W&M are well beaten by the new league leaders

Match report
Match report

Wirksworth & Middleton put in a disappointing display as leaders Nutbrook eased to victory on Saturday.

In wretched conditions, W&M limped to a sorry 100-8 before some late resistance added a little respectability.

Stuart Poplar, Jamie Rowland, Ben Perry-Taylor and Jack Allen all made runs before captain Ant Woolley, made a defiant 52 not out.

The hosts didn’t have it all their own way in reply. At one point they were 57-4 before Richard Henshaw with 43 not out helped ease them home. Woolley, completing a fine, all-round performance, took 3-15 with a wicket each for Perry-Taylor and Allen.

The second XI also faced Nutbrook and earned a winning draw.

W&M, put in to bat, made stately progress reaching 65 for the first wicket before James Brierley went for 42.

That became 72-2 after which Peter Ashurst joined David Greatorex to add 44 for the third wicket.

The latter, having extended his repertoire of strokes somewhat, lofted a drive and was caught for 39 to leave W&M 116-3.

Ashurst eventually fell one short of a half-century. In pursuit of quick runs more wickets fell but 171-7 was a good effort.

After tea the visitors also began with a productive opening stand against decent spells by Richard Tunnicliffe and Joe Bradbury.

The score was 55 in the 15th over when Ashurst took a finely judged catch (one of two) from Brierley’s off-spin.

He and Liam Duffy bowled in tandem as the score collapsed to 74-4, all four to Brierley.

Mark Witham and Alan Hodgkinson both made 36 while Brierley took another wicket to finish with 5-37 and two further wickets for Jacob Bradbury and Duffy left Nutbrook just eight runs short.

The thirds had a mixed weekend with Saturday’s defeat at Chesterfield Barbarians followed by a win over Duffield on Sunday.

On Saturdayin dismal batting conditions, Barbarians bowled W&M out for just 100 with T Fowkes taking 5-18, only captain Martin Kinder scoring more than 20.

The hosts were made to work very hard for the win as Luke Eaton, Michael Wright, Liam Temperton and Matthew Woolley all took a wicket along with the wily Neil Doxey taking 3-30, but Chesterfield prevailed.

Sunday saw the thirds earn their first win of the season having bowled Duffield out for 82.

Duffield, put in to bat, had reached 41-2 thanks largely to Mark Antill’s 36. Thereafter only Luke Turnball made double figures.

Lewis Heap led the attack taking 4-27 from 13 overs, well-supported by young pace bowler Luke Eaton with 1-14. Michael Wright, another junior and a leg-spinner took 2-16 and the evergreen Neil Doxey had 3-24 to add to his three the day before.

In reply Neil Taylor and Mike Harwood batted with great assurance and after the latter fell for 26, Peter Ashurst with a busy 19 not out finishing the job with Taylor 27 not out.