Duffield CC extend their unbeaten record

Unbeaten since mid-May, Duffield first XI travelled to Cifton hopeful of causing an upset against a side much fancied for promotion from County League Division One.

The hosts won the toss and took first use of one of the hardest pitches seen all year after a rare week of sunny weather.

Aussie Alex Jones got Duffield the perfect start having opener Wilson caught at slip and overseas pro Rizwan Ahmed bowled to leave the hosts rocking.

Duffield seized the initiative and without ever threatening to roll Cifton over cheaply managed to contain the run rate superbly on the usually fast scoring ground.

Balraj Johal bowled with flight and guile on his way to 5-42 as Clifton stuttered to 170 from their 50 overs, the general consensus being that this was around 40 short of par.

Jack Clark and Steve Muskett set off with gusto and when Muskett was well taken at gully, Clark further upped the ante with boundaries from both openers.

Chris Sheldon eased himself into a steady innings and the partnership between the two young Toffs knocked the stuffing out of Clifton briefly.

When Clark chipped up tamely to spinner Khan however, Clifton’s interest was refreshed, even more so when danger man Tom Roe went leg before to his first ball.

Clifton now had their tails up and it took the experience of Pete Jenkins to flatten them again, a brief partnership with Sheldon before he was bowled for 33 and another partnership with Paul Bakel eventually seeing the Toffs home to a well-earned and perhaps eyebrow raising win.

The Toffs now sit mid table and host Ilkeston Rutland on Saturday, The game has a 1pm start.