Big league loss but decisive cup victory

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Belper Meadows 3rd XI 88 all out suffered a loss away to Butterley United 1st XI 191-7 by 103 runs.

Belper Meadows travelled away to face a strong Butterley side on a soggy grass wicket which didn’t look great making the toss, in a rare occasion, one to lose.

D. Farnsworth won it and chose to field first.

This looked a great decision as Belper bowlers kept the total down to a respectable 67 at the break, captain D. Farnsworth (3-22) took three quick wickets to shift the momentum in Belper’s way but then came the rain.

After a delay of around 20 minutes the players were back out on the field and the new Butterley batsmen lead by N. Parkin (71) smashed the ball to all parts of the ground leaving Belper’s captain scratching his head as the home side amassed to 191 runs. Feeling disappointed the Belper batsmen went out to chase the total with little confidence with only opener A. Holland sticking in there for his side hitting a sweet 43 not out. A mixture of good bowling (A. Bonsall 4-13) and bad shots lead to an almighty collapse and big loss just when the 3rds were looking for another victory to propel themselves away from the bottom.

Belper Meadows 3rd XI 132 all out achieved a victory against Ockbrook & Borrowash 4th XI 55 all out by 77 runs.

Second game of the weekend for Belper Meadow’s 3rd team saw them face a favoured Ockbrook side in the James Harwood Cup second round.

The away captain won the toss and chose to stick the young Belper side in to bat, a good move as yesterdays star batter A. Holland got run out early on trying a suicidal single. T. Galloway kept the pressure on with figures of 3-38 from his overs. A good cameo from G. Hudson (28) and J. Farnsworth (19) pushed the Meadows innings on to make sure the flow of wickets being lost, just like yesterday’s play, was halted. The total number of runs looked very weak for any chance of a Belper victory until superstar P. Surve aka. Mario entered the game and belted a brilliant 40 to save his team’s blushes aided well by eleventh man W. Salt until the last over of their innings.

That last bash from Mario had pumped up the Belper side leading them to think a surprise victory was still on the cards.

Opening bowlers P. Surve and M. Jones bowled perfect areas to start off the proceedings, so good in fact that Ockbrook didn’t score a run off the bat until near the 10th over.

Belper maintained the pressure throughout the innings, giving nothing away and made Ockbrook fight for every single run.

P. Brammell bowled a few testing overs but the batmens had started to look steady even having the cheek to say “we’re using this as batting practice”.

Captain D. Farnsworth conjured a change in the attack bringing on M. Fairey, bowling great full length balls proved to be the trick as he walked away with amazing figures of 4-8 from his six overs to leave the Ockbrook innings in an utter state and no chance of them playing in the next round. Spinner W. Salt picked off the last couple of batsmen as Meadows cruised to victory.

Brilliant performance by this 3rd team, let’s hope this carries on to next weekend where they face local rivals Belper Amateurs in League 7N.