Eight wicket win for Meadows seconds

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Belper Meadows 2nd XI 155-2 beat Matlock 2nd XI 151-8 by 8 wickets.

BELPER Meadows produced another great all-round performance to record an eight-wicket win at high-flying Matlock seconds.

Surprisingly, the home skipper opted to bat first on a very green looking track.

The decision was further questioned as the home batsmen struggled against the opening pair attack of Murfin and Jones, the latter getting some considerable movement in the air.

After 17 overs the scoreboard read 26-4 with Matt Jones producing impressive figures of 3-7 from his seven over spell. Murfin, who was a tad unlucky, had 1-22 off ten overs.

As the pressure built, a crazy run out followed with some smart work by Matt Wheatcroft.

Matlock responded with a 60-run partnership before Dave Nightingale had Lowe well held by Matt Fairey for 29.

One run later and Richard Marsh flighted one up to the hard hitting Pressland which was well held by Murfin in the deep.

At 103-7 Meadows were looking to wrap matters up but a further partnership of 48 wrecked Murfin’s figures with him ending on two wickets for 52 runs from his 14 overs.

Jones was certainly the pick of the bowlers ending with 3-14 from his nine overs with good contributions from Nightingale, Marsh and Fairey. The Matlock innings closed on 151 for 8 from a reduced 45 overs.

In reply, the Meadows innings centered around the hard-hitting Tom Buckley who produced an awesome innings. He was unbeaten on 104 which takes his tally to 456 runs from eight innings, notching up his second century of the season.

Adam Holland played well for 37 in a 105-run partnership before he was caught at long off.

Richard Marsh was the other not out batsman on 6 who unselfishly “well padded away” to ensure that T Buckley reached his century as the 152 target was reached in the 34th over for the loss of just two wickets after the early loss of young Mitch Robinson.

Meadows seconds picked up 22 points to Matlock’s 4.

This weekend, Meadows seconds entertain fellow promotion contenders Ambergate at the Meadows for a local derby.