Alfreton CC 1sts lost their third game of the season when they went down to a 48-run defeat at the hands of Denby on the weekend.
Winning the toss and bowling first, Alfreton got off to the best possible start when they removed both openers before ten was on the board.
Richard Briggs removed Alex Eyre for five while fellow opening bowler Callum Spencer dismissed Liam Glenn for three.
Both bowlers then quickly picked up their second wicket of the game, Briggs (2-26) and Spencer (2-17) helping reduce the home side to 20-4.
New overseas player Anthony Mosca was next to get in on the act with his first wicket for the club reducing the score to 55-5.
It was soon 78-7 as Mosca (2-27) picked up his second and Andy Gwatkin (1-19) got a wicket as Denby were on the ropes.
However, Greg Cork (63) guided his side to 153 all out in the 48th over, there still being time for Dan Robbins (1-21) and Alex Mace (2-24) to get in on the wickets.
The Alfreton batsmen would have been confident of chasing that total down and with 33 put on for the first wicket they made a good start.
However, three quick wickets, of Mace (8), Ryan Bramwell (0) and John Aspinall (7) reduced the score to 49-3.
Two more wickets were to follow soon after and at 75-5 where Mosca (40) fell, who had been holding the innings together, Alfreton were staring down the barrel.
The rest of the innings went Denby’s way and eventually a run out ended the game with the score on 105 and the home side running out 48-run winners.
Alfreton’s next game is back at the Impact Oval on Saturday, where they host Alvaston & Boulton before starting their T20 campaign against Dunstall on Monday.