Derbyshire County League Division One
Marehay 191/6 (22pts) beat Clifton 181/7 (6pts) by 4 wickets
Marehay’s season finished with mixed fortunes that summed up their inconsistency throughout the campaign as they had a good home win against promotion chasing Clifton on Saturday but once again came unstuck on their travels with defeat at relegated Rolleston on Sunday.
On Saturday, Clifton were asked to bat first and made a steady start against accurate bowling from Dean Mills and Dave Buckley with the latter picking up the first wicket in the 15th over, bowling Charlie Wedgewood for 12. The dangerous Campbell Ogilvie (7) was trapped LBW by James Kyte and at the half way stage Clifton had crawled to 68/2.
Matt Wilson and Faisal Khan built a useful partnership for the third wicket and after a slow start Wilson began to find runs a little easier to come by as he passed 50 from 75 balls but was then caught by Matt Wilkinson to give 14 year old leg spinner Joe Spray a wicket on his first team debut.
Dan Flower fell LBW to Martin Camm for a second ball duck to leave the visitors 97/4 off 32 overs. Khan (53) was working the ball around well and found a bit of support from Alex Wooliscroft (11) and Matthew Yardley (19) but all three became victims to Camm (4/35) as they looked to push for runs in the closing ten overs to give a final total of 188/7 from 50 overs.
Marehay felt confident of knocking off a below par score for the Maryfield and but lost Jonno Bradder (5) in the second over to Ogilvie. However, the form pair of Camm and Walters played confidently in setting about the run chase as they took the score to 98 in the 19th over.
Camm had survived a couple of dropped chances but his innings was ended by Khan, being adjudged LBW for 42 and was soon followed by Walters (47) bowled by Will Harvey just short of his half century. At 122/3 at drinks, Marehay were firmly in control and were happy working the ball around with Stephen Lee and Buckley taking the score past the 150 mark before both fell in quick succession. Firstly, Buckley (21) pulled a short ball from Harvey straight to Ogilvie at midwicket and Lee (24) became Khan’s second LBW victim. Ogilvie returned to have Rich Wood (7) LBW but Kyte (26 not out) saw Marehay home with seven overs to spare to record a four wicket victory.
The 22 points took Marehay up to fourth place and ended Clifton’s promotion chances at the same time as they took just 6 points.
Match sponsored by Andy & Dawn Dean.
Rolleston 184/5 (22pts) beat Marehay 183/9 (5pts) by 5 wickets
On Sunday, Marehay were looking to consolidate fourth place with an away fixture at Rolleston but were left disappointed as they fell to defeat in the last over of the game.
Marehay opted to bat first and were soon regretting the decision as Rolleston’s opening bowlers found a bit of movement in the pitch making runs hard to come by.
Gaz Buckley (2) was first man out, bowled by Aussie Zac Fried and was followed by Martin Camm (17), run out after a mix up with Andy Walters left him stranded mid pitch. Jonno Bradder (0) sliced Fried to point, Dave Buckley (8) edged Mick Haynes behind and Walters (15) was brilliantly caught one handed by Tom Rutter to leave Marehay in deep trouble at 52/5 off 20 overs.
Stephen Lee and James Kyte then set about making the score look respectable and runs became easier to score as Rolleston changed their bowlers.
These two played their natural attacking game , bringing the 100 up in the 29th over and taking their partnership to 87 from just 16 overs before Kyte (46) was undone by a well flighted ball by Tom Yates to be bowled.
Lee (45) also just missed out on a half century as he gloved a ball that bounced from spinner Luke Nelson for the keeper to take an easy looping catch to leave the score 140/6 after 36 overs. Without wickets in hand the visitors found it hard to accelerate in the closing overs as Wood (13) and Gareth Harry (6) both perished to Fried (4/41) it was left the last pair off Matt Wilkinson (11 not out) and Dean Mills (1 not out) to see the innings through to 183/9.
Rolleston’s reply had a steady start but built a good foundation for the innings with 50 being out on for the first wicket despite a couple of chances going to ground. The introduction of Camm looked to change the course of the game as he picked up wickets with the last ball of each of his first three overs. Firstly, Fried (28) was bowled looking to hit over the top and was followed by Mark James (21) caught behind by Harry and Yates who drove to Bradder at point to leave the hosts 61/3 after 21 overs. Camm (4/46) claimed his fourth wicket as Gareth Marshall (6) edged behind to Harry and the game was in the balance at 80/4 off 29 overs. Rutter and Matt Ford took time to get accustomed to the wicket and began to grow in confidence as their partnership developed nicely to put Rolleston in a strong position needing to score at around 5 runs per over.
They ran well together and put fielders under pressure on the long boundaries as the closed toward their target with just 17 required with four overs to go. Their excellent partnership off 92 was ended in unfortunate fashion as Rutter (47) was run out at the non-strikers end as Kyte deflected the ball on to the stumps. A bit of panic set in for Ford as only three runs were scored from the penultimate over leaving three required form the last over for victory.
The first two balls were dots and also saw a difficult stumping chance go begging as the pressure looked to tell on the batsmen but a single and two from the next two deliveries took Rolleston to a five wickets victory with Ford finishing unbeaten on 48.
With just picking up five points Marehay slipped from fourth to finish the season in seventh position.
With eight wins and eight losses it was a real up and down season but the players know their away performances is something that needs to improve next year.
At home, they won six matches and lost just once but away they recorded only two victories but lost seven matches.