Losing draws as Denby field four teams

FOR the first time this season all four Denby senior teams turned out on the same day and unusually all ended up with the same result unfortunately losing draws all around.

The first team entertained Alvaston and Boulton who chose to bat on winning the toss.

They took full advantage of a good pitch with a solid batting effort taking them to an impressive 232 – 4.

Steve Stubbings (48) and Craig McIlroy (44) got them away to a good start putting on 107 for the first wicket before they fell in successive overs.

Not that this held them back Hassan Adnan’s 58 was the top score of the game and with support from Adris Azam (31) and David Lewis (25 not out) they secured maximum batting points and set a challenging target. Ed Lowe was the best of the Denby bowlers taking 2 for 43 from 11 overs.

The Denby run chase never really got going although there was the occasional glimpse of promise. Despite Alexander Eyre’s solid 34 wickets fell regularly and there was never a stage when a win looked likely.

There was some resolute defence with Dan Burgoyne standing firm on 36 not out when the overs ran out with the total on 165 -8. To finish 70 runs short was a disappointing effort and a better performance will be required this Saturday when Denby make the short trip to Quarndon. Denby took 6 points to Alvaston and Boulton 19 points.

Denby seconds were unable to chase down the 202 for 7 scored by Clay Cross.

As Always Matt Griffiths gave the ball a whack and his 66 in quick time set up the home side ably assisted by Joe Pyne with 53.

Denby skipper Simon Mann picked up 3 wickets at a cost of 30 and Gary Cresswell took a couple in his first outing of the season. The Denby reply stuttered at the start especially against Jon Branson a high quality bowler at this level. Peter Scott picked up the innings with a jaunty half century and with Jono Simms making a steady 33 not out they took their team to a losing draw at 158 for 7.

This Saturday the seconds will be hoping to play their first home game of the season when they face Nutbrook starting at 1.30pm.

The thirds and fourths also made losing draws although in contrasting fashion. The thirds looked as though they would chase down Sandiacre’s 156 for 8 but in the end fell just short.

Chris Attwood with 75 contributed nearly half his sides score as they were pegged back by Steve Bullock (3-27) and 3 for 35 from Andy Parkin. At 82 for 1 the Denby response was well on target with Richard Greenhalgh stroking a half century and Anil Bria 33 but that was as good as it got.

When the partnership was broken wickets fell regularly and they finished 8 short at 148 for 7.

The fourths were very much second best at Morton who made a solid 186 for 7 from their allotted overs. Joe Cherry battled away to pick up three wickets and there were a couple for James Painter as well.

Denby were never in the hunt and although some resolute defence ensured a losing draw at 93 for 7 overall a pretty poor effort. This week both sides will be looking at better performances with the thirds travelling to Ashover and the fourth team are at home to Ockbrook and Borrowash.