Better display sees W&M earn a winning draw

Wirksworth & Middleton produced a good display against Swarkestone on Saturday although couldn’t quite manage a win.

Batting first they lost two wickets for fewer than 40, Sirethemba Mjekula making 25 of them.

A third wicket stand of 96 saw Aafan Janjua score welcome runs with 62 and Liam Murphy a bright 54 before being run out. Ant Woolley then hit an unbeaten 48 to help post the decent total of 223-4.

After tea the home side lost wickets steadily, making 78-4 at the half-way point, and never really looked capable of reaching the target. Thornton and Wilcox with 43 and 37 top-scored while lower down the order Kolhe, 24 helped ensure the draw.

W&M’s bowlers shared the wickets as Harry Wanford, Jack Allen and Mjekula all took two and Stephen Lowe and James Brierley one each. The 19 points sees the firsts remain in third place.

On Sunday, in a somewhat bizarre match,W&M won their Boolers Bayley Cup quarter-final cup match at home to Spondon by 89 runs

W&M scored just 119, Liam Murphy with 35 being the top scorer.

Whatever captain Ant Woolley said at the break did the trick. Sirethemba Mjekula with 7-16 and Stephen Lowe 3-14 destroyed the opposition in fewer than 14 overs as they were all out for only 30.

In Division Six North, Wirksworth second XI drew with Stanton Elks.

Stanton Elks were invited to bat by Wirksworth captain, David Hopkinson, and flourished in benign conditions against a weakened bowling attack, being 97-1 at the half-way point, the wicket a sharp catch by Jack Ritchie.

Elks drove ahead to a challenging total of 236-7, Matthew Sisson top scoring witha powerful 82.

He was dismissed by Liam Duffy, the best of the bowlers, who took 3-44 in 14 accurate overs. Other wicket-takers were opening bowlers, Jacob Bradbury (2) and Neil Doxey. 

In reply W&M made a steady start against combative bowling and were 75-2 after 23 overs with all to play for.

Acceleration proved more difficult and with Neil Taylor (38) and Liam Duffy (26) both dismissed at 104 the innings fell away.

Peter Ashurst made a defiant 20 with Hopkinson and Doxey blocked out the last four overs, even snicking an additional bonus point. For the Elks, Matthew Winfield took 5-31.

The third XI lost by 125 runs at Alfreton thirds having bowled the hosts out for 185, Keith Williams taking four wickets.

Wirksworth were all out for 60 in reply, Joe Bradbury top scoring with 19.