Codnor CC beaten by Eckington as eighth wicket century stand takes game away

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Codnor CC were well beaten on Saturday as they came up against a young Eckington side who were much better than them on the day.

Skipper Ben Wood won the toss and asked the home side to take first knock on a very hard track.

They started off very well as, after a couple of edges for 4, Leo got opener West caught at point by Vincent.

Vaughan (48) and Radford then set about building a partnership before Vaughan was trapped LBW by Colledge.

Then after Gleadall had been removed by the same bowler, wickets began falling at regular intervals, and at 112/7 Codnor were very much on top.

But then Bridgeman (48*) and Hardy came out and started to swing the bat and took advantage of some tired bowlers, building a quite destructive eighth wicket partnership of 111, with Hardy scoring his 72 off of 41 balls.

This partnership inflated the Eckington total dramatically, and was the partnership that eventually won the game for the home side.

They finished up on 236/9, Hardy top scoring with 72, and Lee Colledge the pick of the bowlers with 3-68.

The Codnor chase began in disastrous fashion as they lost four wickets for only 32 runs with both openers A. Gleadall and Leonard getting a couple of wickets each.

Aaron Wood and Matt Vincent put on the only partnership of any note as they shared a stand of 43 for the fifth wicket.

But after Wood chased a wide one to nick behind, and Buxton followed soon after, the end was nigh.

B. Gleadall and Radford did most of the damage towards the tailend of the innings, taking three wickets apiece to end the Codnor innings on a below par 110. Vincent was once again the pick of the Codnor batsman, as he played very eloquently and calmly amidst the carnage that was going on around him throughout his innings of 56*.

Codnor look to get back to winning ways this weekend as they welcome Quarndon to the Goose Lane Arena on Saturday, and then a cup T20 match against either Alfreton or Riddings on Sunday.