It’s early days yet but it’s a case of ‘so far so good’ for Marehay CC in their bid to reach the Derbyshire Premier League.
Six games into the season, they are currently top of the Derbyshire County Cricket League’s Division One, just ahead of Alfreton.
Marehay are unbeaten so far and skipper Richard Wood is satisfied with what he’s seen from his side in the first third of the campaign.
He said: “A couple of weeks before the start of the season, we had a team meeting where we outlined the aims for the season and obviously getting into the Derbyshire Premier League was the main aim.
“We looked at the stats from previous seasons, at where we could improve, and so far we look like we’ve done that.
“We’ve made quite a good start, against some of the stronger teams in the league, including the two who were relegated from the Premier League, so it’s not been going too badly.”
Among those who have made their mark is Australian all-rounder Matt Doric, who has done well with bat and ball.
Richard Wood explained: “We brought Matt in because sometimes, with flat pitches, you need someone who either gives it a really big rip, or who’s got extra pace, to get the win, and Matt has shown he can be pretty quick, which has helped us.
“He runs in and hits the deck hard and he’s also a good batsman for us. He’s a proper batsman but he can hit out when he has to. So he’s been doing well and we’re pleased with his performances.”
But Wood admits that having a star overseas player is not the be all and end all, as the homegrown players have to perform too - and that’s also been happening for Marehay.
“James Kyte is on fire at the moment for us. He got a 50 and five wickets on Saturday for us and he’s had a really good start.
“Ben Perry-Taylor’s very steady every week for us with bat and ball too.
“I think one of our strengths is our depth. Batting wise, I was at ten on Saturday and got 32 so we bat a long way down and bowling wise, with Gaz Buckley coming in now, we’ve got something like five seamers and two spinners, so that gives me plenty of choice and it all bodes well.”
Marehay are away at Ilkeston Rutland on Saturday.