W&M gain key points with a winning draw

Wirksworth & Middleton beat the weather to eventually claim a winning draw against Brailsford on Saturday.

Following a fine effort by ground staff and players the game was able to begin at 4.20 after being reduced to 24 overs a side.

W&M were put in to bat and Michael Jefferiss and Sinethemba Mjekula put on 30 in decent time before four wicket s fell for just 11 more runs.

Ant Woolley and Stuart Poplar then doubled the total with astute batting. Woolley, in particular, was imperious, making 57 – his fourth half century in seven innings.

With overs running out Jack Allen (21 not out) and Max Marshall (28 not out) added 46 thrilling runs – full of powerful, cleanly struck strokes, Wirksworth ending on 154-6.

For Brailsford Johan van Niekerk took 3-23 from his allotted seven overs.

After the break Mjekula and Marshall, bowling within themselves, kept to an accurate, nagging line and length forcing the batsmen to come after them.

Both were rewarded, the former making the initial breakthrough and Marshall claiming two more wickets.

The introduction of Stephen Lowe into the attack paid further dividends as he finished with 4-19. A fourth bowling point was gleefully celebrated when 14-year-old Harry Wanford took the eighth wicket in the final over – all eight wickets being cleaned bowled.

On Sunday, Wirksworth beat Marehay by four wickets in the second round of the Bayley Cup.

They bowled Marehay out for just 62, Mjekula, Lowe and Jack Allen all taking three wickets and James Redfern one.

However, at 46-6 in their reply, W&M were in some disarray before Woolley and Marshall secured the win without further alarm.

The Sunday side slipped to a second defeat of the season in a rather one-sided game at Belper Meadows, the hosts winning by nine wickets.