BRAILSFORD seconds picked up their second win in a row at the weekend when they were the only side in the Ashbourne area to beat the weather.
By way of a bonus, County League Division Seven South bottom club Trentside thirds won the toss and elected to bat – which meant home side Brailsford could claim a maximum 27 points by beating them.
That they did, keeping Trentside to a paltry 89-8 from 38 overs and knocking off the required runs with one wicket down in 14 overs.
The win lifted Brailsford back up to seventh in the table and they have at least one game in hand on all but one of the clubs above them.
Captain Michael Taylor says he was thankful a bit of luck had come their way in terms of getting the game on when others missed out.
"We've had a number of games called off against teams who are now below us in the table who we think we could have beaten," said Taylor.
"So, we think we were in a bit of a false position and it's looking a bit better now.
"We were lucky that the rain everyone else seemed to get skirted round the ground.
"We had a bit of a shower at tea but nothing more. We didn't need to be in a hurry to finish the game – it was actually brightening up as we finished.
"Before the game, the pitch had been covered and it was dry, so we just had to do some mopping up on the outfield.
"We didn't just do that because we were playing the bottom team, either. We want to play cricket and we'd have done it whoever we were playing."
When Trentside batted, only Joe Marler stood in their way, scoring 50, while experienced Brailsford all-rounder Phil Derbyshire helped himself to 5-6 with the ball, his best haul of the season.
Tom Cresswell rushed to 53 not out as he dominated Brailsford's reply.
There was no chance of play for Clifton's firsts, at home to Rolleston in Division One. or their seconds, away to Walton-on-Trent in Division Six South.
Ashbourne's firsts were not scheduled to have a game anyway, while their seconds would have been at Castle Donington.
Brailsford's firsts would have been at Lullington Park seconds in Division Three.
This Saturday, Clifton are at promotion-chasing Elvaston in Division One – as are Ashbourne's firsts, playing Elvaston thirds in Division Seven South on the adjacent pitch in the grounds of Elvaston Castle Country Park.
Clifton seconds are at home to Quarndon thirds, while Ashbourne seconds are at home to Elvaston fourths.
Brailsford firsts are back in action at home to Swarkestone seconds, while Brailsford seconds will hope to make it three wins in a row away at Darley Abbey seconds – one of the teams below them in the table.