Cresswell hat-trick helps Stainsby Hall to success

Duffield Meadows v Stainsby Hall. Batsman Tagenarine Chanderpaul
Duffield Meadows v Stainsby Hall. Batsman Tagenarine Chanderpaul

After a glimpse of summer on Saturday, the cold weather returned for Stainsby Hall’s encounter with Nottingham Badshahs CC on Sunday.

Captain Scott Parkin won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Joshua Torr got off to a steady start until Torr was bowled for 15. Simon Torr fell soon after, bowled for one. This brought James Gregson to the crease who, together with Chanderpaul, moved the score on to 71 before the latter was adjudged LBW for a respectable 40.

Then followed a minor collapse. In between, Gregson took on the role of chief run scorer before he was out caught behind for 25. The tail contributed a further ten runs, finishing the innings on 115 all out.

In reply, Scott Parkin and Dale Humphreys soon had Badshahs on the back foot claiming a wicket apiece. A commanding third-wicket stand looked ominous but a runout by Middleton-Jones proved the game changer and was followed a hat-trick from Steve Cresswell and three from Chanderpaul, ending the innings on 90.

All in all this was a fantastic team effort in the field.

Every member of the squad can be proud of their contribution. Next week the Sunday army go marching on in their first away fixture of the campaign vs Notts & Arnold Amateurs CC, with the match commencing at 2pm.