Marehay lose against leaders

Marehay CC 1sts suffered a tough afternoon against Ockbrook and Borrowash in Saturday’s top-versus-bottom encounter in the Derbyshire Premier League.

They never recovered from a poor start to their innings and ended up losing the game by six wickets.

Marehay lost the toss and their visitors asked them to bat first.

This proved to be a good decision by Ockbrook and Borrowash as Marehay suffered a poor start.

The top four of Matthew Bailey, David Buckley, Daniel Palmer and Ben Gartside went for single figures scores as Marehay were reduced to 20-4.

There was a partial recovery of sorts between Robert Peat and James Kyte which took the score up to 57 before Kyte was dismissed for 19.

Peat top scored with 22 but the only other player to get into double figures was Bil Hartley with an attacking 16 not outl.

His knock helped to take Marehay up to a total of 104 all out from 38.5 overs, a total that was clearly well short of what Marehay would have hoped for against such in-f0rm opponents.

For Ockbrook and Borrowash, former Derbyshire seamer Kevin Dean again proved a handful with figures of 3-30 from his 11 overs while Josh Clarke was in excellent form with 4-11 from 8.5 overs.

Daniel Corcoran chipped in with 2-29.

Defending a small total, Marehay needed to make a good start and this is exactly what they did.

They took early wickets to reduce Ockbrook and Borrowash to 11-2 as Robert Peat and Matthew White claimed a victim apiece.

But there was then a recovery as Josh Clarke and Jack Ratcliffe put on 40 to steady the ship.

Clarke made 25 and Ratcliffe 22.

They then handed over the baton to Corrie Keable (34 not out) and Trevor Smith (10 not out) who saw Ockbrook and Borrowash to a six-wicket win.