Seven-up for Fearn as Darley Dale win again

Andy Paulett
Andy Paulett

Darley Dale’s recent good form continued on Saturday as Dougie Briggs’ men recorded back-to-back wins with a comprehensive 102 run win away at Duffield.

Having been asked to bat first, Darley got off to a steady start through Andrew Paulett and Jimmy Marsden; reaching 66 without loss before the latter departed for a typically-stylish 28.

Jack Stone then joined Paulett at the crease and the pair continued to lay the foundations for a competitive total.

Despite losing Stone for 13 with the score on 95, the visitors quickly passed 150 thanks to some fine hitting from Craig Elliott and Paulett; the latter passing 50 in the process.

Darley’s ascendency was briefly checked with the departure of Paulett for an excellent and assured 89, but the relentless assault by Elliott – which included two maximums - as well as useful contributions from Jacob Hartley (15) and Jamie Watts (6*) saw the away side past 200.

With 46 overs complete, Darley Dale had reached 217-4 with Elliott unbeaten on 48.

The hosts set about the daunting total with worrying assuredness, reaching 48-0 in no time at all before the returning Sam Lightfoot put a dent in Duffield’s charge; trapping Bowyer LBW.

Leg-spinner Nathan Fearn then joined the attack, followed shortly after by Simon Cotterill, and with the emergence of spin the hosts’ batting was swiftly blown away.

When Jordan departed for 43, stumped Stone bowled Fearn, the match was finely poised; however some fine bowling from the spin twins saw Duffield crumble from 70-2 to 88-8.

Cotterill’s fine spell was rewarded with the LBW of King for 13 before Fearn accounted for the next five batsmen to quickly put the visitors on the brink of victory.

After a brief rearguard action, Cotterill claimed his second LBW to dismiss Eisenberg before Fearn fittingly claimed the final wicket, aided by an excellent catch from Hartleto y give him his seventh wicket and Darley the victory.

Fearn finished with 7-48 from ten overs and Cotterill 2-16 from six overs in a fine all-round performance for the visitors.

Darley’s attentions now turn to Saturday’s clash with league leaders Chesterfield at Station Road on Saturday.