Division 4 North – Marehay 2nd XI 225/5 (22pts) beat Heanor Town 1st XI 223/6 by 5 wickets
MAREHAY’S second team bounced back from their first defeat last week to record and excellent five wicket home victory against Heanor Town’s first team.
Heanor batted first and were soon in trouble as Chris Ford bowled Josh Brear (0) and held a return catch to dismiss Corrie Keable (2) to leave them struggling on 8/2 after 6 overs.
Ali Dixon and the experienced Andy Brear set about rebuilding the innings and played patiently in taking the score to 79/2 at the half-way stage.
After drinks they began to play more positively and took the partnership to 135 before Brear (77) was caught by Ford off the bowling of Dan Palmer. Palmer (3/25) also picked up the wickets of Mark Prance (2) and Andrew Taylor (8) as the score slipped to 189/5 after 41 overs but 34 were added in the final five overs by Dixon, who remained unbeaten on 95, and Maurice Edwards (13 not out) to take the final score to 223/6.
Marehay felt the score was about par on a good wicket and set about knocking off the runs with a steady start from Brian Caulton and Palmer.
Caulton (6) was first to go and was soon followed by Craig Robinson (12) and the score was just 58/2 after 19 overs.
Marc Pykett (9) fell LBW to Dixon (3/66) to bring Ady Vickerage to the crease and along with Palmer they took the score past 100 in the 32nd over but Palmer was them dismissed LBW by Ady Mann for 47.
With 124 required from 14 overs Vickerage and Gaz Wilson set about finding the boundaries to reduce the run rate and they did this to great effect in adding exactly 100 in the next 10 overs.
With just a further 24 needed at a run a ball the home side looked clear favourites and despite the loss of Wilson (52) in the penultimate over, Vickerage guided his team to victory with an unbeaten 86 with four balls to spare.
This excellent win for Marehay takes them above Heanor and back up to fourth in the table. This Saturday they face an away fixture at mid-table Morton Colliery.