Fine weekend for Alfreton

Matlock v Alfreton Batting for Alfreton Tom Bentley and Alex Mace
Matlock v Alfreton Batting for Alfreton Tom Bentley and Alex Mace

Alfreton CC returned to winning ways at the weekend by beatingSawley and Long Eaton Park by six wickets in Division One of the Derbyshire County Cricket League.

After winning the toss and putting Sawley in, Adam Burton (3-45) removed the first three batsmen with the score only on to 68.

Starts from Marius-Conway Jones (42) and Matt Boyer (24) put the Sawley innings back on track with a 35-run partnership.

However, Matt Lineker then got involved and ripped through the pair before continuing on through the tail of the visiting batting line-up.

Only Richard Lawton (36 not out) and Danny Brown (17) provided any resistance as Lineker ended with 6-42, Sawley being all out for 178.

In reply, a quick start from Matt Lineker (24) and Tom Bentley (21) set the platform for the other batsmen to kick on.

Captain Alex Mace (36 not out) and John Aspinall (50 not out) duly obliged and despite the loss of four wickets along the way, with two for Dave Cameron, Alfreton cantered home with plenty of time to spare.

n The Bank Holiday Weekend brought with it two t20 cup games in the Premier Twenty Twenty Cup.

The first game saw Alfreton take on Matlock.

On a slow deck, Alfreton managed 130 off their allotted 20 overs.

Jake Simpson finished up with 28 at the end of the innings.

In reply, Matlock were strolling to their victory target but they lost regular wickets which ultimately stifled their progress.

In the end, the wickets were too much to overcome and Matlock ended four runs short of Alfreton’s total.

In the second game, Alfreton took on Alvaston & Boulton, who had also beaten Matlock in their previous game.

This meant that the winner of the last game would go through and A & B made a good start in their pursuit of the next round, reaching 168-9.

In reply, Alfreton looked to have left it too late with 20 needed off the final over of the game.

However, some big blows from Jonathon Clarke and Christian Pratt saw Alfreton over the line.