Cork heroics are in vain

Brad Davies. Denby CC''Photo by Terry Fletcher
Brad Davies. Denby CC''Photo by Terry Fletcher

Denby CC 1sts fell to their third defeat of the season on Saturday as Spondon prevailed by five wickets at The Copper Yard.

The visitors won the toss and put Denby into bat, a decision which paid off early on as opener Alex Eyre was out for just four runs, caught by Chris Windmill off the bowling of Ben Ashdown.

But fellow opener Brad Davis was to prove a useful contributor as he hit a fine half century, eventually out for 59 when caught behind by David Hartley to become Waseem Fazal’s only victim.

Before that, Rehan Hassan was Ben Ashdown’s second wicket for 5.

Enter Greg Cork, who coming in at number four would hold the remainder of Denby’s innings together as the rest of the batting line-up fell around him with only Dan Burgoyne (15) managing to reach double figures.

Cork hit 70, including three fours and three sixes, his wicket being the last to fall.

Cork’s accomplices couldn’t muster much in the way of support, Joe Greenhalgh (1), Michael Mitchell (1), Liam Glenn ( 0), Will Davis (0), Fraser Kirk (5) and Paul Allen (1) only able to produce eight runs between them as Denby closed on 171-9.

Windmill was Spondon’s top bowler as he took 4-42, with Ben Ashdown claiming 2-25, Fazal 1-33 and Joe Ashdown 1-36.

Spondon started their reply strongly as Ben Ashdown and Josh Brear helped the score along to 66 before the former was out for 33, bowled by Hassan.

Brear, however, remained unbeaten with 65 coming off 113 balls.

Denby’s best hope seemed to be a draw as the 40 overs began to edge nearer to a close, but the winning runs came with three balls of the final over remaining as Spondon ended the game on 175-5 to seal the victory.

Hassan took 2-47 for Denby, the other wickets coming courtesy of Will Davis (1-19), Kirk (1-25) and a run out.