Alfreton leapfrog Marehay off the bottom

Marehay v Alfreton cricket club. Alfreton get a whicket.
Marehay v Alfreton cricket club. Alfreton get a whicket.

Alfreton got a second positive result in as many weeks as they lifted themselves off the bottom of the Derbyshire Premier League table for the first time.

Batting first against second bottom Marehay, Alfreton posted 226-4 and in reply the home side could only muster 181-6.

Asked to bat first on an overcast day, Alfreton openers Mark Stokes and Anthony Mosca once again provided a solid opening partnership.

The score of 109 was on the board before the first wicket fell, that of Stokes for 29 as Ben Gartside (2-49) chipped in with the first of his two wickets.

Captain Alex Mace was the next batsmen to fall with the score on 119 as Gartside halted the Alfreton charge.

However, Mosca and John Aspinall had other ideas as they pushed on from the good early platform to guide the score past 200.

Runs were coming quickly going into the final overs as the away side looked to post a competitive total but in the pursuit of more runs, Mosca fell for 95 to Robert Peat.

Aspinall was Peat’s (2-50) next victim with the score on 211 but not before he had added a crucial 54 off just 38 balls and with Tom Bentley making 13 from eight deliveries, the away side posted a formidable 226-4 after being asked to bat first.

In reply, Marehay couldn’t have got off to a worse start. Richard Briggs got the first wicket, that of Matthew Bailey for four, in the first over.

From there, Briggs (3-39) and Callum Spencer (2-46) shared the first five wickets to fall as the home side quickly found themselves in some trouble on 46-5. But Dan Palmer and Ben Perry-Taylor got their team back in the game with a partnership of 66.

Perry-Taylor was the batsmen to fall for 34 off the bowling of Dan Robbins and with the score on 112-6; Alfreton had a chance of pushing for victory.

However, Marehay weren’t going to let that happen and decided to stop playing shots in a bid to save the game, a goal they achieved when they ended on 181-6, Palmer on 70 and Gaz Buckley on 32.

Alfreton jump off the bottom of the table, albeit on the same points as bottom placed Marehay, and they will be looking further up as Saturday brings Lullington Park, who are just 14 points ahead, to the Impact Oval.