Denby seconds unable to force a win

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DENBY seconds were unable to force a win when they played South Wingfield first team at Denby.

The visitors batted first and batted consistently in posting a total of 219 for 9 wickets.

Chris Dunn was top scorer with 51 but there were other important contributions from Robert Smith (39) Sam Colclough (37) and Josh Drizen (24.

The experienced Gary Creswell recorded the best bowling figures of the innings as he took 4 for 32 while Simon Bria was also in the wickets taking 3 for 66.

The Denby reply was soon in tatters as they slumped to 32 for 3 in the first 12 overs.

However, Jono Simms stood firm to hold the innings together with a century although it was not quite enough to threaten victory.

Pete Scott (23) provided initial support and two youngsters Fraser Kirk (20) and Rob Peat (16) were together at the end as Denby held on for a losing draw at 194 for 7 taking 11 points from the game to South Winfield points.

On many days Simms 105 would have taken his team to victory but on this occasion it was not quite enough and the seconds will be looking for better things when they travel to Nutbrook on Saturday.

Thirds

Denby thirds moved to the top of Division Five North with an impressive victory away at South Wingfield.

The home side totalled 199 for 7 from their allotted overs as Nick Marshall top scored with 69.

On a good pitch the Denby bowlers did well to hold the home side and the efforts of Lee Atkin and Steve Bullock were rewarded with three wickets each.

Richard Greenhalgh looked in good form making a quick 28 but with the score slumping to 100 for 5 the result looked very much in the balance.

There were to be no further wickets lost though as Mark Payne dominated the innings completely making his second century of the season an unbeaten 102 which included 16 boundaries and 2 sixes.

He found a perfect partner in the experienced Steve Bullock (31) and the 22 points were secured with over three overs remaining.

The division looks as though it will be keenly fought with only 22 points separating 11 teams.

The thirds also had a Sunday cup game when they travelled to Clifton with a much changed side.

After a good start the home side were held to 183 for 8 wickets from 45 overs largely due to some keen fielding and the efforts of Mick Glenn who in his first appearance of the season took 5 wickets for 36 runs.

Denby also made a good start with Tom Mounsey in excellent touch and at the half-way point of the innings and 92 on the board the game was evenly poised.

Unfortunately once Mounsey was dismissed for 65 the rest of the innings fell away to 140 all out and a 43 run loss.

Fourths

Denby fourths had a win and a loss from their two weekend games.

On Saturday they secured a 7 wicket win and 22 points at home to West Hallam.

The visitors were held to 110 all out against some impressive bowling from Gary Foulke (3 for 34) Nathan Clarke (3 for 18) and Matt Wright who took a hat trick in figures of 3 for 16.

Denby raced to victory just after the half way point with Neil Cox 22, Andy Parkin 31 and Mick Bott 25 not out all looking in good touch.

On Sunday the team were beaten by two wickets at previously bottom of the table Little Eaton seconds.

Batting first Denby batted consistently with seven players reaching double figures as the innings totalled 188 for 7.

The home reply was dominated by James Bodill who made 123 not out to take Little Eaton to their first win of the season by two wickets.