Meadows hang on to stay undefeated

Derbyshire County League

Burton Glass Division 2

Belper Meadows (11pts) 234-6 [46 overs] (Peter Brookes 52, Phil Ince 50, Rob Borland 47, Moh Khan 3-31) drew with Aston-on-Trent (17pts) 274-6 [46 overs] (Nasir Khan 161*, F Shabbir 31)

BELPER Meadows first XI maintained their unbeaten start to the 2011 campaign but they had to hang on against Aston-on-Trent to do so.

The visitors batted first and at 8-1, 15-2, 566-3 and 72-4, Belper must have had hopes of restricting them to a fairly low total.

However, a big unbeaten knock of 161 from Nasir Khan provided a terrific mid-innings platform and put Aston on the way to a good total of 274-6 from their 46 overs.

Khan dominated the innings with the only other two batsmen getting into double figures being Urfan Fazal with 27 and Fahim Shabbir with 31.

For Meadows, Rob Borland took 2-92 from his 12 overs, David Nightingale 1-37 off six overs, Joe Woznicka-Wells 1-72 from nine overs and Ashley Spendlove 0-29 from five. Dan Challinor was by far the most economic with 1-36 from 14 overs which included six maidens.

In reply, Meadows had a decent start, losing the first wicket at 34. The second one however, didn’t go down until the score had reached 133.

Two more wickets fell quickly at 142 and 151 though and as the run rate fell away, only two more went down, these going at 179-5 and 202-6.

Opener Peter Brookes top-scored with 57, fellow opener Michael Cox hit 26 and there were other good scores from Phil Ince (45) and Rob Borland who hit 47 before being run out.

Joe Woznicka-Wells and Chris Whiteley were the not out batsmen at the end with 23 and four respectively.

Aston’s bowling produced a real mixed bag with the top wicket-taker with 3-31 from eight overs, Nasir Khan finished with 1-41 from nine overs, Amir Iqbal 0-20 from seven (three maidens), Abdul Rehman 0-31 from three overs, Mohammed Kaleem 1-60 from 13 overs, Urfan Fazal 0-11 from one, Sajid Hussain 0-5 from two overs and Anser Ali 0-27 from three.

The result leaves Meadows in sixth place in the table, 13 points behind early leaders Cutthorpe.

This Saturday, the firsts are away at third-placed Tutbury.

In the same division, Duffield (22pts) 187-6 [41.5 overs] (J Cox 36, W Fazal 37*, R Peat 3-26) beat Denby seconds (7pts) 184-7 [46 overs] (R Perry-Taylor 52, F Kirk 34, B Johal 3-48) by four wickets.

Ambergate suffered a huge 159-run defeat at league leaders Cutthorpe.

Cutthorpe (27pts) 260-8 [46 overs] (S Chapman 69, M Mazahir 121, P Mason 3-57, M Ball 4-56) beat Ambergate (5pts) 101 all out [42.5 overs] (S Chapman 5-37) by 159 runs.