ABBOTS Bromley squeezed into the third round of the Derbyshire County League Bayley Cup after a thrilling win over Denby 2nds at Anglesey Ground.
Bromley got home by just two runs after Denby fell just short in an engrossing run chase.
They were indebted to star men Darren Yeomans (94) and Shaun Rashid (4-37) against a decent Copper Yard outfit starring Ian Burgoyne and Ross Perry-Taylor.
After winning the toss, Denby skipper Garry Cresswell inserted Bromley in the hunt for early wickets.
And it paid off as Rashid (9) and William Parkinson (2) were soon back in the hutch.
Harry Bailey (11) and Greg Roy (0) departed soon after and with four wickets down it was not looking promising for the hosts as Cresswell (3-28) and Ben Buckley (2-22) got stuck in.
But Yeomans soon set about the visiting attack, getting valuable support from Will Maidstone (41 off 56 balls).
When Maidstone departed, the rest of the Bromley batting tailed off.
Yeomans was out six runs short of his century, taking just 104 balls over what proved a match-winning knock in the hosts’ total of 183 all out.
After tea, Matt Tracey (3-27) soon dispatched both Denby openers and Rashid was then on a hat-trick when he pinned Ryan Buckley in front and bowled Peter Scott.
Mark Payne (26) survived the hat-trick ball and started throwing the bat.
Stephen Payne (57 off 53 balls) also got stuck in and Denby began reeling Bromley in.
Even the loss of Mark Payne failed to halt the flow of runs, with Ben Buckley (28 off 53 balls) carefully leading the visitors towards the target in tandem with the more aggressive Stephen Payne.
Brandon Bullock (17) contributed useful runs in tandem with Payne, but Rashid took two vital wickets as the game neared the death.
And as Payne looked to nick a run he was run out by Jake Phillips to seal a two-run win for Bromley and ensure their passage to the next round.
ELSEWHERE on Sunday, Checkley 2nds crushed the life out of Meir Heath 2nds in their North Staffs & South Cheshire Talbot Shield clash.
Checkley hit a decent 199-9 off their 45 overs, with Aussie strokemaker Danny Spasic hitting a rapid 48 and Gavin Carr 35.
The total looked a decent one – but the way Meir Heath folded up was a big surprise.
Gavin Collett took a terrific 7-22 off just 8.2 overs, while fellow opening bowler Carr managed 1-17 off eight as he tied the other end down.
Only Sam Wilcox (15no), batting at three, offered any resistance as FIVE Meir Heath batsmen recorded ducks and no-one else got into double figures.
UNSURPRISINGLY, the programme of cricket on Saturday was virtually wiped out by the weather.
Checkley’s North Staffs & South Cheshire Premier Division clash with Longton at Four Trees was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Checkley 2nds’ game at Longton 2nds was abandoned as the Stoke side chased down Checkley’s 151-6 declared, the backbone of which was provided by Peter Appleboan (52no).
In the Derbyshire County League, Abbots Bromley’s clash at Mickleover, Uttoxeter’s visit to Yoxall and Uttoxeter 2nds’ home match with Rosehill Meths 2nds were all cancelled.