Alfreton CC 1sts lose to high fliers

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Alfreton CC 1sts fell to the bottom of the Derbyshire Premier League after a loss at the hands of league leaders Ockbrook & Borrowash, writes Daniel Robbins.

Ockbrook were asked to bat first, ending up on 231-8, a total that was to prove too much for the visitors as they fell to 146 all out.

At the start of the day, Alfreton started brilliantly, Richard Briggs (2-41) removing Matthew Cassar and Alistair Dixon with only 20 on the board.

Joshua Clarke (50) and Corrie Keable (38) rebuilt, sharing in a 67-run stand. However, when Callum Spencer (2-34) and Ben Slater entered the fray, Alfreton had a sniff of bowling the home side out cheaply.

Spencer removed Clarke and Trevor Smith before Ben Slater had Jack Ratcliffe caught behind for nine.

And when captain Alex Mace ran out Keable, Ockbrook found themselves teetering on 114-6.

The home side tailend had a lot of work to do and they frustrated the Alfreton bowlers to push their side past 200.

Jacob Conners (51) as well as good knocks from Nick Birds (32) and Daniel Corcoran (24 not out) meant Alfreton were chasing 232 to win.

Alfreton’s reply got off to the worst possible start, Kevin Dean and Corcoran removing openers Anthony Mosca and Mark Stokes with only three on the board.

Ryan Bramwell and John Aspinall ensured 50 runs were on the board before the next wicket fell, but when it did a collapse began to take shape.

Dean returned to removed Bramwell (20) and Mace (4) before Trevor Smith took the wickets of Aspinall (33) and Jake Simpson (0) to reduce the score to 73-6.

Thomas Bentley and Elliot Savidge rescued the total to 100 but Alfreton were already in trouble.

Bentley (24) was Lian Wharton’s first of three wickets, the bowler returning to take the final two wickets.

In between that, Savidge remained strong on 31 not out but ran out of partners as the away side were bowled out for 148, losing by 83.

Marehay’s win pushed Alfreton to bottom of the Derbyshire Premier League table. The next opponents at the Impact Oval are Spondon, the side that Marehay defeated on Saturday.