Wirksworth claim win over Sandiacre 2nd XI

Jack Ritchie bowls against Sandiacre on Saturday.
Jack Ritchie bowls against Sandiacre on Saturday.

Wirksworth & Middleton proved too strong for Sandiacre second XI on Saturday as they won by four wickets.

W&M were missing three regular players, including captain Ant Woolley, but won the toss and put Sandiacre into bat.

They made decent progress on a good, fast pitch but only John Trueman with 40 and Tom Priestley, 44 not out, made significant scores on their way to 224-6.

Richard Tunnicliffe did a good job, collecting two wickets. Ben Perry-Taylor also took two while Max Marshall and Jamie Rowland had one each.

After tea W&M approached the job positively with Jack Ritchie making 26 and Syed Abrar and Perry-Taylor batted confidently before the former was out for 30.

The latter was again in excellent form, scoring 82 as a comfortable win looked assured.

But Stuart Poplar was run out, then captain for the day Jack Allen, having made 30, was run out as well.

With the overs also running out it was left to Marshall to seal the win with a lusty, straight six.

W&M second XI were beaten by five wickets at Darley Dale seconds.

Put into bat, W&M lost a very early wicket when David Greatorex was run out by former Wirksworth favourite Charlotte Horton.

Neil Taylor and James Brierley both made decent runs but lacked fluency. Taylor made 35 and the score at 23 overs was a ponderous 61-2.

After drinks and the loss of another wicket, Peter Ashurst joined Brierley and they took the score to 127 before Brierley was out for 53 followed by Ashurst for 37. Three further wickets fell cheaply with just 26 runs coming from the last ten overs, W&M closing on 153-8.

After tea, Jonny Shaw and Rob Smith attacked with gusto as the score was 100-0 at 23 overs. Eventually at 136 Shaw was out for 53 and then Smith for 63.

Jimmy Redfern took 3-35 and Josef Whitfield 2-35 to secure a couple of bowling points but Darley Dale ultimately won with just five wickets lost.

W&M thirds lost by 92 runs against Clay Cross.

Injuries and absences in the first and second XIs saw the thirds forced to field a very young side against a much more experienced and physically stronger team.

The disparity was simply too much as W&M were bowled out for 65 whilst chasing 157-4. For the visitors Clarke made 58, Bedford, 32 and, with the ball, Jelly took 6-15.