Mixed weekend for W&M in league and cup clashes

Jack Allen took two wickets in the win over Walton.
Jack Allen took two wickets in the win over Walton.

Wirksworth & Middleton enjoyed a league win over Walton on Saturday but suffered a cup exit at the hands of Langley Mill on Sunday.

On Saturday, visitors Walton were put into bat and reached a solid 66-2; Jamie Rowland took one of the wickets and Max Marshall the other.

After drinks the visitors upped the tempo to good effect, adding another 130 runs and losing wickets in the process.

Ben Perry-Taylor made the first breakthrough; Rowland got another and there were two wickets as well for Jack Allen. Opener Andy Easter was eventually out for 74 while towards the end Nick Campion (26) and Eddie Sloane (23 not out) batted well as Walton made 198-6 .

W & M’s reply didn’t look promising when they stumbled to 30-3 after a dozen or so overs.

Perry-Taylor and Rahim Ali set about rebuilding the innings taking the score to 70-3 at the halfway point.

Whatever was in the drinks clearly suited Perry-Taylor when, in the next over, he hit four blistering boundaries.

By now Ali was struggling with a leg injury which hampered his mobility and he was out for 17 at 119-4, after which Ant Woolley batted imperiously.

With Perry-Taylor, 48 were added in quick time including 25 from two consecutive overs – mainly in boundaries.

Perry-Taylor went for 64: Allen hit a couple of fours before Jack Ritchie sealed the victory with a first ball off-drive for yet another boundary.

Woolley finished unbeaten on 57 and both his and Perry-Taylor’s innings were high quality fare.

On Sunday, a century from Syed Abrar wasn’t enough as Langley Mill prevailed in the Marston’s Trophy.

Langley Mill made 313-6 with several players scoring well, Marshall and Perry-Taylor taking two wickets each.

Abrar’s efforts were the highlight of the response but W&M fell 39 runs short and the Millers progressed.

W&M seconds earned a winning draw at Morton Colliery.

Put in to bat W&M lost a very early wicket but ended up posting 222-5, some fine partnerships proving key and Neil Taylor’s fine 107 the highlight.

Jimmy Redfern and Richard Tunnicliffe, with two wickets each, had the home sde 23-3 after 11 overs and then 43-4. A decent partnership lifted the score to 115-5 but, by then, the asking rate was virtually out of reach – even with the dangerous Darren Caunt at the crease who finished 98 not out.

Josef Whitfield took two wickets and James Brierley and Liam Duffy one each as Morton saw the game out 53 runs adrift.

W&M thirds lost by 39 runs to Butterley Utd.

The hosts bowled Butterley out for 129, Jack Currell with 4-22, but then scored just 90 in response to seal United’s win.