Stanton recover from early batting dismay to overcome Mickleover

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Stanton entertained Mickleover at The Stute on Saturday and won the game by four wickets.

Mickleover batted first and got off to a good start, helped by some wayward bowling by Windley, but veteran Barry James kept it tight at the other end to remove both openers and end with 2-33 as only Cammidge offered resilience with 35.

Captain Scott Law ended up as the most successful bowler with 3-33, Dave Hardy chipped in with two wickets and Mark Bostock and Martin Case took one each to bowl Mickleover out for 123.

The Elks reply started badly as both openers were out with the total at three.

James Brandrick then hit a quick 29 and Law scored 19 before both becoming victims to Kingham who ended up with 3-31.

Mark Aldred remained at the other end before he was fifth out for 34.

Bostock, however, stayed solid at the crease and saw the Elks home with 24 not out to earn a four-wicket victory as the Elks ended up 124-6.

Stanton travel to bottom of the table Spondon on Saturday looking for a second victory of the season.

Second XI

Stanton travelled to Darley Abbey and ended up losing by ten runs in the last over.

Darley’s win was mainly down to opener Paul Roe batting through the innings to remain undefeated with 92.

He shared in stands of 81 with opener Ian Bestwick (18 runs), 43 with Will Parker (14) and 46 with Mark Hirons (25.

Chris Marshall was the pick of the bowlers with 4-33 and Paul Daws bowled a tight spell to concede 23 runs without any luck from his 14 overs as Darley’s innings ended at 176-5.

Elks openers Ash Goring and Dave Coy put on 46 in 12 overs before Goring was out for 28.

Tom Henshaw then scored 30 and the Elks were in front of the run rate, but after Henshaw was out the runs dried up and wickets fell against tight bowling from Hirons (3-43) and Joe Asher (3-36).

Dave Coy remained the backbone of the Elks reply as he top scored with 61 before being seventh out with the score at 147 in the 40th over, leaving Elks needing 30 to win in six overs with three wickets left and all results possible.

Ross Coy and Paul Cook took the total to 164 in the 44th over before Coy was out for 11 and Riley was out next ball, leaving 12 to win off seven balls.

Cook didn’t have to play the first three balls of the final over, the fourth ball was left alone and the wicket keeper missed it and the batsmen decided to run a bye, which left Daws to face two balls.

The next ball was short and outside the off stump and Daws decided he had to hit it, but did so straight to Parker at gully who caught the ball to give Darley a ten-run victory.

Stanton entertain Cutthorpe at The Stute on Saturday.