Alfreton earn crucial points in battle against relegation

Alfreton batsman Elliot Savage just makes his ground as keeper Andy Malkin whips off the bails. (ndet210614eg4)

Alfreton batsman Elliot Savage just makes his ground as keeper Andy Malkin whips off the bails. (ndet210614eg4)

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Alfreton secured their first positive result of the season against Dunstall on Saturday as they picked up further points in their fight to jump out of the relegation zone.

Batting first, Alfreton posted 199-8 which was just enough to secure their first winning draw of the campaign as the away side faltered to 196-9 in their chase.

Winning the toss and batting first, Alfreton openers Mark Stokes and Anthony Mosca got the home side off to a great start by putting 70 on for the first wicket.

Stephen Brodrick then entered the attack to account for both Mosca (27) and Alex Mace (0) to check the positive early progress of Alfreton.

Regular wickets then continued to fall as the home side stumbled to 121-5, opener Stokes eventually falling for a well-earned 51 with the innings having the potential to unravel in front of their eyes.

However, late order cameos ensured they posted a decent total on a good batting track.

John Aspinall (25) and Tom Bentley (30*) pushed Alfreton the 200 mark, falling just short as they posted 199-8 off their allotted 50 overs.

In reply, Alfreton’s bowlers got their team off to a great start as a wicket apiece for Callum Spencer and Elliot Savidge to reduce Dunstall to 31-2.

However, despite a wicket for Ben Slater to take the score to 64-3, the away side then put themselves in a very good position to kick on and win the game.

James Benstead (73) and Matt Gouldstone (47) shared in a 93-run partnership to push the score to 157 without the loss of another wicket and put them in the driving seat.

However, Slater, Savidge and Bentley had other ideas. Slater accounted for Benstead before Bentley removed the dangerous Gouldstone just short of his half century.

Slater (3-43) then picked up his third before Bentley (2-23) and Savidge picked up another wicket each meaning the score had limped to 187-8 and Alfreton were back in with a shout.

All three results were possible going into the final over with Savidge (3-34) removing Charlie Bunting the leave the away side nine down.

Needing four off the final ball for the win, Martin Clewley could not produce the goods as the chase fell just three runs short and at the same time Alfreton only falling one wicket short of victory.

Alfreton go into this week’s crunch clash against second bottom Marehay in a positive mood after last weekend’s efforts and will be looking for their first outright win to lift them off the bottom of the table.