Marehay denied by last-wicket defiance

Marehay 276-9 drew with Sawley & Long Eaton Park 236-9

Marehay 1sts hosted Sawley & Long Eaton Park on Saturday and got the better of a high scoring draw thanks mainly to a high class innings from Jonno Bradder, who just missed out on his maiden first team century.

On winning the toss, Rich Wood opted to bat first.

Waldo Lategan (11) was first to go. Andy Walters joined Mat Bailey and played positively to put on 50 before both fell LBW to veteran Barry White in successive overs – Bailey for 33 and Walters for 29.

At 110-3, at the halfway mark, Marehay were making good progress. Dave Buckley (13) departed soon after drinks but this was followed by an excellent partnership of 74 between Bradder and Stephen Lee.

This pair worked the ball around well and hit the boundaries where available.

Just as the partnership was really flourishing, Lee was run out for 52. With ten overs remaining, Tom Burke (5) and James Kyte (2) both attempted to increase the scoring but were caught in the deep to give White (4-80) a further two wickets and leave the innings at 215-7 after 45 overs.

Bradder had reached his 50 from 62 balls but then really cut loose, adding a further 47 from 22 balls, only to be bowled for 97 in the final over. With 52 runs plundered in the final five overs, the score was given a real boost to 276-9.

Marehay had the perfect start with Wood trapping Gary Birley LBW in the second over.

This brought Aussie Roberts to the crease and Marehay knew they had to get him early after he almost singlehandedly won the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

He started in very positive fashion by hitting four boundaries but then struck a powerful drive off Wood, straight into the hands of Chris Bradder, to fall for 20 and leave the score at 34-2 after six overs.

It was left to Neil Fawcett and Marius Conway-Jones to rebuild the innings.

Fawcett had started very tentatively but Conway-Jones began to play quite fluently and this partnership developed to take the score to 124-2 at the halfway stage.

The partnership finally came to an end when Gaz Buckley had Fawcett caught and bowled for 44.

At 177-3, Sawley looked firmly in control but wickets in successive overs put the game back in the balance as Andy Rhodes (16) hit the returning Kyte into the hands of Wood at mid-wicket and was then followed by Conway-Jones in similar fashion, pulling Dave Buckley’s first ball to Bradder to depart for 64.

Kyte cleaned up Tom Beresford and Lawton with yorkers to leave the visitors at 192-7 after 35 overs. Dave Eckersley and Glover then saw out the next eight overs in only adding 16 runs before Kyte had the latter caught behind.

At this point, Marehay were sniffing victory with seven overs left to claim the last two wickets but were rebuffed by a defiant Eckersley and young Matt Curzon. Kyte (5-66) picked up his last wicket to leave 11 balls at the last pair but these were seen off to see Sawley close on 236-9.

The 18 points keeps Marehay in seventh place in Division One with a trip to strugglers Elvaston this week.

Match sponsored by Barry Soult.

Division 4 North – Morton Colliery 1st XI 128 all out lost to Marehay 2nd XI 129-4 by 6 wickets.

A weakened Marehay second team won at Morton after a remarkable batting collapse by the hosts.

At drinks, Morton openers Pat Tideswell and Rich Hadfield had put an exactly 100 to put them firmly in charge but the latter fell first ball after the resumption for 59 to start an unbelievable procession of batsmen as ten wickets fell for just 28 runs in only 17 overs.

The damage was caused by slow bowlers Darren Hooley (6-39) and John Longdon (4-21) . Tideswell went for 40 and Martyn Poiney for 20 but the other eight players only contributed five to see Morton all out for 128 after 40 overs.

With 52 overs available to chase down the target, Marehay took no risks with openers Brian Caulton (16) and Dan Palmer (33) playing patiently to lay the foundations. Craig Robinson batted well at number three and remained unbeaten on 47 to guide his team to victory.

The 22 points temporarily took Marehay up to third place. They are at home to Ilkeston on Saturday and away to Alfreton on Sunday.

Division 7 North

Ashover 2nd XI 184-8 drew with Marehay 3rd XI 104-8

A depleted third team had to be content with a losing draw against Ashover.

The hosts’ total of 184-8 was built around good knocks from Matt Wattrett (75) and Justin Synan (53). Ben Fletcher (3-59) was the pick of the bowlers.

In reply, Marehay started well in reaching 62-1 but slipped to 96-8 as the middle order struggled.