Cup joy for Alfreton CC

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Alfreton Cricket Club enjoyed a good weekend as they cemented their place in the top two of Division One of the DCCL before advancing to the third stage of the Marston’s Trophy.

On Saturday, Alfreton travelled to mid-table Rolleston and soon asserted their dominance when they were put into bat.

Matt Lineker (77) and Tom Bentley (28) got the board ticking as Alfreton were quickly past hundred when they reached 110-2.

From there, Alfreton batsman Andy Gwatkin (26), John Aspinall (22) and Jonathon Clarke (27*) all got starts as they set a competitive 236-7.

In reply, the home side were on the back foot early on, finding themselves 31-3 due to two wickets for Adam Burton and one for Clarke.

Mat Ford (54) and Alex Britton (79) laid the platform for a late push but the early wickets ultimately cost them as they faltered towards the end of their innings.

They finished on 212-8, meaning Alfreton went home with the winning draw and remained second in the league.

On Sunday, the game was a tale of two centurions as Alfreton swept aside Ilkeston Rutland to advance in the Marston’s Trophy.

The early wickets of Jake Simpson and Alex Mace at the hands of Ghulam Hussain didn’t faze Ryan Bramwell or Gwatkin as they set on their way.

They shared in a 228-run partnership as they both reached their centuries before falling looking for quick runs, Bramwell finishing with 118 and Gwatkin with 114. This set up Alfreton’s mammoth total of 299-7.

That always looked too much for the travelling Ilkeston as they set about their chase by losing openers Dan Shelton (18) and Robert Green (11) in quick succession.

From there, David Smit tried his best to get his team to a position to challenge but no other batsman scored above ten as Ilkeston struggled to form partnerships.

Smit ended with 96 but that was not enough as Ilkeston finished on 173 all out to give Alfreton a comfortable win.

This week, Alfreton welcome strugglers Ambergate to Alfreton Park before the Twenty20 Cup returns with the visitors being Sandiacre Town.