Wirksworth and Middleton beaten by league leaders South Wingfield

Wirksworth and Middleton II were beaten by 49 runs in a low-scoring affair against South Wingfield.

Remarkably, given conditions elsewhere, this match was completed using all but about four of the scheduled 92 overs.

Three or four seasons ago four divisions separated these two sides, with South Wingfield II in Division Four North and Wirksworth in Divison Eight North.

For the hosts Ian Naylor and Harry Brown both scored 40s as five W & M bowlers shared the wickets.

James Redfern took 1-20; Joe Bradbury, Richard Tunnicliffe and James Brierley had two each, while Liam Duffy took 3-41.

The innings, which totalled 183 all out, lasted 42 overs giving the visitors an extra four overs to reach the target – or, of course for South Wingfield to take ten wickets.

In the event they needed four balls of the extras. David Greatorex (27) and James Brierley (28) shared 54 for the first wicket, but then it all rather crumbled.

Duffy, with another fine all-round performance made 47 down the order, but received little support as Worksworth were bowled out for 134.

For South Wingfield John Hardwick excelled with 6-29.

The home side has now won its opening three games and, at this early stage, lead the table.