Denby show fine form but can’t quite force win

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Denby CC 1sts’ batsmen turned in a fine display on Saturday before their bowlers went close to earning a victory against Ockbrook and Borrowash in the Derbyshire Cricket Premier League.

The draw means Denby are still second in the table.

Hosts Ockbrook won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Taking first use of the wicket was clearly no hardship for Denby as they eventually compiled an impressive total of 346-6 from 50 overs.

Openers Cameron Bancroft and Alexander Eyre got Denby off to a dream start, notching up 138 before Eyre departed for a fine 76.

Michael Mitchell came and went for six but there then followed another substantial partnership, as Peter Burgoyne joined Bancroft at the crease and helped him add another 117 runs.

When Burgoyne departed for 64, off just 39 balls and including five fours and three sixes, Bancroft carried on his merry way to three figures, eventually being dismissed for a superb 121, made from just 124 balls. His knock featured nine fours and five sixes.

There was still time for Jonathan Simms to smash 16 from ten balls and Daniel Burgoyne 17 from nine before the final tally of 346-6 was reached.

Ockbrook and Borrowash’s reply needed a good start and it got one when Jake Needham and Matthew Cassar put on 81 for the first wicket.

Cassar went for 19 and then two quick wickets for Peter Burgoyne put Ockbrook on the back foot.

Skipper Needham eventually went for 89 but, apart from 20 by Alistair Dixon and a crucial unbeaten 29 by Gareth Young, there was little in the way of support, although the hosts managed to hold on, ending on 184-8. Fraser Kirk impressed with 5-50 for Denby.

This Saturday, Denby are at home to third-placed Spondon.