Improvement is required

Belper Amateurs 2nd XI 126-8 (6pts) drew with Marehay 3rd XI 242-7 (20pts)

BELPER Amateurs seconds picked up vital points but they need to improve in the remaining games if relegation from division 7N is to be avoided.

The hosts won the toss on a warm and relatively windless day up at the packhorse ground.

The very first over saw action as L Palmer (79) scooped one to backward square leg unfortunately Callum Harrison did well to keep his eye on the ball (literally) but failed to take the catch injuring himself in the process.

Palmer was to make the most of his good fortune and provided the cornerstone of the Marehay innings, scoring his first league fifty in the process.

His fluent strokeplay was eventually thwarted by M Green (4-54) who not for the first time this year found himself the principal wicket taker in the Amateurs attack and took his season tally to 34 victims.

However hampered by injuries and absences the Amateurs did well to keep their discipline in the field and young Liam Pickard (1-20) claimed his first senior wicket on debut but even so the amateurs could not prevent Marehay reaching 242-7 off their alotted overs.

After tea, the Amateurs set about the task of chasing the large total. Early wickets fell including A Boucher (20) and P Nightingale (13) but it was young Billy Deeming (33) who steadied the ship playing with patience and poise in guiding the Amateurs through to a final score of 126-8.

Amateurs firsts were crushed by Ambergate seconds in division 5N. Ambergate (27pts) 228-4 [46 overs] (M Heath 60, S Shuttleworth 37, A Layton 65*, C Cook 36*) beat Belper Amateurs (2pts) 64 all out [33.2 overs] (T Rouse 4-17) by 164 runs.