A LATE collapse earned Clifton a draw in their trip to Rolleston on Saturday.
The Willowers were chasing 158 to win the Derbyshire League Division One clash after dismissing the visitors with a fine performance in the field.
Aussie leg-spinner Scott Baker took 4-47, with Alex Woolliscroft (40) and Nick Birds (40) the only real contributors for the West Derbyshire outfit.
Rolleston were cruising towards their target with opener Gareth Marshall (74) still at the crease.
They needed nine off the last over, with Marshall hitting the first ball for two before being run out by Edward Harvey off the second.
Next ball, Alex Brown was stumped by Will Wilson off Birds (4-38) before a dot ball.
With six needed off the last two balls of the innings, Dan Wildman could only get a single.
Ben Liversage, needing a maximum, hit the last ball to long-off but Wildman was run out by visiting skipper Campbell Ogilvie, Rolleston having to settle for the draw.
Earlier, Ogilvie had won the toss and elected to bat.
His side made a solid enough start and reached 33 without loss.
But they lost four quick wickets to Baker and Brown and were on the ropes at 46-4, Ogilvie himself getting trapped in front for a duck.
Woolliscroft and Birds then repaired things with a stand of 79 for the fifth wicket but both fell quickly and the tail was wrapped up by Luke Nelson (3-50).
A target of 158 was well within Rolleston’s capabilities.
Skipper Mark James was out rapidly and Tom Yates (12), batting at three, followed to leave the hosts on 41-2.
But Marshall, who now has an impressive 551 runs at 42 in the league, batted in his usual careful style, with the dashing Tom Rutter hitting 28 in a third-wicket partnership of 73.
After Rutter was run out by Matt Wilson, Baker (10) joined Marshall and added another 21 runs – the hosts looking fine at 135-3.
But thereafter the innings started to stutter.
Wicket-keeper Daniel Clarke and Nelson went for ducks before 151-6 became 152-9 in the final over as Rolleston just missed out on the win.