Posted by: James Fletcher
Mon 16th May 2022
Alfreton get their second victory of the season, defeating premier league stalwarts Denby.
After a spirited effort last week, Alfreton look to build upon their performance against a Denby side that finished in 4th last season in the Derbyshire premier league and boasts the ex-Derbyshire man Pete Burgoyne.
Simpson makes his return as captain and it was a return to the club for Elliott Bowles as Ben Rudkin and Ryan Newton drop to the 2nd XI, in the only changes from last week.
Although losing the toss and being asked to bowl, Alfreton got off to a wonderful start. Joe New (1-28) started well by taking the edge of Denby danger man Mitchell Bradley, which was gratefully pouched by Bramwell. In the following over Graham Hibbert (2-24) clean bowled Haleem first ball. Alfreton buoyed on by their impressive start continued to take wickets at regular intervals especially with the introduction of Zaroob who finished with 4-28 including the big wicket of Peter Burgoyne (25).
Everything seemed to be going Alfreton’s way throughout the innings as Jake Smith was run out by the unlikely combination of Woolley and Hibbert. Denby were also outraged when Joe Wilson was smothered down the leg side by Zaroob and the great glove work of Tom New and at 34-7, it would take a mammoth effort to set a sizeable total.
Denby eventually limped to 99 all out from 33.2 overs, Asim (1-11) and Bowles (1-5) taking the remaining wickets. A great effort from the Alfreton men along with some poor cricket and shot selection from Denby.
The home side came out in the second half of the game with a point to prove. Tom New (13) and Woolley’s (17) opening partnership saw off the opening bowlers before Burgoyne (2-42) was introduced and he took both of the opening pair. At 36-2, maybe Denby had half a chance but Zaroob’s impressive batting display put paid to that idea.
In 36 balls Zaroob powered 58 to all parts of the field, despatching three 4s and five 6s including a reverse swept maximum off Burgoyne over the point boundary. Bramwell (8*) ably and calmy supported his teammate as the men in black and gold reached their total within 19.3 overs.
A great win for the away side and a dominant display from Zaroob who guided his team to 8th spot in the Premier League. ACC are away again next week and play a Spondon side just 7 points above them in the league. The match is at the HSG Oval in Spondon, with a 12:00 start.
Elsewhere, the 2nd XI loss to Riddings at home having set 200 and the 3rd XI, with several newly signed players, were defeated by Marehay. The 2nd’s look to redeem themselves against local rivals, South Wingfield, this Saturday, with a 1:00 start on the Asha Oval.
The club are always on the lookout for new players and if you would like to start or return to cricket or try somewhere new please get in touch with the club on their various social media accounts.
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