Ton for Elliott but Darley 1sts lose

Darley Dale opener Craig Elliott cuts the ball to the offside in his innings against Marehay Seconds.
Darley Dale opener Craig Elliott cuts the ball to the offside in his innings against Marehay Seconds.
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Darley Dale CC 1sts travelled to mid table Heanor Town looking for a third consecutive victory in their late surge for second place in Division 4N of the Derbyshire County League.

Having lost the toss, Darley were asked to bat on a solid looking wicket.

Openers Craig Elliott and Andy Paulett were off to a flier, notching up 81 before the latter was caught behind for 25.

With James Marsden following Paulett back to the pavillion a few balls later, the rebuilding operation was left to Elliott and vice captain for the day Jack Stone.

The pair put on over 100 runs together, Stone diverting the strike well to Elliott, who by this time was seeing it like a football.

Elliott’s array of shots was simply superb, with shot after shot disappearing to the boundary.

Stone’s resistance ended after a classy knock 38 and the Darley wicketkeeper appears to have found some batting form.

It was, however, Elliott who continued the attack for the visitors, bringing up a majestic century in the 43rd over, with assistance from Jake Hartley (22).

Elliott finished with 112 not out of Darley’s 221 total.

Heanor’s Josh and Andy Brear then got off to a typically hasty start.

Darley’s opening pairing of Sam Lightfoot and Matt Tong were made to pay.

The introduction of Hartley’s spin, in the absence of Dougie Briggs and Paul Carson, gave Darley a brief hope when Andy Brear was dismissed thanks to yet another breathtaking catch from Paulett.

However, Heanor had their own soon-to-be-centurion in their midst and Josh Brear began to move the game out of Darley’s grasp so that when Cotterill had Corey Keable artfully caught down the leg side by Stone Heanor’s victory was a mere formality.

This weekend, Darley Dale 1sts return to Station Road to take on Pilsley.