Bowlers impress but win still proves elusive

sp90083 Marehay v Darley Dale. Darley Dale batsman Jack Stone turns one to leg.

sp90083 Marehay v Darley Dale. Darley Dale batsman Jack Stone turns one to leg.

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Darley Dale 1sts travelled to Marehay on Saturday in search of a first victory for almost nine months and came away with a positive result, but no win.

Having lost the toss, Darley were put in to bat on a flat looking track.

Craig Elliott and Jack Stone negotiated the overcast conditions well to bring up an opening stand of 64 for the away side before Elliott fell, caught in the covers for 28.

The bullish-looking Stone was joined by Jamie Watts and the pair raced to 33 apiece before they both fell in quick succession.

Darley were pegged back further by the loss of Jacob Hartley and Adrian Kershaw.

Rearguard action from Paul Carson, John Bittles and Simon Cotterill eventually saw Darley through to a sizable score of 179.

In reply, Marehay got off to the worst possible start with Darley’s Kershaw and Carson trading wickets.

Between them, they managed to reduce Marehay to the precarious position of 2-3.

Marehay’s batsmen seemingly looked out of their depth as they were reduced further to 20-5.

The super keen Kershaw then brought about wicket number six with a Jonty Rhodes-like run out.

Darley, however, just could not grab the seventh wicket and, by the time Elliott was able to take the seventh wicket, the game was drifting towards a draw.

Carson and Kershaw proved the pick of the bowlers for Darley taking 3-25 and 2-36 respectively.

Darley take massive heart from a positive result but were disappointed not to take the full 27 points, having made such a good start in dismissing the Marehay batsmen.

This weekend, Darley Dale are at home to Morton Colliery in Division 4N of the Derbyshire County League.