Brilliant Barlow hits ton in W&M victory

sp90295 Wirksworth V Swanwick, Katie Green (Wirksworth) is congratulated by her teammates after catching James Brierley.
sp90295 Wirksworth V Swanwick, Katie Green (Wirksworth) is congratulated by her teammates after catching James Brierley.

Mickleover 1st XI 249-5 lost to Wirksworth & Middleton 1st XI 250-1 by 9 wickets

WIRSKWORTH and Middleton recorded this handsome victory on a day that proved desperately hard work for bowlers of both sides in this Derbyshire County League Division Three clash.

Only six wickets fell in more than 90 overs and two of those were run outs. Five of the wickets were taken by W & M: two to Vyash Gobind – still waiting for weather and pitches that resemble anything like his native South Africa – and one to Jack Pollard.

In reply, a compelling and morale boosting batting performance saw the 1sts to their second win of the season.

Aaafan Janjua, last season’s leading run scorer for W & M, made 50 in a century opening stand, after which Owen Kernan, promoted up the order, hit 40 not out in support of Andy Barlow’s brilliant 134 not out.

For Kernan, signed on a temporary contract, this was his last match for W and M and the club wishes him well.

W & M 2nd XI 233-7 beat Swanwick Hall 2nd XI 225 all out by 8 runs

With its ebbs and flows, its periods of absorbing tension and moments of individual brilliance this was a hugely entertaining match in Division 8N. If cricket is a microcosm of life, this game merits its own biography.

W & M’s innings was a rags-to-riches tale. After two experienced batsmen went cheaply, soon followed by a third wicket, the 2nds were 19-3.

A youthful middle order revival took the score to 66 before the in-form Mike Whittall was very well caught on the long square leg boundary for 41. Liam Murphy then joined Jack Ritchie in an exuberant, intelligent stand of 112 before Ritchie was bowled for 86. It was wonderful innings, deserving of a century.

Murphy went on to complete an unbeaten 50 full of clean hitting and impish running. For the visitors, the canny Duncan Green took 4-49.

After tea, Tom Allen made an early breakthrough, at which point Richard Sharp announced his intentions by unceremoniously thumping his first ball to the boundary. Several others soon followed in a stand-and-deliver approach which suggested a quickfire 30 or 40 before a miscue and a catch. Except – that didn’t happen.

The wily Neil Doxey had begun a long spell but, at drinks, the visitors, on 113-3, of which the increasingly versatile Sharp had made 72 not out, were handily placed. Doxey, prepared to buy his wickets, took 3-58, the second of which was an outstanding catch by Andrew Redfern.

Ritchie got a wicket and, as the pressure mounted, there were two rather nervous run-outs as well, but at 189-7 and nine overs remaining it was anyone’s game. Max Marshall returned to the attack and got the rewards his efforts deserve.

He bowled his full 14 overs and finished with 3-46, an outstanding return in the circumstances. The match was sponsored by In-Tech Solutions and W & M found their solutions at last to bowling the opposition out. It needed a second superb catch though, this one by Liam Murphy to win the game with just one over left. Richard Sharp, who hardly deserved to be on the losing side, remained unbeaten on 139. It was a wonderful match.

W & M 3rd XI 95-2 beat Alfreton 4th XI 92 all out by 8 wickets

The 3rds made it five wins out of five with another convincing performance in Division 10N.

In the absence of Gary McCabe, Martin Dance led the attack in fine style, taking 4-26. Lewis Heap took two more wickets and Matthew Daldorph impressed again with 4-20. The final total of 92 was something of a recovery for the visitors who, at one point, were 44-7. A feature of this bowling performance was that nine of the wickets were clean bowled.

In reply, and after losing an early wicket, Peter Ashurst made a solid 36 before Mike Harwood, 40 not out, and Gareth Bates completed the victory in fewer than 19 overs.

W & M should relish sterner contests during the season but meanwhile, under Colin Julian’s captaincy, there will be no room for complacency in these less challenging games.

Finally, Wirksworth and Middleton’s Sunday side completed a seven-wicket victory over hosts Firbeck who were dismissed for 142 before W&M knocked off the runs. Lewis Heap impressed with the ball, taking four wickets for the visitors.

Jack Allen (71 not out) and Andrew Redfern (29 not out) were the main runscorers for Wirksworth.