Darley Dale recorded their seventh straight win with a five wicket victory over Codnor on Saturday.
Having won the toss, Darley elected to bowl first but were made to work hard for early inroads with the hosts reaching 46 without loss before Sam Lightfoot made the breakthrough, clean bowling Darren Colson for six.
From then on, the in-form visitors took wickets at regular intervals with Simon Cotterill the main instigator; the off-spinner recording excellent figures of 5-36 as Codnor’s early initiative ebbed away.
Though the hosts rallied towards the end, largely thanks to a brisk 31 from Matthew Vincent, Darley were able to bowl Codnor out for 135 with two overs to spare.
Aside from Cotterill’s crucial spell there were wickets for Lighfoot (2-29), Nathan Fearn (2-14) and Jack Stephenson (1-36).
Darley’s reply got off to a shaky start with openers Andrew Paulett and Craig Elliott dismissed early before Jake Hartley was removed first ball to leave the promotion-chasers in trouble at 39-3.
Despite a brief respite, Dougie Briggs then fell to a spectacular catch behind for two to leave Darley 65-4 and the game in the balance.
The experienced Chris Sellors then joined Jack Stone at the crease and the pair began edging Darley closer to the required total.
Stone, enjoying another excellent season with the bat and the gloves, then passed a fine 50 and victory looked assured before it was he who fell for 67 to give the home side a sniff.
However, Sellors (15*) and Lightfoot (26*) had other ideas and the win was Darley’s with five wickets remaining and eight overs to spare to make it seven on the bounce ahead of the visit of table-toppers Holmewood to Station Road on Saturday.