In an incredibly exciting finale at Selston Town, convincing Codnor maintained their unbeaten start to the new season in Division Five North of the Derbyshire County League.
After posting a total of 209-9, the match swung this way and that when Selston replied. Even at 187-9, the home side refused to bat out for a draw and with one over remaining, they needed 12 runs.
Number 11 bat Stephen Dennis smashed a six off the first ball, but Codnor bowler Lee Colledge kept the rest of the over tight as Selston finished just short on 207, handing the visitors a winning draw.
Codnor had been asked to bat on a green-looking wicket, but that didn’t faze opener Matt Vincent, who fired the ball to all parts in a terrific knock of 70 that included 12 boundaries. A characteristic collapse to 137-7 followed before the innings was rescued by brilliant counter-attacking batting from Tim Leo and captain Ben Wood, both of whom hit 34.
All-rounder Leo (40-53 in 14 overs) then followed up with four wickets, although not even he could halt Selston opener Paul Stovey, who raced to 91 (one saix and 11 fours). Skipper Stovey looked set to lead his team to victory until he was run out in a costly mix-up.