Wirksworth & Middleton continued their good start to the season with a two-wicket win against Denby seconds on Saturday.
Damp patches on the bowlers’ run-ups saw the match reduced to 41 overs a side and a hard-fought, tense game ensued.
For the home side Liam Glenn top-scored with 42; Ben Buckley made 23 and Paul Scott was 40 not out as they ended on 142-6. Pick of the W & M bowlers was Jack Allen with 3-27 from ten overs and there was a wicket each for Stephen Lowe and Sinethenba Mjekula. Just eight extras were conceded.
After tea W&M made a woeful start, slumping to 7-3 after five overs.
New captain, Ant Woolley, played the innings of the match but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.
When Woolley eventually went for a fine 59, W&M still needed 34 with just two wickets left.
Max Marshall batted with great maturity along with Lowe. He made eight not out and Marshall 28 not out as the win was secured with just a few balls to spare. For Denby Joey Severn took 4-37.
The second XI overcame Ambergate by six wickets in their first game of the season.
In a game sponsored by East Lodge, W&M batted well but were guilty of six or seven dropped catches in the field.
Sam Beveridge top-scored for the visitors with 83 not out but was badly dropped when he had scored just five and again on 50. Adam Bannister made 56 and George Penman 40 not out. As for the bowling Lewis Heap took 2-37 from while Harry Wanford took the other wicket as Ambergate finished on 214-3.
After tea the 2nds lost an early wicket followed by a partnership of 60; Tom Boylan made 30 and Neil Taylor 42.
Peter Ashurst then batted powerfully making 71 but when he was out in the 37th over 42 was still needed at five an over.
Liam Duffy then joined his son Jordan to see the win achieved in great style, Jordan finishing on 39 not out and Liam 28 not out, Chris Paterson taking 3-51.
The third XI fell by seven wickets at Denby fourths.
W&M made 120-7, Andrew Redfern top scoring with 33 and Matt Daldorph 25.
In reply Paddy Turner with 2-21 and Richard Tunnicliffe, 1-30 made early inroads into Denby’s batting but thereafter D Cherry with 46 not out and G Tallence, 51 not out, secured a comfortable win for the home side.