Wirksworth’s form continues to wobble

home draw: Wirksworth & Middleton first XI bowler Stephen Lowe (centre) sends down a delivery against Spondon on Saturday.
home draw: Wirksworth & Middleton first XI bowler Stephen Lowe (centre) sends down a delivery against Spondon on Saturday.

Division Three

Wirksworth & Middleton 1st XI 129-9 drew with Spondon 180-7

WIRKSWORTH’s stuttering form continued in Division Three as they had to make do with a losing draw at home to Spondon on Saturday.

The visitors batted first after the match had been reduced to 33 overs each due to a rain delay.

Mandeep Singh Saini was the chief tormentor coming in at number five as he hit 75 before finally falling to a catch by Michael Jefferiss off the bowling of Steven Lowe.

Graham Rigg and James Rigg both made 36 as Spondon closed on 180-7, a more than reachable total for the hosts to chase.

Vyash Gobind took 3 for 28, Lowe 2-52 and there were wickets each for Jack Allen and Andrew Malia-Barlow.

The reply never got going, although Aafan Janjua and Luke Boden both played well to score 40 and 33 respectively.

Gobind’s 20 lifted the lower order but with seven players out for single figures Wirksworth were grateful for a share of the points as they closed on 129-9, Dean Vickers top bowler with 3 for 31.

Division 8N

Ilkeston Rutland 3rd XI 119 all out lost to Wirksworth & Middleton 2nd XI 250-5 by 131 runs

Outsanding displays by Neil Taylor and Garry McCabe were the catalyst for a rampant second XI victory at Ilkeston.

Taylor struck an unbeaten 108 as Wirksworth batted first, with 17 fours and a six among his efforts.

Jack Currell was also in fine form as he hit a half century to give the innings an even brighter look as the visitors closed on 250-5.

The chances of Ilkeston wiinning the match were remote but a draw was very nearly achieved, only for the final wicket to fall with just four balls remaining of the 46 overs.

McCabe was a thorn in Ilkeston’s side throughout and his superb figures of 7 for 37 ultimately left Rutland with no answer.

Max Marshall took two of the other wickets and Tom Allen one.

Division 10N

Wirksworth & MIddleton 3rd XI 171 all out beat Darley Abbey 3rd XI 128 all out by 43 runs

There was success too for the thirds against Darley Abbey and another fine bowling display to boot.

Wirksworth’s total of 171 all out was largely disappointing though Tristan O’Boyle hit 59 and Peter Ashurst 31.

The remainder scored poorly though and Charlie King in particular bowled well with 4 for 36.

But Darley’s reply was even less inspiring, though it was largely down to the bowling of Lewis Heap, whose four wickets came at a cost of only 17 runs and saw off much of the lower order to seal the win.

Martin Dance also bowled well to take 3 for 53, with Jack Griffiths taking two wickets and O’Boyle the other.