With Heanor CC 2nds’ first game of the season in sight, the weather changed to its normal April damp conditions, but with all credit to the groundsman at Riddings Park, the Division 7N game was on.
Heanor lost the toss and were not surprisingly asked to bat on a very damp and slow looking wicket.
Openers Eddie Barlow and Chris Hamp stayed at the crease with runs hard to find. Chris Hamp finally removed for his standard 18 before being bowled. Liam Barlow started steadily before being caught by Tok Literski with a superb catch at mid-on.
Heanor’s middle order put up a slight fight before being removed with the scores at 116-6.
Opening batsman Eddie Barlow finally fell, being caught at square leg for a ‘steady’ 52 on a difficult wicket. Heanor’s remaining wickets fell quickly. being reduced to 133 all out with Clarke taking 4-14.
With the wicket drying during the afternoon, 133 did not look a massive target for the Riddings 2nd XI but early breakthroughs for Keg Morley and Liam Slowman saw Riddings very quickly slip to 6-2 in the fourth over.
Heanor continued to pile pressure onto the Riddings batsmen with only captain Sweeting putting up much of a challenge. The important wicket of Sweeting fell in the 22nd over with the score at 52-6 and Keg Morley picking up his fourth wicket.
Heanor kept plugging away looking to pick up maximum 27 points with only four wickets to go. Riddings’ batsman Needham hung around before Chris Hamp removed him being caught and bowled for 25. Jordy Halford removed the remaining middle order picking up 3-11 before Chris Hamp got the tenth wicket with the score at 93.
With 27 points from the opening fixture, with others being rained off, Heanor look forward to the trip to Ashover this weekend looking to maintain a 100 per cent record.