Belper Meadows 2nds were in action on Sunday in the final of the Harry Lund Cup, taking on Kirk Langley in a match played at Nutbrook.
As an appetiser to the final, the two teams met in the league on Saturday, in a Division 8N of the Derbyshire County Cricket League encounter.
The rain meant that the game at Kirk Langley was restricted to 36-overs-a-side. Belper Meadows restricted their hosts to 107-5.
In reply, Meadows 2nds recovered from a terrible opening which saw them slump to 9-5 , only to see the tailenders to match the Kirk Langley total.
In the end, they were not able to get over the finishing as they agonisingly saw their last wicket fall with the scores tied.
After this dress rehearsal, it was on the cup final on Sunday.
The match was 45-overs-per-side and for most of the Kirk Langley innings, Belper Meadows had things firmly under control after three early wickets put their opponents on the back foot.
However, patient knocks by Ian Fraser (40) and Derren Birch (40 not out) got Kirk Langley back into contention.
When Fraser went to a brilliant legside stumping by Phil Hudson , Belper looked to be limiting the final total, but an explosive knock from Michael Huggett, who scored 31 of the 50 scored off the final five overs, saw them close on 150-8.
In reply, Belper Meadows’ batsmen struggled against Liam Smith and Michael Huggett, who finished with three wickets apiece, and only Dylan Garnett, with a sensible 59, offered any resistance.
The tailenders did well to get the target down to ten off the final over, but when the last wicket fell, they were eight runs short.