Amateurs in semi-finals

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BELPER Amateurs enjoyed success at the double as they won in the league and then reached the semi-finals of the Bayley Cup.

Sunday saw the visit of Darley Dale and after a night of dry weather, the wicket looked excellent, enough so to entice Darley Dale to bat.

Jamie Deeming opened the bowling and to his delight he returned figures of 3-21.

A Kershaw (27) batted aggressively before being removed caught and bowled by maestro Deeming. S Buzzard (2-29) managed to join the wicket party and when P Spencer (1-34) removed D Briggs (15), the reasonably regular influx of wickets halted as an important partnership between J Watts (58 no) and S Cotterill (20 no) developed.

It was only impeded by a 50 minute rain break which totally changed the pitch conditions but they still continued to score runs at a steady pace and after the allotted 45 over Darley Dale reached 168-6 and the Watts/Cotterill partnership had amassed to 75.

Despite the pitch having worsened due to the weather the Amateurs thought the target attainable.

Some wayward Darley bowling gifted the Amateurs’ batting total some easy runs in the form of extras early on. M Lawson (6) departed early to the economical bowling of J Watts (1-30).

Amateurs’ leading run scorer Steve Dymond (55) strode to the crease to join captain Oliver Deeming (63) and together they put on the match winning partnership, which just passed the 100 mark.

When Dymond fell to C Elliot (3-38), Amateurs were on 133 and with eight wickets in hand and the visitors needed nothing short of a miracle.

Amateurs never do things the easy way though: Deeming departed and four more wickets fell to leave Amateurs seven wickets down.

However, by this time only two runs were needed and John Beard hit the winning runs. It was the third time Amateurs have knocked out clubs from higher divisions.

League win

With plenty of rain having fallen, the toss was all important on Saturday. Amateurs won it and put Selston in to bat on a wet and green wicket.

Opening bowlers F Watson (2-32) and M Morris (2-14) destroyed the Selston top order leaving the away side reeling at 12-4.

However, some erratic bowling aided Selston who finished on 94 all out, a very achievable total, J Deeming (3-3) removing the tail with the help of P Spencer (1-3).

Amateurs negotiated a tricky batting period before tea. The run rate was productive but wickets did fall.

After tea the story was much the same as N Dalton went without scoring. Opener O Deeming (29) fell once again in the 20s as the Amateur’s batting continued to capitulate.

M Morris went for the second duck of the Amateurs innings but was the final wicket to fall as D Jones put his bowling tantrums away for his highest batting total (27 no) to win the game for the Amateurs.

This week Amateurs face Denby at home.