Heanor inspired by Mann and Dixon

HEANOR Town first XI put in a much improved display to beat Breadsall.

After winning the toss, Heanor captain, Andy Brear, elected to field on an a greenish wicket.

Breadsall made a patient start with runs only coming from one end as James Wilson bowled a miserly spell of 7 overs for 6 runs.

In the 15th over with the score on 40 Grahame McDonough made the breakthrough bowling Dutton. A steady stream of Breadsall wickets then fell. McDonough returned to finish off the innings later and finished with 7.5 overs, 3 for 45 runs and Jordan Halford returned 13 overs, 2 for 43.

However, it was Ady Mann who broke the middle order up and continued his run of good form with 13 overs, 5 for 41 including the wickets of Breadsall’s top scorers Bradley (38) and Robertson (37).

Breadsall ended on a below par 165 all out.

In reply Ali Dixon and Josh Brear made short work of the Breadsall bowling attack, Dixon in particular scoring freely with fine array of shots all round the wicket.

Dixon dominated and ran amok and when Brear fell with the score on 96 he had made 18 in a supporting role.

Trevor Hessey came to the crease and Dixon continued with the onslaught. With the game all but won Breadsall were only interested in stopping Dixon getting to three figures.

With three to win, and Dixon on 96, Breadsall had numerous fielders on the boundary stopping the four. Two runs later and the scores were tied with Dixon on 98. The next ball was pulled to midwicket with Dixon searching for the boundary to bring up his century however the fielder dropped the catch and the batsmen ran the winning run leaving Ali Dixon on 99 not out in an innings that deserved a century.

Hessey finished on 16 as the victory margin was nine wickets.