Wirksworth & Middleton put in a highly-impressive display full of energy and commitment on Saturday to claim a winning draw against Walton-on-Trent.
Put into bat by the division’s leaders, Michael Jefferiss set the tone for W&M’s innings by taking eight runs off the first of the 25 overs.
Sinethemba Mjekula blocked and bludgeoned his way to 23 in a stand of 45 with Aafan Janjua and a sparkling partnership of 72 saw Jack Allen make a crisp 38 while Janjua was eventually run out for an elegant 63.
Ant Woolley and Stuart Poplar added another 42 runs and W&M ended on 188-4.
When the visitors slumped to 43-6 after 14 or 15 overs the win seemed a distinct possibility.
Stephen Lowe was the pick of the bowlers; his eight overs (the maximum allowed in 25 overs) brought him 4-22. Jack Ritchie had the other two wickets.
But the visitors’ captain, Javid Oomer, 28 not out, and David Preston, 29 not out, negotiated the final overs with few alarms to finish 102-6
In Division 6N, the second XI equally shared 26 points at Stainsby Hall in a rain-affected draw.
Batting first, Peter Ashurst top-scored with 41 while Max Marshall made 28 before being run out. There were decent contributions as well from Tom Boylan, David Hopkinson, Mike Whittall and, at the end, Neil Doxey as W&M were all out for 157.
After tea Simon Torr made 31 but after a solid start wickets fell steadily until Dale Humphries attempted to wrest back the initiative.
He smashed a brutal 43, including fours sixes in next to no time. For W&M Jacob Bradbury starred with 4-44; brother Joe took a wicket and there were two each for Liam Duffy and Doxey.
The thirds also drew, at Codnor, though it needed every ball to decide the outcome, Codnor needing four off the last ball to win but only managing to draw.
W&M’s innings was based on decent scores by Mike Harwood, 46, James Thompson, 36 and captain Martin Kinder’s 42.
After tea Codnor’s run chase saw Kevin Lanyon top-score with 76 but they fell just short.