Defending champions get the better of Alfreton by five wickets

. Alfreton batsman Alex Mace.
. Alfreton batsman Alex Mace.

Alfreton CC 1sts are still looking for their first Derbyshire Premier League win of the season after succumbing to defending champions Swarkestone on Saturday.

Swarkestone won the toss and decided to bowl.

With plenty of bad weather around, both teams knew that the rain might have a decisive impact on the game.

Alfreton’s captain Alex Mace opened the innings and scored a fine 51 against a Swarkestone attack that included a number of Derbyshire bowlers, past and present.

John Aspinall also contributed well with 37 but there was little from the rest of those who made it to the crease and the final total was 153-7 from 48 overs.

Derbyshire spinner Tom Knight took 4-42 as the pick of the Swarkestone bowlers.

Swarkestone’s batsmen then went into attack mode in their reply.

Chris Durham was dismissed by Callum Guthrie in his first over but after that the Alfreton found it hard to contain their opponents as they made their hard-hitting way towards victory.

Lancashire’s Wayne White - formerly of Derbyshire and Leicestershire - hit 43 from 18 balls, including five sixes, former Derbyshire all-rounder hammered 44 from 28 balls and there were useful contributions from Jake Needham and Tom Knight as Swarkestone won by five wickets inside 14 overs.