Local derby weekend brought Belper Meadows 1sts and Ambergate 1sts together for this eagerly anticipated league encounter that ended in a nailbiting fashion.
Both clubs are at opposite ends of the table in Derbyshire County League Division Two with Meadows still lingering in the relegation zone, but in derby games nothing goes as expected so any kind of outcome was on the cards here.
Ambergate batted first and struggled against the seam attack of Borland (3-20) and Wheatcroft.
The Belper bowlers bowled tight lines, making every Ambergate batsmen work extremely hard for their runs.
The only batsman who seemed to show any chance of scoring runs for his team was Beveridge (61), who took on the attack, smashing the ball to all parts, even up and over the A6 to give people on a passing train something to think about. Ambergate finished on 168-9.
Meadows set their sights on scoring 169 to take maximum points and ease their relegation troubles.
Openers Marsh (43) and Slater (55) played fantastically to give Meadows the start they needed, caressing the ball to the rope for multiple boundaries.
Spinners Wallace (3-35) and Thomas (3-55) took advantage of poor shot selection in gaining valuable wickets.
Borland hung around in vain as Meadows fell from 120-3 to 140-7. Huge sixes from Cox and Challinor put the pressure back on Ambergate. However, captain Ball (3-48) brought himself back on and the remaining wickets were taken to leave the well-contested match as a tie.