Marehay first XI suffer heavy defeat

Division One – Staveley Welfare 280/7 (27pts) beat Marehay 144 all out (4pts) by 136 runs

Marehay travelled to the north of the county on Saturday and were comprehensively beaten by Staveley Welfare.

Rich Wood opted to bowl first on winning the toss, hoping that the green looking wicket would provide assistance for the bowlers and it was the captain himself that made the early breakthrough with the wickets of Joe Bullimore (2) and Chris Bullimore (3) inside the first nine overs.

Despite the early wickets, Staveley were scoring at a healthy rate thanks to Tom Bullimore, who was taking advantage of anything slightly off line or length with a number of crisply struck boundaries. Bullimore raced to his 50 from just 45 balls by the 13th over and along with Liam Douglas took the score to 81 before the latter was LBW to former Staveley player Martin Camm for 15.

With the score exactly 100 at drinks, Marehay felt a couple of quick wickets at this stage would give them a chance of exposing the hosts’ middle order but Bullimore and Jake Vernon kept the score ticking along nicely.

This partnership developed well and after a period of working the ball around for one’s and two’s, both batsmen looked to accelerate in the closing ten overs as they played more expansively.

Bullimore reached a well deserved century from 113 balls and Vernon passed 50 from 56 balls as the pair put on 180 for the fourth wicket before Dean Mills returned to the attack to clean bowl Vernon for an excellent 89.

There were two wickets in the next over as Bullimore’s brilliant knock came to an end as he was bowled by Wood (3/74) for 142 and Ross Liacono was run out for a first ball duck. 120 runs were added in the last 15 overs of the innings to take the final total to 280/7 from 50 overs.

Marehay knew they had make a good start to have any chance of chasing down the sizeable target and felt that if they could see off the new ball without losing wickets they would have a decent chance.

Openers Waldo Lategan and Camm made a steady start against the left-arm pace attack of Chris Pemberton and Aussie Liacono taking the score to 34/0 after eight overs.

But just seven overs later the score had become 56/5 as the Marehay top order collapsed in the face of good bowling backed up by fielders taking smart catches. Lategan (9) was first to fall, driving loosely to be bowled by Pemberton and he was followed by the in-form Andy Walters in the next over who misjudged a ball from Liacono to be bowled offering no shot.

Camm had hit a few nice boundaries in making 21 but was brilliantly caught one handed by Vernon at gully to give Liacono his second wicket. Stephen Lee (6) and Jonno Bradder (8) were both dismissed attempting to drive Pemberton in successive overs, caught behind and caught at gully respectively.

With 35 overs to take the remaining five wickets, Staveley were confident that they could force a much needed victory in their favour but Dave and Gaz Buckley took the score past 100 in the 26th over as the home side rotated their bowlers.

Their partnership of 48 for the sixth wicket was ended when Gaz Buckley (19) edged behind attempting to drive Tom Bullimore. James Kyte, who had not been able to bowl (due to a finger injury sustained playing bowls!), didn’t last long as he skied a high full toss from spinner Chris Bullimore straight into the hands of John May at deep mid wicket for four. Dave Buckley had batted sensibly but still looked to score when the opportunities arose and made a well constructed 42 before being adjudged LBW to the returning Liacono (3/23) in the 35th over.

It was left to Pemberton (5/51) to wrap the innings up has he trapped Matt Wilkinson (1) LBW and clean bowled Mills (0) to bowl the visitors out for just 144 in 38 overs.

A disappointing performance all-round for Marehay sees them slip a place to 7th in the table with a home fixture against Sawley & Long Eaton Park to look forward to this Saturday. They will be hoping that Kyte will be fit to bowl as Camm and Mills are away on holiday and Ben Perry-Taylor’s fractured hand will still keep him out of action.

Division 7 North

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

Sunday – Butterley 1st XI 131/8 (22pts) beat Marehay 130 all out (6pts) by 2 wickets

The third team had a mixed weekend, with a high scoring winning draw on Saturday followed by a disappointing two wicket defeat at Butterley on Sunday.

On Saturday, an impressive score of 242/7 was made thanks to three young players with big futures for the club ahead of them. Thirteen year olds Lewis Palmer (79), Connor Walters (31) and Jason Barratt (30) all batted well to set an imposing total for the hosts to chase. Belper’s innings never really go going and they were content in settling for the draw at 126/8 with only B Deeming (33) making a noticeable contribution.

On Sunday, Marehay had a chance to move into the promotion places with their game in hand at local rivals Butterley but were narrowly defeated in a low scoring match. Marehay were bowled out for just 130 in 42 overs with no batsmen reaching 30 thanks to former Marehay player Dean Kenney (3/39) and Joel Crosby (3/16).

In reply, Butterley just scraped home to victory by two wickets thanks largely to an unbeaten 30 from Andrew Bonsall despite John Longdon picking up 4/29.