Promising signs for Belper Meadows second string

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Belper Meadows 2nd XI (11pts) 178-6 [46 overs] (A Holland 52, P Brammall 44) drew with Denby 3rd XI (15pts) 197-6 [46 overs] (T Mounsey 51, I Glenn 37)

After a steady downpour of rain in the morning, the weather brightened enough for play to commence on time for the second teams first game of the season.

Pip Nightingale won the toss and elected to field a decision he was made to rue by the Denby opening batsmen R Greenhalgh (20) and T Mounsey (51) who put on an opening partnership of 68.

This was only broken when Chris Henson caught the former in the deep going for one expansive shot too many off leg-spinner Ashley Spendlove (2-54) who bowled a particularly fine 14 over spell.

At 123 for 1 off 28 overs the Denby side were on course for a big score but good spells from Chris Henson (2-16) and Dan Kelly (2-29) restricted the Denby side to a total below 200 the innings closing on 197-6.

In reply Belper lost the two openers early on before Adam Holland (52) batted with maturity beyond his tender years to shape the Belper innings and with support from P Bramall (44) pushed the score along at the required run rate.

However good bowling from C. Trueman (2-32) and R Peat (2-48) meant that wickets fell at steady periods and the Belper side were never quite able to get on top of the bowlers and as a result Matt Wheatcroft (26 not out) and Pip Nightingale (2 not out) saw out the last five overs to inch the score closer to Denby’s total and pick up valuable batting points.

Meadows seconds finished with a final score of 178-6 and there are promising signs from this young Belper side that they will be able to punch above their weight in division 5N this summer.