Codnor fight back to draw

Morton cc v Codnor cc. Codnor bowler Stuart Bonsall.
Morton cc v Codnor cc. Codnor bowler Stuart Bonsall.

Codnor’s first team only managed to salvage a losing draw on Saturday, as it was Denby who made the trip to the GLA.

Away skipper Burgoyne lost the toss and Ben Wood asked the away side to take first knock.

Tallents and Scott opened up for Denby, but they found the going very tough as Leo and Bonsall bowled their usual tight lines.

After a few overs of scratching around, Leo was first to strike, trapping Tallents LBW for two.

Smith was in next but he wasn’t around long, as he skied one to Ben Wood off of a typical Bonsall pie.

A bowling change meant Newton was next to bowl and after an iffy start he started to get his lines right, bowling Scott for a dogged 11 to leave Denby struggling a little.

The middle order contributed well for the away side though, as Brown, Clarke and Glenn all got a mention.

Brown could possibly count himself a little fortunate after he was dropped a couple of times early on, but nevertheless made the most of his chance before he was bowled by Colledge for a well made 62 runs.

Clarke and Glenn did the damage in the final third of the innings as they looked to push the score on.

Another bowling change brought Parry on and he struck almost immediately, as Clarke skied him to wicketkeeper Mills for 41.

This set Parry off on a wicket taking spree, as he took a further four wickets and restricted Denby to a par score of 193-9.

The Codnor run chase began with Aaron Wood and Matt Vincent opening for the home side, with both openers looking pretty comfortable as they set off at a very good five-an-over.

Things were going swimmingly at 50-0 off 10 until Vincent played around a straight one off Severn and was bowled for 22.

Colson was next in but was soon on his way, bowled by Burgoyne, and Colledge followed him soon after as he toe ended a long hop off Manley to end up caught on the boundary.

The renowned Codnor collapse was now in full swing and opener Wood was next to go as he took a step down to Manley and yorked himself.

Then when Mills, Leo and skipper Wood went Codnor seemed in big trouble.

But Lanyon and Parry took it upon themselves to dig in and use a few overs up. However, the game swung back Denby’s way when Lanyon was caught behind and then Newton was bowled to leave Codnor nine wickets down.

But the away side didn’t count on the defences of number 11 Stuart ‘the Codnor wall’ Bonsall, who dropped anchor and put in a Dravid-esque defensive performance.

This, and a few pressure relieving blows from Parry (22*) eventually secured the draw for Codnor.

Despite this small blip, Codnor maintained their position towards the top of the table.

They take on the league leaders Selston at the GLA this coming Saturday.