Defending champions Elton beat Stanton

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Elton 162 for 3 (15 overs) beat Stanton 89 all out by 73 runs

Having already seen off Ashford in their opening Longstone League match, Elton travelled to a revitalised Stanton on a stifling evening, expecting another stern challenge.

And what a pleasure it was to see competitive cricket restored to this most iconic of our local grounds, perched in a hollow high above Stanton village, offering spectacular unrivalled views over Haddon and the surrounding areas.

But those in the know will be aware there is a price to pay for all this splendour as this ground is famous for something else – midges.

On the playing front, Elton have been Longstone League champions for the past four seasons and overcame Stanton with something to spare.

Batting first, Craig Elliott and Jack Stone laid the foundations for a challenging total with another solid opening stand. Stone holed out for a rapid 38, allowing Rob Lightfoot to join the proceedings and plunder 41 in double quick time.

Elliott continued for a solid 58 as the home bowlers toiled in the heat.

When Stanton responded, the talented Rosling brothers each showed some initial attacking intent but, once the Elton bowlers had shaken off some early rustiness, normal service soon resumed.

The Elton total was never seriously threatened and the visitors made off with the points.

Elliott and the Lightfoot brothers were the main wicket takers on this occasion. Skipper Paul Carson picked up only one this time but undoubtedly remains the ace in Elton’s bowling pack.

As the wise old head at the boundary edge observed at the end of the game - ‘If Elton can just keep Carson fit - they’re allis in wi’ a chance’.