Belper Meadows tasted double success at the weekend with an emphatic 27-point win against promotion rivals Darley Abbey on Saturday followed by a 90-run win over Nutbrook in the quarter finals of the defence of their Wright Cup title on Sunday.
On Saturday, Meadows were invited to bat. A good start was put on by openers Mike Cox and Joe Slater as 70 were added before Cox mistimed a drive for a solid 29. Joe Slater remained the backbone of the innings and played a controlled innings of 66 from 111 balls before being run out with the total on 129. Dan Kelly (38) Mitch Robinson (23) and George Hudson (13) put on valuable runs as a total of 200 was reached in the last over.
In reply, Darley Abbey got off to a solid start. A bowling change witnessed the first wicket as Dave Jenkins bowled Brierley for six. This started a collapse, following some really good seam bowling, as Matt Jones returned figures of 2-26.
With the total on 61, opener Tim Pickup was bowled by Jenkins for 45.
Joe Slater came into the attack. bowled a really good line and length and captured a couple of wickets. Dave Jenkins picked himself up 5-26 from 14 overs, then Slater captured the last wicket and a return of 3 -10 from 6.5 overs as Abbey were all out for 83. The 27 points move Meadows into third in Division 5N.
On Sunday, Meadows 1sts won the toss and elected to bat first at Nutbrook. A steady start saw a partnership of 32 for the first wicket before Joe Slater was bowled for seven. Neil Horton joined Pete Brookes at the crease and they put on 39 before Horton was run out for a good 23.
The rest of the innings was built around Brookes as wickets fell at regular intervals. Matt Jones (15) helped put on a further 24 runs moving the total onto 141 while Brookes passed his 50, then looked to up the tempo and was eventually run out in the last over for 66, hitting eight fours. The total of 165 was very competitive on such a low, slow wicket.
Nutbrook got off to a steady start before Matt Jones and Dan Kelly bowled both openers. Dave Jenkins and Joe Slater were then both difficult to get away on such a low bouncing track. At 46, Haywood was trapped LBW off Slater and this began a steady decline with only Cooke (34) putting up any resistance as Slater took 4-11 and Dave Jenkins 4-24 as the hosts were out for 75. They are now through to the semis on July 20.
This Saturday sees table toppers Eckington visit Christchurch Meadows with a 1.30pm start.