Alfreton win trophy game

Derbyshire CCC. Matt Lineker
Derbyshire CCC. Matt Lineker

A rain-affected weekend could not stop Alfreton CC staying at the top of Division One of the Derbyshire County League while advancing through the first stage of the Marston’s Smooth Trophy.

On Saturday, Elvaston were the visitors but the rain hampered any chance of a result with a number of interruptions throughout the day.

Around the rain breaks, Alfreton batted first and lost Tom Bentley for 14 early on to the bowling of Simon Lillie with the score at 29-1.

Captain Alex Mace joined Matt Lineker and put on a partnership of 102 which was only ended when Mace was bowled for 43.

Lineker continued and reached his century, finally falling for 102, and with Andy Gwatkin (38 not out) at the other end, Alfreton reached 230-5 from their allotted overs.

With the rain taking out a big portion of the day, Elvaston only had the time to bat 21 overs before the game was finished.

In that time, they reached 76-1, Nick Briars (35 not out) and John Mills (30 not out) sharing a stand of 72 after the early wicket of Elliott Lawley at the hands of Adam Burton.

On Sunday, the weather was again a factor but this time the game ran enough of its course to get a result.

Batting first, Sandiacre Town lost regular wickets in pursuit of a competitive total.

Opener Daniel Tucker was the only batsman to really get going, scoring 59 off 56 deliveries.

After that, no other batsman got to 30 as the visiting side were bowled out for 177, all the Alfreton bowlers chipping in with wickets.

In reply, starts from Jake Simpson (18) and Mace (21) set the required platform with Ryan Bramwell (50 not out) kicking on.

This ensured Alfreton were ahead of the rate and progressed to the next round when the game was brought to a halt.

This Saturday, Alfreton travel to Ilkeston Rutland looking to keep their momentum going.