Ambergate see off the threat of Ockbrook II

Ambergate cc v Belper Meadows cc. Ambergate bowler Liam Wallace.
Ambergate cc v Belper Meadows cc. Ambergate bowler Liam Wallace.

Ambergate registered some much-needed points on the board in their fight for survival in Division Two of the Derbyshire County Cricket League, with a draw against Ocbrook & Borrowash II.

Electing to bat first, Ockbrook used every inch of home advantage to post 245-5 from their allotted 46 overs, largely thanks to two big scores from batsmen Matthew Cassar and David Hallack.

A stand of 168 runs for the fourth-wicket helped take Ockbrook from 68-3 to 236 and in sight of 250 going into the closing stages of the innings.

Opener Cassar hit 92 from 149 deliveries, including 10 fours. Whereas Hallack’s unbeaten 100 came from 62 deliveries which included six fours and seven sixes.

Liam Wallace was the pick of the Ambergate bowlers with 3-72 from his nine overs as only five wickets in the innings fell.

Ambergate’s reply was steady without being spectacular throughout. Kamran Afzaal hit 67 from 101 deliveries, including 13 fours, while Paul Thompson made 38 from 63 balls and Aqib Afzaal an unbeaten 35 from 57 balls.

Wickets fell but Ambergate had numbers in the shed and a healthy 41 extras added to their total as they finished on 206-4 from 46 overs for a share of the spoils.

Ambergate finished with 10 points and Ockbrook 16 points.