Codnor continue their flying, unbeaten start to season

STAR MAN -- all-rounder Lee Colledge, who took two wickets and then hit 68 with the bat to guide unbeaten Codnor to another fine victory.

STAR MAN -- all-rounder Lee Colledge, who took two wickets and then hit 68 with the bat to guide unbeaten Codnor to another fine victory.

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The flying, unbeaten start to the season by Codnor continued with another emphatic victory, despite missing four regulars for the visit of struggling Buxton to Goose Lane.

Codnor outgunned Buxton by seven wickets after dislodging the visitors for a below-par 154, and they now sit second in the Division Five North table of the Derbyshire County League, just four points behind leaders Riddings.

Because of the absences, skipper-for-the-day Timmy Leo opened the bowling himself, alongside Stuart Bonsall, as the away side opted to take first knock. And after one or two hefty shots by opening bat Iain Betts, it din’t take long before the initial breakthrough as he mistimed a short ball from Leo (1-30 in seven overs) and pulled straight into the hands of Grant Robertson.

This brought to the crease Matthew Poole, who settled in to bat sensibly, punishing any bad balls and going on to make 23. But when Leo removed himself from the attack and introduced Lee Colledge (2-27 in ten overs), Codnor got instant results as the change-bowler trapped Poole lbw in his fourth over.

At the other end, Bonsall (1-37 in 14 overs) was as tight as ever and when he handed Robertson his second catch, to dismiss Joel Frohwein for 27, the home side began to et non top.

Ant Parry (4-27) returned from five years in the cricketing wilderness and looked as if he’d never been away, snapping up four wickets in 8.2 overs, including that of Buxton’s top scorer, Harry Griffin (34).

Young Jordan Newton also made an impact on his return from a week’s training camp in the Dominican Republic, finding the energy to take 2-21 from six overs, with the help of yet another catch from Robertson, this time one of the best seen at the ground for some time, a diving, one-handed effort behind his head on the boundary.

With Codnor’s usual opening bats sunning themselves in Cyprus and Cologne respectively, experienced duo Colledge and the recalled Darron Brown were entrusted with launching the hosts’ reply -- and both responded with half-centuries.

Colledge was the more aggressive of the two, reaching his 50 as early as the 13th over and cracking 15 fours in all before he was caught on the boundary by Chris Simcox off Alex Hawley for 68.

The pair’s partnership of 94 all but made the outcome inevitable and although number three Aaron Wood was soon bowled by a ball that nipped back from Griffin, Brown went on to see the victory through, carrying his bat for an undefeated 51 that featured one six and eight fours.

He also put on 36 with Robertson, who made ten, and an unbroken 25 with Leo, whose 17no helped Codnor to their winning runs, hit by Brown to complete his 50, in the 29th over. A terrific performance that puts them in a strong position going into this Saturday’s match at Darley Abbey.