By Maurice Ingham.
A wild and blustery day saw 20 wickets fall for fewer than 200 runs with only two batsmen passing 20 as Wirksworth & Middleton fell to defeat at home to Sandiacre Town on Saturday.
Buoyed by the previous week’s success, W & M’s bowlers continued their good work. Stephen Lowe took 5-24 while Najaf Shah, took 3-20.
James Brierley’s flighted off-spin contained the batsmen and brought a wicket as well, while the three young Jacks – Allen, Pollard and Ritchie – were brilliant in the field.
For the visitors, the experienced David Jordison top-scored with an aggressive 21.
In reply, Michael Jefferiss batted with calm elegance for 27 overs, scoring 31 (the highest of the game) but the rest, in the face of accurate bowling and noisy assertive fielding tumbled sadly.
For Sandiacre Paul Standring took 4-24 and Adam Fearnley 3-11.
The game was generously sponsored by Community Fayre.
The second XI won by nine wickets away at Breadsall, who batted first.
After an early wicket for Max Marshall a decent stand saw the home side reach 76-1 in the 20th over before a sharp stumping, by Ian Peacock off Neil Doxey’s bowling, saw James Drew out for 50.
The same bowler then took three more wickets make it 102-5, before Jack Currell took a wicket at 138 which, unbelievably, completed Breadsall’s scoring.
A three-wicket maiden by Currell and another wicket for Marshall saw Breadsall lose their last five batsmen for no runs. Currell finished with 4-12, Doxey 4-42 and Marshall 2-24.
After tea Alex Park, in his first game of the season for W & M, showed real class scoring 79 not out. Tom Boylan made 31 in an opening stand of 94 while Ashley Spendlove scored 25 not out. W & M secured this fine win with 17 overs to spare.
The third XI’s mid-season wobble continued with defeat to table-topping Riddings.
W & M scored just 90 with Colin Julian making 26. For Riddings David Hargreaves took 4-18 and David Clarke 3-19.
Lewis Heap led the thirds’ attack manfully, taking the two wickets to fall, but a total of 90 was always too small to defend successfully and Riddings won by eight wickets.