DENBY seconds had a disappointing end to their season with indifferent performances against Tutbury and Ambergate but can be well satisfied with a fourth position placing in division two.
On Saturday Tutbury benefitted from loose fielding to amass 241 for 4 with Darren Yeomans making 97 and Paul Edwards 77.
From a position of 37 for 1 Denby slumped to 69 for 7 before Phil Glenn (28 not out) dug in and firstly with 14 year old Will Brown (10) and Simon Mann (10 not out) held out long enough for the rain to arrive and secure a rain affected draw.
On Sunday it was a short trip to Ambergate who made 255 for 9 courtesy of 80 from Tom Holmes and 50 from Dave Whitely.
The experience of Phil Glenn (3 for 41) and Ian Burgoyne (4 for 37) was evident in containing the Ambergate innings.
Denby managed to hold out for a losing draw at 160 for 9 with Ross Perry Taylor top scoring with 56.
Despite two poor results the seconds finished a very creditable fourth in the league a magnificent effort following their promotion last season.
The thirds entered the last weekend with slim hopes of promotion but unfortunately lost both games to promotion rivals Ambergate and Swanwick.
Saturday’s game at Ambergate saw them struggle to 130 for 9 from 46 overs an unsatisfactory total on the small ground.
Tom Mounsey top scored with 34 and opener Richard Greenhalgh made 20 and with some late hitting from Nick Smith (28) and Andy Parkin (15 not out) helped to gain 2 batting points.
Ambergate eased to the 22 points with solid contributions from Steve Shuttleworth (51) and Paul Thompson (40) this despite the best efforts of Steve Bullock who recorded figures of 3 for 26.
On Sunday Swanwick were the visitors to the Copper Yard needing points to secure the league title and they duly got them with a narrow 1 wicket win. Batting first Denby struggled to 125 all out although the innings did promise more when Paul Kay (29) Ian Glenn (24) and Steve Bullock (33) were at the crease.
They were undone by Andy Wilson’s 4 for 16 and Stephen Mee 3 for 21. Swanwick also struggled with the bat and stumbled over the line mainly through the efforts of Andy Wilson with 39 and Steve Wilson 28 not out.
Simon Bria with 4 for 40 and Andy Parkin with 4 for 7 nearly turned the game in favour of their side but they were left ruing another below par batting display.
Still 3rd place in division 5 North sees them as one of the highest placed third teams in the league structure and a huge jump forward from recent seasons