Stanton are ripped apart by Darley’s seconds

Darley Dale seconds got their promotion campaign back on track on Saturday at Station Road with a resounding victory over Stanton-by-Dale.

Skipper Smith finally won a toss and put the visitors in on a green-looking track.

Bittles beat the edge on numerous occaisons early on, but it was Stuart Taylor, back from injury, who struck first, having Sharma caught at mid on.

Taylor followed this up two overs later by dismissing Frusher for a duck as the visitors found themselves struggling on 21-2 from 14 overs.

Alex Cramp was introduced into the attack at the expense of the unfortunate Bittles and this moved paid dividends for Darley Dale as he tore through the Stanton middle order with his viscous inswingers, taking 4-16 from 11 overs.

With Taylor (2-15) and Chadwick (3-2) giving nothing away at the other end, and aided by some excellent fielding by the home side, Stanton were all out for a paltry 58 in the 43rd over.

Darley came out to bat knowing victory would put them back in the promotion places.

Shaw (22) and Marsden (10) gave Darley a great start, scoring 36 off the first ten overs.

Three wickets in four balls proved the only blip in a somewhat one-sided game as Ben Yates steadied the ship and hit a quickfire 13 to see Darley home with 31 overs to spare.

With five games of the season to go Darley Dale now sit 14 points clear in second place with a game in hand over Heanor and Shipley Hall.