Good points haul despite weather intervention

Ant Woolley scored his third successive half century for Wirksworth on Saturday.
Ant Woolley scored his third successive half century for Wirksworth on Saturday.

Wirksworth & Middleton firsts saw their game at Morton Colliery abandoned on Saturday but still took away the lion’s share of the points.

After a delayed start had reduced the game to 31 overs a side W&M’s top order all made runs with Aafan Janjua scoring an impressive 30.

Stuart Poplar also made a good 30, Michael Jefferiss made 25 and Sinethemba Mjekula, in his first real chance of the season, hit 29.

Another captain’s innings saw Ant Woolley score his third consecutive half century – a fine unbeaten 73 from just 35 balls as W&M finished on 208-4.

A further interruption for rain meant the match became a timed game. W&M, though, did their best to win it.

Max Marshall once again bowled a tidy, accurate opening spell without reward , while Stephen Lowe took two wickets and Dayle White had a couple of overs and one wicket.

Leading the way with his most impressive spell so far was Mjekula who took 5-22 to complete a fine all-round performance. Jefferiss took a very good catch in another impressive display behind the stumps, as Wirksworth took 15 points to Morton’s nine, the hosts finishing on 107-8.

Elsewhere, both scheduled second XI games and the Sunday XI’s fixture were cancelled and the thirds were also denied a finish at Belper Meadows.

When the match finally got under way it was reduced to 28 overs a side but further interruptions saw it become a timed game.

The thirds were without captain Keith Williams, injured in the previous game and also fielded five juniors.

Against a strong, high-flying Belper Meadows side they acquitted themselves well enough, Meadows declaring on 162-2.

Paddy Turner and Joe Bednall took a wicket each while, in reply, Colin Julian and Mike Harwood made runs as the thirds avoided defeat comfortably enough, ending on 72-5.