Ambergate’s Josh Nicholas had a decisive impact on Saturday’s DCCL Division Two victory over Aston-on-Trent.
The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first on a green looking pitch.
Runs were hard to come by off the home opening attack.
Mohammed Khan hit a bright 21 before being bowled by Matt Ball but only opener Fahim Shabbir showed any resistance, to the extent that when Josh Nicholas wrapped up the innings by taking a hat-trick. Shabbir had carried his bat through the 35 overs but had only scored 28 not out in the process.
Set a modest 87 to win, Ambergate did not find it easy against a steady attack. Chris Whiteley and Dave Whiteley departed cheaply, which brought to the crease the Australian Josh Nicholas (34 not out) and he immediately went on the offensive, hitting fours and a straight six.
Jack McIver (32 not out) joined in with boundaries as Ambergate comfortably eased past the Aston-on-Trent total after 29.2 overs to win by eight wickets.