Alfreton CC 1sts earned some vital points on Saturday in their bid to retain their place in the Derbyshire Premier League.
They were up against high-flying Sandiacre Town and came away wih a draw.
This was a good afternoon for Alfreton skipper John Aspinall, who took four wickets and then scored crucial runs for his side.
Alfreton won the toss and decided to bowl first at Longmoor Lane.
Richard Briggs got rid of Mitch McCann early on but there was then a stand of 119 for the second wicket between James Chapman and Robert Cook.
When Cook went for 63, Chapman continued on his merry way and was finally the sixth man out with the score on 200, for a magnificent 116.
Ryan McFadyean then hit one four and three sixes in a knock of 28 not out off just 14 balls as Sandiacre declared their innings on 243-7 off 48 overs.
For Alfreton, John Aspinall took 4-46 while there were also two wickets for Thomas Bentley.
In reply, Mark Stokes went fairly early on for nine, but Anthony Mosca and Ryan Bramwell batted well together and took the score to 76 before Mosca was dismissed for 38.
Mosca was the first victim in what turned out to be a hat-trick from Sandiacre’s bowler John Jordison, with Elliot Savidge and Thomas Bentley both going first ball, as 76-1 became 76-4.
Alfreton had to battle hard to come back from this setback and were glad of a real captain’s knock from John Aspinall who entered the fray with Sandiacre on a real high.
His innings of 55 helped to see his side to a draw, eventually finishing on 168-8 from 52 overs.
He was assisted in an important stand of 34 by James Aspinall who finished on a patient eight not out off 40 balls.
For Sandiacre Town, John Jordison took 4-44 from 14 overs.
Daniel Wheeldon chipped in with two wickets.