Valuable points for Alfreton in drawn game against Ticknall

. Alfreton batsman Alex Mace.
. Alfreton batsman Alex Mace.
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Alfreton CC 1sts’ highest score of the season was not enough to chase down the 264-6 set by Ticknall as they remained bottom of the Derbyshire Premier League table.

A battling 75 from Anthony Mosca, followed by 40 from captain Alex Mace, got Alfreton to 210-8 in reply, which leaves them now just seven points adrift of Marehay.

Ticknall won the toss and chose to bat first, a decision which backfired early on as Callum Spencer (1-24) and Elliot Savidge both got an early wicket.

However, 21-2 became 230-2 as Ticknall’s Johnny Thompstone and Zain Abbas shared in a 209-run third wicket partnership. Seven bowlers were used but none could break the partnership as the home side got themselves in a good position.

Savidge was the man to eventually get the break through as Thompstone fell four short of his century. The Alfreton seamer wasn’t done then either, as he picked up a further two wickets to finish with 4-51. Abbas was unmoved though, as he finished on 121 not out as Ticknall set a daunting 264-6.

Mosca and Mark Stokes put on 39 for the first wicket before the latter was LBW to Abbas for 15. That brought Mace to the crease and from there the Ticknall bowlers also had no joy for a while.

At 130-1, the away side were well set but three quick wickets followed to all but end the push. Shahid Khan returned to remove the dangerous Mosca and Mace, while in the middle Edward Ikin removed John Aspinall without scoring to leave the score on 144-4.

Andy Gwatkin (24) and Ryan Bramwell (27 not out) kept Alfreton in the hunt but further quick wickets when going for quick runs put an end to the Alfreton challenge.

The innings ended on 210-8 with Alfreton gaining valuable points in their efforts to get off the bottom of the table.

On Saturday, Alfreton will host Dunstall at the Impact Oval where they will look to further close that gap in front of them.