WIRKSWORTH & MIDDLETON CRICKET CLUB.
Wirksworth & Middleton cricketers are enjoying a sunny, successful season as they approach the mid-way point.
Top marks go to our 4thXI and the indefatigable enthusiast Andrew Redfern, who recruits and manages this cheerful crew. They enjoy their cricket and stand happily second in division 10n of the Derbyshire County League. In established tradition this is a family squad and several fathers and sons have played together: Julians, Poplars, O’Boyles, Redferns; Mike Harwood captained a team which included his two daughters and even managed to score a long-awaited and well- deserved century for the thirds.
The 3rdXI, a potent mix of young and old, led by Neil Doxey made a slow start, but David Hopkinson and Peter Ashurst have made good runs and a weekend double over Heanor and Selston garnered 54 points, with Neil Taylor making a fine century.
Young cricketers, Matt Leask and Declan Kidger Preston show high quality as all rounders.
W&MCC seconds are in transition with captains James Brierley and Ash Spendlove bringing on some promising young players. Luke Boden made his first hundred for the club, 106 not out in a match-winnings innings against Buxton. Richard Tunnicliffe (now promoted to the 1stXI) and Josh Pickering are penetrative opening bowlers and Josef Whitfield and Michael Wright are emerging spinners. As the team has settled they are in third place and two confident wins make a second promotion a real possibility.
Newly promoted to the Derbyshire Premiership the 1st XI has struggled in high standard competition against powerful and experienced elevens. Led by Ben Perry Taylor the team spirit has remained high and the spin twins, Ben and Joe Greenhalgh have been at the heart of a hard working bowling attack. Ben Spendlove, returning this season, played a magnificent innings 114 against Spondon (12 fours and six sixes), reviving past glories with a classic innings for the connoisseur.
The other memorable hundred was made by seventeen year old Charlie Mellor. Swanwick Hall 1st XI set our seconds a formidable target of 253. In 43 overs in reply Charlie scored 161 not out with 17 fours and a six to secure a memorable victory. Magnificent. We believe this is the highest score by a youth player and a record for the 2ndXI.
Another personal distinction has been the captaincy in one 4thXI match of Jack Redfern, our youngest-ever senior skipper at the age of fifteen.
The sun-drenched ground is in excellent condition and facilities are much praised by visitors. Our veteran spectators now enjoy the new benches on the Wirksworth Kop and we await Dali Day, a sad celebration in memory of our young friend Matt Daldorph, on Sunday 16th July, when an afternoon of cricket fun and music will raise funds for the East Midlands Ambulance service. Everyone is welcome.