Heanor’s hopes of promotion may have been extinguished on Saturday afternoon in a low scoring encounter at West Hallam.
Despite 26 from opener Matt Tatler, the home team’s batsmen were all at sea in the face of a hostile spell of bowling from Kev Barber and the nagging line and length of Ady Mann.
The home side were in real trouble at 72 for 8 when Kristian Tingle came in and swung the bat effectively to score 22 and take the score on to 112 all out at the halfway stage.
Barber took 4 for 34; James Wilson 2 for 33; Mann 3 for 30 & Grahame McDonough 1 for 13.
Heanor’s reply got off to the worst possible start with Ali Dixon playing on to his stumps for 1.
Wickets fell regularly in the bowler friendly conditions and only Andy Taylor (49*) got to grips with the run chase as Heanor fell short by 13 runs, Tingle taking 5 for 37 and Lee Barrow 4 for 19.
Allestree 2nd XI visited Heanor on Saturday with a young, inexperienced side.
Heanor’s Steve Morley won the toss and asked the visitors to bat and Allestree’s top order capitulated to 17-6 in the ninth over in the face of some fantastic swing bowling from Paul Fletcher (5-18) and lively pace from 16-year-old Chris Pick (2-12).
Consolidation was provided by Stanley (22) and Lucas (22) but the shell shocked visitors were never going to score enough runs after such a torrid start.
Heanor lost Farren Packard early on but Paul Barlow’s 37* and Gary Hickinbotham 32* saw there were no more dramas and Heanor comfortably eased to the 73 required in the 22nd over.
Heanor 1st XI recorded an impressive Bayley Cup semi-final victory at Belper Amateurs.
Choosing to bat first, Heanor’s opening pair Josh Brear and Ali Dixon put on 84 before Brear was bowled by Spencer for 28 and then one run later Dixon was LBW to the same bowler for 42.
Andy Brear and Trevor Hessey then put on 96 in quick time before Brear was well caught at long off for 51 and Hessey followed shortly after with the score on 208.
There was a flurry of runs and wickets at the end of the innings but Heanor were pleased to achieve a score of 233 for 7.
In reply, Kev Barber and James Wilson soon found their rhythm with the ball and had removed both openers with only 54 on the board.
Ali Dixon ripped out the middle order with his offspin and Chris Pick bowled a fine spell at the death to end any lingering hopes the home side would have of salvaging an unlikely victory.
Ady Mann wrapped up the innings when he clean bowled last man Buzzard in the final over with the home side 37 runs short of Heanor’s total.
Heanor face Allestree in the final at Eckington on August 28.