Murfin’s 8-16 brings Meadows derby joy

County League, Division 5N

Belper Meadows 2nd XI (27pts) 165-9 [46 overs] (P Brookes 66) beat Belper Amateurs 1st XI (4pts) 49 all out [25.2 overs] (M Murfin 8-16) by 116 runs

A SUPERB spell of bowling from Matt Murfin earned him figures of 8-16 and brought Belper Meadows seconds a 116-run local derby victory over Belper Amateurs firsts.

After some heavy rain leading up to the game, it was no surprise when Ollie Deeming asked the home side to bat first.

Meadows got off to a slow start as ex Meadows pairing of Frank Watson and Chris Maleham exploited some seam and bounce on a slow deck.

It was Maleham who struck first as A Holland (6) was well held at first slip by Watson. With the score on 25 Maleham struck again removing Tom Buckley(4)l eg before wicket.

Ashley Spendlove joined Meadows skipper Pete Brookes and these two added a further 31 before a bowling change saw Paul Spencer trap Spendlove leg before wicket for a good looking 21.

Chris Henson carried on were Spendlove had left off by dispatching the bad ball, until a suicidal run out saw Henson depart for 19 after a mix up in the field.

At 90 for 4 the match was evenly poised before a partnership of 47 by Dave Nightingale and Pete Brookes with the latter passing his 50 before a further run out witnessed Nightingale depart for a quick fire 16.

Matt Murfin(3) was removed by a cleaver piece of bowling by the returning Watson.

At 151 Brookes was bowled around his legs by Spencer for a valuable 66 and the last four overs of the innings saw Matt Fairey (6) Dave Boyes (2) and the not out batsmen of Dave Farnsworth(5) and Ben Buckley (3) add further valuable runs to leave Belper Meadows on 165 for 9 from their 46 overs.

For Amateurs Watson, Maleham and Spencer all took two wickets with one for D Jones in a good all-round bowling performance.

In reply, Amateurs were confident in knocking off the required total but were dealt an early blow when Matt Murfin struck as J Kington was well held at the wicket by Chris Henson without scoring.

With the score on 15 the prized wicket of Steve Dymond was captured with a low catch at first slip by Pete Brookes to give Murfin and Meadows their second wicket of the innings.

A flurry of Amateurs wickets followed. Maleham and Watson were clean bowled and the visitors were reeling at 30 for 5.

Twelve runs later and Spencer shouldered arms to Murfin with a ball that cut back a foot to remove the furniture for the fourth time and 42 for 6 was soon for seven as a mix-up in the running gave Dave Boyes (jnr) a wicket after some smart fielding work as D Jones departed for eight.

With Murfin in full flow and looking for further success it was this time a rap on the pads that removed Minion for two to give the quickie his seventh wicket of the day.

Murfin clean bowled Haw-kins after some near misses, then youngster Ben Buckley got in on the act as he captured the last wicket of the innings to send the Amatuers packing at 49 all out in the 26th over.

The star of the show had to be Matt Murfin who bowled one the best spells ever witnessed in local cricket, fitting that it was a local derby with sheer pace and movement off of the seam ending with figures of 13 overs, 6 maidens, 8 for 16, with Ben Buckley taking 1 for 13.

This latest win “being the double over the Amateurs” sees Meadows move further up the table now just nine points behind their nearest rivals with a game in hand.