Sparham to the fore in Codnor victory

Morton cc v Codnor cc. Codnor bowler Neil Sparham
Morton cc v Codnor cc. Codnor bowler Neil Sparham

Codnor CC 1sts beat Riddings CC 1sts by five wickets on Saturday.

An unbeaten half century from Neil Sparham (pictured) fired Codnor 1sts back to winning ways at Goose Lane.

Following rain throughout Saturday morning, Codnor skipper Lee Colledge invited the visitors to bat.

Codnor opened with Leo and Melbourne and it was the latter who made the breakthrough in the second over, dismissing Fenn caught at mid-on.

After that, some wayward bowling ensued and the score raced to 26 with extras the main contributor before Melbourne (2-49) struck again, clean bowling Hibbert.

Opener Steele (33) and Wharton-Howett (36) then combined to push the score to 79 before the former was trapped in front by the ever-reliable Sparham (2-35).

With the bowlers now bowling tighter lines, the scoring rate slowed and wickets fell regularly with only Spencer (24) making a further notable contribution after being dropped at slip and square leg. Further strikes from Bonsall (2-28), B Wood (1-9) and two run outs from A. Wood meant that the Riddings innings closed on a par score of 169-9.

Second-team run machine Aaron Wood was promoted to the ‘bigs’ following a run of good scores and looked fluent in the opening exchanges opening the batting with Colson.

Colson fell early to a sharp stumping before Wood himself was LBW to Hibbert.

When Woolley fell soon after LBW to Wharton-Howett (2-31), a third consecutive batting collapse looked on the cards at 27-3 and grim expressions drew on the faces of the capacity Goose Lane crowd.

However, Colledge (34) and Sparham (78 not out) set about rebuilding the innings with an array of fine stroke play until Colledge fell caught at backward point.

Vincent followed soon after, but Timmy Leo (22*) supported Sparham ably to secure the 22 points and a welcome return to winning ways for Codnor.

This weekend, Codnor host Marehay at the Goose Lane Arena (1.30pm start).

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