Denby came up against a pair of opening batsmen in scintillating form but were able to come away with a losing draw from their encounter at Alvaston & Boulton on Saturday.
Having won the toss, Denby skipper Joe Greenhalgh opted to put the hosts into bat, but that was a challenge accepted with glee by Billy Godleman and Chris McIlroy.
They proceeded to put on a stunning first wicket partnership of 243, those runs being the vast majority of A&B’s final total.
The partnership was finally broken when McIlroy was run out by Rehan Hassan for 103, soon followed by replacement Rahib Ali who was caught behind by Brad Davis off the bowling of Greg Cork for five.
The usually potent Steve Stubbings fell for the same score soon afterwards, again off the bowling of Cork as Greenhalgh this time took the catch, before Godleman’s innings finally ended for a score of 147 when Davis’s gloves again held a delivery, this time to give Fraser Kirk his only wicket.
Will Davis took two late wickets, one a caught and bowled, but A&B closed on 291-5.
Denby’s reply began badly and they were 10-2 after openers Alex Eyre and Davis were both out cheaply, but Hassan and Cork (43) would stabilise things before the latter’s wicket signalled the end to any realistic challenge and Denby saw things out to end on 201-5, Hassan unbeaten on 82 at the close of play.