Wirksworth & Middleton’s promotion hopes suffered a blow as they were well beaten at Shipley Hall on Saturday.
Not for the first time this season they did half of the job well in bowling Shipley Hall out for 149, Stephen Lowe the pick of the bowlers with 4-41, Jack Allen taking 3-21 and Sinethemba Mjekula and Ant Woolley taking one wicket each.
In reply, Michael Jefferiss top scored with 38, Woolley scored 13 and there were 25 extras, but nine W&M batsmen made just 24 between them as the visitors were all out for 100.
Shipley’s seconds played out a losing draw at home to Wingerworth.
This match proudced a good standard of cricket which saw the two teams, after 32 overs of W&M’s innings, neck and neck at 115-3.
At that point with Peter Ashurst and Max Marshall batting very well, accelerating steadily with few alarms, a W&M win was a real possibility. At that point, as well, the light deteriorated significantly and it rained.
Wingerworth began their innings cautiously. At 23 overs they had scored just 67 but crucially had lost only one wicket, to Josef Whitfield.
After drinks they looked to increase the run rate. It cost them a few wickets but brought them 147 runs as well with opener Matthew Haw making 108 not out.
Liam Duffy took three wickets for W&M and Marshall took 1-9 as Wingerworth ended 214-5.
After tea Neil Taylor scored 26 and then came that partnership of 90 between Ashurst and Marshall before Ashurst was very well caught at point for 46.
Marshall was out for 42 as Jon Grant, in seven overs, took 6-15 – four of which were clean bowled, the hosts ending on 145-9.
The third XI lost to Kirk Langley by 102 runs having bowled them out for 185, Harry Andrew scoring 90 and Ian Fraser 45 before having to retire hurt.
For W&M, after an early wicket for Keith Williams, Matt Daldorph took 5-49 and Martin Kinder 3-44.
In reply Kinder, staking his claim as an all-rounder, made 36 and Williams scored 17 while Steve Eaton was not out on 16.
For the visitors Mike Huggett took 4-34 and Andrew 3-18, W&M all out for 83.