Nutbrook go top with home victory

SECOND-team cricket round-up.
SECOND-team cricket round-up.

Nutbrook are top of Division Two after overcoming Wirksworth & Middleton on Saturday.

With the pitch wet, a late start was required meaning the match was reduced to 42 overs each, Nutbrook winning the toss and putting W&M into bat.

They made steady progress against the opening attack of Ruan Markram and Danny Brooks until the 15th over when Michael Chambers replaced Markram and had opener Rowlands caught by Adam Barrett for 21.

It was soon 42-2 when Chambers got his second wicket, trapping Poplar lbw for 13, then he had Jeffries caught behind for 2.

Chambers struck again to remove Spendlove, caught by Tom Bentley, the Nutbrook bowler taking four wickets for two runs in a devastating spell.

A fifth wicket stand of 29 took the score to 73 before Perry-Taylor was lbw to Matt Wakefield for 16 and then Marshall fell to Rich Henshaw, stumped by Barrett to make it 74-6.

A brisk stand of 21 ended when Harry Duckles bowled Allan for 16 and Duckles then saw off Ali for four.

But an innings of 52 not out by Ant Woolley pulled back some hope for W&M and they closed on 143-8.

Nutbrook started their reply well until Woolley joined the attack and got the wickets of Chambers and Bentley in his first over to leave the hosts 28-2 in the eighth over.

A third wicket stand of 27 ended when Chris Palfreyman was bowled by Perry-Taylor for 26 to leave the score at 55-4.

Markram was then out lbw to Woolley for 13, but a fifth wicket stand between skipper Steve Sanderson and Rich Henshaw steadied the innings, their combined 58 finally ending when Sanderson was bowled by Allen for 26.

Wakefield joined Henshaw and they saw Nutbrook home with a sixth wicket stand of 34, Henshaw ending 43 not out and Wakefield unbeaten on 12 with the total of 149-5 giving the home side 22 points and putting them top of the league with a game in hand in the early standings.