Late drama for Denby as they lose second game of the season

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Denby CC 1sts suffered their second defeat of the Derbyshire Premier League season on Saturday - but this was a much closer game than last week’s opening day loss.

Denby were away to Ticknall, who won the toss and elected to bowl first.

At the end of their 50 overs, Denby had been restricted to 170-9 by their hosts.

Michael Mitchell (3) and Rehan Hassan (5) were both early victims and Alexander Eyre also went in the opening stage of the innings for 21.

There was then a stand of 46 between all-rounder Greg Cork and wicketkeeper/batsman Brad Davis.

Cork was dismissed for 16 but Davis carried on his merry way, eventually being dismissed for 55 when he was the seventh man out.

Will Davis added a vital 22 not out in the latter stages of the innings.

Davis then showed his worth as a bowler by dismissing Derbyshire opener Paul Borrington for eight, a key wicket for Denby.

Tom Wood (27) and Zain Abbas (57) combined well for Ticknall but Greg Cork was in fine form with the ball.

He dismissed both of those batsmen, plus Rupert Scott-Jones (nine), Shahid Khan (34) and Tom Taylor (seven) on his way to fine figures of 5-38 from 13 overs.

In the end, Shahid Khan’s runs from number seven proved vital and the victory was achieved by the slender margin of two wickets, thanks in no small part to a six from Ryan Cowley off the final ball of the match to win it at the death.

Meanwhile, Denby 2nds were restricted to 142-6 off 40 overs by Wirskworth and Middleton 1sts.

Wirskworth and Middleton then reached the target with four wickets to spare.