Posted by: Laura Hammond
Mon 24th May 2021
Alfreton CC vs Duffield CC (H) 22/05/21
By James Fletcher
7th place Duffield visited the Asha Oval with the home side looking to continue their unbeaten run for the season in a rain affected match.
Slight changes from last week’s team as young Benji Boyes and John Clarke make way for James Aspinall and James Fletcher.
With rain around all week the outfield was sodden wet and another downfall just before the start meant a delayed start to 1:00. Simpson lost the toss and his team were put into bat and just 6 minutes and two overs after the delayed start the lads were off due to rain with Alfreton 4-0.
A long delay ensued…
Keith Clarke, the groundsman, ably supported by some of the first teamers, worked tirelessly with both the super sopper and a trusty fork and the game could be restarted at 4:45 with the match changing to a 22 overs a-side game.
Woolley wasted no time at the crease once play resumed, smiting a few to the boundary and setting the precedent for the rest of the innings. Woolley eventually fell for 43 from 34 balls but the remaining Alfreton players picked up his mantle at a similar run rate, guiding the men in black and gold to 164 from their 22 overs. With key contributions from Zaroob (21), Matt New (22), Bramwell (21) and Simpson (29*).
With 170 to win, the score was adjusted with D/L, Duffield’s innings never really got going. Aspinall and Joe New bowled tightly up front and found a wicket each. Matt New grabbed a couple more wickets and even 2 maidens as Duffield’s response stuttered. Further good bowling from Zaroob and Aldis and the away side limped to 76/6 from their 22 overs.
Another great win for Alfreton who now find themselves in 1st place in Division 1, 16 points above 2nd place Alrewas.
Cutthorpe will be looking to break the unbeaten run next Saturday, with a 12:30 start at Recreation Ground.
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