Trentside 1st XI 185 all out (9 points) lost to W & M 1st XI 199 all out (27 points) by 14 runs.
For the second Saturday running, all of Wirksworth and Middleton’s senior sides won their games.
While the 2nd and 3rd XIs won relatively comfortably, the 1sts had a decidedly trickier affair in Division Three of the Derbyshire County League. It was by no means a flawless performance but a fourth successive victory keeps them equal top of the table.
Winning the toss and batting first, W & M made an encouraging start – 32 for the first wicket – before losing their way rather at 61-4.
Several players made decent starts but only Paul Hindmarsh, batting at number six, passed 20, scoring a fine 66. He and Jack Pollard, making 15, added a vital 44 for the seventh wicket and there was a crucial last-wicket stand of 19, in which Stephen Lowe made 13 not out.
In reply, Trentside, in the lower half of the table – but following an excellent run-chase the previous week – also struggled.
Again, batsmen made good starts but W & M’s bowling has been exemplary so far, none more so than Lowe, whose 14 overs in this one cost just 29 runs, bringing him two wickets.
Hindmarsh took two as well, as did James Brierley. From a rocky 125-7, though, an assault by Trentside’s Ben Tivey took the score to 166.
He made 31, hitting five sixes, five of them in one over off Brierley. Jack Allen, who had earlier scored 19, had him stumped soon after and wrapped things up to finish with 3-10.
It sealed a nerve-wracking, thrilling game. This week’s match, against A & B’s 2nd XI, is likely to be testing too.
W & M 2nd XI 302-5 (27 points) beat Sawley & LE Park 3rd XI 144 all out (points) by 158 runs.
A brilliant second-wicket partnership of 158 laid the foundation for this compelling Division 7N win, following last week’s equally impressive victory.
Michael Jefferiss again made 12, looking totally assured, before falling to another superb catch. It can’t be long before he makes the big scores his ability warrants.
Andrew Mottershead joined Andrew Redfern in a virtually flawless stand of controlled aggression, full of crisp drives, impeccable shot selection and good running.
Redfern, back in the team after helping out in the 3rds for a couple of weeks, made 89. He (along with his brand new hi-tech bat, possibly supplied by the game’s sponsors In-Tech Solutions!) fully deserved a century.
Mottershead, though, did make it to three figures – 114 – before Gary Webster and Peter Ashurst fell in a somewhat selfless pursuit of further quick runs.
These came from Tom Boylan, 22 not out, and Jack Currell, 34 not out, who added 61 blistering runs in the last six overs.
Captain for the day Neil Doxey had enough faith in his bowlers to do the job within the 46 overs. There was a setback, however, when Max Marshall had to withdraw from the attack with a shoulder injury after just two balls of the first over after tea.
In the event, it wasn’t crucial as everyone else chipped in admirably. Wicket-keeper Jefferiss contributed to the first two wickets: an outstandingly athletic catch followed by an equally athletic and astute run-out.
Currell and Joe Bradbury took two wickets each; the latter, given the huge total, had the licence to bowl flat out which can lead to an unpredictable assortment of deliveries.
Doxey took a wicket and Gary McCabe in a welcome return after a lengthy injury took 3-25, inflicting a first defeat of the season for the visitors, with a few overs to spare.
Clay Cross 3rd XI 48 all out (0points) lost to W & M 3rd XI 52-0 (22 points) by 10 wickets.
For the second successive Saturday, the 3rds recorded a ten-wicket victory in Division 9N (while denying their opponents a single point again) which is probably some sort of a record.
Matt Daldorph took 2-15, Jack Griffiths 3-6, Tim Shepherd 4-14 and Keith Williams 1-1 from five overs. Leading wicket taker Lewis Heap conceded just four runs from his seven overs.
In reply, Gareth Bates (23 not out) and Michael Wilson (25 not out) knocked off the runs in just nine overs.
Mansfield Sunday League
Last Sunday and the week before saw W & M’s Sunday side play their away and home games against Whiston. In the first one, Alex Park made a fine 148 (his second century for the Sunday side), James Brierley 61 and Tom Boylan 36 as W & M rattled up 305-4 in their 40 overs.
Brierley later starred with the ball as well, taking 3-13, as the home side batted out for the draw on 149-6.
Last Sunday, in the return fixture, Whiston batted first, making a competitive 207-4.
Anthony Lancashire made his first century for Whiston with a four from the very last ball of the innings. In reply, W & M reached the target with a couple of overs to spare while losing five wickets.
James Thompson carried his bat, finishing on 84 not out, while Alex Park made 33 and James Brierley 45.