Big win for Alfreton CC

Alfreton CC 1sts claimed their second consecutive win in Division One of the Derbyshire County Cricket League with a crushing 176-run victory over Stainsby Hall at the weekend.

A Matt Lineker century and a superb spell from Alasdair Evans made sure the result was never in doubt for Alfreton.

Asked to bat first, Alfreton lost Tom Bentley early on for 12.

However, this brought captain Alex Mace to the crease and together with Lineker he shared a 98-run partnership, Mace eventually falling for 36.

Stainsby then grabbed another quick wicket, that of Andy Gwatkin for two, but that was the last of their good fortunes for most of the day.

Lineker smashed nine fours and three sixes in his 112 as he set Alfreton up for a daunting total.

From the platform that was set, John Aspinall did the majority of the damage as he made 67 off just 37 deliveries.

He was ably backed up by Jake Simpson (24 off 16) and Jonathon Clarke (14 off nine) as Alfreton finished on 292-7, Matt Smyth the pick of the bowlers with 3-44 on a tough day.

In reply, proceedings started off in the worst possible way as Evans removed captain Tom Wood off the first ball of the innings.

Derbyshire bowler Evans didn’t stop there either as he picked up four of the first six wickets, to leave Stainsby in dire straits on 27-6.

Adam Burton backed him up at the other end with 2-37.

There was a brief resistance from Ben Bignell (53) and Matt Smyth (22 not out) but the damage was done up at the top of the innings and Stainsby Hall were eventually dismissed for just 116 all out.

Evans finished with figures of 6-23 in just his second game for the club as Alfreton stayed in the top two, eight points behind leaders Marehay.

Alfreton travel to play Rolleston this Saturday before taking on Ilkeston Rutland at home on Sunday in the second round of the Marston’s Smooth Trophy.