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Marehay 104 all out lost to Darley Dale 105-3 by seven wickets

Darley Dale 2nds welcomed Marehay to their Station Road ground on a blustery and overcast day on Saturday in Division 7N of the County League.

Skipper Jonathan Shaw won the toss and asked the away team to bat on a typical early season pitch.

Sam Lightfoot bowled with great pace and discipline taking two wickets. Vice-captain Stuart Taylor’s accurate bowling soon had the away team’s batsmen making their long travel back to the pavilion.

Greg Ward bowled an excellent line and length and restricted the batsmen, which allowed Shaw to wrap up the tail, ending with the impressive figures of 3-9.

In reply, Darley batted with great confidence and shot selection. Andy Topley led from the front with an excellent innings of 37 until he nicked a delivery and was caught behind.

Topley was supported very well by the in-form Jon Cooper who steered Darley Dale to victory with a solid 29 not out. Darley Dale travel to Ashover next week in a game both clubs are desperate to win.

Darley Dale 192-7 beat Elvaston 85 all out by 107 runs

Skipper Elliott led his men to the second positive result of the weekend by beating Elvaston in the Bayley Cup.

Elliot won the toss and elected to bat first. The skipper himself and Stone despatched the ball to all parts of the ground in the early overs but the highlight of the innings was a magnificent 70 not out from the masterful Jamie Watts. Watts demoralised the Elvaston attack by some fine drives and electrifying pulls. Watts was supported well by the showman Briggs who demonstrated his outstanding pulling technique by scoring 32.

In reply, Darley’s fiery Ady Kershaw silenced the opposition with raw pace. Wickets fell regularly but it was Briggs who took four wickets with his left arm pace.

Cotterill and Shaw bowled wisely like wily old foxes to restrict Elvaston and Richard Askey took a dazzling catch to end the game.

Calver 97-5 lost to Darley Dale 99-3 by seven wickets

Calver won the toss and elected to bat on a low and slow Darley wicket. Openers Horton (2-25) and Cotterill (1-2) bowled with great control and skill to inflict immense pressure on Calver’s top order. Cotterill finished with the brilliant figures of 1-2 off his four overs.

Hilton batted well for his 31 and was supported well by Howie, who got 36, allowing Calver to post a competitive total of 97-5. In reply, Darley’s man of the moment Jacob Hartley was bowled early on. However, Parks (46 not out) steered Darley towards the total with the support of Jon ‘Boom Boom’ Cooper (31). Skipper Shaw hit the winning run with four balls to spare, giving Darley their first win of the Longstone League campaign.