CROMFORD Meadows Cricket Club 1sts launched their Derbyshire County League Division 6N with a narrow defeat on Saturday but there was better news off the field after the club secured a sponsorship deal with Matlock restaurant Maazi.
Cromford played host to Stainsby Hall at a rather moist Meadows with praise going to head groundsman Simon Martin for getting a playable wicket prepared when so many other games fell by the wayside.
Cromford lost the toss and were asked to bat by Stainsby Hall, in bowler-friendly conditions on a track that was never going to be that easy to bat on.
The home side were eventually all out for 86 with Sean Beastall proving the pick of the batsmen until he had his bails trimmed.
Stainsby also found the going tough in their reply with the conditions and good fielding putting the pressure on.
The visitors were in some trouble at one stage when reduced to 35-5 but sensible batting from Dale Humphries saw them home for a five-wicket win.
Meanwhile, the club has secured a sponsorship deal with Matlock-based restaurant Maazi for the season.
Maazi owner Irfan Shabir told the Mercury: “We’re a business that’s at the heart of the community and Cromford Meadows is a community club so it’s a good fit for us. We’re delighted to be able to sponsor Cromford for the forthcoming season.”
This Saturday, Cromford Meadows 1sts travel to take on West Hallam WR. The seconds, whose match at Ashover last Saturday fell foul of the weather, look to get their season in Division 10N going with a home game against Breadsall at the Meadows (1pm start).