W&M fail to break tailender’s defiance

sp90345 Wirksworth v Lullington. The Wirksworth second wicket pair consolidate in the early stages of their innings.
sp90345 Wirksworth v Lullington. The Wirksworth second wicket pair consolidate in the early stages of their innings.

W & M 1st XI 127 lost to Lullington Park 2nd XI 128-9 by one wicket

An unbroken last wicket partnership of 72 saw the visitors to a one-wicket win in Division 3N of the Derbyshire County League.

Or, to put it another way, when Robert Hodson-Walker, Lullington Park’s number 11, walked out to bat, his team were 56-9. There is almost nothing else to say about it.

One could cogitate on Kipling’s ‘two imposters’, I suppose, and the poet’s suggestion to treat them just the same, except this is only a game we are considering, not real life! Hodson-Walker, the visitor’s regular number 11 apparently, (and who for the first couple of overs looked just that) hit exactly 50 with ten hefty boundaries. He batted very, very well.

Before any of this, W & M were deeply disappointed with an inadequate total.

Having got to a creditable 98-2 just after drinks (Andy Barlow 20 and Aafan Janjua 28) they then contrived to lose eight wickets for just 29 more runs.

Only Jack Allen, with 24, made any sort of contribution. Paul Webb, bowling his 14 overs right through, took a worthy 4-37 and, at the end of the innings, a third or fourth change bowler, one R. Hodson-Walker, took 3-4 from six overs.

If he thought that was the end of his involvement in the game, then W & M’s bowlers had other ideas.

Vyash Gobind, in his best spell for the club so far, tore into the visitors’ top order.

He took 4-5 in four devastating overs while Stephen Lowe, bowling a nagging, accurate line and length took three.

Lullington Park were in complete disarray at 33-7. Andy Barlow’s left arm spin made it 54-8 and two runs later a smart run out meant it was, surely, game over.

What followed made something of a mockery of what had gone before. And what of W & M’s morale after this?

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Kirk Langley 1st XI 165 all out lost to W & M 2nd XI 166-1 by 9 wickets

The 2nds’ unbeaten start to the Division 8N season continued with this fine win against mid-table opponents.

An impressive bowling performance, supported by very keen fielding, kept the home side to this modest total.

Gary McCabe led the attack well taking 4-47 from his 14 overs. Tom Allen had 2-22, Neil Doxey 2-31 and there was a wicket each for Max Marshall and Jack Currell.

Given that Kirk Langley had reached 70-0 after 15 overs, this was an excellent, resolute display by the 2nds.

After tea, W & M wanted a good start in pursuit of what is not always an easy target – and that’s what they got.

Captain David Hopkinson and Andrew Redfern batted watchfully before the former went for 28.

James Brierley then made an assured 49 not out and Redfern, with another productive innings, finished on 75 not out.

This coming weekend, the 2nds are away to Ockbrook and Borrowash who, prior to this game, were top of the table, also unbeaten and just seven points ahead of W & M. It should be a game to relish.

Butterley United 2nd XI 56 all out lost to W & M 3rd XI 244-9 by 188 runs

The 3rds’ irresistible form in Division 10N continued with this crushing defeat of a side who began the day in fourth position.

Batting first, Peter Ashurst hit a magnificent 100 to push on from some useful contributions in previous matches.

His 119 included 21 boundaries. Captain Colin Julian, playing second fiddle for much of the time, scored another 50 while an unbroken stand at the end saw Lewis Heap (16 not out) and David Mason (14 not out), add 39 useful runs.

Without leading wicket-takers Gary McCabe (on 2nd XI duties) and Martin Dance (unavailable) the 3rds’ bowling attack might have struggled.

Butterley, in their previous game, made just 94-6 in 46 overs replying to Breadsall’s 143-9 (raw statistics which severely challenge the contention that there is no such thing as a boring cricket match).

In the event, Joe Bradbury 3-19, Lewis Heap 2-11 and Paddy Turner 4-9 were far too good for the opposition batsmen.

Eckington 3rd XI 117 all out lost to W & M 3rd XI 122-1 by 9 wickets

The following day, Lewis Heap took a season’s (and career’s) best figures of 8-18 with a wicket each for Martin Dance and Michael Wilson. In reply, and after the loss of an early wicket, Liam Murphy made 54 not out and Dale White 44 not out to steer W & M to their seventh win in seven games.

This coming weekend (on Sunday) the 3rds travel to Mickleover, who are second in the table, and who should hopefully provide sterner opposition.