Slight advantage for Meadows ahead of final weekend

Derbyshire County

Cricket League

Burton Glass Division 2

Belper Meadows (11pts) 115-7 [33 overs] (J Slater 45, M Langford 3-16) match abandoned v South Wingfield (12pts) 162-9 [46 overs] (C Dunn 30, R Smith 31, L Mitchell 56*, J Wozniczka-Wells 4-47)

BELPER Meadows go into this weekend’s final two fixtures of the season with a slim four-point advantage over relegation rivals Shipley Hall.

Meadows hosted South Wingfield on what most expected

Belper Meadows played host to South Wingfield on what most expected to be a rain affected Saturday afternoon, unsurprisingly given the time of year.

After a tumultuous week which saw the departure of captain Michael Cox and senior bowler Dan Challinor, stand in skipper Richard Marsh won the toss and elected to field.

Meadows were on top in the early exchanges, with Matt Murfin (1-26), one of three first team debutants, castling Lowe for 1 with a fine yorker.

Murfin’s opening partner, Borland (2-30), bowled an economical spell to put Meadows in pole position as Wingfield were reduced to 56-4, with 13 year-old Ben Buckley (1-27) also impressing on debut.

Marsh (1-23) bowled well at the death, in tandem with Wozniczka-Wells (4-47) who extracted some considerable bounce from the Meadows pitch in order to run through the tail of the away team.

South Wingfield finished on 162-9 from their 46 overs, with the home side very happy with their fielding performance.

Meadows began their reply positively, with A J Marsh hitting two early boundaries before departing for 10 off the bowling of Briggs (2-38).

Tom Buckley, another debutant, and Phil Ince both fell LBW, the former to Young (1-32), to decisions which were questioned widely by both sides.

This brought the captain, R Marsh (29), to the crease, who, along with Slater (45) batted without alarm to take the home team into a commanding position before the rain came down.

After two rain breaks Meadows were left with around 20 minutes to bat as the fixture became a timed game, taking winning and losing draws out of the equation.

With the chance of a win abated due to the weather, Meadows lost four further wickets in pursuit of two batting points, with Langford (3-16) taking advantage of some expansive strokeplay from the middle order.

The home side finished on 115-7 from 33 overs, and subsequently only picked up one batting point.

The result left Meadows with 11 points and South Wingfield with 12, but overall, it was a disappointing end to a game which the home team should have won.