Codnor 2nd team arrived at a sunny Goose Lane to make first use of the new pavilion against Holmewood on Saturday.
Stand-in skipper Arnold lost the toss and Codnor were asked to field in sweltering conditions.
The Codnor openers of Arnold and Joey Leo kept things tight with some good opening bowling but it was clear early on that it would be a long day in the field. Young Leo bowled with great pace but was unlucky to end his spell wicketless as he was replaced by Clark.
At the other end, Arnold was plugging away and was finally rewarded with the wicket of Dolling for 10.
Clark had taken up where Leo left off and was bowling well but again was unlucky to not take a wicket before his spell came to an end as he was replaced by Adam Soar and Buxton came on for Arnold.
Buxton was soon in the groove, getting the dangerous Hickton out for 52 and trapping Douglas LBW for 2. At the other end, Soar was bowling an excellent line and picked up the wicket of Oxley.
This brought Ashley to the crease and he batted through the rest of the overs with Jones to set Codnor 151 to win, a total the home side would have been very happy with at the start of play.
After a lovely tea in the brand new pavilion, the Codnor openers of Woolley and Lavender were soon out in the middle. They both started steadily with some tight bowling keeping them in check but had moved the score onto 45 before Lavender was bowled for 17.
Lanyon was next in but was soon deceived by a slower ball from Hickton for 4. Ricky Soar joined Woolley and was soon playing some big shots but he became Lee’s first victim for 15 and Woolley soon departed for a well made 32.
Adam Soar and Buxton looked to push the score on but Buxton perished for 3 and Clark Joined Soar at the crease.
Soar was really looking to tear the attack apart and played some lovely shots but just as he was really getting going, he went for 26. A few more quick wickets really put the pressure on the Codnor lower order but Burns seemed to have turned the tide again with 10 off the penultimate over.
Unfortunately for Codnor, he perished trying to hit a maximum off the impressive Lee and young Joey Leo couldn’t keep out the next ball to mean Codnor’s unbeaten league run came to an end in disappointing fashion.
Codnor will look to bounce straight back next week when they travel to take on Ilkeston Rutland.
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