Darley and Breadsall tie in thrilling encounter

Darley Dale’s promotion ambitions took a severe blow thanks to a thrilling tie at Breadsall.

A disappointing display of batting saw Darley notch up just 147-9 thanks to the efforts of Jack Stone (26) and Stef Jackson (24), the runs having dried up in the crucial middle overs.

James Marsden (15) and Dougie Briggs (14) ensured Darley at least posted a respectable score.

In reply, Paul Carson accounted for the first of Breadsall’s three danger men - bowling Travis Bradley for four.

Briggs then had Simon Oates caught expertly by Stone, and when Carson dismissed Andrew Robertson, again taken by Stone, Breadsall were in trouble, particularly with Briggs taking 3 for 31.

Jack Smith (41) and Brad Garner (42) had other ideas though and their 100-run stand brought Breadsall within a whisker.

The return of Carson proved to be vital as he took the crucial wicket of Smith and then snared Garner to set up a grandstand finish.

Breadsall needed six to win off the last over and Darley just a single wicket, but Luke Hinckley hit a four and the home side needed just two to win off two balls.

The home side scrambled an agonising leg bye before Carson took a wicket with the last ball of the match to secure a tie and his five-for.

Darley’s seconds faced Heanor and claimed a winning draw.

Darley batted first and a superb 118 not out from Jonny Shaw was the highlight of their 215-4 total.

Missed catches would be Darley’s biggest problem and Paul Fletcher (49) took the game away from the home side.

The visitors finished their innings on 102-7, Darley taking 19 points to leave them six points off the promotion places.