Belper Meadows U13s keep unbeaten run going

Facing a potentially tricky away tie at Wirksworth - who had only lost one game this season, Belper Meadows U13s maintained their unbeaten run with a victory.

The Belper team was very much the same with just one change; Calvin back in for Hayley – Dylan Garnett (captain),

Wykeham Bosworth-Nightingale (vice captain), Harry Trent, Joe Brumby (WK), Kieran Leighton, Charlie Martin, Ashley Redfern, Ross Parker, Calvin Roe, Russ Fletcher and Josh Rockley.

Wykeham was in charge of the coin and won the toss asking Wirksworth to bat.

This looked a good decision on a damp wicket with very little bounce. It looked an even better decision when Kieran opened the bowling and removed two top order batters by bowling them with balls that kept low (3 for 2 off 2 overs).

Harry removed the other opener, bowling him for 5 (10 for 1 off 2 overs) and then Josh Rockley helped himself to two wickets by bowling the next two batters as Wirksworth really stuttered (6 for 1 off 2 overs).

Calvin and Charlie kept the pressure on as Wirksworth found runs hard to come by – Calvin kept up his excellent strike rate by clean bowling number 7 batsman (11 for 1 off 2 overs) and Charlie bowled a typically mean spell with two maidens for no reward (0 for 0 off 2 overs).

Dylan threw down the stumps from distance and ran out number six batsman with a great hit and then Ash got a victim stumped with smart work from Joe behind the wickets (10 for 1 off 2 overs).

The dynamic duo of Ross and Russ also bowled very neat lines, neither giving the opposition anything to hit (2 for 0 off 2 overs) and (4 for 0 off 2 overs) respectively. Wirksworth were now 36 for 9 but managed a mini revival with a couple of nice boundaries from Beth Harwood and Rebecca Knowles. But as Dylan closed in for the kill (1 for 0 from 1 over) it was Wykeham who picked up the final wicket with another Joe stumping (1 for 1 off 1 over).

Wirksworth were bowled out for 50 off 18.3 overs, setting Meadows a comfortable 51 to win.

Meadows needed a professional approach to a small target and Dylan in particular set about it with some relish.

He lost opening partner Wykeham early (1) but kept hitting the gaps and boundaries making a very comfortable 26 retired, including three fours and a six along the way.

He was joined by Josh, promoted up the order in search of runs and he defended nicely ending six not out. Harry replaced Dylan and hit the winning runs to end four not out.

It was a shame again to not see everyone bat but a target of 50 was never really going to take long on a rapidly drying pitch, and it was achieved with plenty of overs to spare.

Meadows 51 for 1 with one retiree off 12.2 overs.

Meadows entertain Ashbourne at home again this week.

The Imperial Commercial Vehicles man of the match was a tough call as everyone bowled well and the wickets were shared throughout the side.

Very few batted, but one who did was timing the ball very well indeed, finding gaps and plundering boundaries. An opening bat retiring will always give us a very good chance of winning any game, so well done Dylan, man of the match again this week.