Marehay CC 1sts are gearing up for a big weekend of action that could have a major say in their hopes of a league and cup double.
They are currently six points behind leaders Alfreton in Division One of the Derbyshire County Cricket League with a game in hand and this weekend they have a double header. They play third-placed Duffield on Saturday and then Stainsby Hall on Sunday.
They go into it in good heart after beating Rolls Royce Leisure by three wickets in the league last Saturday and then defeating Clifton by six wickets on Sunday to earn a place in the final of the Marston’s Smooth Trophy.
Skipper Richard Wood agrees this is an important weekend for the side. “We set ourselves the goal of getting promotion but the cup final is a bonus and so the double seems like it might on at the moment, certainly with the way we are playing. We are doing well in all formats and that’s good to see.
“We’ve got a big weekend and we just hope the weather holds off because if those two games go well, ourselves and Alfreton should be well clear of the teams chasing the top two spots, and, depending how Alfreton get on, we could be top too.”
The strength of depth in the side is something that has pleased Wood throughout the season and he feels it is standing the team in good stead as they reach the crunch period of the campaign.
“Stats wise, it has previously been mainly Matt Doric and James Kyte who have done the damage with the ball but recently Gaz Buckley and Ben Perry-Taylor have been doing well with their spin.
“Batting wise, apart from Kytey, who has been really consistent, there have been different players chipping in at different times, no-one with really big scores but certainly decent contributions.
“On Saturday, chasing 250, we were in a bit of trouble but Gaz and Ben knuckled down with a cruical stand down the order to get us there. We back ourselves to chase decent totals on our pitch because it can be a bit flat and we did that, so that sets it up nicely.”
The skipper played a key role in getting into the cup final, taking 6-33 against Clifton.
“Yes, I finally came to the party with a good haul of wickets! We made slightly hard work of the run chase but we got there and that sets up a cup final which is great for the club.
“We’re all local lads, we’ve got a good team spirit and there’s plenty of strength in depth.”