Darley just miss out on promotion party

Darley Dale were edged out in the promotion race in Division Four North - finishing just three wickets short of a win on Sunday that would have taken them up.

On Saturday they eased past Duffield, the relegation-threatened side making 163-9 off their 46 overs with Paul Carson the pick of the bowlers as he took 3-37.

Despite losing wickets early on in reply, a dogged fifth wicket partnership between Jamie Watts (67) and Craig Elliott (40) helped them towards an important win.

With Marehay having got 27 points on Saturday to Darley’s 22, promotion was in Marehay’s hands although they faced Heanor who would also go up with a victory if Darley Dale couldn’t seal a win..

Darley were at Chesterfield and, batting first, made 191 with Jacob Hartley (40) and Andy Paulett (34)the top scorers.

Dougie Briggs was quickly up and running with an early wicket and with scalps for Carson and Simon Cotterill things were looking promising.

With news filtering through that Heanor had won, Darley Dale knew a win would take them up, but stubborn resistance from Tim Kirk proved too much for Darley who couldn’t get the final three wickets and a draw saw them resigned to a fourth place finish.