Denby CC first XI have had a difficult start to the season and found themselves on the wrong end of two results over the weekend.
On Saturday, they travelled to much fancied Ticknall and, despite a valiant effort, lost out on the final ball of the match.
After being put into bat, they had to overcome some challenging batting conditions to make 170-9 in their 50 overs.
Bradley Davis top scored with 55 and a breezy unbeaten 22 not out from Will Davis gave the innings a lift at the end.
Despite losing a couple of early wickets, Ticknall scored at a decent rate. However, the Denby bowlers plugged away thanks to a great spell from Greg Cork.
He picked up 5-38 and suddenly it was game on as he removed Abbas for 57 and Shahid Khan for 34.
Unfortunately, it was not quite enough as the final ball was hit for a towering six to give Ticknall a two-wicket win and 22 points while Denby took six points from the game.
Sunday saw them travel over the border to face Welbeck in the National Club Championship.
Choosing to bowl first, they bowled the home side out for 176 with Greg Cork picking up another four wickets with some impressive bowling.
At tea, the game looked evenly balanced but a dramatic Denby collapse saw the innings reduced to 54-7. Rehan Hasan managed to stand firm and with Paul Allen (19) offering resistance they started a recovery which carried on when Simon Mann came in at number 11.
Once Hasan reached his half century, he opened his shoulders and with Mann working the ball around at the other end runs came in a flurry. It reached the stage where a six was needed from the final ball, Hasan could only manage a boundary which left him on 95 and Mann on 24 as they fell agonisingly short.
The Denby batting was not quite good enough on either day and they will be hoping for a much–improved performance when they host Dunstall on Saturday (12.30pm start) in the Derbyshire Premier League
Denby seconds also slumped to a second successive defeat, losing by two wickets to Wirksworth & Middleton 1st XI. Put into bat in a match reduced to 41 overs per side, Denby made 142-6, mainly thanks to the efforts of Liam Glenn (32) Pete Scott (40 not out) and Ben Buckley, who scored 23.
Wirksworth were stunned at the start of their reply as Joey Severn (4-38) and James Hardwick (2-33) reduced them to 65-7. Skipper Anthony Woolley came to the rescue with an excellent 59 and with youngster Max Marshall providing good support they managed to reach the target in the penultimate over for the loss of eight wickets.
A youthful third team managed to hold out for a draw against Belper Amateurs 1st XI. The Denby youngsters did well as they restricted Belper to 164-8 with two wickets apiece for James Painter, Matt Manley, Jack Richardson and Joe Wilson. They found life more difficult with the bat and although Richard Greenhalgh (25) and James Painter (29) gave them a chance once they were parted the innings fell away to 100- 9 as the overs ran out.
The fourths provided the only positive result of the day when they beat Wirksworth & Middleton 3rd XI by seven wickets.
Choosing to bowl first they restricted the visitors to 120-7 with Gary Foulke at his miserly best taking 3-12 from 14 overs and Sarah Glenn taking 3-42. The Denby reply started badly as three wickets fell quickly but that proved the last success for Wirksworth as 15-year-old George Tallents stroked a first ever senior half century and Dave Cherry an unbeaten 46 to take the 22 points.
n Off the field, on Monday, May 5, the club will be holding the official opening of its new kitchen extension and refurbished clubroom. The project has been made possible thanks to a grant application into the Sport England Inspired Facilities grant aid programme had been successful.
The grant of £41,000, along with club funds and a great deal of voluntary help, has enabled the club to be refurbished and a new kitchen extension to be built.
The club will be open from 4pm for people to come along and take a look with the official opening ceremony scheduled for 5.30pm. Members old and new along with guests would be welcome to come along and be part of another significant milestone in the club’s history.