Codnor CC secure winning draw

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Codnor Cricket Club secured a dominant winning draw against Riddings as they bossed the game from start to finish.

The first team were in complete control of this match from the start, but were ultimately unable to bowl out Riddings on their own ground, succeeding only to The players arrived at the ground as it was baked in sunshine, however following the storm to end all storms the night before, it was felt that the toss would be a good one to win.

Codnor skipper Wood called incorrectly, and was asked to take first knock.

Colson opened the batting as usual, and was joined by the evergreen Jayson Burns, who had earned a long deserved call up to the first team.

The opening pair got things off to a brisk start before they both fell to Clarke, both scoring 13.

However, they had taken the shine off the ball and faced the tricky opening spell, and it was this that allowed Anderson and Colledge to get things moving once again.

These two complemented each other fantastically, with Colledge playing the power shots and Anderson stroking it around the ground with ease. T

hese two shared a monstrous partnership of 171 before Anderson fell trying to push the score along for a well-made 57.

Colledge, by this point, had just decided to see how far he could hit it, as each boundary seemed to go further and harder than the last until he eventually holed out for the club’s top score so far this season of 127.

Vincent played well around Colledge for his 18, with the away side posting a score of 259-7.

The second innings started well for Codnor too as Bonsall struck in his first over, removing Richard Fenn for a duck.

North and opener Spencer stuck around though, as they dispatched every bad ball to keep up with the required run rate.

Pressure soon told though as North went for another boundary off Wood, smashing it towards Burns, who nonchalantly plucked it out of the air with apparent ease.

This brought Steele to the crease who carried on in much the same vein.

Bonsall broke the partnership though as Spender edged behind to a gleeful Jack Melbourne, and when the other Melbourne twin bounced out Steele for a well-made 40 – again well caught by Burns – it was time to shut up shop for the home side.

Anderson was brought on as the spin option, and his left arm tweakers gave Codnor some hope with two more quick wickets, but it wasn’t to be as Wharton-Howitt and Hibbert saw out the remaining overs to secure a draw. Riddings finished up on 160-7.