Meadows victorious in Amateurs derby

Belper Amateurs 1st XI 162 all out. Belper Meadows 2nd XI 166 for 7 (local Derby)

After winning the toss Pete Brookes asked The Amateurs to bat and the hosts made a steady start putting on 35 for the first wicket before Kington (4) holed out to Murfin off Matt Jones who bowled an economical spell.

At the other end Dan Kelly produced some lively zip and was unlucky not to capture a wicket.

However, the experienced Steve Dymond moved the score along together with skipper Oliver Deeming before Matt Murfin had Deeming caught at the weekend by Ben Gowing for a solid 32.

This brought to the wicket ex-Meadow Frank Watson and was on his way after just 2 balls being clean bowled to give Murfin his second of the day. Another ex-Meadow in Chris Maleham came to the crease and along with Dymond put 50 on for the fourth wicket before Dymond (37) was clean bowled by young Tim Williscroft when looking dangerous. Matt Farey bowled good areas in his 7 over spell, before young Ben Buckley on debut entered the scene and immediately started to further holt The Amateurs progressed with some considerable turn as Jamie Deeming holed out to Pete Brookes for 1 then the very next ball the fluent Chris Maleham (37) found cow corner and was also well held this time by Matt Jones.

At 123 for 6 Meadows were well on top of proceedings before a quick flurry from J Leatherland (12) and stalwart Paul Spencer (22) helped the total along to 160 before Buckley and the returning Murfin captured another two wickets apiece to leave The Amateurs 162 all out in 45 overs. This was a tremendous all-round bowling and fielding display by the visitors in which Matt Jones took 1 for 11, Matt Murfin 4 for 39, Ben Buckley 4 for 37 and Tim Williscroft 1 for 16.

Meadows reply was centred around debutant Tom Buckley who made a good looking 56 before being run out when backing up off the bowling of Jamie Deeming.

With a few quick partnerships in between the game swung one way then the other as Paul Spencer’s spell of 14 overs 2 for 39 made life difficult for the Meadows, before Matt Murfin (26) and Ben Buckley (11) saw the target reached for the loss of seven wickets in the 47th over of the innings to finish off a good all-round display. The number of extras in 31 was also a massive help in reaching the target.

Having lost five of the previous six games this season Belper Meadows tasted victory for the first time to put a big smile back on to those young faces. The Amateurs lads seemed thoroughly dejected after what would of seemed a fait accompli at the start of the day. However, the Amateurs would certainly be able to tuck into the chocolate bars that were especially made for the visit of their rivals and presumably would have enough left over for Sunday lunch.

Result: Belper Amateurs (6pts) lost to Belper Meadows (22pts)