Stanton are held at home by Spondon

Stanton hosted Spondon at the Stute on Saturday and earned a winning draw.

Inserted by the visitors, opener Mark Aldred was well caught by Baker early on which brought in Tom Windley to join Matt Sisson.

They shared an excellent stand in which Sisson was the backbone and Windley the more aggressive. The partnership of 129 in 24 overs ended when Windley got a leading edge and was caught for 76 in 78 balls.

Scott Law then came to the wicket and set about all the Spondon bowlers with an explosive 94 in 58 balls before he was out in the last over.

Sisson had batted all through the innings and shared a stand of 158 in 17 overs with Law. He remained undefeated on an excellent 111 off 124 balls as Stanton’s innings closed on 307-3.

Spondon openers Steve Baker and Steve Mountney put on over 100 for the opening partnership before Law bowled Mountney for 54 and then had Cooper LBW next ball for a duck.

Spondon batted defensively as Baker senior was joined by Baker junior and Baker senior found the boundary on several occasions before he was eventually out for 70.

Law took 5-49 from his overs and Spondon’s innings closed on 176-6 to give Elks a winning draw.

Stanton second XI travelled to Duffield on Saturday and lost in a tight finish.

Stanton were inserted and openers Ash Goring and Dave Coy got off to a good start before Goring was out for 33.

Three wickets then fell cheaply as Coy remained at the crease. Dave Riley, Paul Cook and Neil Sanderson all got into double figures as only Coy with 68 offered resistance against the Duffield bowlers, Elks bowled out for 181 and Alex Burnham the pick of the bowlers with 4-22.

Duffield openers Dave Bingham and Will Clare put on 71 for the opening wicket against tight bowling from Paul Daws before the introduction of Tom Henshaw removed them both for five runs.

Young Alex McGinley claimed 4-49 to keep the reply in check, but when Sanderson claimed the eighth wicket with the total at 167 all results were possible and the extra four overs Duffield had were to prove crucial as Luke Turnbull (17no) and Michael Dent (12no) took Duffield to a two wicket victory in the 49th over.