Meadows book place in final

Belper Meadows 1sts are through to the final of the Wright Cup after defeating Trentside on Sunday at Christchurch Meadows.

Trentside won the toss, asking Meadows to bat first, following some overnight rain and overcast conditions.

Trentside were fired up and openers Shreeve and Abbassi bowled a good first spell with Pete Brookes latching onto anything loose whilst Joe Slater was first to go edging one off Abbassi.

On the very next ball, the prolific James Cox also edged at the wicket to leave the Meadows 36-2.

A further ten runs were added before Pete Brookes edged one for 37 with only ten overs gone.

Neil Horton and Louis Mundin put on 42 before Horton was caught and bowled off the returning Shreeve for a good 32.

Mitch Robinson, who hadn’t batted much this season, joined Mundin and put away the bad ball before he lobbed one up to mid-off for 22 with the score on 118-5.

Another important partnership was witnessed as George Hudson added 12 before being run out.

However, Louis Mundin reached his half century and eventually fell for a match-winning 67 with the total on 196. A further 28 were added by Kelly, Howis, Jones and Bosworth-Nightingale with some important boundaries as Meadows ended their innings on 224-9 from their 45 overs.

Trentside came off in confident mood but started in a nervous fashion with Hayward giving Mundin a catch without scoring. This brought Bassett to the wicket, who nearly lobbed one up first ball before next over hitting one straight to James Cox to leave the visitors on 13-2.

The dangerous Al Lawrence knew now that he had to dig in, having started flamboyantly, dispatching anything loose.

Seaborn helped put on on a 51 partnership before he was caught by Rich Howis off Louis Mundin for 23. At this stage, wickets began to fall with Mundin really turning the screw, Collins was well stumped by Hudson off Mundin for 3, before S Ali was caught one handed at leg slip off of Mundin for 2.

A Abbasi was clean bowled by Joe Slater without scoring before the prize wicket of Lawrence (41) was taken by Brookes with Mundin picking up his fourth of the day. At 75-7 it was now a matter of when as Mundin picked up two more wickets to finish his excellent spell of spin and flight, before young Bosworth-Nightingale took the final wicket off Shreeve, who had 17 to his name.

This left Trentside d on 98 all out in the 33rd over. For Meadows, Mat Jones took 1-20, Dan Kelly 1-19, Joe Slater 1-16 in a great spell, Bosworth-Nightingale 1=0 with the man of the match Louis Mundin picking up 6-27 to add to his 67 runs of earlier.

In the final, Meadows face Division 5N leaders and cup holders Langley Mill on Sunday, August 18, at Stainsby Hall CC with a 1pm start in what looks to be a mouth-watering clash.