Mugginton CC 172 all out lost to Darley Dale CC 2nds 173-3 by seven wickets.
Darley Dale travelled to the quintessentially English ground of Mugginton CC on an overcast day for this Derbyshire County League Division 7N encounter.
Darley Dale won the toss and elected to bowl first on a firm but green pitch. With the straight boundaries only a mere glance for six, J Ford took full advantage scoring 55 runs.
Greg Ward recorded his best ever figures of 6-26, containing Mugginton to 172 all out. Ward’s victims were all bowled apart from one, indicating the great control and accuracy the 16-year-old bowled with.
It was a great demonstration of pace and swing bowling, taking Ward to 18 wickets for the season.
Ward was backed up well by the bowling of S Taylor and Andrew Payne, who bowled an excellent line and length, taking two wickets and frustrating the home team’s batsmen. Hartley ended the innings by taking a couple of wickets, one superbly caught in the deep by Brad Banks, holding onto to his second sharp catch of the match.
In reply, Darley’s openers Walton and Shaw batted with great discipline to guide the visitors to 55 for the loss of no wickets when skipper Shaw (30) clipped one back to the bowler and was caught and bowled.
Walton went on to get 40 in a classy knock which included some lusty blows but was eventually caught in the deep.
It was then down to Hartley (39 not out) to guide and glance the Mugginton attack in a fine innings.
However the star of Darley’s innings was Jon ‘Boom Boom’ Cooper.
His shot selection was impeccable, his timing was brilliant and Mugginton quite simply had no answer to his explosive batting as he recorded his maiden half century (54 not out), gifting Darley victory in the 43rd over.
This leaves Darley 63 points above the relegation zone in eighth position.
Darley now face third bottom Allestree in this week’s clash, in a game where they will aim to reach the magic 230 points mark to ensure they cannot be relegated.