Denby CC came back from two successive losses with a nailbiting eight-run victory in a low scoring encounter with Staveley Welfare on Saturday.
Skipper Joe Greenhalgh won the toss and elected to bat first on a baking hot day. The early signs were good as Denby moved to 89-3 with Chris Durham making 35 and Peter Burgoyne 26.
Sadly both went in quick succession and this precipitated the fall of wickets at regular intervals against the Bullimore twins as they worked their way through some fragile batting.
There was minor resistance from Dan Burgoyne (13) Liam Glenn (14) and Paul Allen (10) but the final total of 144 all out in 38.1 overs looked some way below par.
The Staveley reply followed a similar pattern as Jake Vernon with 25, Joe Bullimore with 16 and John May with 25 looked to have placed their team in a winning position.
However 80-3 quickly became 90-6 and the pressure was on as runs came in a trickle against the spin of Peter Burgoyne and Joe Greenhalgh both of whom bowled the full 15-over allocation, with Greeenhalgh being particularly effective with figures of 4-30. Paul Allen came back to take two wickets and with tension mounting the final wicket fell to a run out with Staveley an agonising eight runs short.
This was a far from convincing performance from Denby but it was enough to maintain their position at the top of Division One. On Saturday, the team has a tough looking away trip to Sawley & Long Eaton Park.
Denby seconds failed to take an opportunity to climb the table in Division Two as they fell seven runs short on their visit to Tutbury.
Rob Peat took two early wickets but Tutbury recovered. Simon Mann introduced himself into the attack and his ten-over contribution realised figures of 4-18 as Tutbury were held to 198-9 from their 46 overs.
When Denby responded, they were put in a strong position as Michael Mitchell (30) and Pete Scott (74) put together a century partnership. Unfortunately, although they were on a par with the required rate, vital wickets were lost and victory slipped away as they ended up seven short. This Saturday the seconds play Ambergate at home in a game that starts at 1.30 pm.
Denby thirds took a 27-point maximum from their game against Ambergate. Batting first, they had a good start through Richard Greenhalgh (29) Tom Mounsey (27) and Anil Bria (21) but from 66-0 the innings subsided to 133 all out.
Ambergate hopes must have been high at tea but their innings was blown apart by Nick Smith who produced a spell of 6-25 while Steve Bullock mopped things ,taking three wickets in an over as Ambergate were bowled out for 48.
In the meantime, the fourths maintained their Division 9N challenge with a seve-wicket win against Matlock 3rds. Matlock made 154 all out mainly due to the efforts of Andrew Halkmoon who made a half century and H Taktan who hit 45. Amy Lacey was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-14 while Andy Parkin’s efforts realised figures of 3-36.
Mick Bott and Nat Clarke put Denby in a strong position as both scored 36 and the job was finished off by Dave Cherry and Ian Sherwood who made unbeaten 30s.