Langley Mill 1st XI 187-3 beat W & M 1st XI 186-5 by seven wickets
The first XI’s uncomfortable slide down the table came to an abrupt halt with this result – but only in the sense that they are now bottom of the division.
There were, however, signs of some improved cricket in the performance but the fact remains that, since scoring 250-1 to win the match at Mickleover, the team has failed to reach 200 in their last three games.
Making 186-5 in this one represented a partial recovery having been 26-3 after a dozen overs.
Luke Boden with 49, Jack Allen 25 and David Greatorex 64 not out scored the runs but against the league leaders it was unlikely to be enough.
The prolific Sajendra Thimal led the home side’s reply with an unbeaten 84 while for W&M Vyash Gobind was the most successful bowler with 2-49.
Whatever their position in the table it is simply not the case that the firsts are the worst team in the division.
Sooner rather than later they need to start believing this and set about showing it.
W & M 2nd XI 93-1 beat Holmewood 2nd XI 92 all out by 9 wickets
Another utterly commanding performance by the second XI saw them retain their unbeaten start to the season, record their fourth successive victory and remain top of the division.
Electing to field first W&M’s bowlers made an immediate impact with Max Marshall and Gary McCabe doing the early damage.
The visitors, who until three or four weeks ago were second in the table, slumped to 16-6 wickets.
After a couple of short breaks for rain a decent stand of 67 between Adam Howett, 37, and Richard Dart, 27 not out, effected something of a recovery.
McCabe finished his 14 overs with another fine return, 5-29, after which Martin Dance, 2-34, and Neil Doxey, 1-10, polished things off. Marshall took 1-3 from seven immaculate overs.
In reply, Neil Taylor was caught behind for 11 with the score on 22 but thereafter captain David Hopkinson, whose form compared to last season has so far been disappointing, spent valuable time at the crease nurdling his way to 35 not out.
He was partnered by the effervescent Liam Murphy who made a stylish 37 not out as the seconds eased to a comfortable win.
The match was sponsored by former club secretary Liz Bailes to whom the club extends grateful thanks.
Cromford Meadows 2nd XI 148-6 drew with W&M 3rd XI 1881-9 (16 points)
More than 130 points separated the two sides at the start of play but at times this was hard to believe.
No doubt there was a local derby factor involved and, in any case, Cromford’s recent performances seem to be improving.
In addition, W&M were without captain Colin Julian (unavailable) and three other valuable players drafted into the seconds.
W&M’s new recruit, Dale White, scored 93 on debut before falling lbw, while Jack Griffiths made 23 in an otherwise rather undistinguished batting performance.
For the home side Vaughn Sinfield took 3-57.
When Cromford batted, stand-in captain Keith Williams, returning from injury, took 3-31 and Lewis Heap 2-38 but the home side comfortably secured the draw.
This Saturday the thirds entertain Darley Abbey when they will hope to resume their winning ways.
After seven consecutive victories, last week’s total washout and now a draw is something of a hiccup. They still head the table by some distance though.
The Sunday side’s scheduled fixture was cancelled when the opposition, unable to raise a team, forfeited the match.