Wirksworth & Middleton CC
by Maurice Ingham
W & M 1st XI fell to a five-wicket loss at Cutthorpe on Saturday.
W & M saw captain David Greatorex, put in to bat first, score 43 with Andy Malia-Barlow making 75 in an opening stand of 122.
Ant Woolley hit 35 and Stuart Poplar 30 but the innings faltered somewhat in pursuit of further runs. A fifth batting point was secured but the total of 204-7 looked to be 30 to 40 runs short of par.
After tea W&M’s new overseas signing Najaf Shah looked impressive despite a niggling injury reducing his pace.
He managed his full 14 overs, however, taking 1-29. There was a wicket each for Jack Pollard and Jimmy Redfern while Jack Allen took 2-46.
For Cutthorpe, who were relegated from Division One last season, Nigel Kingham made 32 (as well as taking four wickets earlier), David Bush hit 39, Asadallah Butt 48 and Andrew Thompson 34 as they just about secured the win.
The second XI overcame Nutbrook by three wickets to make it two wins out of two.
Put in to bat, Nutbrook they made good progress with Witham and Taylor adding nearly 70 for the first wicket.
The introduction of Neil Doxey to the attack brought an immediate reward and, indeed, changed the course of the innings as in 14 overs of subtle variations Doxey took 6-35.
Max Marshall took 1-12 from just 8 overs, James Brierley took a wicket and Lewis Heap had 2-7 at the end as Nutbrook were all out for 157.
In reply W & M, missing a couple of top order batsmen, were in some trouble at 17-3 and then 27-4.
Captain David Hopkinson, batting at five, showed great application again as first Jack Currell with 35, Max Marshall’s 19 and Ian Peacock’s 31 saw the side home in some style. Hopkinson remained 32 not out in a true captain’s innings.
The third XI were too good for Awsworth, winning by six wickets.
Paddy Turner took 4-35 as Awsworth were 106 all out, W & M knocking off the required runs for the loss of just four wickets.