Tough day for Elks sides

Elks made the short trip to Nutbrook on a glorious sunny day and came away having lost by four wickets.

And the game ended something of a unique way, when the final five runs came as penalty runs when the ball hit the helmet which had been placed behind the wicket keeper.

After being asked to bat first Elks openers Scott Law and Richard Barnes put on 53 before Law picked out Craig Wilson at long off and was caught for 30.

Barnes hit two boundaries in the next over before McGrath had him caught by Brewer for 28.

This brought in Ashley Fletcher who then anchored the innings as he batted through the rest of the overs to end up 64* and took the Elks to a total of 206-6, which seemed a below par score on a fast outfield.

Nutbrook’s opener Dan Brooks hit a few boundaries before Law got one to cut back and just clip the off stump bail to bowl him for 14.

Veteran John Wilson, assisted by Nutbrook’s youngsters took the total to 132-4, which brought in Adam Brooks who made the most of being dropped whilst in single figures off the unlucky Fletcher who had two more chances put down.

Law bowled an excellent spell to claim five wickets, but Brooks with 40* took Nutbrook to a four-wicket victory..

l Elks seconds welcomed promotion chasing Melbourne who batted first but lost a wicket in the opening over

This brought Stanley and Lancaster together who formed a fine partnership before Lancaster was run out for 35.

Stanley then held the Malborne innings together as he made a fine 107 as Melbourne closed their innings on 227 for 9 in their 46 overs.

The only Elks bowler to have any real success was the ageless Barrie James who returned figures of 3 for 56 from 14 overs.

Elks lost two early wickets and with a weakened batting line up set their stall out to go for a losing draw which they achieved thanks to an unbeaten 58 from Paul Anderson.

Matt Heatfield took 3 for 30 from his 14 overs.