Amateurs rue a poor batting performance as Marehay win

Amateurs' top scorer Paul Spencer in action against Marehay. Photo by Terry Fletcher.
Amateurs' top scorer Paul Spencer in action against Marehay. Photo by Terry Fletcher.

Belper Amateurs suffered a setback in their attempts to gain promotion as they fell to defeat by seven wickets at home to Marehay third XI on Saturday.

Amateurs batted first but largely struggled to get a hold on proceedings, with nine of their ten batsmen failing to score higher than 11 runs.

The exception was Paul Spencer, whose arrival in the middle order came as a great relief given Amateurs were 58-7 at one point.

Spencer, however, hit nine fours on his way to 49 before eventually being bowled by Connor Walters (2-11)

Ben Fletcher took 3-27, John Longden 2-20 and Harry Brocklehurst 1-39 for Marehay as Belper ended their 46 overs on 101-9.

The visitors had little trouble in achieving their target and did so for the loss of just three wickets.

That was despite being 10-2 at one stage after Chris Maleham and David Nightingale had both struck to remove the opening pair, but Jason Barrett (46 not out) and Gareth Harry (39) produced crucial innings to see Marehay over the line, Nightingale seeing off the latter with a caught and bowled before Brocklehurst aided Barratt to the end.