By Maurice Ingham.
Wirksworth & Middleton recorded a welcome victory away at Nutbrook on Saturday.
In spite of Andy Malia-Barlow’s 23, W & M had crumbled to a dismal 35-5 as they batted first. David Greatorex with 39 and Jack Pollard 31 then staged something of a recovery while the final total was aided by some 50 extras.
In reply Stephen Lowe took 5-27 and Najaf Shah 4-47. A run-out completed the wickets and earned a valuable 27 points for the firsts.
The second XI were also victorious as they overcame Cromford Meadows by three wickets.
Batting first in a game sponsored by Chevin Coatings Cromford lost early wickets – two to Jack Currell and a smart run-out- before a very good stand of 105 took the score to 133.
Scott Cook, an accomplished batsman, made 56 and the inimitable Danny Wilson hit 54.
Neil Doxey, however, got Cook’s wicket and later took an excellent caught and bowled to dismiss the dangerous Les Kirk. Max Marshall, meanwhile, bowled his best second spell of the season – 4-12 from seven overs – to finish with 4-38. New recruit Dean Jones took the final wicket giving W & M three extra overs to score the 198 needed.
Liam Murphy went early but Mike Whittall made a hard hitting 38 as he and Neil Taylor took the score to 60.
That became 69-3 after which cameos from Tom Boylan (22) and Marshall (18) kept the score moving. David Hopkinson made an invaluable 25 and Taylor finished with 60 not out. For Cromford Kirk finished with 3-48.
The thirds continued their fine form with wins against Kirk Langley and Belper Amateurs at the weekend.
On Saturday at Kirk Langley, Keith Williams and Stuart Wheeldon took 4-45 and 3-41 respectively and Jordan Duffy 2 for 1 on his debut to bowl the hosts out for 137.
In reply, Peter Ashurst followed his 68 not out last week with 24, Tim Shepherd 32 and Leslie Duffy 27 not out as W&M won with 14 overs to spare.
Belper batted first on Sunday and made 180-9, Martin Dance with 3-29. In reply, Jacob Bradbury hit a rapid 18, Jack Canham 24 and Peter Ashurst a fine 64. Matt Daldorph’s 38 not out and Colin Julian’s 22 not out saw W&M home with ten overs to spare.