ALFRETON CC got their win tally in Division One up and running with a convincing six-wicket win over Staveley Welfare at the weekend.
Stand-in captain Andy Gwatkin won the all-important toss and decided to put the visitors into bat, this decision paying dividends when Tom Bexton removed Staveley opener Joe Bullimore without scoring.
Staveley struggled to recover from that early blow finding batting tough against the pace bowlers of Alfreton, Jonathan Clarke in particular (4-28).
Tom Bullimore (50) provided the only resistance, but when he fell to give Ben Slater (2-44) his first wicket, Staveley were left teetering on 81-6.
Only a late flourish from Ricky Arnell (36) could push Staveley up past the 125 mark, but he got little support from the other end as Matthew Rooke came to the fore (3-21), Slater eventually coming back to removed Arnell.
Staveley were all out for 129 in just 34 overs giving Alfreton plenty of time to chase down a below-par total.
The chase didn’t begin as planned with Jake Simpson falling to Paul May for just 1.
However, despite wickets falling at regular intervals of 44, 73 and 126, Staveley could not stem the flow of runs, with knocks from Graham Bush (46), captain Gwatkin (25) and Dean Whitmore (17*) seeing Alfreton over the line with ease. Saturday’s ball sponsor was Booth Newsagents in Swanwick.
Alfreton’s good weekend didn’t stop there either as they were in cup action on Sunday against Sawley and Long Eaton Park.
Alfreton were the right side of the toss again and decided to let Sawley have first use of the pitch.
This looked to the right decision as Sawley were reduced to 118-6 after a tight spell of bowling by Andy Gwatkin, 3-20 coming off his allotted 10 overs.
Only some late order hitting got Sawley up to a competitive 203-9 on a pitch that was doing something for the bowlers.
However, Alfreton’s batsmen showing good form again with captain Alex Mace (39), Gwatkin (26), Jonathan Clarke (38*) and Dean Whitmore (30*) making short work of the total to give Alfreton a 5 wicket win. Sunday’s ball sponsor was Nathan Sprengel.
Alfreton next fixture is away to Elvaston this weekend where they will be looking to carry on with this winning momentum.
Alfreton seconds recorded a one-wicket win at Belper Meadows seconds in Division 5N on Saturday.
Belper Meadows 2nds (5pts) 104 all out [39.2 overs] (A Holland 48, C Taylor 6-32) lost to Alfreton (22pts) 110-9 [50 overs] by 1