Denby are back in the premier league

DENBY CC are back in the Derbyshire Premier League after back to back wins on the final weekend of the season.

The situation going into the final round of matches was an intriguing one with Denby heading the table seven points ahead of Swarkestone with Clifton another eight points behind so the first aim was to try and secure enough pints to be promoted.

The Saturday trip to fourth- placed Staveley presented a significant challenge and with the threat of rain in the air skipper Joe Greenhalgh won the toss and chose to field.

Greg Cork made early inroads with three wickets following Paul Allen’s breakthrough. Chris Bullimore was in fine form stroking 64 and with the Denby bowlers offering a generous number of wides the Staveley were able to move at a healthy rate. Once Bullimore had gone the innings fell away somewhat as Joe Greenhalgh removed the middle order taking three for 31 and Cork returned to mop up the tail finishing with figures of 6 for 36 from 14 overs as Staveley were bowled out for 160 in 43 overs.

With the players driven from the field by heavy rain there was increasing concern that the match could fall a victim to the weather but fortunately the clouds blew over to enable play to resume.

The Denby batters were in a positive frame of mind from the outset with Michael Mitchell and Chris Durham both making 27 before they were both dismissed by Tom Bullimore.

There was though no way back for Staveley as Peter Burgoyne took over with an unbeaten 69 and with Sunil Bhatt also making 18 the runs were knocked off for the loss of only two wickets in the 35th over.

With the news coming through that Marehay had beaten Clifton was confirmation that promotion was assured.

Sunday

On Sunday it was all about the league championship as Swarkestone had narrowed the gap to two points following their Saturday win over Stainsby on Sunday.

So only a maximum 27 point win would guarantee Denby the title with Sawley and Long Eaton Park the visitors. Denby batted first against and Peter Burgoyne was again in dominating form.

Batting at number three he made 97 and with Michael Mitchell making 49 as opener the platform was set to enable Sunil Bhatt (29) Joe Greenhalgh and Dan Burgoyne to set up a declaration at 236 for 5.

Marius Conway - Jones was the pick of the Sawley attack with figures of 3 for 49.

Sawley had 53 overs to make the runs but never really threatened to do so.

Five players got into double figures but with a top score of 19 and wickets falling regularly the writing was on the wall as Sawley were bowled out in the 31st over for 91.

Two youngsters Greg Cork (4 and 22) and Fraser Kirk (3 and 32) knocked the heart out of the innings and there was a wicket apiece for Pete Burgoyne, Paul Allen and Ahtesham Yaqoob.

The 27 points gained meant that Denby could not be topped in spite of Swarkestone also gaining maximum points at Elvaston.

With 16 wins from 22 games it was a deserved title and a reward for the efforts the club has made over recent years.