A BIG effort from Belper Amateurs on the last weekend of the season saw them survive the drop from division 7N.
Belper Ams 200-6 (22pts) beat Allestree 196 all out (7 pts)
On Saturday, John Beard won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first.
Amateurs old boy Steve Woodward (45) scored freely despite some disciplined bowling from M Morris (4-46).
Lapses in the field and some wayward bowling in the mid innings allowed the Allestree batsmen to prosper but veteran Rich Deeming (3-35) tore through the tail to bowl the hosts out within 40 overs for a total of 196.
In response Nick Rowton (47) and Matt Morris (66) batted with alacrity but when both fell, a clatter of wickets ensued and it was left to Sam Beadle (24*) and Pip Nightingale (16*) to knock the winning runs and set up an intriguing survival Sunday leaving Amateurs a solitary point behind Allestree in the table.
Belper Ams 129-8 (11pts) drew with Sawley 134 all out (14pts)
Belper won the toss and bowled well to restrict the visitors to a total of 136 all out in 40.5 overs the pick of the bowlers again veteran Rich Deeming (5-12).
News filtered through of Allestree’s demise at West Hallam and the bonus point gained for reaching 100 runs would ensure the hosts future in division 7N but at 80-6 this was far from certain - however with nerves of steel batsmen D Trubee (17) and P Nightingale (23*) inched their way to safety before unleashing the fury in a last dash toward the vicory target which had the visitors worried.
But the result in the end was not important as the bonus points gained ensured a last day reprieve for the Ams who had filled a relegation slot for most of the season.