A battling performance by Codnor CC 1sts was sadly not enough to prevent a loss against Marehay, one of Division 4N promotion favourites.
Captain Lee Colledge lost the toss, and the home side took the option to have first knock on what looked like a nice surface.
Marehay openers Camm and Bailey started off on fire and took full advantage of some wayward Codnor bowling, so much so that the home side had their 100 up after only 15 overs.
Camm in particular was looking very well set, soon reached his century, and would have been looking to get a huge individual score.
An over later though he attempted a reverse sweep and only succeeded in edging it to keeper Vincent for 103. From here – with only one wicket down - you might have expected them to end up very close to 300, but it was a credit to the later Codnor bowlers that this did not turn out to be the case.
Ben Wood and Timmy Leo were the pick of the bowlers. Wood will quite deservedly take the majority of the plaudits with an assured bowling performance and finished with a brilliant five-for, including many key wickets such as opener Bailey soon after he had reached his half century – and was on occasion unlucky not to get a couple more. Leo however was also very consistent. He threatened on a number of occasions and finished with a deserved three-for.
The away side knew that it was going to be a tall order to chase the home side’s 261 down, and things didn’t get off to the best of starts when Woolley hit one straight down the throat of Dan Palmer, and a further blow was dealt when Vincent was trapped LBW.
With the score on 8-2, it could quickly have gone downhill, but Colledge and Colson put on a nice partnership of 76 before Colson fell for 30. Colledge followed soon after for 38, and Leo soon after him. The Wood brothers staged a bit of a mini-fightback to take the game into the last ten or so overs, but after they had gone, the writing was on the wall and the innings eventually came to a close on 142.
The pick of the Marehay bowlers was spinner Palmer with 5-25.
This was not the start that the first team was hoping for, but there were some positives to take out of the game against a team that will be very disappointed if they do not win the league this season.
Codnor will be hoping to chalk up their first win when Riddings visit on Saturday.