Relegation battle sees Wirksworth lose out

Wirksworth second XI bowler Neil Doxey is pictured in action against Belper Amateurs on Saturday.
Wirksworth second XI bowler Neil Doxey is pictured in action against Belper Amateurs on Saturday.

By Maurice Ingham.

Wirksworth & Middleton suffered a big blow to their survival hopes as hosts and relegation rivals Tutbury beat them by 61 runs on Saturday.

Sam Wesson top-scored for the home side with 66 and Colin Skitrall made 42. W & M were, for various reasons, without four top players while Stephen Lowe suffered a recurrence of his Achilles problem preventing him from bowling more than three overs.

Jack Allen bowled a decent spell taking 3-41; so too did Max Marshall with two wickets and Najaf Shah, one, as Tutbury made 204-6.

In reply Jack Ritchie top-scored with 19 while Michael Jefferiss made 17. For Tutbury K. Chadfield took 5-44.

The second XI’s lingering hopes of securing a fourth successive promotion have all but evaporated after a losing draw with Belper Amateurs.

Put in to bat, Belper’s brothers Deeming, Billy and Oliver, made 68 for the first wicket before a smart run-out by Liam Murphy dismissed the former for 17.

At the half-way point the visitors were 86-1 after which Liam Duffy took the first of his three wickets courtesy of a fine catch by Neil Doxey.

A third wicket stand of 63 took the score to 160 before Oliver Deeming was out for 83, before Chris Maleham went on to hit 58 in Belper’s total of 225-8.

With Murphy and Neil Taylor putting on 45 for the first wicket at five an over the total looked distinctly achievable. But when Murphy was out for 35 with the score 58-2 W & M then lost four wickets for just two runs.

A stand of 85 took the score from 60-5 to 145 before Tom Boylan was out for 45, after which captain David Hopkinson joined Duffy, 37 not out, to guide the seconds to a comfortable draw. For the visitors Jake Kington took 4-31.

The third XI earned their tenth win of the season by 88 runs at Ockbrook & Borrowash.

Mike Harwood and Tim Shepherd got the innings off to a good start followed by substantial runs from Jordan Duffy, 25 and Matt Daldorph, 24. Shepherd top-scored with 73 while Keith Williams was 38 not out.

After tea the bowlers took over with Gary McCabe, 4-28 and Toby Howard, 4-29 doing most of the damage.