Darley battle to the end and seal another victory

Darley Dale firsts entertained Chesterfield Barbarians for the first time in the club’s 151 year history straight off the back of a dominant victory at Clay Cross the week before.

Darley captain Dougie Briggs continued his miserable start with the coin and Darley were asked to make first use of a solid looking track. With overhead conditions favouring the bowling the home side set about their task.

Darley looked to be cruising at 70-1, with Andrew Paulett (35) and Jack Stone (39) putting the bowling to the sword.

It was the introduction of Adam Woodhouse for the Barbarians which triggered the dismissal of Stone, caught playing a rash drive, and sparked a middle order collapse for the Station Road outfit.

In the midst of the batting carnage Robert Winstone chalked up for wickets and finished with figures of 4-16 when he bowled Simon Cotterill for 11 and rolled Darley over for a meagre 133.

In reply Darley were off to the fastest of starts, Stef Jackson diving to cling on to a flying edge off the bowling of Paul Carson. Moments later Carson notched up another, this time an LBW.

Woodhouse was now proving his worth with the bat and cruised past the 50 mark and looked as if he would win the game on his own.

Carson had other ideas and wrapped up three more wickets to bring about his first five-for of the season for just 37 runs.

Whilst Woodhouse was at the crease however the Barbarians were in the driving seat. With the game on a knife-edge Nathan Fearn deceived Woodhouse into a lofted back foot drive which spiralled into the bucket like hands of Paulett - advantage Darley.

Briggs’ feisty spell reduced the Barbarians to eight down but with just 30 required off 14 overs, something special was required from Briggs’ men to turn this round, and Sam Lightfoot duly obliged with two wickets in the 36th over to win the game for Darley.