Denby CC’s presentation

DENBY Cricket Club celebrated a season of success at their annual presentation evenings for both junior and senior teams.

Around 300 people attended the events held over two evenings to cap a memorable season for the club.

The highlight of the senior cricket season was the first team winning the Derbyshire County League division one title so gaining promotion to the Derbyshire Premier league.

There were however other strong performances throughout the club which saw all teams competitive in their respective leagues and promotion achieved by the Sunday team in the Mansfield and District League as winners and by the fourth team as runners up in County League division 9.

Individual awards were made to players in the successful teams by Mark Hallows and Adrian Anthony.

Awards were made in each team for bowling and batting averages as well as “player of the year” for each team.

Particularly impressive was the number of young players receiving awards and their success was reflected in the major awards of the evening.

Fourteen-year-old Robert Peat, who established himself in the second team during the season won the Young Player of the year award while Greg Cork won the award for most improved player after a string of match winning performances in the first team towards the end of the season.

Both players are in the Derbyshire County excellence programme. Chris Durham won the performance award as a reward for his batting and wicket keeping and Steve Topley was a deserving recipient of the Peter Hunt award for services to the club.

Steve has played a pivotal role in the facility improvements at the club which has seen changing rooms extended a score box constructed.

A special award was made to Peter Burgoyne for his achievement in selection for the England under 19 team.

Peter has come through the Denby junior system and his achievement has been rewarded with a contract from the county club.

The 120-strong junior section also had a year to remember winning a number of trophies through the age groups.

Pride of place was shared between the under-12s and under under-11s who both went through the season unbeaten and then won their respective champion of champions games.

There were also strong performances from the under 13 and kwik teams while the under 15 and 17 teams finished in a respectable mid-table position.

Presentations were made by club chairman Dave Cherry and England under-19 player Peter Burgoyne who was congratulated by all on his achievements.

The club is hosting its annual community bonfire and fireworks display this Saturday at the Copper Yard ground. This year’s event sees the introduction of stilt walkers and a fire breathing performance.

There will also be children’s rides and hot food and drinks available. The gates open at 6.15 pm with the bonfire lit by the mystery guest at 7.45 which will be followed by the usual fantastic firework display. There is some car parking available at the ground.