Vital victory for Alfreton

Alfreton bowler Richard briggs.
Alfreton bowler Richard briggs.

Alfreton CC 1sts recovered well from Saturday’s thumping by Denby - and secured their first league win of the season in the process - by beating Marehay on Sunday in the Derbyshire Premier League.

Marehay won the toss at Alfreton Park and decided to bat first.

They were eventually dismissed for 143 in 45 overs.

A number of batsmen got good starts but weren’t able to go on to make a decisive contribution.

Ben Gartside was the top scorer with 25 and Gaz Buckley made 18 but wickets fell on a regular basis and at one stage Marehay found themselves at 108-9.

There then followed a last wicket stand of 35 between Matthew White with 15 not out and Dean Mills with 20.

This pushed the final total up as far as 143.

For Alfreton, Ashley Holland took 4-61 while Richard Briggs recorded the excellent figures of 4-21 off 11 overs.

In reply, Alfreton also found the going tough and lost a number of early wickets with Anthony Mosca, John Aspinall, Mark Stokes and James Aspinall all going for single figure scores as the Marehay bowlers put up a good display.

Ryan Bramwell proved to be the main man for Alfreton, making a crucial 52 batting at number three, a knock that lasted for 112 balls and included seven fours and two sixes.

When he was dismissed, Jake Simpson took over the mantle and, from an unpromiising position of 93-7, he teamed up with James Fletcher for a stand of 49 that took them to the brink of victory.

Simpson was out for 37 with just two needed for victory but Fletcher was 17 not out and Alfreton were able to claim a vital win by the margin of two wickets, having batted for 54.5 overs, the extra overs, proving to be vital.

The result means that Alfreton have now moved out of the bottom two while Marehay are next to bottom, with five matches left for both teams to play in the Derbyshire Premier League season.