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Belper Meadows 3rd XI 140-7 achieved victory at home to Heanor Town 2nd XI 137-9 by three wickets.

The visitors, Heanor, batted first on what they believed to be a batting track with the short boundary on one side.

They obviously hadn’t played on the Whitemoor ground before as the wicket can show great life to the bowling attack. The opening of G. Hickinbotham (33) and A. Matthews (34) started the Heanor innings of well before captain D. Farnsworth who bowled a determined 14 overs for his side got the break-through just after the 50 mark had been reached.

No other batsmen really troubled the scoring as they struggling to get into double figures following great bowling displays by both P. Brammell (3-35) and W. Salt (3-33) tightening the Meadows grip. Heanor Town finished on 137 which delighted the Belper captain as he could for the first time this season smell victory and a significant amount of points to start a push up the table.

The Belper innings got off to a shaking start after opener M. Robinson failed with the bat only from a superb catch in the slip cordon.

His opening partner G. Hudson (52) lead from the front with grace and scored fluently to achieve his first ever senior 50 for the club.

This put Meadows in command but as usual a flurry of wickets fell with S. Halford taking 3-28, P. Hudson batted sensibly for his 21 to lead the Belper side home and take a very valuable 22 points from this game.