Welcome win for Denby 1sts

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The final game saw Meadows entertain Alfreton in the most prestigious fixture of the season, pitting the two most successful sides against each other for the chance to become “Champions of Champions”.

Meadows were back to full strength and lined up with Dylan Garnett (captain), Wykeham Bosworth-Nightingale (vc), Scott Gadsby (wk), Josh Rockley, Harry Trent, Adam Hardwick, Charlie Martin, Hayley Spendlove, Kieran Leighton, Russ Fletcher, Oliver Horder and Max Martin as 12th man.

Meadows won the toss and decided to put the opposition in first. Leighton opened the bowling with a very tidy over and Bosworth-Nightingale was given the opportunity to spin the ball.

But opener James Aspinall had other ideas and helped himself to a couple of boundaries.

Leighton’s second over got just reward when he trapped Reece Literski LBW but Aspinall was joined by Ewan McNeil and they kept the score ticking along.

Aspinall looked set to retire at 25 but Trent removed his off stump and he was walking off with an excellent 23 to his name.

Tom Sheldon came in and wasted no time in clearing the boundary for six, before Garnett clean bowled McNeil for 13 and then removed Matt Parry’s middle peg for a duck.

Joel Hubbard was soon back in the hutch after Rockley claimed his off stump, while Sheldon managed a couple of boundaries and then retired for an excellent 26 leaving Greg McIntosh and Ben Aspinall to see the final over out, both unbeaten on six.

Pick of the Meadows’ bowlers were Leighton with 1 for 11, Trentwith 1 for 7, Garnett 2 for 4, Rockley 1 for 12 and Martin 0 for 6 as Alfreton ended 109-5.

Openers Bosworth-Nightingale and Rockley took their time and neither looked in any danger, and with the score on 20 the former cracked a boundary but then fell next ball.

Garnett and Rockley and carried on the good work with some fine boundaries, Garnett retiring unbeaten on 26.

Trent joined Rockley and the duo were to see Belper to victory, Trent providing the big hitting to eventually retire on 26 and Rockley the excellent support to finish on 24 not out.

Meadows ran out deserved winners, finishing on 111 for 1 from 18.2 overs.

Imperial Commercial Vehicles’ man-of-the-match was Dylan Garnett.