Nine games into the Derbyshire Premier League season and a first win of the campaign in the top flight is proving elusive for Marehay CC 1sts.
On Saturday, Marehay made the trip to East Staffordshire to play against Dunstall at their picturesque Deer Park ground.
The home side won the toss and opted to bat first but Marehay made a good start, taking a trio of early wickets to reduce their hosts to 27-3.
Matthew White took one of the wickets to fall, and Robert Peat the other two.
But Dunstall then mounted a fine fightback, based around a stand of 105 between James Benstead and Tom Mandleberg.
When the latter departed for 56, Benstead was assisted by the tail in getting his side to a competitive total of 209-8 from their 50 overs.
Benstead was run out shortly before the end of the innings for 95 by Richard Wood.
For Marehay, Matthew White and James Kyte took two wickets each and Robert Peat returned the fine figures of 3-38.
Marehay’s reply got off to a very promising start thanks to a first wicket stand of 60 between Matthew Bailey and Ben Gartside.
The latter was the first man out for 33 but Bailey took the score on to 96 with David Buckley before he went for 40.
After that, the wickets fell on a steady basis with no batsman really able to stamp their mark on the game.
Robert Peat’s knock of 20 was the highest of those that followed and Marehay eventually finished on 171 all out in 47.5 overs to lose the encounter by 38 runs.
For Dunstall, Martin Clewley took 4-36 from 15 overs.
The defeat means Marehay are still next to bottom of the Derbyshire Premier League, with four draws and five defeats from their nine games so far and 61 points on the board.
This Saturday, Marehay are on their travels south again when they take on Lullington Park, who are currently two places above them.