Broken toe can’t stop Woolley as W&M win

Ben Perry-Taylor took 3-11 as Wirksworth & Middleton beat Aston-on-Trent.
Ben Perry-Taylor took 3-11 as Wirksworth & Middleton beat Aston-on-Trent.

Wirksworth & Middleton first XI eased to a 108-run win at Aston-on-Trent on Saturday.

Put into bat, W&M were a rocky 50-4 before a prosperous partnership between new arrival Syed Abrar with 66 and captain Ant Woolley, 84, turned things around.

Woolley, hampered by a broken toe, used a runner while two or three others chipped in with useful runs as well as W&M made 239-8 .

After the break Max Marshall and Harry Wanford opened the bowling. The latter bowled a tight spell while the former, though leaking a few runs, took two valuable, top-order wickets.

Three Aston batsmen made 20s but none pushed on further as Jamie Rowland and Jack Allen took two wickets each and Ben Perry-Taylor had 3-11 as Aston were all out for 131.

In Division Six North, the second XI made do with a losing draw at home to Cutthorpe.

The previous week Cutthorpe had successfully chased 214 to win, their first victory of the season, with their top four batsmen scoring 186 runs between them. This week those same four players totalled just six as the team tottered to 19-5 after 15 overs.

Jamie Redfern took four wickets and Richard Tunniclife one.

But the visitors then accumulated another 160 runs, despite James Brierley and Josef Whitfield taking two wickets each, Cutthorpe eventually restricted to 175.

In reply, W&M got off to the worst possible start when Brierley was out to the very first ball of the innings and the second wicket fell in the next over.

David Greatorex and Ashley Spendlove put together a measured stand of 59 before the latter was out for 43 and W&M were 79-3 at drinks.

Almost immediately after the break, however, Jordan Duffy who had played well, was caught and bowled for 12 then 80-4 became 100-5 when Liam Duffy was out and a two further wickets fell at 131, Greatorex out for 47.

Eventually W&M saw things out to claim a draw, closing on 141-7.

The third XI had a winning draw at Denby to add to successive victories.

W&M’s innings was dominated by a big partnership between Neil Doxey who made 84 and Peter Ashurst’s 97, the latter run out from the final ball of the innings).

On a smaller gound both of them might well have reached three figures.

After tea the hosts slipped to 65-6 at one point but managed to cling on and secure a draw.

For Denby Dave Cherry top-scored with 30 while for W&M Jack Currell and Jacob Bradbury both took three wickets with Joe Bradbury and Matt Woolley one each.