Belper Meadows 1sts took a trip to Clay Cross in Division 6N of the DCCL and decided to bat, which resulted in a 256-run partnership between brothers James and Mike Cox.
The bowlers toiled away as both batsmen were able to hit numerous fours and sixes in just 36 overs, which brought a declaration at 267-1. James ended on 135 with Mike on 112.
In reply, Cross put up good resistance in stages helped by a number of dropped catches on the way.
However the Meadows’ will to keep the pressure on resulted in a 160-run win with the final wicket falling in the 44th over. For Meadows, Mat Jones bowled a superb spell of 3-58 off 17 overs, picking up the key wicket of James Carley for 16.
Dan Kelly bowled with good pace and took 4-23 from 14, Joe Slater bowled with some awkward bounce returning 2-14 with Neil Horton picking up the other wicket. This result sees Meadows maintain a 19 point gap between them and local rivals Belper Amateurs who visit Christchurch Meadows this coming Saturday with a 1.30pm start.
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