Openers set tone for win

Darley Dale 1st X1 193-5 beat Riddings 1st X1 109 all out by 84 runs

A FINE opening partnership of 142 between Jack Stone (67) and Craig Elliott (65) proved to be the cornerstone of this much needed home victory over Riddings in Division 4N of the Derbyshire County League.

When both batsmen perished in identical fashion – each caught behind off the persevering Graham Hibbert (3-41) – there was a sudden clatter of wickets.

However, Jamie Watts rode his luck to reach 22 not out and push the overall Darley total towards their 200 target.

When Riddings replied, Neil Fennah and Dougie Briggs each took an early wicket.

The latter was assisted in his wicket taking by a fine catch from Matt Heath but it was Jamie Watts, with 4-25 and the dependable Simon Cotterill (2-22) who swung the match decisively in Darley’s favour.

This weekend, Darley Dale 1sts are at home to Marehay 2nds in Division 4N while the seconds are away to against the same opposition’s third team.