A junior player, aged only 12, opened the batting in a comfortable victory for Wirksworth and Middleton in their latest Derbyshire County League, Second Division match.
Matt Woolley is believed to be the youngest player in Wirksworth’s history to be given such a responsibility. And he didn’t let the side down, figuring in a stand of 64 for the second wicket with Syed Abrar that steered the home team to a six-wicket success over relegation-threatened Rolls-Royce Leisure Derby.
Woolley made only 12, but gained valuable experience at the crease and demonstrated his increasing confidence as Wirksworth successfully chased down Rolls’s paltry total of 139.
Abrar survived a difficult chance on 13 to make a stylish 57 (one six and nine fours) before a powerful 31 not out (one six and four fours) by Jamie Rowland eased Wirskworth home as early as the 28th over.
Two other junior players, Harry Wanford (2-31 in six overs) and Richard Tunnicliffe (five overs for 19 runs), had earlier shone with the ball as Rolls failed to recover from a shaky start. They did progress from 58-4 to 103-5 but then collapsed against excellent bowling by Ben Perry-Taylor (3-21 in 9.2 overs) and Jack Allen (3-7 in four overs).
In Division 6N, batsman David Greatorex made a welcome return from injury by making 41 to help Wirksworth 2nd to a six-wicket success away to Wingerworth.
Greatorex put on 57 for the first wicket with James Brierley after the home side had plunged from 105-2 to 154 all out, thanks to three wickets apiece for Joe Bradbury, Brierley and Neil Doxey. Peter Ashurst also hit a typically breezy 30 in the successful reply, which was completed by Tom Boylan and Neil Taylor.
Bowled out for just 93, Wirksworth 3rd sank to an eight-wicket defeat at home to promotion-chasing Quarndon 4th in Division 8N.