Mixed day for teams

Staveley Welfare CC 2nds v Marehay CC 3rds. Marehay batsman Joe Spray.
Staveley Welfare CC 2nds v Marehay CC 3rds. Marehay batsman Joe Spray.

There were mixed fortunes for Alfreton CC and Marehay CC in their first games of the season back in the Derbyshire Cricket Premier League.

Marehay were up against Ockbrook and Borrowash and found themselves on the wrong end of an inspired debut by Australian all-rounderJosh Clarke.

Clarke top scored for Ockbrook with 94 in his side’s total of 261-7.

He then took 6-20 as Marehay were dismissed for 216.

Jonathan Bradder made 48 and James Kyte 37.

There was a better start to the season for Alfreton, who earned a draw in their opening game against Lullington Park.

Lullington batted first and made 204-5 from their 50 overs.

In reply, Alfreton skipper Alex Mace made 17 at the top of the order but the main contribution to the total came from John Aspinall.

He made an unbeaten 60 from 94 balls as his side ended their response on 134-6 to take a share of the points from the opening encounter of the season.

Meanwhile, in Division Four North of the Derbyshire County Cricket League, Marehay 2nds beat Codnor 1sts by a margin of 119 runs.

Marehay scored a very competitive total of 261-8 from 46 overs and then were able to dismiss their opponents for 145.

Alfreton 2nds also had agood afternoon, defeating Allestree by six wickets in Division Five North.

Allestree found the going tough and were dismissed for just 107 in the 28th over.

Alfreton then got home for the loss of four wickets in the 30th over.

Marehay 3rds were in action in Division Six North and earned a seven-wicket victory against Staveley Welfare.

Staveley made 157-4 in 46 overs but this target was overhauled by Marehay in the 42nd over.

Finally, in Division Eight North, Alfreton 3rds were bowled out for 104 by Wirksworth and Middleton and lost by 51 runs.