W&M ease to victory over struggling Hilton

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Wirksworth & Middleton’s first XI The bowled superbly to dismiss Hilton, without a win so far this season, inside 26 overs on Saturday.

Sirethemba Mjekula made the early inroads, finishing with 3-29 from ten overs, while Harry Wanford bowled five tidy overs at the start before Ant Woolley (2-3), Jack Allen (2-9) and then Stephen Lowe (3-6 from just 2.4 overs) completed the job.

After the break W&M’s top order batsmen stuttered somewhat, slipping to 34-4 as Joe Whitworth and Jamie Sleigh took two wickets each.

Allen and Woolley, though, shared the 30 or so needed without further alarm – the whole innings lasting just 15 overs.

In Division Six North, W&M seconds drew with Matlock.

Batting first, James Thompson, in a rare appearance performed superbly. He made 68 which included a second wicket stand of 68 with David Hopkinson (21).

Liam Duffy then dominated a fourth wicket stand of 87 with Peter Ashurst (20) finishing with 75 not out.

Skipper Hopkinson declared with two overs of the 46 unused.

Matlock batted well without ever looking likely to make a serious attempt to win the game.

Indeed, after 40 overs they had only lost two wickets. They then lost four more in the final eight overs with Phil Braund out for a valiant 52 and Tom Wilkinson for 41.

For W&M Lewis Heap bowled whole-heartedly without success: Neil Doxey took 2-39 and Duffy 2-14 while Matt Daldorph and young left arm spinner Josef Whitfield took a wicket each.

The match was sponsored by John Thompson.

W&M thirds were bowled out for just 29 at Awsworth.

They bowled and fielded well enough, Richard Tunnicliffe taking 1-17, Keith Willis 3-45, Gary McCabe 2-37 and Stuart Wheeldon 4-40 as Awsworth were 142 all out.

After the break, Awsworth’s R Hunter took 6-10 and Liam Miller 4-18 as only Mike Harwood made it to double figures in a disappointing batting display from the thirds.