Pretty good effort from Denby seconds

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Denby seconds had very different challenges over the weekend as they travelled to bottom of the table Shipley Hall on Saturday and finished off on Sunday with a game against title chasing Ambergate.

Shipley chose to bat in the Saturday game and they were away to a steady start with openers Mark Starr and Neil Parkin making 37 and 38 respectively.

From 65 for no loss the innings slumped to 120 for 7 before rallying to 159 for 7 at which point Simon Mann finished off the innings with a hat-trick.

Mann’s final figures were 4-40 while there was a typically miserly spell from Ian Burgoyne who took 5 for 20 as he bowled 14 consecutive overs.

Shipley offered little with the ball their only success being Steve Payne for 30. Ross Perry-Taylor helped himself to 86 and Pete Scott 34 and this pair strolled to victory with ten overs in hand.

There was a contrast on Sunday with title chasing Ambergate at the Copper Yard. The visitors struggled after choosing to bat although there was a good innings of 61 from Jon Heath which proved the best score of the day and a well-struck 34 from Chris Whiteley helped them close on 178 for 6.

Phil Glenn was the most successful bowler completing his full allocation to return figures of 3 for 47.

When Denby batted they were never able to get on top in spite of innings of 38 from Ross Perry-Taylor and 41 from Mark Payne putting them in a with a chance. Jono Simms (18) and Phil Glenn (27) had a go but when they fell the only realistic option was to opt for the draw with nine wickets down.

Ambergate secured promotion finishing a few points behind Rolleston while Denby had to settle for fourth place, a pretty good effort for a second team in Division 2.