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Barnes, Khan shine but Clifton denied

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

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ON the back of their opening-day victory, Clifton had to be content with a dominant winning draw at home to Quarndon in Derbyshire County Cricket League Division One.

Clifton posted an imposing total of 262-5 after batting first at Chapel Lane.

The hosts took control from the start, although they suffered a minor blip when Owen Hughes dismissed openers Will Wilson (30) and Matt Wilson (32) with consecutive balls, following a solid opening stand of 70.

But the door was firmly closed by James Barnes (76) and Faisal Khan (63), who proceeded to add a quick-fire 143 for the third wicket, with both batsmen racing to run-a-ball half-centuries.

Barnes hit five sixes and four fours, while Khan cleared the ropes twice, adding to five boundaries.

Nitan Chand (30 not out) then rubbed salt into the wound with an excellent 24-ball cameo.

Amir Iqbal (2-52) performed well towards the close but the visitors were still faced with an uphill task after tea.

The early loss of Ben Spendlove and Raja Sohail Haider left Quarndon with little room for manoeuvre and they decided early on that a run chase was out of the question.

Jonny Acton (24) and Nathan Dumelow (51) settled in to thwart Clifton, which they did most effectively.

They added 53 for the third wicket and then Michael Lidsey (38 not out) added a further 46 with Dumelow to further frustrate the home side.

When Dumelow departed, shortly after posting a fine half-century, Quarndon had used 39 overs and Lidsey proceeded to see out the remainder, alongside Adrian Rollins (14 not out), as the innings closed on 152-4.

The result leaves Clifton second in the table behind leaders Duffield after two matches.

This Saturday, they travel to Rolleston (1pm start).

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