Positive run continues

Duffield v Alfreton cricket club. Alfreton batsman Alex Mace.
Duffield v Alfreton cricket club. Alfreton batsman Alex Mace.
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Alfreton Cricket Club 1sts remained at the top of Division One of the DCCL after a winning draw over visitors Clifton at the weekend.

Asked to bat first, Alfreton openers Matt Lineker and Ryan Bramwell put on 74 for the first wicket.

Bramwell was first to go as he chipped a catch back to bowler Nick Birds for 19.

However, Lineker and Mace didn’t hold up as they raced the home side into a good position.

The hundred partnership was brought up and in the process another century came for Lineker as he passed 1,100 runs for the season.

He was the next to fall though, for 115 off 102, as Alfreton looked to push on from the score of 174-2 when Lineker departed.

Mace was unmoved and continued to push on as Alfreton looked to set a daunting total and further extend their hold at the top of the league.

They did just that as Mace ended with 77 with John Aspinall (23) and Thomas Bentley (15) providing useful knocks as Alfreton posted 292-8, Clifton using a total of nine bowlers.

In reply, Adam Burton got the home side off to the perfect start, removing Matt Wilson and Will Wilson as the score had only reached 24-2.

Starts from Faisal Khan (36) and Alex Woolliscroft (21), who batted around captain Campbell Ogilvie, halted the Alfreton charge.

However, Andy Gwatkin chipped away and when Burton (3-52) got Ogilvie for 81, Alfreton had renewed hope of completing the victory.

Gwatkin took the wicket of Edward Wilson but Jamie Toms and Max Manley stood firm as they finished their 50 overs on 211-9.

That meant Alfreton’s lead at the top was cut to six points yet they still hold a comfortable place in the promotion places.

Alfreton next travel to Elvaston on Saturday, when they will be looking to continue their impressive run and further stretch their lead over close rivals Marehay.