Marehay CC 1sts came agonisingly close to registering their first Derbyshire Premier League win of the season on Saturday.
But in the end, they lost by just four runs to high fliers Sandiacre Town.
Marehay skipper Richard Wood won the toss and asked the opposition to bat first.
This looked a sensible decision after his side had bowled Sandiacre out for 150.
Opener Mitch McCann held the innings together with a score of 78 but only Robert Cook, with 25, was able to reach double figures from the rest of the side.
The Marehay bowling unit produced an excellent display, combining wicket-taking threat with a tight line and length that made scoring difficult.
Matthew White took 3-39, Ben Perry-Taylor 3-32 and James Kyte 2-30.
In reply, Marehay’s bid for victory was not helped by the loss of two early wickets to leave the score at 20-2.
There were useful knocks in the middle order from both David Buckley (36) and Robert Peat (38) and at one stage Marehay were 91-3 and with that elusive victory growing ever closer.
But a steady string of wickets thereafter made things more and more difficult and they were eventually bowled out for 146.
For Sandiacre, opening bowler Daniel Wheeldon returned the excellent figures of 6-44.