Brear and Mann shine as Heanor keep the pressure on at the top

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Heanor Town first XI moved to within 22 points of Division 4N leaders West Hallam with a well-deserved win over Ambergate at the Town Ground.

With heavy rain showers forecast, Heanor opted to put the visitors in to bat first with the hope of gaining early wickets.

The Heanor bowlers got an early wicket and bowled some really tight lines from which the Ambergate batsmen found the going tough and wickets fell at regular intervals which meant they never got any momentum going and finished on 130-8.

The pick of the Heanor bowlers was Adi Mann who bowled nine overs for only 16 runs and claimed four wickets in the process.

Kev Barber took 1-41, Adam Harchuk, 2-21 and Chris Pick had 1-26 which put Heanor in a dominant position at the break.

In reply, the opening partnership of Josh Brear and Trevor Hessey was broken by the twang of the latter individual’s hamstring.

Brear and Keable put on 60 for the first wicket before Keable was clean bowled by Wharton-Howett for 21. Brear junior was joined by Brear senior and the father-and-son partnership of 34 edged Heanor closer before senior was caught for 24.

It was fitting though that Josh Brear hit the winning runs in the 38th over to remain unbeaten on 61 not out and claim the win for Heanor.

A mouth-watering trip to leaders West Hallam this Saturday could show whether Heanor genuinely have promotion credentials.