Heanor’s promising 17-year-old batsman Josh Brear provided a batting masterclass at the Town Ground on Saturday, steering Heanor’s 1st XI to an important eight-wicket victory over league rivals Darley Dale.
He scored a chanceless 111 not out in chasing down Darley Dale’s 1st innings total of 221, with Heanor securing victory with four overs remaining.
Heanor inserted the visitors and Darley Dale’s batsmen took advantage as they raced on to 58 before Paulett was adjudged caught behind for 25. They soon lost the second wicket of Marsden, bowled by Graham McDonough, but the visitors’ captain and opening bat Craig Elliot batted superbly throughout the rest of the innings to finish on 112 not out. He was ably supported by Stone with 38 before being caught and bowled. Josh Brear who took 2-57, McDonough 2-69, Barber 1-6 as Darley Dale made 221-7. The batting combination of father and son, Andy and Josh Brear, set about the Darley Dale bowling from the word go and were soon up with the required run rate.
They put on 94 for the first wicket in only 15 overs, before Brear senior holed out. Fellow 17-year-old Corrie Keable joined Brear at the crease and the pair of them took the attack to the visitors. They put on 76 before Keable was caught behind for 37.
Josh Brear carried on majestically and completed his maiden league century with the winning totalin sight. When he knocked off the winning runs to earn Heanor a valuable 22 points, he finished on a tremendous 111 not out, which in turn brought much celebrating among his fellow teammates and no one could doubt the man of the match performance.
On the following day, Swanwick Hall visited the HTG and were outclassed as Heanor made 251-5 declared in 41 overs. Keable starred with a rapid but excellent 91 and Josh Brear made another 50. Trev Hessey made a belligerent 49 not out.
With a large total, Heanor set an attacking field and good catches were taken as the visitors were shot out for 89. Kev Barber bowled with some hostility for 5-33 and 14-year-old leg spinner Liam Barlow took 4-16 with the Swanwick innings over in under 16 overs.
Maximum points move Heanor to equal second in the league. Heanor are pushing for promotion but need to finish in second place in Division 4N and gain more points than the second-placed team in Division 4S.