Darley Dale 1sts travelled to Pilsley on Saturday for a Division 4N encounter which they won by eight wickets to leave them third in the table and chasing promotion.
Darley won the toss and asked the home team to bat first, a decision which raised the eyebrows of the local following due to Pilsley’s former Pakistan test player Saeed Bin Nasir opening the batting.
Bin Nasir has been in a rich vein of form but was dismissed by Ward for 36. In Ward’s first match for the first team, Bin Nasir is certainly a wicket he will remember.
Ward had Bin Nasir caught smartly by the evergreen Jamie Watts. Ward then went onto rip the stumps out of the ground in dismissing Pilsley’s number four, finishing with 2-36 from his seven overs.
Sam Lightfoot also took two wickets but it was the accurate bowling of Cotterill (3-18) which really turned the screw in a 14-over spell.
The flight from Cotterill was simply majestic, the turn and guile could be described as electric and Pilsley’s batsmen were put under great pressure.
Jamie Watts wrapped up the tail with an excellent display of death bowling, taking 3-14, and bowling Pilsley out for 135. The only resistance came from Worthy who made a steady 40.
In reply, Stone was dismissed early but determined skipper Craig Elliott (67 not out) guided Darley to a comprehensive victory.
Elliott was supported well by Jimmy Marsden (23) and Darley’s new signing Andrew Paulett, who finished off the game with a solid 17 not out in the 44th over. Darley now have the scent of promotion in their nostrils.