Walton On Trent were destroyed by Wirksworth & Middleton by nine wickets in a match that barely lasted half the scheduled overs.
Walton, top of the table at the start of play, with three wins out of three, were torn apart by two outstanding individual performances, well-supported by others.
Following his five wickets in the previous game Sinethemba Mjekula took 7-29 in this one with Max Marshall, Stephen Lowe and Jack Allen taking a wicket each. The highest partnership of the innings (which lasted just 27 overs) was 18 for the eighth wicket. In reply W&M suffered their only loss with the score at 11 after which Aafan Janjua batted exquisitely to make 53 not out with two sixes and seven boundaries. Mjekula, content to play second fiddle, made an unbeaten 15. The win lifts W&M into second place, one point behind Shipley Hall the team W&M host this Saturday.
In Division Six North, Wirksworth 2nd beat Stainsby Hall by eight wickets
This was an excellent game, generously sponsored by Stuart Wheeldon, and an encouraging win for the 2nds in the encounters to come. Liam Duffy, captaining for the absent David Hopkinson, chose to field first. Harry Wanford opened with five overs costing just four runs from the bat but it was Neil Doxey who made the breakthroughs. He took the first three wickets to reduce the visitors to 35-3. When Peter Ashurst was eventually out for 66 just 10 runs were needed and Ashurst remained 66 not out as the win was achieved with just one over remaining.
In Division Eight North, Wirksworth 3rd lost to Codnor 2nd by seven wickets
There was a buzz of anticipation before this match. Codnor, an outstanding team in Division Nine last season, have some very good players at this level. Jacob Bradbury, Martin Kinder, Paddy Turner and Josef Whitfield all made useful runs but wickets fell regularly. Codnor’s powerful batsmen led the visitors to victory.