Weather plays havoc with cricket fixtures

THE unseasonally wet weather brought a rash of cancelled cricket fixtures throughout the county over the weekend.

Belper Meadows firsts had their game at Derby Congs in division two fall to an unfit ground and both teams were awarded six points each for a postponed fixture.

The seconds suffered the same fate with their home game against Selston Town in division 5N.

Meadows thirds did play but suffered a five-run defeat in a low-scoring game at Marehay.

Marehay (27pts) 99 all out [42.5 overs] (R Edwards 34, W Salt 3-15) beat Belper Meadows (5pts) 94 all out [40.1 overs] (P Hudson 49, J Longdon 4-19, B Fletcher 4-21) by 5 runs.

Belper Amateurs firsts had their home game in division 5N against Denby thirds cancelled although the Amateurs seconds played and managed a tie from an abandoned game at West Hallam in division 7N.

Duffield lost both their first and second team games to the conditions but the thirds recorded a 27-point win at Clowne Town in division 9N.

Clowne Town (5pts) 48 all out [17 overs] (K Blake 5-10, S Tapping 3-9) lost to Duffield (27pts) 159 all out [39.5 overs] (H Mashiana 50, S Tapping 33, I Parsons 4-36) by 111 runs

Ambergate firsts and thirds both sat the day out but the seconds went down to a home defeat against Matlock in division 5N.

Ambergate (4pts) 160 all out [42.1 overs] (P Thompson 40, A Leyton 30, T Cook 43, D Lander 4-35, L Presland 3-21) lost to Matlock seconds (22pts) 161-2 [39.4 overs] (D Mullaney 33, M Burton 60, R Lowe 51*) by 8 wickets.

There were contrasting fortunes for Denby sides.

The firsts went down to an eight-wicket defeat at local derby neighbours Marehay in division one.

Marehay (22pts) 241-2 [44.2 overs] (W Lategan 100, M Camm 91*) beat Denby (6pts) 238-6 [46 overs] (C Durham 82, S Bhatt 42, M Camm 3-67) by 8 wickets.

Denby seconds were held to a losing draw at home to Shipley Hall firsts in a match restricted to 31 overs.

Denby (12pts) 179-8 [31 overs] (L Glenn 41, R Perry-Taylor 44, J Cokayne 3-40) drew with Shipley Hall (17pts) 204-9 [31 overs] (M Starr 30, S Gamble 86, J Cokayne 52, P Glenn 5-54)

The fourths were awarded 27 points from their division 9N home game against Little Eaton who forfeited the fixture.