Wirksworth & Middleton CC
by Maurice Ingham
W&M 1st XI’s opening game should have been against Belper Meadows 1st XI. Alas, it didn’t happen.
An exodus of several senior players during the winter saw the Belper club’s request to withdraw from Division Two granted by the league – but with no time to make adjustments.
The division, therefore, now comprises just 11 teams rather than 12.
In Division 6N, the second XI overcame Clowne Town by seven wickets.
This was a most encouraging start for the seconds in their new, higher division against opponents who finished last season in a comfortable mid-table position.
Batting first, on a good pitch, the home side made steady progress after the loss of an early wicket to Jack Pollard.
W & M’s bowlers kept a tight, probing line however and, apart from too many no balls, made the batsmen work hard for their runs.
Off spinner James Brierley took three wickets, Jack Currell and Lewis Heap one each while Pollard returned to finish strongly with 5-48.
For Clowne only Holmes and Slater made substantial runs Clowne were 153 all out.
In reply Michael Jefferiss and James Thompson blunted the Clowne attack with an opening stand of 40, after which Jack Ritchie and Thompson added a further 60 in very good time.
Ritchie went for 24 and at 119 Thompson was out for a fine 51.
Tom Boylan (27 not out) and Peter Ashurst (9 not out) then guided W & M home without any fuss as the target was reached in just 28 overs.
There was a win too for the Sunday side who beat Mansfield & Pleasley by 104 runs in the Mansfield & District Sunday League Section Four.
Batting first, W & M’s David Greatorex made 32 , Anthony Woolley an imperious 69 and Jack Allen 65 not out as they made 234-4.
In reply, Mansfield kept up the asking rate for a while but Jimmy Redfern and Allen took two wickets each, Lewis Heap one and Andy Malia-Barlow 4-40, as well as effecting an excellent direct hit run-out.