The weekend saw lovely weather for cricket and the results for HTCC were impressive with 19 points on Saturday and 27 on Sunday. This takes us to equal 3rd place in the league and pleases everyone.
Saturday began with the home side being joined by Pilsley CC in a minutes silence in memory of our good friend Robin Pratt who sadly passed away a few days before the game. His presence and personality at Heanor fixtures will be sadly missed by us all. Robin joined the club in 1986 and played for a few seasons. He then supported the club and joined in with umpiring, scoring and keeping us all amused.
There were few dull moments with Robin.
Heanor batted first and Trevor Hessey and Mark Fletcher were untroubled and reached a hundred partnership until Hessey departed for 53. Fletcher batted on and was supported by Paul Barlow who made 39. Fletcher reached a well deserved 103* just before the tea interval and the innings closed at 212-4. A decent score.
In reply wickets fell spasmodically and at one point Pilsley had a chance to get close but when further wickets fell they batted out to finish on 150-9. There were wickets for Steve Morley 3-30 and Jason O'Dell 3 for 24 with Chris Pick and Ollie Naylor taking 1 each
On Sunday the re-arranged game against Spondon 4th X1 followed a similar pattern with Heanor batting first. Mark Fletcher was again in good form, and more aggressive, for his 62 with Paul Barlow also backing him up with 41, Trevor Hessey made 19 and Jake Bramley 17. Steve Morley also weighed in with 30* to bring up the maximum batting points.
Spondon were a youthful side and hadn't the experience to chase the total down but made a decent attempt before being bowled out for 146. The wickets were shared out. Kevin Barber took 2 for 22 Jason O'Dell 2 for 56, Steve Morley 1 for 28 and Paul Fletcher wrapping it all up with 4 for 33 with overs to spare.
Home again this Saturday to Buxton also riding high in the league.