Thirds secure promotion

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WIRKSWORTH and Middleton’s 3rd XI achieved promotion on Saturday in the Derbyshire County League Division 10N without even having to bowl a ball.

Without a game at the weekend, they nevertheless gained promotion when Mickleover, also now promoted, beat Brailsford.

All that remains is to see which of the two teams finish as champions.

It may come down to W & M’s final game on Saturday, September 17, when the two sides meet at the Middleton ground.

Congratulations as well go to the Sunday League team who have won their division in their first season.

Toby Howard took 3-24 as Chesterfield made 220-6. In reply W & M were in some trouble before James Brierley, 75 not out, and Dale Humphreys, 42 not out, steered them to 151-6 – and enough points to secure the title.