Gobind stars in first win of the campaign

Trentside 1st XI 181 all out lost to Wirksworth & Middleton 1st XI 253-7 (27 points) by 72 runs

Aaafan Janjua and Jack Allen both scored 50s in a third wicket partnership of 50 in Division Three of the Derbyshire County League, after which Allen and Vyash Gobind, in his W & M debut, added 103 for the fourth wicket.

Gobind, from South Africa, made 93 on only his second day in cold, cloudy and drizzly England.

He then took three wickets and Stephen Lowe 4-32, as the home side slumped first to 23-3 and, after a little resistance, got to 181. Andy Barlow, Jack Pollard and Jack Allen took a wicket each with young keeper Michael Jefferiss taking four catches as the 1sts secured their first win of the season.

W & M 2nd XI 197-7 drew with Pilsley 2nd XI 142-9

In Division 8N, this was a very good game played in an excellent spirit.

Winning the toss and batting first, W & M crept to 55-1 from 23 overs on a sluggish pitch. After drinks, and while attempting to push on, Neil Taylor fell to a fine catch for 37, followed shortly by David Hopkinson, who made a hard-working 39.

Thereafter, the experienced Ian Peacock made 20 but it was two younger players who most caught the eye.

Mike Whittall, following his 98 for the 3rds last week, made a stylish 31 with some wonderfully clean hitting.

Then Max Marshall scored an equally impressive 33 not out, including 18 from the final over. Clearly, the boy has been watching too much T20 cricket.

In reply, Pilsley found the going equally tough. After 23 overs (which included a 15-minute rain break and a superb catch off his own bowling by Neil Doxey) they were 56-1. The wickets fell at regular intervals and only Stuart Randall, with 40, threatened to get the visitors anywhere near the target.

Captain Hopkinson juggled his bowlers well but, for the second time in their three draws, W & M couldn’t get the final wicket. Lewis Heap and Andrew Redfern took a wicket each, there were two for Marshall and Doxey, while Jack Currell finished with an excellent 3-20. This match, like the 1st XI’s cup game on Sunday was generously sponsored by Ian’s Hairdresser.

Breadsall 3rd XI 135 all out lost to W & M 3rd XI 138-9 by 1 wicket

In Division 10N, the 3rds maintained their great start to the season, making it three wins out of three. It was a nailbiting affair, however.

Chasing a modest target, Tom Boylan starred with the bat, scoring a fine 60 but, at the fall of the ninth wicket, with still 13 or 14 to get, it was anyone’s game.

Martin Dance, who earlier took three wickets, kept his nerve to make 12 not out and secured the victory.

W & M 1st XI 200 all out lost to Langley Mill 1st XI 202-6

On Sunday, in the first round of the Marston’s Smooth Trophy, several players, in a somewhat depleted W & M side, chipped in with useful runs but only Andy Barlow, with 65, and Jack Allen, 40 not out, made more significant contributions.

They were two fine innings against an exuberant and well-organised Langley Mill side but 200 seemed, despite the miserable weather, an underpar score.

At first though, it appeared that it might be enough. Vyash Gobind took three quick wickets, Stephen Lowe another – that of the dangerous Sajendra Thimal – to reduce the visitors to 36-4.

But then a stand of 130 between the Baileys turned the game around.

Andrew was eventually out for 44 but Paul, having survived a hugely confident appeal first ball – and another soon after – hit a high class 84 not out to see the visitors home.

For W & M, Jack Allen and Chris Barlow were the other wicket takers.

Meanwhile, the Sunday side recorded their third win of the season (the other was a winning draw) overcoming South Wingfield’s 174 all out. Lewis Heap starred with the ball, taking five wickets.

In reply, W & M lost seven wickets in the chase with Tom Boylan 60 not out and Mike Whittall’s 32 the highlights. Jack Griffiths had a good match, taking a wicket and scoring 25.