Dixon in the runs again for Heanor Town CC

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Heanor Town first XI CC got the better of a spirited Allestree side in their division 4N fixture at a rain soaked Town Ground.

In a game reduced to 23 overs per side, the visitors won the toss and put Heanor in to bat on a green track.

However, this was to prove no deterrent to run machine Ali Dixon, who continued his recent excellent form to finish unbeaten on 71 not out.

He was ably assisted by Josh Brear who scored 39, Grahame McDonough who scored 27 and skipper Andy Brear who plundered 40 quick runs at the end of the innings to give the home side a very respectable 191 for 2 that was very entertaining for all home supporters.

In reply, Allestree got off to the worst possible start losing opener Ben Sarton, bowled by Ady Mann for 0.

After this Heanor failed to make significant inroads into the Allestree batting line up and at the end of their allotted overs Allestree finished on a creditable 131 for 3 with Phil Deane scoring an unbeaten 48. For the Heanor bowling attack, only James Wilson (2 for 24) and Ady Mann (1 for 21) picked up any wickets.

Heanor took 15 points from the game to leave them only 4 points behind second place West Hallam who they play next Saturday. There is also a very enticing Cup Semi Final at Belepr Amateurs on the following day.

Seconds draw at Mugginton

Heanor seconds travelled to Mugginton and pulled in a fixture when many in the area were called off.

It was almost a full game with the late start meaning it was 44 overs per side.

Mugginton batted first and despite losing two early wickets to Maurice Edwards, on his return following a hand operation, a good stand followed where opener Docherty made 83 and Clarke made 63 not out. Edwards took 3 for 46 and Gary Hickinbotham 3 for 51 when the home side posted 210 for 7.

The reply from Heanor was steady but Paul Barlow fell for 20 and Andy Matthews for 13. Gary Hickinbotham had a decent knock of 44 and Paul Fletcher made 41 but the Heanor innings fell away quickly and Heanor held on for a losing draw at 161 for 9.

Heanor picked up nine points which was three more than many teams on the day.