Wirksworth & Middleton had a bad day at the office as they were comprehensively beaten at Lullington Park on Saturday.
While the pitch at Lullington was not the best its venom could only account for one wicket as poor shot selection and a lack of application cost Wirksworth dear.
An exception was Ashley Spendlove’s innings of 44, a fine effort in the circumstances with only Stuart Poplar reaching double figures as well. For Lullington Jamie Goodwin took 5-29 and Halson-Walter 3-19 with the innings lasting just 29 overs with W&M 77 all out.
After tea it became apparent how invaluable another 40 or 50 runs might have been.
The home team slipped to 38-4 with all four wickets taken by captain Ant Woolley but W&M had also dropped three catches.
In the event, Tom Chapman with 49 not out and Wayne Harris, 16 not out got them home in fewer than 20 overs.
In Division Six North, the second XI produced a very competent win over Nutbrook.
W&M’s David Hopkinson won the toss and opted to field first and the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals.
Only a last wicket flourish of 32, the highest partnership of the innings, took the score beyond 100.
W&M’s bowling was excellent with Jimmy Redfern outstanding. He took 6-47 from his 14 overs; his best spell of the season.
Thirteen-year-old Josef Whitfield, a highly promising left-arm spinner, also bowled well. He took 3-24 from his seven overs and had a catch dropped off his bowling.
Neil Doxey ended the innings with a caught and bowled but before that had taken a slip catch off Redfern’s bowling of stunning quality, Nutbrook 113 all out.
In reply Neil Taylor and Tom Boylan put on 62 for the first wicket in bright style before the latter was out for 22.
Another wicket fell at 67 after which Liam Duffy made 23 to see the seconds almost home.
Taylor then hit the winning runs to finish on 49 not out as the win was achieved in 26 overs.
The match was sponsored by Thorne Hiley.
The thirds fell to a 28-run defeat at Belper Amateurs.
W&M slumped to 90 all out to hand Belper their first win of the season.
They had bowled and fielded well enough. Keith Williams took 5-23, Stuart Wheeldon took three wickets with Jacob Bradbury and a run-out completing the job. Beth Harwood contributed in the field with two smart catches.
In the second innings Williams and Mike Harwood both made a few runs but the only substantial score came from Tristan O’Boyle, making a rare appearance and scoring 34 not out.