There was excitement aplenty on Saturday when Belper Amateurs were involved in a tied game against Ashover in Division 5N of the Derbyshire County Cricket League.
Batting first after losing the toss to their hosts, Amateurs’ innings was dominated by a knock of 81 from Stephen Dymond.
Opener Billy Deeming made 18 and Mark Rathbone scored 14 in the middle order,
But apart from that, no-one else was able to get into double figures as they were dismissed for 139 in 39.4 overs.
Dymond’s excellent innings saw him score his runs off 108 balls and he struck ten four and two sixes.
In reply, Ashover lost early wickets and were 47-5 at one stage.
Skipper Andy Walker held things together in the middle order with 51 not out but wickets kept falling and when Paul Spencer dismissed last man John Green with one run required, the game ended in a tie.
Jake Kington took 4-44, while Oliver Deeming, Paul Spencer and David Nightingale took two wickets each.
Then, on Sunday, Amateurs comfortably made it through the second round of the Wright Cup, beating Rose Hill Meths by 172 runs.
Belper’s excellent total of 270-4 from 45 overs featured a fine 109 at the top of the order from Oliver Deeming and 89 not out from the in-form Dymond.
Rose Hill Meths were then dismissed for 98 in 30 overs.
Nahim Abbas top scored with 25 but the star performer was Paul Spencer with superb figures of 6-3 off 3.1 overs.