W & M 1st XI 97-7 drew with Alrewas 1st XI 154 all out
THE winning sequence for Wirksworth and Middleton 1sts came to a disappointing end on Saturday against lively opponents buoyed by a first victory of the season in their previous game.
Despite their lowly league position in Division Three of the Derbyshire County League, Alrewas played the better cricket in difficult batting conditions, in a game sponsored by In-Tech Solutions.
W & M’s main strike bowlers, Dinesh de Silva and Paul Hindmarch, though taking four and three wickets respectively, did not, in fact, use the helpful conditions particularly well.
James Burton top scored for the visitors with a very well made 45, which included 18 from two of Stephen Lowe’s 14 overs.
In spite of this, Lowe finished with 1-38 in yet another example of superb accuracy.
Two run-outs completed the wickets column in what, at tea, might have seemed to be a modest and gettable total.
Alrewas had made an opening stand of 59 and reached the halfway, 23-overs point on 73-3.
In contrast W&M were 40-3 after 14 overs and 58-5 at drinks.
Alex Park batted valiantly for 18 – an innings worth far more in the circumstances as the pitch, drying out, became even trickier to bat on.
Patience was required – and not always shown – and there were, in addition, two outstanding catches at this level of cricket.
After drinks, it became a battle for survival with David Greatorex and, later on, Jack Pollard responding well.
Not the best of games, then, by the 1sts but this is a highly talented group of players and one poor performance doesn’t make them a poor team.
They will bounce back.
Heanor 2nd XI 116 all out lost to W&M 2nd XI 174-9 by 58 runs
A third wicket partnership of 63 between James Brierley (27) and James Thompson – an excellent 67 – was the backbone for a decent total in Division 7N.
Tom Boylan hit an unbeaten 22 later on while Andy Mann, with 4-47, was Heanor’s most successful bowler. He starred with the bat as well, hitting a fierce 60 but it was rather a lone effort as the W&M bowlers dominated.
Jack Currell bowled well for just one wicket, so too did Lewis Heap, retaining his place in the 2nds.
Max Marshall, recovering from a shoulder injury, took 2-15 from seven tight overs while James Brierley, returning to form (and confidence) finished with 5-38.
It is, of course, far too early to be talking of promotion but the 2nd XI squad look to be a formidable outfit in this division and are currently playing very good cricket.
W&M 3rd XI 250-6 beat Mickleover 3rd XI 47 all out by 203 runs
This was, without doubt, the 3rd XI’s best all-round display of the season so far in Division 9N.
Put in to bat at Middleton Rec, W&M reached a respectable 93-4 at the halfway point.
By then, Jacob Bradbury had joined Peter Ashurst, who was batting with great responsibility, and the pair added 96 for the fifth wicket.
Bradbury made an exhilarating 52 before Jack Griffiths and Ashurst hit 73 for the sixth wicket.
Griffiths, a rapidly improving cricketer of real ability, scored 36 before Ashurst went on to complete a fine unbeaten century, an innings of mature composure.
In their reply, no Mickleover batsman reached double figures.
Matthew Daldorph and Tim Shepherd both took two wickets while Griffiths, completing an excellent all-round match, had six maidens in his seven overs and figures of 4-4.
All of the 3rd XI’s home fixtures are again sponsored by Aalco – distributors of stainless steel.
Under Colin Julian’s captaincy, this 3rd XI has steely quality in abundance.
Bayley Cup – 2nd Round
W&M 1st XI 87-4 beat Riddings 1st XI 83 all out by 6 wickets
Only Dave North with 33 provided much resistance for the visitors as W&M eased into the third round without too much trouble.
David Greatorex shuffled six bowlers, giving some of his lesser-used players longer spells. Jimmy Redfern took 4-33 and James Brierley 2-10.
There were wickets also for Dinesh de Silva, Stephen Lowe and Jack Pollard as Riddings, currently mid-table in Division 4N, were dismissed inside 32 overs.
In reply, W&M had a period of stuttering, losing three wickets for 18 after six overs.
After that, de Silva, who is having to readjust to English pitches in difficult conditions in his second weekend with the club, made 23 while spending valuable time in the middle.
He was partnered by Pollard, 18 not out, as 44 were added for the fourth wicket.
Alex Park, more used to opening for the 1st XI, then scored 13 not out, hitting the winning runs in the 18th over with three beefy blows.
The game was generously sponsored by Walkers the butchers.
Mansfield and District Sunday League – Division 5
W&M 221-5 beat Blidworth 82 all out by 139 runs
Two half centurions from Saturday, James Thompson for the 2nds and Jacob Bradbury with the 3rds, came together in this match.
Bradbury scored 60 and Thompson 65 not out.
Jack Currell and Liam Murphy both made 24 in a very competitive total.
Jacob Bradbury’s brother Joe then took over with the ball, beginning with a double wicket maiden as the visitors crumbled to 5-5, then 12-6.
After a rally of sorts, the innings was finished off by Ollie Julian (more commonly found behind the stumps) claiming the last two wickets in two balls.
Thus he is on a hat-trick next time he bowls.
This was an excellent start for new captain of the Sunday side Matthew Daldorph, who has now agreed to take on the job for the rest of the 2012 season.
Before now, it was something of a flexible arrangement depending on availability, so to have young Daldorph, a popular recent product of the club’s youth teams, in charge, looks to be a sound move.