Darley edge close to safety

Darley Dale’s first XI played host to West Hallam WR in Division 4N of the Derbyshire County League, looking to make it back to back wins and retain their status in the league in the process.

Skipper Craig Elliott managed to win a vital toss and asked the visitors to bat on a damp looking surface.

Darley used the conditions to their advantage through Paul Carson and Adrian Kershaw.

The former’s tight control restricted West Hallam to just 48 at the halfway point of the innings.

Carson’s metronomic bowling seemed to take its toll as the West Hallam batsmen looked to attack Simon Cotterill. Cotterill snared Matt Tatler thanks to expert juggling from Jacob Hartley before removing the dangerous Amjad Singh, thanks to expert keeping from Jack Stone.

The introduction of Douglas Briggs produced another array of rash shots as the Darley vice-captain notched up three quick wickets, thanks to smart catching from Matt Allsop and Matt Heath.

Cotterill spun his way to his fourth and fifth wickets in typically classy style before Hartley’s catch off the bowling of Kershaw wrapped up the innings, leaving Darley a target of 104.

In reply, Elliott looked in a dogged mood and his resilience was the key for the home side.

Useful support from James Marsden and Kershaw (17) pushed Darley towards their total but the intermittent fall of wickets meant it was left to Cotterill and Heath to see Darley past their target.

With Darley’s safety all but confirmed, they now travel to take on hosts Clowne this weekend.