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A maximum delight in Clifton fight

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

By Colston Crawford

Faisal Khan was one of the few batsmen to cope with tricky conditions at Sawley as he top-scored for Clifton with 55 on Saturday.

Faisal Khan was one of the few batsmen to cope with tricky conditions at Sawley as he top-scored for Clifton with 55 on Saturday.

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CLIFTON'S first win in nine matches – and with a maximum 27 points – looks to have banished the threat of relegation from County League Division One.

They travelled to fellow strugglers Sawley & Long Eaton Park on Saturday sitting only six points ahead of them in the table. The teams were third and fourth from bottom in the division.

However, when they left Sawley's home ground at West Park in Long Eaton with 27 points, to their hosts' four, that gap was up to 29 points.

More importantly, Matt Wilson's side are now a healthy-looking 46 points clear of the drop zone with three games to play.

Clifton were put in to bat by Sawley and run-scoring proved difficult, especially against Sawley's outstanding veteran seamer, Barry Hite, who took 5-37.

However, Faisal Khan was again in good form with the bat, as he made 55.

Matt Yardley provided 31 not out later on and Clifton made it to 161-8 – useful, but a very chaseable target.

However, they didn't have to worry.

Campbell Ogilvie matched White's contribution with the ball, taking 5-38 and Sawley did not have a batsman who could match Khan's effort.

Rob Owen (30) and Paul Brunton (32 not out) were their only significant contributors as they slid to 112 all out in 42.5 overs, Clifton winning by 49 runs.

A home game against bottom club Staveley Welfare on Saturday offers the Chapel Lane side the chance to ensure they are safe.

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