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Alfreton CC vs Marehay CC (H) 23/04/22

Posted by: James Fletcher

Wed 27th April 2022

Simpson’s men get bragging rights over local rivals Marehay in Premier League return.

Despite lack of recruitment in the summer Alfreton settled into life in the top tier of Derbyshire cricket reasonably well. Ex-Leicestershire man Tom New and his brother Matt New (29) settled any early nerves with a 100 run 1st wicket partnership. The eldest of the three New brothers, Tom, fell just after his half century on 53 and Alfreton’s middle order and tail seemed to stutter with his absence. Bramwell was the only anomaly with a fluent 41 from 49 balls, who at one stage crashed the impressive Lewis Palmer (3-44) into the sight screen, smashing the recently placed panels. Alfreton finished on 205 from 47.4 overs, which the team would of seemed slightly below par given their start. Derbyshire man Michael Cohen was the pick of the Marehay attack with 4-49 who was ably supported by towering overseas player Caleb Jasmat (2-22).

In reply, Palmer, Bailey and Birch were removed early with only Ryan Buckley (27) from Marehay’s top 4 offering any real resistance before he picked out the only sweeper in a empty leg side field. With Kyte unfortunately slipping while taking a 2 up the hill and with the away side at 48-5 it was always going to be a difficult task from then on. Economic bowling from all the Alfreton attack including Muhammad Asim (2-28), Joe New (1-34), Muhammad Zaroob (2-23), Matt New (1-39) and the evergreen Graham Hibbert (1-37) supported with good fielding all round helped restrict Marehay to 162-9 from their 50 overs. Marehay’s powerful number 9 Wanford (34) was the only man to get over the 30 mark from the Ripley-based team.

A great return for the boys in black and gold, who take the long trip to Alrewas next week looking to hopefully make it 2 from 2.

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