W&M 1st XI 113-2 (22 points) beat Hilton 1st XI 110 all out (2 points) by 8 wickets
This fine performance from Wirksworth and Middleton 1sts in Division Three has strengthened their lead at the top of the division.
In a game sponsored by the Royal Oak, Hilton’s top order had struggled against the pace of Paul Hindmarch and Dinesh de Silva reaching 56-3 from 23 overs, with the latter taking all three wickets.
Only the prolific Alan Barber (one of three Barbers in the visitors’ side) had looked at all confident. After drinks, with Jack Allen having already replaced Hindmarch, wickets continued to fall.
In the absence of Stephen Lowe in this game, Allen took his chance magnificently. He took the next five wickets, including Barber for 42, to finish with 5-25 from 12 overs.
After decent spells from Jimmy Redfern and James Brierley, de Silva returned to wrap up the innings, finishing with 5-14 from 11 overs.
W&M’s fielding was generally sharp again with a couple of excellent catches as well. At the start of the tea interval, it rained and then stopped at the end of it, quite possibly the first benevolent feature of the weather this season.
In reply, Alex Park, batting in some discomfort from a painful knock while keeping wicket, made 33 with Andy Malia-Barlow scoring 22, as the pair opened with 58 in good time.
After they were out, Aafan Janjua made 23 not out and Hindmarch 20 not out, including two huge sixes. With one eye on the cloudy skies perhaps, the latter, in particular, was in no mood to hang around as the target was reached after just 22 overs.
Marehay 3rd XI 66-6 beat W&M 2nd XI 65 all out by 4 wickets
There is probably not much, if anything, that W&M can learn from this defeat in Divison 7N, only their second loss of the season.
David Hopkinson lost the toss and was duly invited to bat first. Neil Taylor and Max Marshall reached double figures (16 and 11 respectively) as all the batsmen struggled.
Marehay, with games in hand and still unbeaten, fared no better to begin with. At 12-4 after 18 overs and then 33-5, the result was very definitely in the balance.
Neil Doxey, who earlier had batted for nearly 12 overs with Lewis Heap, was now at his niggardly best with the ball. His full 14 overs brought him an astonishing 3-9.
Marshall bowled valiantly as well – 2-21 from 12 – but in the end 63 proved just too few to defend. The 2nds can forget this one and look forward instead to the challenges to come. And, with abandoned games elsewhere, this defeat, with just three points gained, has not done as much damage as might have been feared.
W&M 3rd XI 137-4 beat Matlock 3rd XI 134-8 by 6 wickets
The 3rds recorded their third successive victory to keep them very much in the Division 9N promotion race.
Following their last match, a fortnight ago, against the same opponents, this one was not quite as tense but they still needed to play with resolve.
Five bowlers shared the wickets as Matlock recovered rather well from a somewhat desperate 50-5 after 29 overs. Ray Mullaney, with a belligerent 40, top-scored as Gary McCabe, Jack Griffiths and Gareth Bates took a wicket each.
There were two apiece for Joe Bradbury (2-19 from 14 overs) and Keith Williams.
134, in this most unsettling of summers, can be a tricky target to chase down but Williams made a solid 48 and Michael Wilson hit 16.
After that Bates, with an excellent 34 not out and Griffiths 14 not out, eased the side home to secure a seventh win of the season.
Bayley Cup – Quarter Final
W&M 1st XI 203 all out beat Mickleover 1st XI 164 all out by 39 runs
Alex Park scored a stylish 33 from an opening partnership of 56 with captain David Greatorex, making a rare appearance in the top order this season.
Later, Paul Hindmarch hit a majestic half-century while surviving both a dropped catch and a taken catch from a no-ball along the way. Dinesh de Silva made 43 and James Brierley 11 as W&M, 125-4 at the halfway point, fell short of a healthier total.
Ashley Vaughan and Greg Johnston took four wickets each, taking pace off the ball, but the visitors didn’t help themselves by conceding 37 extras.
Only one league side has scored more than 200 against W&M this season and Mickleover, a division lower, never looked likely to match that. Stephen Lowe’s immaculate medium pace yielded just 11 runs from his full nine overs.
Brierley’s spin did the early damage as far as wickets were concerned, all three of them as the visitors reached 54-3 at drinks.
Afterwards, Jack Allen took three more (following his five the day before).
Hindmarch had two while Jimmy Redfern and a delighted Aafan Janjua took one each. Redfern’s was a particularly smart stumping by Park, his second of the innings, to cap another excellent display by the keeper.
The semi-finals are scheduled for this Sunday, at home to South Wingfield (1.30pm start).