Belper Meadows maintained their lead at the top of Division Six North with a thumping win over struggling Cromford Meadows on Saturday.
The result owed much to the efforts of all-rounder Joe Slater, who took three Cromford wickets and then proceeded to help fellow opening batsman Michael Cox to an opening stand of 106 which was enough to win the game by ten wickets.
Cromford batted first but were in early trouble when Matthew Jones bowled Sean Beanstall to leave the visitors at 7-1.
The score then moved along to 40 before Slater (3-17) struck three times in quick succession to remove opener Karl Tomlinson, Danny Wilson and Jacob Rollinson and Cromford were 49-4.
Scott Cook’s 30 was ended when he was caught and bowled by Louis Mundin, and although Cromford held out to end their 46 overs intact, they had only managed 102-9.
Enter Cox and Slater, who took just 15.4 overs to knock off the runs required to win the game.
Cox hit two fours and a six in his 38 while Slater five fours helped him to 53 and Belper to a convincing victory.
Meadows’ second XI, meanwhile, also enjoyed a victory as they won by five wickets away at Awsworth.
The home side were bowled out for 153, David Farnsworth the pick of the bowlers with 4-38.
Belper then eased past the target in 32 overs, Dave Boyes and Phil Hudson hitting 50 and 48 not out respectively to aid the victory.