Fine batting displays undo first and seconds

Wirksworth & Middleton second XI batsman Max Marshall adds more to the scoreboard during the clash with Langley Mill.
Wirksworth & Middleton second XI batsman Max Marshall adds more to the scoreboard during the clash with Langley Mill.
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By Maurice Ingham.

Langley Mill’s Sajendra Thimal was the difference between the sides as Wirksworth & Middleton salvaged a losing draw on Saturday.

Batting at number four, Thimal made an unbeaten 102 with no-one else reaching 30. For W & M, Najaf Shah took 2-58 while Stephen Lowe had 1-58. James Brierley and Jack Allen took two wickets each as Langley Mill made 243-8.

W & M made a decent enough start in reply, James Thompson and Andy Malia-Barlow (22) making 38, but then four wickets fell for just 12 runs .

Jack Pollard and David Greatorex took the score to 84 before Pollard went for 30, Greatorex then guiding the innings safely to a draw with an unbeaten half century.

The 2nd XI lost by four wickets to Belper Meadows.

Put in to bat, W & M were in trouble at 24-3, after which Dayle White and Mike Harwood battled conscientiously to take the score to 57 before Harwood was run-out for 12.

Currell made 11 in a stand of 57 before White was well caught for a 52, and two further wickets fell at the same score to leave it 114-7.

David Hopkinson then joined Max Marshall and they added 78 with Marshall clubbing a rampant 59 not out, including six sixes. The captain himself made 14 not out as Wirksworth ended on 192-7.

After tea Marshall took an early wicket and Currell produced two unplayable balls to shatter the stumps and leave the visitors 26-3.

But James Cox’s 98 not out eventually saw Belper to victory with ten overs to spare.

The third XI enjoyed two wins at the weekend, by one wicket at Belper Meadows on Saturday and then by ten wickets over Allestree.

The Sunday game saw Lewis Heap (3-19) and Neil Doxey (6-19) help bowl Allestree out for 87.

In reply Mike Harwood made 17 not out and Martin Kinder 56 not out to secure maximum points in just 12 overs.

The Saturday game was a much tougher affair. Belper made 142 as Heap took 4-25, Stuart Wheeldon 3-19 and Josh Prince 2-14. There was a wicket as well for Keith Williams.

In reply, three wickets fell early on and W & M were 22-3. Tim Shepherd and Colin Julian added 40 before Shepherd was out for 24, then Julian and Williams added another 60, but it came down to the last wicket pair to eventually edge the thirds over the line.