Under 13s lose on last ball in a tense finale

Wirksworth and Middleton under 13s had a nail-biter of a match at Belper Meadows on Sunday, May 15.

Batting first, they managed 103 for 4 with Oliver Prince retiring on 25 and Oliver Marchington reaching 20 before being bowled by Garnett.

In the field, W&M stopped Belper running away with it, though only Marchington (2-9) and Joe Bednall (1-10) could break through. Ultimately it came down to the last ball, with Belper stealing a win and W&M rueing the nine extras they had given away.

The Warriors u12s team played Ashbourne at Middleton on Wednesday and, having been asked to bat, achieved a net score of 153 in their 16 overs. In reply, Ashbourne were held to 122, despite being gifted too many extras, with Joe Bednall (2-6 off two overs), Oli Prince (1-3 off three overs) and Josef Whitfield (1-4 off two overs) the pick of the bowlers.

Also in action on Wednesday, the under 12s Kingsfield team went to Clifton. Batting first, Rebecca Knowles hit three lovely fours, but only Emily ‘Ed’ Dale and Beth Harwood emerged with their wickets intact after their four overs, and the team could manage just 122 (net).

Going into bat, Clifton might have thought they had the match won already. However, tidy bowling by Miranda Marshall (3-9 off three overs), Beth Harwood (1-5 off three overs) and Elinor Canham (2-7 off two overs), solid fielding including a stumping by Emily Ball, meant that halfway through their innings, Clifton’s net score had yet to advance. Even after 12 overs, the scores were level, but Clifton reached 139 to win.

On Friday evening, W&M hosted the league kwik cricket and the home side won by just nine runs against Duffield A and then enjoyed a walkover against Little Eaton B.

The absence of the Little Eaton B team gave W&M the opportunity to field a second side of young players who hadn’t previously played a match. The novices played with, rather than against, Mickleover B, who could field only four players, and then mixed in with the A team for a friendly. This was an enjoyable evening which also saw first use of the newly completed pavilion terrace. Special thanks to all parents who helped with refreshments.

W&M under 11s entertained league leaders Denby in what was a difficult game.

The home side started brightly, with good controlled bowling from Richard Tunnicliffe, Charlie Mellor, Liam Temperton and Harry Wanford. Strong batting from Joe Wilson (23) and Billy Askey (11) ripped though the Wirksworth middle order bowlers, before Josef Whitfield hit back with two wickets.

Chasing a net score of 281 seemed a tall order, and so it proved. After a promising start by Wanford and Tunnicliffe, the accurate bowlers were soon on top. Only Harrison Fern reached double figures) in a net score of 223.