Marehay 231/9 (7pts) lost to Stainsby Hall 233/4 (22pts) by 6 wickets
MAREHAY first XI were unable to bounce back from an opening day defeat at Denby as they fell to a six-wicket home defeat against Stainsby.
Persistent morning rain meant the start was delayed leaving a reduced match of 47 overs per innings.
On winning the toss, Stainsby decided to bowl first, looking to make use of the helpful conditions and got off to a good start with Marehay openers Waldo Lategan (9) and Andy Walters (5) both falling to catches behind the wicket early on.
Jonno Bradder batted confidently and developed a useful fourth-wicket partnership with Stephen Lee before both fell in unfortunate fashions as firstly Bradder picked out deep cover right on the boundary for a well constructed 43 and Lee (24) hit a Tom Wood loosener into the hands of Dan Wood who took a well judged low catch.
Last week’s big hitting James Kyte had a different role to play this week and he showed a great deal of maturity in working the ball around as well as putting away any loose balls to the boundary. Like Bradder, Dave Buckley (13) was unlucky when hitting a well timed sweep shot out to deep mid-wicket but was well caught when a few yards either side would have resulted in a maximum.
Tom Burke (7) soon followed slicing a drive to backward point to leave the score on 167/7 but Kyte found a good ally in Ady Vickerage as 53 was put on for the eighth wicket in quick time.
Marehay reached maximum batting points as Kyte (64) and Vickerage (22) were both dismissed by the returning Junead Zaman, with the innings closing on 231/9. Stainsby’s opening bowlers Zaman (3/57) and Dave Smyth (3/47) were the pick of the attack.
After tea, Marehay got off to the perfect start as Dean Mills trapped Dan Hardwick in front offering no shot for a second ball duck.
Rich Wood beat the bat numerous times but could not find the edge as Richard Mear and Tom Wood built a decent foundation to the innings, and took the score on to 69 before Kyte made the breakthrough in his first over, dismissing Wood (46) lbw.
Marehay knew a couple of quick wickets would make good inroads in the Stainsby line up but were rebuffed by the experienced Wood, playing an aggressive innings and he found the boundary all too frequently.
At the other end, Mear batted patiently to reach his half century but frustration got the better off him as he spooned a catch to Bradder of Wood. Derbyshire player Mark Footitt (8) followed in similar fashion off the bowling of Mills but Rob Wood continued to bat fluently and guided Stainsby towards the target to finish unbeaten on 93 from just 71 balls and victory was duly achieved in the 44th over.
All of Marehay’s bowlers struggled to bowl consistent areas and were left feeling disappointed after posting a good first innings total once again.
Match sponsor: Brian Gration Carpets.
Marehay will need to improve quickly as they face an away fixture against League favourites Swarkestone on Saturday followed by a Marston’s Trophy first round cup tie against Denby second XI on Sunday.
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