Draw sends Marehay top

Marehay v Matlock Bowling for Marehay Richard Wood
Marehay v Matlock Bowling for Marehay Richard Wood

Marehay CC moved to the top of the Derbyshire County Cricket League Division One on Saturday after their draw with Clifton

After a week of heavy rain, the away fixture looked to be in doubt but the efforts from the home side and a break in the weather saw the game start on time.

Marehay captain Richard Wood lost the toss and Clifton asked the visitors to bat on a wet track that looked like a bowlers dream.

Stephen Lee (13) and Jonathan Bradder (48) were faced with a real battle from ball one with medium pace and spin looking like the order of the day.

The first wicket came when a ball from Achin Chand was edged by Lee to slip. Little progress was made in the middle section with wickets falling easily, the pitch being the main contributing factor. Scratching about saw the score move up to 97-5. Marehay were desperate to push the score up to the 150 mark, but this was looking more unlikely until a partnership from the stubborn James Kyte (39) and gritty Matt Doric (27) lifted the visitors to a respectable 175-8.

After tea, it was time for Clifton to take to the middle. Some fierce bowling from Doric went wicketless but openers Matt Wilson (25) and Alex Wooliscroft (31) were both dismissed by captain Wood, who bowled to the conditions and reaped the rewards.

Kalan Joyce (32) steadied the ship for the home side. A change of tack and introducing spin from Ben Perry-Taylor and Gaz Buckley slowed down the scoreboard as runs became harder to come by. It was Buckley who claimed the scalp of Joyce, clipping the ball to short cover easily caught by Tom Burke. The home side had little more to offer and the target soon became too great. 151-7 was the closest Clifton could get from their 50 overs, holding on for a draw. Buckley returned the great figures of 3-17 off seven overs.

Marehay host second placed Elvaston next where a win could extend their lead.