Runs aplenty in Martyn Lineker memorial game

Wes Durston
Wes Durston

In excess of 550 runs were scored in the 40-over challenge game on Sunday for the Martyn Lineker memorial match.

The select XI, including former players John Aspinall, Minesh Keshwala and John Briggs, got first use of what looked like a decent batting pitch.

This was confirmed by Derbyshire batsman Ross Whiteley, as he hit the bowlers to all parts on his way to a quickfire 83.

He was ably assisted by Keshwala, captain Aspinall and fellow Derbyshire player Paul Borrington as the select XI finished on 295-9 at the end of their allocated overs.

In reply, the Alfreton XI, captained by Matt Lineker, got off to a quick start as Tom Knight hit the ball to all parts.

A few quick wickets saw the chase stall before Wes Durston and Gwatkin joined together to steady the ship and set the Alfreton XI up for a late surge for the total.

Gwatkin fell for a fine 47 but Durston kept the chase on course as he brought up his 100 and only fell for 119 thanks to an amazing catch on the boundary.

With that wicket, Alfreton couldn’t reach the 296 needed for victory and ended on 279 all out to cap off a run-filled day.

The game saw a good turnout with the weather staying good throughout and the whole day being an overall success. The match ball sponsor was Tom Lineker. Alfreton CC are in the Twenty20 finals day on Sunday at the County Ground.