Wirksworth and Middleton CC II seal solid win

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Wirksworth and Middleton CC II emerged at sunny Wirksworth with an important victory from a fluctuating and well-balanced game, played in a commendably sporting spirit.

Morton began with a charge as Martyn Poiney scored a violent 28 of the opening 30 partnership.

But Wirksworth kept focus and only 19 came in the next 10 overs, with Jimmy Redfern bowling a steady spell.

Morton dug in and reached the par 200 mark with strong contributions from the middle order.

Liam Duffy bowled an accurate spell and James Brierley (4-44) winkled out the tail with his off spin.

The home fielding also saved perhaps 20 runs, which proved to be crucial.

Joe Bradbury was outstanding with his running and throwing and Martin Kinder made a vital catch in the outfield.

In reply Wirksworth depended on two experienced batsman; Liam Murphy, in his first match of the season, establishing the innings with a determined 51, and Ashley Spendlove taking the side over the line with 76 not out, a cool, responsible innings under pressure.

Josef Whitfield, Martin Kinder and Liam Duffy supported him stolidly through the last overs.