Spondon 2nd XI 136 all out lost to Wirksworth and Middleton 1st XI 137-4 by six wickets
WIRKSWORTH and Middleton 1sts made it back-to-back wins on Saturday with a six-wicket victory over Spondon 2nds.
The second XIs of clubs whose first team plays in the Derbyshire Premier League can be formidable opponents, often comprising one or two very experienced senior players stepping down to guide talented youngsters eager to progress.
If that is the case with Spondon there was not much evidence of it in the early exchanges of this Derbyshire County League Division Three encounter as W&M’s opening bowlers reduced the home side’s top order to 36-6.
Paul Hindmarsh, unlucky to be wicketless last week, took 5-41 in an impressive spell of fast bowling, while another immaculate effort from Stephen Lowe gave him 3-16.
One of Spondon’s talented youngsters, James Rigg – batting at number nine – hit 43 to give some respectability to the score before the spinners James Brierley and Andy Malia-Barlow finished off the innings with a wicket each.
In reply, Alex Park made an assured 24 before being run out. Aafan Janjua and Daryl Williams contributed stylish cameos while Luke Boden battled beautifully.
He made an unbeaten 55 with clean, powerful stroke play as W&M, fielding an unchanged side from last week, recorded their second win to go with two abandoned games.
Wirksworth and Middleton 2nd XI 113-7 drew with Darley Dale 2nd XI 176-9
With the seconds looking to erase the disappointment of last week’s narrow Division 7N defeat, this losing draw might be regarded as an improvement of sorts. It didn’t feel much like it, however.
In a game sponsored by Ian the Hairdresser, it might be as well to trim most of the details and accentuate the few highlights.
Max Marshall’s bowling was one with 4-23 in 14 controlled overs. They included the wicket of Dale opener Jonathan Shaw for 43, brilliantly caught by keeper Michael Jefferiss.
Shaw and the engaging Andrew Hartley had made 106 for the second wicket but it was slow going at times. Ian Peacock took three wickets in a varied spell of spin bowling, helped by some more good catches. Liam Murphy took one wicket and another highlight was a superbly athletic run out by Jack Currell.
If the visitors’ batting in the first half of their innings was stately, W&M’s was funereal. After the loss of an early wicket, David Hopkinson and Neil Taylor took the score to just 51-1 after 23 overs.
Shortly after the drinks, attempting to up the tempo, the score became 59-4 with Darley Dale sensing an unlikely victory. Currell and Mike Whittall steadied things down, both playing some decent shots, and later James Thompson looked rock solid making an assured 16 not out to see the game out.
Codnor 2nd XI 45-5 beat Wirksworth and Middleton 3rd XI 44 all out by five wickets
There is not a lot to say about this Division 9N match. It was a difficult wicket to bat on and an unfortunate toss to lose against a team likely to be one of the better sides in this division.
Speculation about how the thirds will fare after their triumphant campaign last year can surely wait for a few more matches.
They made a decent enough start, getting to 20 without loss before it all went a bit wrong. Codnor’s Adam Soar took 5-12.
In reply, a whole-hearted effort from Joe Bradbury saw him take 4-8 in ten fiery overs and Toby Howard took a wicket as well.
In reality, of course, W&M were never likely to defend such a meagre total but another 30 or 40 runs might well have been enough.
Wirksworth and Middleton 312-3 beat Ticknall 53 all out by 259 runs.
This was a rather one-sided affair on Sunday in the first round of the Bayley Cup. Sponsored again by the Hairdresser Ian, it was anything but a close shave.
Of course W&M’s predominantly 1st XI were favourites against Ticknall’s predominantly 2nd XI, one division below, but results don’t always go to plan.
This one did though, as captain for the day Jack Allen, and Alex Park put on 150 for the first wicket at almost seven runs an over before Allen was out for an energetic 59.
Luke Boden and Aafan Janjua kept up the momentum with useful contributions and, with eight of the 45 overs remaining, the score was 224-3.
Paul Hindmarsh then joined Park for his first innings of the season, and the pair plundered 88 scintillating runs. Hindmarsh hit 63 not out in just 33 balls. Park finished with a chanceless 116 not out.
The visitors then succumbed within 25 overs. Hindmarsh took 4-18, Max Marshall, up from the seconds took 1-21 in a very tidy spell, Jimmy Redfern picked up three cheap wickets and James Brierley had four overs of off spin, four maidens and 2-0.
Wirksworth and Middleton 90 all out lost to Teversal 91-0 by ten wickets.
Finally, with the demands of the cup match, a predominantly youthful Sunday side suffered their first defeat of the season.