Codnor seal first away win of the season against Duffield

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Codnor CC claimed their first away win of the season after defeating feelow strugglers Duffield by two wickets.

Codnor skipper Ben Wood won the toss and elected to field on a good-looking wicket that would offer plenty to both batsman and bowler.

As in previous weeks, the Codnor openers Leo and Bonsall got off to a solid start, with Leo removing both opening batsman in quick time.

With Bonsall bowling well, but not managing to take wickets, Wood opted to make a change, bringing Colledge into the attack.

And he started to roll back the years with a spell of bowling that must have brought a few memories back.

He removed Bowyer and Reed in timely fashion to leave the home side teetering on the edge.

A useful partnership between King and Asghar brought Duffield to drinks without conceding any more wickets, but Codnor still felt they were on top.

This proved to be the case as Colledge took three more wickets, along with Wood taking a couple more including the important wicket of King – who after a nervy start got into his stride and played well to top score with 56.

Bonsall was brought back in the last overs to take the final wicket, which left Duffield on a below par 146. Colledge was the pick of the bowlers with 5-38 from his 14 overs.

With regular openers Vincent and Colson away, Colledge and Leo stepped up to begin the run chase for Codnor.

After a brief look at the pedestrian, yet very accurate bowling of openers Jordan and Asghar, Colledge decided to take them on.

It didn’t last long though as he soon holed out to Patel for eight.

Leo was slightly more reserved, picking the deliveries with which to attack.

Codnor were struggling to get to grips with the two openers though, as Jack Melbourne swung and missed to get bowled, and then Buxton was even further away from his first ball to get the same result.

This brought Brown to the crease with Leo, and they started to build a partnership before Leo suffered a similar fate to his fellow opener, and holed out in the deep for 30.

This brought Aaron Wood in, who after watching those before him took a more reserved approach with Brown and they too started to build a partnership. Jordan and Asghar were coming to the end of their overs, but Brown failed to survive as he edged behind.

The Duffield openers bowled out with the Wood brothers at the crease, and the bowling change allowed a slightly more attacking approach.

After a huge caught behind shout was dismissed by the umpire, Ben Wood crashed a cover drive for four, but was then given out LBW soon after.

Clark was in and then out soon after, caught well by Antill in slip.

Then Wood and James Melbourne provided what ultimately was the match winning partnership, Melbourne in particular contributing strongly as he bludgeoned a quick 20 in a few overs before attempting a suicidal run to leave himself stranded.

Toseland was in at 10, and he and Wood nudged the score along with quick ones and twos before Wood smashed a straight drive for four to take Codnor over the finishing line. Wood finished on a well-made 32*, with Toseland 5*.