32-3 after 12 overs. Tom Windley and James Perry then shared a stand of 61, before Windley fell for 44 and Perry for 22.

Glover took 5 for 13 as the Elks were 115-9 at one point, but they kept going until the final over when Mark Jeffries was out LBW to give the visitors the win.

Stanton’s second XI went top of the table with a 34-run win over Darley Abbey.

Elks were all out for 123, Tom Henshaw with 50, before they bowled out their opponents for just 89 thanks to Barry James’ 4-35 and Henshaw’s 3-13.