with two of his players having to leave the pitch with suspected broken fingers Meadows captain D. Farnsworth had little luck in the encounter against a well accomplished Sawley & Long Eaton side.
Farnsworth won the toss and stuck the away side in to bat on a rock hard surface but his bowlers struggled to keep the ball shiny as the ball was being scuffed and scratched, allowing the batsmen to quickly settle into their stride.
After a few early scares away batsmen T. Wilson-Bluss (96*) carried the innings with help from M. Curzon (35) and S. Hoskisson (42) to mount a mammoth score of 218.
In reply, Belper captain Farnsworth chose two batsmen who were new to the role of opening this season and they looked steady until a great catch removed B. Williams (5), this brought the skipper to the crease. Both M. Fairey (40) and D. Farnsworth (19) batted through comfortably until drinks when the captain fell.
Meadows were in a good position to salvage a draw from the game with the score at 61-2 with 24 overs remaining.
But with two batsmen down through injuries, Sawley were well and truly in charge and beat the Meadows 3rd XI by 107 runs.