Darley keep pressure on at the top

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Darley Dale’s first XI closed the gap between themselves and league leaders Morton to just four points with victory at South Wingfield on Saturday.

With rain in the air, skipper Craig Elliott duly won the toss and elected to bowl.

Wickets fell regularly, Paul Carson bagging 3 for 27 and Simon Cotterill picking up 4-28.

Wingfield laboured to just 140, Sam Lightfoot dismissing the dangerous Andy Lowe for 65 who offered the only resistance for the home team but skied a drive to Travis Stone in search of quick runs.

In reply, Andy Paulett obviously had one eye on the weather and the other firmly fixed on an IPL contract as he dispatched Andy Mitchell’s first two ball balls of the innings for six, Mitchell’s first over going for 26.

Paulett was not done there, as he brought up his 50 off just 16 balls and looked certain for a rapid ton but was bowled for 86 off just 42 balls, including nine sixes.

This brought Jack Stone to the crease who wrapped up proceedings with a four followed by a powerful six to win the game. Elliott stroked the ball around mercilessly in a classy knock of 40 not out.

Darley Dale’s 2nd XI beat Muggington in a nail biting match which saw Darley knock off 142 in 50 overs.

Mugginton were bowled out for 142, handing Darley four crucial extra overs.

Dan Marsden opened the bowling and dismissed the dangerous and in -orm Wheatcroft for two, but more chances were missed until skipper Smith caught the aggressive Ford off the bowling of Jonny Heath for 33.

Matt Wright bowled with excellent accuracy, taking three wickets. Wright swung the ball as well as getting it to jag around off the seam and was too much for the Mugginton batsman.

In reply, Shaw and Sellors batted positively taking the attack to the Muggington bowlers.

However the introduction of Klarke (3-38) pegged Darley back, bowling a good line and length.

Sellors went on to score an excellent 52 but wickets continued to fall and it was left up to Lee Marsden to hit the winning runs with only one batsman left in the shed.

The match was sponsored by Sam Bown Plumbing and Heating.