Heanor Town CC’s 2nd XI travelled to Ashover desperately looking for some points after poor results over previous weeks.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl, the breakthrough came in the very first over with Paul Fletcher picking up the wicket with the second ball of the innings. Wickets soon followed with George Moore picking up his first wicket, stumped by his dad. Ashover’s top order continued to fall with a run out by Bradley Sharp and wickets from Jason O’Dell and Paul Fletcher.
At drinks, Ashover where 53-4. Paul Fletcher continued to bowl a 14-over spell which contained unplayable deliveries. Heanor struggled to remove Ashover’s gritty middle order with Flint reaching 50 before George Moore had him caught at slip by Keg Morley.
Moore, 13, continued with a fine display of bowling, removing the remaining lower order and picking up five wickets, finishing his spell with a double wicket maiden and excellent figures of 10-5-12-5.
Ashover’s total was 123 all out.
Heanor were looking for 22 points with a small total to chase and started well before Mark Fletcher was caught for 16. Jason O’Dell followed quickly. Eddie Barlow and Olly Naylor put the game out of reach, taking the score to 92-3 before Naylor was bowled for 29. Barlow later was out for 41. Liam Foster tried knocking the ball back to Heanor without bouncing before being caught. This left Bradley Sharp (six not out) and Paul Fletcher (17 not out) to finish the job.
This was a valuable 22 points but congratulations should go to the bowling and fielding, particularly George Moore with his first five-wicket haul.