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Cricket: Alrewas claim promotion to Division One

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

IN THE RUNS ... Gareth Woolley.

IN THE RUNS ... Gareth Woolley.

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ALREWAS claimed a winning draw against Sandiacre to secure promotion to Division One of the Derbyshire County League for the first time in their history.

Their success this season has been built on a strong batting performance, with prolific openers James Burton and Gareth Woolley scoring more than 1300 runs between them.

They have been backed up by quality spin bowling from Ollie Broadway and Sam van Daesdonk, who have each taken more than 30 wickets.

Saturday's match followed a familiar pattern. After being put into bat, Alrewas made a fine start with Joe Eaton and Woolley putting on 75 for the first wicket before Woolley was trapped lbw for 37.

Eaton fell in similar fashion shortly afterwards for 27 before skipper Tom Chapman, standing in for Burton who was away on holiday, struck a classy cameo of 37 off 36 balls before becoming the first of Anthony Taylor's four victims.

Josh Jones marshalled the middle order and made a solid 48 before holing out off the last ball of the innings to leave Alrewas on 214-7.

Alrewas looked set for maximum points as opening bowlers Craig Swinfield and Matt Frend reduced the visitors to 57-3.

However, Bill Anderson and Tom Priestley dug in and added 73 for the fourth wicket before Priestley was adjudged lbw for a well-made 45.

The game was meandering towards a draw until a remarkable 43rd over when veteran Kevin Newbold hit successive sixes off Broadway before being clean bowled attempting a third.

Broadway repeated the trick next ball and Alrewas sensed an unlikely chance of victory.

When Jay Harper hit the first ball of Broadway's next over straight down Matt Astle's throat at long on to complete the hat-trick the score stood at 161-8.

More drama was to follow when Scott Parker flicked the final ball of the over into Brendan Forster's hands at short leg for Broadway's fifth wicket, but skipper Gareth Goodall calmly negotiated the final over to salvage the draw.

A haul of 18 points leaves Alrewas 13 points clear of Ambergate, who had a comfortable victory at West Hallam, in the race for the title with three games to go.

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