On Saturday, Belper Amateurs’ 1st XI welcomed South Wingfield’s 2nd XI to the Packhorse Ground, for what was a must-win game if promotion aspirations are to be realised.
A wet was Saturday forecasted, but, beyond 2pm, Ashleyhay received none of the showers much of Derbyshire was experiencing, allowing the game to commence at 3pm in a 28-over format.
Put in to bat, South Wingfield made a steady start with Goodhall, 27, managing the in-form opening bowling attack of Maleham (2-24), and Kington (0-30), capably.
The South Wingfield innings patiently built to a point where, with wickets in hand, they would be able to set a formidable total in the later overs. Yet a high quality spell from Paul Spencer (4-15) dismantled the core of the visitors’ batting line-up, leading to the innings closing on 126-8.
In reply, Amateurs got off to an excellent start with the Deeming brothers putting on 67 before Oliver fell for 32. Wingfield took another two quick wickets and were back in the game. The third wicket brought John Beard to the crease with Billy Deeming, and the two almost carried the hosts over the line until Deeming was dismissed for 43.
This saw Jake Kington, 15 not out, join Beard, 22 not out, as the two kept their cool, earning 22 points for the Amateurs with two balls to spare.