Pretty good effort from Denby seconds

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.