Denby CC firsts lose out in final over

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Denby lost out in the final over of their Derbyshire Premier League game against Chesterfield in a match reduced to 47 overs per side.

After being put into bat they were soon in deep trouble at one run for three wickets and thoughts of Lullington repeat performance must have weighed heavily on the mind.

Peter Burgoyne had other ideas though and set about repairing the damage as he hit ten boundaries in a fluent innings of 52.

He received some support from Sunil Bhatt and Joe Greenhalgh who both promised more than a quick cameo. It was though Greg Cork and Dan Burgoyne who gave their team a fighting chance putting on 122 for the seventh wicket, Cork making 66 and Burgoyne an unbeaten 57.

The final total of 239 for 7 represented a massive recovery and an opportunity for a much-needed result.

In their reply, Chesterfield also lost a couple of early wickets and although Ben Slater scored 43 when he became the fourth wicket to fall at 85 it looked as though a positive Denby result was on the cards.

To their credit Chesterfield kept up the run chase as Alex Hibbert and Drage Thompson maintained a healthy scoring rate. Hibbert looked in good touch as he made 47 but it was Thompson who did the damage blasting 72 in only 55 balls as Chesterfield scored 99 runs in only ten overs.

When they fell, Matt Higginbottom and Simon Lacey saw the job through with the winning hit coming from the first ball of the final over.

All of the Denby bowlers went at 4 runs + per over although Peter Burgoyne will be satisfied with his figures of 2 for 42 and Paul Allen picked up 2 for 41 from 9 overs. Denby took 8 points from the game to Chesterfields 22 and will be desperate to change their fortunes this coming Saturday when they host Rolls Royce Leisure at the Copper Yard 12.30 start.

Denby seconds took 19 points from a winning draw in the home match against a weakened Shipley Hall.

The Denby total of 206 for 6 would normally be below par at the Copper Yard, but with conditions being so wet and the outfield slow it was a very good effort.

Anil Bria made a breezy 26 at the top of the order paving the way for the best batting of the day from Liam Glenn (58) and Mark Payne (68) who put together a partnership of 127 for the 4th wicket.

Tom Starr showed his promise and was rewarded with figures of 3 for 43 from 10 overs.

The top order for Shipley was blown away by Fraser Kirk and Gary Cresswell as Shipley were reduced to 31 for 6.

Opener Simon Torr was in defiant mood though and he found an able partner in Tom Starr as for some 20 overs they defied all that came at them.

Torr eventually fell for a deserved 56 and although Kirk picked up a couple of late wickets youngster Starr completed a good day unbeaten on 41 as Shipley held out for the draw. Fraser Kirk took 5 for 30 from his stint and Gary Cresswell was in the wickets again taking 2 for 39.

The seconds will expect a much sterner test when they travel the short distance to Ambergate on Saturday.

Denby thirds had no league game on Saturday but travelled to face Trentside in the cup on Sunday falling to a hefty defeat.

It was a much changed team but the early signs were encouraging as Trentside were reduced to 50 for 4 and then 137 for 7 to raise hopes that they could be held to a manageable total.

The home side batted right down the order and although they were eventually bowled out the final score of 224 represented a daunting prospect for a mixed Denby team.

Thirteen-year-old Jack Richardson raised his game taking 3 for 36 from 9 overs and Nathan Clarke took 2 early wickets at a cost of 25.

When Denby batted only Ian Glenn kept the Trentside bowlers at bay as he made a battling half-century before his partners ran out as the innings closed at 91 all out.

On Saturday the thirds will be back at the Copper Yard where they will face Alfreton starting at 1.30. The fourths also had a batting catastrophe in their home game against high flying Riddings seconds.

They were skittled out for only 60 runs which would have been worse but for a last wicket partnership of 20-plus from Gary Foulke and top scorer Ashley Smith.

Riddings did not get it all their own way as Nathan Clarke took 4 for 23 in a good spell but after teetering at 23 for 5 no further wickets fell as the runs were knocked off in the 26th over.

A disappointing batting performance by the fourths who face a trip to take on Sawley and Long Eaton Park on Saturday at West Park, Long Eaton.

After the summer that has seen around 50 per cent of matches washed out Denby are hoping that the weather will settle down particularly with the heavy programme of games coming up.

In addition to the regular senior and junior games the first team take on Alvaston and Boulton in the quarter final of the Jackson Cup at the Copper Yard on Thursday (June 28) while on Friday the club hosts the final of the Nott’s and Derby Border Youth League Kwik Cricket Cup

Next week Derbyshire County Cricket Club second team will be playing Yorkshire second team starting on Monday with a one day game followed by a three-day fixture Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.