All three Wirksworth sides record victories

Wirksworth & Middleton’s first XI eased past visiting side Hilton by nine wickets on Saturday.

The visitors, put in to bat, made a lively start. Young Harry Wanford, sharing the new ball again, had difficulties gripping it in the damp conditions.

He was replaced by Stephen Lowe whose larger hands coped rather better. He took two wickets, one a very smart stumping by Michael Jefferiss, along with one for Sinethemba Mjekula and a run out.

Max Marshall joined the attack to good effect as Hilton stuttered to 80-6 at the halfway, 23 overs point.

After drinks Neil Barber counter-attacked with some lusty blows, top-scoring for Hilton with 38, but wickets continued to fall regularly.

Towards the end 13-year-old Richard Tunnicliffe, making his first XI debut, bowled two or three very tidy overs before another run-out finished the innings at 126 all out.

Lowe took 3-26 from 11 overs and Marshall, in his most successful spell of the season, had 4-21 from 11.

After tea W&M lost an early wicket but another elegantly stylish innings from Aafan Janjua with 74 not out was well-supported by Jordan Duffy’s 34 not out as the firsts hurried to the win in under 24 overs.

The seconds won away at Matlock by eight wickets.

Put in to bat on a damp, greenish pitch, the home side made ponderous progress against accurate opening bowling from Josh Prince and Mark Woodward. The batsmen meandered along to 61-3 at the halfway point.

Phil Braund made 37 while Paul Chadbourne top-scored with 53 not out.

For W&M Liam Duffy took 2-42, Woodward had 1-23 and James Brierley 1-42.

After tea, Brierley starred with the bat, reaching an unbeaten century, partnered along the way by Neil Doxey who made 28.

The third XI made it a clean sweep with a five wicket win over Belper Amateurs on Sunday.

They bowled out Amateurs for 150, Neil Doxey with 7-17 the highlight.

W&M knocked the target off with a couple of overs to spare, Martin Kinder with 36 and James Thompson 58 not out as they secured the victory.