Club looks back at season

Cameron Bancroft of Denby CC''Photo by Terry Fletcher
Cameron Bancroft of Denby CC''Photo by Terry Fletcher

Denby Cricket Club rounded off a successful year with their senior and junior section presentations taking place.

The senior sides enjoyed mixed fortunes with the first team putting in some spirited performances to finish in a respectable fourth in the Derbyshire Premier League.

At one stage, it looked as though they may get the runners-up slot. However a string of injuries tested their resources to the limit and the challenge fell away over the last few weeks.

Cameron Bancroft had a major influence as he scored over 1,000 runs and the stable foundation he provided enabled a relatively young Denby side to flourish.

There were other outstanding individual performances, Peter Burgoyne hitting 153, Alex Eyre’s unbeaten century and Fraser Kirk with successive five-wicket hauls.

However, lots of players contributed to the cause. This was epitomised by Jono Simms, consistency personified when he moved up from the second team. Overall, this was a respectable season for a side which showed promise.

Among the other teams, the thirds and fourths performed admirably to finish in comfortable midtable positions in Division Five and Eight respectively.

On the downside, the second team suffered relegation, finishing bottom of Division Two, following a season long struggle, being unable to recover from the injury crisis which hit the club mid-season. The Sunday team also found the going tough in Division Two of the Mansfield League finishing next to bottom.

There was though better news for the Denby women’s team, who finished runners up in the Sunday league and top of the evening league. So, as usual with so many sides, there were ups and downs with contrasting fortunes but all in all it was a decent season.

The junior section once again flourished with over 100 boys and girls involved and the club regularly putting out eight teams in a week. There was league success for the under 11s, 12s, 13s and 15s, who each topped their leagues.

The under 13s enjoyed a good run in the National Cup, being defeated in the Midlands regional play-off. There was individual achievement too with upwards of twenty young boys and girls being involved in County and District squads a terrific effort by all involved.

The club has also been successful off the field, securing a grant of £40,000 from the Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund. The funding will be used to extend the facilities at the Copper Yard ground and will see a new kitchen installed and the main clubroom upgraded.

The work is scheduled to start during November.

This Saturday (November 2), the club will be busy running its Annual Community Bonfire and Fireworks display.

This is the 17th year of the event, which has become established in the local calendar and well supported by the local community and surrounding villages.

As always, there will be the bonfire, rides and slides, hot food, refreshment’s as well as a few additional attractions. The gates open at 6pm with the bonfire being lit at around 7.30pm, followed by the fireworks. All are welcome and car parking is available for those that arrive in good time.