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Cricket: Hartshorne close in on Division Six cricket for 2015

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

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HARTSHORNE maintained their strong bid for honours in Brookside Press Division Seven South with a convincing win over Winshill 2nds at Rodney Meadow.

It was one-way traffic after Hartshorne had won the toss, with Winshill crashing to 91 all out in 32 overs.

Jake Sharpe (4-34) did most of the damage, Jack Ashcroft (2-20) and Neil Mawbey (2-22) instrumental also in ensuring an easy task after tea for the hosts.

Mohammed Shakeel (2-16) grabbed a couple of wickets after the break at little cost but Darryl Clamp (37) and Mark Stone (22) confirmed an easy Hartshorne win which finally came in the 32nd over.

Hilton 2nds confirmed their solid mid-table status with a comprehensive win over Draycott & Hanbury.

Draycott won the toss and fielded but Chris Whitworth (117) dominated proceedings and this was coupled with great knocks from Duncan Bucklow (59) and Rob Matthews (42no), the latter in a hurry, cracking eight fours during an impressive 23-ball display.

Gareth Newbold (3-83) claimed three wickets but was a tad expensive.

A Hilton total of 278-6 proved too much for nine-man Draycott, who slumped to 148 all out in response.

George Loydall (3-61) struck twice early on but a partnership between Paul Leppington (38) and Andy Bloor (44) promised at least a draw for the visitors.

It wasn't to be though and Draycott slipped to defeat despite the best efforts of John Norris (20) and Jon Essex (25no).

A brave Trentside 3rds were no match for promotion-chasing Elvaston 3rds, who completed an easy 129-run win against the struggling Branston-based third-string.

Waleed Abbasi (4-69) bowled well for Trentside but runs from Jack Blaver (92) and Steve Schofield (68) helped steer the visitors to an unreachable 244-7.

Hummy Sharif (62) and Abbasi (26) battled hard after the break but the bowling of Jonny Ball (5-35) and Will Kilgour (2-15) saw Trentside dismissed in the 36th over for a lowly 115.

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