Batsmen on both sides took the starring roles on Saturday in a cracking local derby in Division 5N of the DCCL featuring Belper Meadows 1sts and Belper Amateurs 1sts.
Meadows skipper Pete Brookes won the toss and had no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat first on what looked an absolute batsman’s paradise which was only going to improve as the day went on.
For Meadows, last week’s hero Matt Jones and the returning Simon Hunt took the new ball and both bowled tight opening spells. With the score at 47, Mitch Robinson caught Oliver Deeming for a sound 28 off the bowling of Simon Hunt.
Hunt bowled straight through and returned commendable figures of 1-28 off his 14 overs. Likewise, Matt Jones bowled his usual nagging length before Dave Jenkins slowed matters further with eight overs for just 23 runs.
With the total at 77-1 off 32 overs, Belper Amateurs’ Steve Dymond began to dispatch the ball to all parts of the arena with Billy Deeming supporting well.
The pair put on a 164 partnership, scoring 134 off of the last 14 overs in remarkable fashion with Dymond ending undefeated on 111 with Deeming on 61. The final Amateurs total was 211-1.
Meadows’ opening pair of Mike Cox and Joe Slater went to the wicket with just over four and a half an over required for victory. This pair set the foundations with a partnership of 108 off of 29 overs before Mike Cox hit one to Dave Nightingale of Paul Spencer for a solid 63.
This brought to the crease Ben McGonigal, playing his first game on home soil for two years and he immediately made an impact as the scoring rate began to go up with a series of boundaries. A further 69 runs were added before Joe Slater (58) was stumped to give Spencer his second wicket of the day in a tidy spell of 14 overs 2-,59.
With only six overs to bowl and a further 35 runs required for victory, Simon Hunt joined McGonigal and these two paced it with ones and two and with eight required off of the last over the visitors were still in the game.
Meadows hit the two off the last ball to achieve victory required for victory.
This was a truly remarkable game of cricket which could have gone either way.
Belper Meadows took 22 points to Amateurs’ six.
n Then, on Sunday, Belper Amateurs were in action against Selston Town in the league.
Selston were dismissed for 199 in the 41st over. Jake Kington took 4-58 and Chris Maleham 3-68.
Amateurs were then bowled out for 175 to lose by 24 runs. Maleham scored 36, James Deeming 63 and Steve Dymond 41.