Brothers in fine form as leaders win ahead of key game with rivals

James Cox from Belper Meadows'Photo by Terry Fletcher
James Cox from Belper Meadows'Photo by Terry Fletcher

Belper Meadows 1sts took a trip to Clay Cross in Division 6N of the DCCL and decided to bat, which resulted in a 256-run partnership between brothers James and Mike Cox.

The bowlers toiled away as both batsmen were able to hit numerous fours and sixes in just 36 overs, which brought a declaration at 267-1. James ended on 135 with Mike on 112.

In reply, Cross put up good resistance in stages helped by a number of dropped catches on the way.

However the Meadows’ will to keep the pressure on resulted in a 160-run win with the final wicket falling in the 44th over. For Meadows, Mat Jones bowled a superb spell of 3-58 off 17 overs, picking up the key wicket of James Carley for 16.

Dan Kelly bowled with good pace and took 4-23 from 14, Joe Slater bowled with some awkward bounce returning 2-14 with Neil Horton picking up the other wicket. This result sees Meadows maintain a 19 point gap between them and local rivals Belper Amateurs who visit Christchurch Meadows this coming Saturday with a 1.30pm start.

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