HEANOR Town CC first XI got their Division 4 North campaign off to a great start at a blustery Allestree.
The hosts were put into bat on a dry looking wicket and were soon in trouble against the Heanor bowling attack.
Both Andy Mann and Kev Barber took two wickets each to leave the home side reeling on 56 for 4, but Heanor’s indiscipline in the field in putting down a number of chances allowed Allestree off the hook.
Maybe this was early season and lack of outfield practice but it needs to be addressed.
Runs came but wickets also fell and at tea the home side posted a score of 201 for 9 with their opening batsman, the reliable Matt Sirrell, top scoring with 68. Heanor’s bowlers shared out the wickets with Kevin Barber taking 2-48, Andy Mann 2-26, Ali Dixon 1-39, Jordan Halford 2-34 & Ady Mann 2-21. The Allestree ground is noted for the way runs can flow freely and in reply Heanor’s youthful opening partnership of Ali Dixon and Josh Brear set about the bowling in fine style putting on 107 for the first wicket before Josh Brear was bowled for 31.
The runs continued to come easily and Dixon went on to make a fine 81 although he wanted a century on opening day.
There was a useful brisk contribution of 30 from skipper Andy Brear and the total looked as though it would be reached comfortably. However there was a stutter and a late flurry of wickets meaning that Heanor won relatively easily by 4 wickets but still had eight overs remaining.
This was a good workout on the back of four pre-season friendlies.
Heanor 2nd XI did not play due to it being the last day of football season.