Poor shot selection is costly for W&M

Wirksworth and Middleton's Jack Allen loses his wicket as he is clean bowled by a well-disguised googly in a low scoring match against Brailsford.
Wirksworth and Middleton's Jack Allen loses his wicket as he is clean bowled by a well-disguised googly in a low scoring match against Brailsford.

Derbyshire County League Division Three

W & M 1st XI 130-9 lost to Brailsford 1st XI 131-6 by four wickets.

WIRKSWORTH and Middleton 1sts lost this one in the first hour of the game.

Put into bat, after a delayed start that had reduced the match to 42 overs a side, W & M limped to a dismal 130-9.

A combination of poor shot selection and a couple of outstanding catches contributed to the damage.

Jack Pollard, with a dogged 23, and Owen Kernan, 55 not out, then shared a stand of 62 and staged a recovery of sorts. Stephen Lowe added valuable runs at the end to secure a second batting point.

Kernan’s innings was an excellent effort, combining calculated aggression with sound defence. For Brailsford, Dan Nicks took 3-31.

In reply, the visitors didn’t have it all their own way. Tight bowling from Kernan and especially Lowe restricted the run rate to little better than two an over and when both took a wicket, Brailsford were 47-2 after 19 overs.

A neat sibling effort saw Chris Barlow hang on to a very sharp catch from brother Andy’s bowling to dismiss the highly experienced and dangerous Duncan Player.

Three further wickets fell, including opener Jago Pearson for 54, before the match, generously sponsored by Westons, was won and lost.

With only four overs remaining, another 30 or 40 runs from W & M’s top order might well have reversed the result.

Meanwhile, Wirksworth & Middleton 2nds played at Wingerworth S in Division 8N and drew the game, after compiling a total of 226-6 from 46 overs.

The hosts were hanging on for dear life at the end, finishing on 176-9.

Finally, W&M 3rds hosted Ashover in Division 10N and earned a 97-run victory.