Meadows add the league title to Wright Cup win

Wirksworth and Middleton 2nds v Belper meadows 1st. Belper bowler Matt Jones.
Wirksworth and Middleton 2nds v Belper meadows 1st. Belper bowler Matt Jones.
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Belper Meadows 1st XI completed a successful season in Division 6N at the weekend with a 27-point victory on Saturday at Cromford Meadows and a further 15 points on Sunday in a draw at home to Wirksworth and Middleton.

Saturday’s result meant that Meadows were crowned champions of the division to add to their recent success in winning the Wright Cup.

Cromford won the toss and chose to bat first. Belper bowled well and restricted the hosts to 54-7 with Matt Jones (5-19) doing the majority of the damage with some superb seam bowling.

An eighth-wicket partnership of 46 then took place before Dave Jenkins picked up 4-40 as the Cromford innings closed on 132-9.

In reply, Belper took 26 overs to knock off the required runs with Mike Cox (55) the main contributor, passing 700 runs for the season, as the win was achieved for the loss of five wickets.

On Sunday, W&M visited Christchurch Meadows, won the toss and inserted Meadows. A number of partnerships ensured a good run rate while wickets fell at regular intervals, with Neil Horton (52) passing 400 runs for the season. Meadows posted 187-8.

At tea, the league trophy was presented before the champions took the field in a positive manner as Matt Jones and Dave Farnsworth both bowled excellent spells to restrict the visitors to 40-3 from 20 overs.

Wirksworth then upped the tempo and it was game on as 54-run partnership swung the game into the visitors’ favour before the reliable Joe Slater put the brakes on further with Wykeham Bosworth-Nightingale bowling an excellent spell of leg spin at the other end. Farnsworth, together with Adam Holland, ensured that the game ended in a positive manner for the hosts as Wirksworth ended their innings on 180-7.