Belper Meadows 1sts are still holding on to their lead at the top of Derbyshire Cricket County League’s Division 6N as the season reaches the halfway stage.
Meadows are now 28 points ahead of West Hallam WR with local rivals Belper Amateurs a further three points behind, and also very handily placed, going into the second half of the campaign.
On Saturday, Meadows were at Wirksworth & Middleton 2nds and restricted their hosts to 192-7 in 46 overs with Matt Jones taking 3-59.
Belper then knocked off the required runs for the loss of six wickets with James Cox scoring a fine 98 not out.
Meanwhile, Belper Amateurs defeated hosts Clay Cross by three wickets in a low-scoring game.
David Nightingale took 5-16 in a fine spell of bowling to help dismiss Clay Cross for just 43.
Amateurs made 44-7 in reply to win and keep themselves in the promotion hunt.
In the Premier League, Denby’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by a nine-wicket defeat at home to Lullington Park (see page for 33 for a report).
In Division One of the DCCL, Duffield are still in a very handy position of fourth, a point behind third-placed Quarndon, as they continue with their promotion push.
On Saturday, they were up against Sawley and LE Park and took 22 points froma four wicket victory.
Duffield dismissed their opponents for 201 and then knocked off the required runs for the loss of six wickets.
Peter Jenkins (32), Steven Muskett (31) and Tim Williscroft (33) all made good contributions in the run chase.
Stainsby Hall drew their Division One game with Rolls-Royce Leisure, making 215-8 in reply to 233-8.
Tom Wood made 51 and Tom Morris 53.
Also in Division One, Ambergate entertained high flying Marehay.
Muhammad Sultan made 103 not out and Shazad Ahmed 46 in a total of 176 all out but second-placed Marehay won by seven wickets.