Superb display by nine-wicket bowler

Walton-on-Trent 1st XI v W&M 1st XI - match abandoned

Andy Malia-Barlow made 31 from an opening stand of 48 with Alex Park in Saturday’s Derbyshire County League Division Three game.

After that, Aafan Janjua, an elegant batsman who has not especially enjoyed this summer, stroked 41 as he and Park added 88 before both were out with the score 136, the latter making a gritty 55.

The home side, second in the league, grabbed a fourth wicket as W&M looked for quick runs.

Daryl Williams, another fluent player, made 31 not out with Dinesh de Silva, 19, adding 50 for the fifth wicket.

When the rain arrived shortly before tea, the umpires took the players off and that, sadly, was that.

This Saturday, the 1sts entertain Trentside, who clearly have some decent players despite their current relegations anxieties.

W&M 2nd XI v Wingerworth. No result

A 40-minute rain interruption during the second half of this game effectively ended any hopes of a satisfactory conclusion.

With just three points separating the sides at the top of the table, it was frustrating for both teams.

The visitors, with a second game last weekend, will no doubt have regained their top spot, but they will have played one game more. Put in to bat, Andrew Redfern made a good 81 for W&M in an opening stand of 170 with James Thompson. Continuing the acceleration, Jack Ritchie hit a rapid and cultured 37 as he and Thompson added 58. Jack Currell hit a couple of lusty blows but also received a lusty, painful blow on the knee, one which prevented him from bowling later on. The innings finished with Thompson left on a fine 90 not out.

After tea, Wingerworth began steadily against tight opening spells from Lewis Heap (who had an edge dropped in his first over) and Neil Doxey. The latter made the first breakthrough after 19 overs with the score on 60. By now, it was raining, which didn’t help the bowlers at all, especially the spinner James Brierley, whose first two overs cost 20 runs.

He took a wicket in his next, though, but after 24 overs, as the rain intensified, the players left the field. Resuming at 7.20pm (and a first glimpse of watery sun in a game sponsored by Solar Press) league rules allowed just 12 further overs to be bowled. With no chance of a result and only bonus points to play for, Brierley picked up a second wicket as Wingerworth’s big hitters secured a third batting point. Josh Stanley remained unbeaten.

This Saturday, the 2nds are away to Sawley and LE Park.

West Hallam WR 3rd XI lost to W&M 3rd XI by 53 runs

This was an excellent performance by the 3rds in very difficult conditions.

It was their tenth win of the season (and only one other side in all 18 divisions has more). Put in to bat, W&M displayed a dogged patience throughout, reflecting the growing maturity of some of the younger players.

Against a decent bowling attack on an awkward pitch, Keith Williams with 26 and Peter Ashurst, 21, took the score from 15-2 to 52. A middle order collapse however left W&M tottering rather on 73-7 before captain Colin Julian and Jack Griffiths grafted out another 35 priceless runs.

Both made 20s (before Julian was run out) after which Joe Bradbury, 11, and David Mason, 11 not out, made further invaluable runs.

For the home side, Goulding and Tindall both took three wickets, the former 3-11 in 14 overs.

After tea, along with a rain interruption, Bradbury followed last week’s demolition of Awsworth’s top order with another superb display.

Together with excellent spells from Gareth Bates and Griffiths, a clearly pumped-up Bradbury took a career best 9-48 and, for good measure, effected the run-out for the other wicket as well.

If Griffiths and Bates feel somewhat disappointed not to have got among the wickets themselves, they shouldn’t do. It was their tight control and accuracy that allowed Bradbury to do what he does best: that is to bowl very, very fast.

It was a prime example of cricket’s unique fusion between individual and team performance.

This Saturday, the 3rds entertain Clay Cross at Middleton.