Interesting time ahead for Meadows seconds

Belper Meadows 2nd XI 90 all out lost to Matlock 2nd XI 245-6 by 155 runs

DESPITE a heavy defeat against a strong Matlock seconds, an interesting time looks to be on the cards for Belper Meadows seconds.

With the captain feeling his young side is improving and new players arriving, things should start to pick up despite points being needed as a matter of urgency.

Matlock batted first on another fine looking Meadows pitch but the Meadow’s opening bowlers D Kelly and M Fairey bowled tightly and came away with some very good figures.

However, it required spin to get the breakthrough with L Mundin taking 3-76 from an 11-over spell.

Opening batsman Paul Chadbourne (95) kept a cool head and batted the overs for his side and when quick-scoring L Pressland (50) came to the pitch the Matlock total rose to a very competitive 245 from their 46 overs.

Belper felt the score was one in reach as the Belper outfield was very quick, M Robinson (22) batted very well for his 22 but fast bowler T Watkinson (4-21) bowled with great pace and troubled the Meadows batsmen.

Captain Pip Nightingale fought well for his side, trying to bat the overs for a steady 11 runs for his side however when his wicket fell, the rest soon followed for a disappointing 90 all out.

Belper Meadows 3rd XI 142 all out lost at Allestree 2nd XI 144-3 by 7 wickets

Belper Meadows thirds travelled to a small Allestree ground for this division 7N league fixture.

Meadows were put into bat first on a pitch which should provide a huge total for Allestree to chase. Opener George Hudson (24) got the innings off to a confident start but Meadows once again started to lose wickets steadily with good bowling from M Akhtar (3-37) and S Woodward (4-40) but with the help of a resilient Phil Hudson (32) the Meadows innings reached three figures for the first time in three weeks which will comfort captain Dave Farnsworth.

The Allestree reply was a convincing one with both openers S. Woodward (60*) and J. Wilcox (46) smashing 19 boundaries between them.

Spin was the call to try and pick up some bowling points for the Meadows, Dave Boyes (3-22) took his chance but the Allestree batsmen finished the game off quickly.