Winning draw for W&M as Ockbrook fall short

Ambergate v Marehay. Marehay bowler Ben Perry Taylor.
Ambergate v Marehay. Marehay bowler Ben Perry Taylor.

Wirksworth & Middleton came away from Ockbrook & Borrowash with a winning draw on Saturday.

Put in to bat, W&M made a productive start as Jamie Rowland (42) and Jack Ritchie with 36 made 71 for the first wicket.

After that, though, only Ant Woolley, with 51, made substantial runs as others were unable to push on. For O&B, Robert Walker took 5-56.

The same player starred with the bat as well in O&B’s reply. He made 79 along with Matthew Wood’s 36.

The bowlers stuck to it, though, getting wickets at crucial moments as O&B finished 30 short of the target.

Rowland took 2-22, Jack Allen took two as well while Ben Perry-Taylor finished with 3-43.

The second XI drew at home with Pilsley.

Put in to bat, W&M made a steady start but lost wickets at 38 and 46.

With David Greatorex unavailable his unflappable reliability was certainly missed but James Brierley kept the scoreboard moving until he was out for 45 at 73-3.

Liam Duffy joined Peter Ashurst and the pair of them batted responsibly. Even so the score was a healthy 102-3 at the halfway point, reaching 135 before Duffy was caught on the square leg boundary for 31.

Captain Dayle White and Ashurst added another 32 until the latter was out for 49, after which Jimmy Redfern and White added another 30.

Redfern fell to the penultimate ball of the innings for 18 while White remained 26 not out as W&M closed on 198-6. For the visitors Tristan Bowers took 3-62.

After tea Joe Bradbury and Redfern bowled good opening spells with the fiery Bradbury making the first breakthrough.

The introduction of Brierley’s off spin produced another – a smart slip catch by White.

This brought Oli Jones to the crease. He smacked his first ball for six and in ten minutes of mayhem he plundered 24 in around ten balls.

Young Michael Wright, after an excellent first over, suffered mostly from the assault before Duffy joined Brierley with the ball. Both took a wicket apiece as the visitors reached 83-4 at halfway.

Brierley then got a deserved third wicket - another very good catch by White - but Pilsley continued to play positively and at 130-5 with 11 overs remaining they were certainly not out of it.

Bradbury returned to end the stand, worth 52, and Brierley got a fourth. Only then, with a few overs remaining, did the visitors settle for the draw.

The third XI beat Duffield by seven wickets.

A good all-round bowling display by W&M saw them dismiss the hosts for 145 with Lewis Heap and Martin Kinder taking three wickets each.

In reply, Tom Boylan made 43 and Charlie Mellor 78 not out as W&M eased to a comfortable win.