Henshaw stars with the bat as Nutbrook draw

Ben Eaton of Nutbrook is pictured putting more runs on the board at Wirksworth and Middleton on Saturday. (NBUA 6-5-13 JC 9)
Ben Eaton of Nutbrook is pictured putting more runs on the board at Wirksworth and Middleton on Saturday. (NBUA 6-5-13 JC 9)

Nutbrook visited newly-promoted Wirksworth & Middleton in Division Two on Saturday and came away with a winning draw.

After Nutbrook were put in to bat they put on 39 for the first wicket before Lewis Kirk was bowled for 11 in the tenth over.

Max Magann and Ben Eaton took the score to 63 before Magann was out for six, then Matt Wakefield was out first ball and quickly followed by Eaton on the next delivery to suddenly see Nutbrook at 63-4.

Skipper Steve Sanderson and Rich Henshaw started to rebuild the innings, taking the score to 101 before Sanderson was out for 23.

Several small stands followed, Danny Brooks getting a useful 12, but Henshaw was still there on 32 and when joined by Adam Brooks the last seven overs produced 74 runs with Henshaw playing some almighty shots to finish 90 not out, backed up by Adam on 11 not out as Nutbrook ended on 229-9.

In reply, openers Greatorex and Barlow both had some uneasy moments before Magann got Greatorex LBW for 11, and Thompson lasted seven balls before being bowled by Magann for a duck, 28-2 in the ninth over.

A strong third wicket stand saw the score progress to 94 before Chris Palfreyman bowled Woolley for 19, but Barlow and Poplar put on 45 for the fourth wicket before a great catch by Sanderson got rid of Barlow for 49 off the bowling of Palfreyman.

Wirksworth’s hopes of a win ended when Magann got Poplar LBW for 37 in the 41st over, the hosts eventually ending on 205-7, Nutbrook claiming 16 points.

Nutbrook 2nd XI welcomed local rivals West Hallam who batted first and found it hard going,

Kevin Flewitt tied the visitors down with a fine spell, Pete Warrington (4-21) and Ben Dawes (2-20) then ripping through the card as Hallam limped to 88 all out.

Despite the loss of a few early wickets, in-form Harry Cooke (35) steered Nutbrook to 89-5 and a comfortable five-wicket win.

Nutbrook 3rds were also pitted against West Hallam who batted first, skipper Gary Woods’ 3-10 and Rob Gilbert’s 3-25 the pick of Nutbrook’s bowlers as they restricted West Hallam to 168.

In reply Nutbrook slumped to 100 all out, only Gary Whitehead (30) offering any resistance.

Nutbrook u13s played Shipley u13s and posted 77, Franklin Henshaw and James Taylor top scoring.

In reply good bowling by Victor Hartshorn and Henshaw meant Shipley could only post 60, Nutbrook taking the win.