BELPER Meadows and Ambergate clashed twice last weekend with the Hurt Arms club winning both first XI and second XI local derbies.
Indeed, it proved a bad day for Meadows with the third XI also tasting defeat.
In the first XI clash, Ambergate captain Matt Ball won the toss and stuck the home side in to bat.
With Meadows finding themselves 65-3, the away side were well in control early on.
Adrian Marsh held Belper’s innings together, scoring 59 before becoming the first of young spinner Liam Wallace’s 3-32.
No other batsman managed to get going and, with the run rate considerably reduced by tight bowling, Meadows finished on 142-7 off their 46 overs, a score that Ambergate were very confident of chasing down on a good track.
After tea, neither of Belper’s opening bowlers could break the first wicket partnership but they did keep the run rate down and the pressure on.
Dave Nightingale (3-63) eventually took the first wicket, subsequently removing openers Jonathan Heath and Tom Holmes for 42 and 34 respectively.
After an opening stand of 70, the game was slipping away from Meadows but a very controlled spell from Rob Borland, taking 3-28 including bowling Ambergate’s overseas batsman for a duck, kept the game alive.
With five wickets down, the game was in the balance but an explosive 32 off 36 balls from Muhammad Adnan saw the away side across the finishing line as they took the 22 points back to Ambergate.
For Meadows, it was a second league defeat on the bounce, but, with new players coming in, spirits are high for the rest of the season.
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