Denby finish in fourth place in the top flight

Denby batsman Peter Burgoyne
Denby batsman Peter Burgoyne

Denby CC 1sts claimed a fourth-place finish in the Derbyshire Cricket Premier League following the final two games of the season at the weekend.

The first of the two games saw Denby play host to Dunstall on Saturday, in a game that they lost by 48 runs.

Denby won the toss and opted to bowl first but Dunstall responded well to getting first use of the pitch.

Openers James Benstead (85) and Ben Whitehouse (25) put on 88 for the first wicket.

After Whitehouse’s dismissal, Scott Elstone came in and proved to be in fine form, hitting an unbeaten 97 off just 63 balls, an innings that included six fours and six sixes.

Dunstall were able to make 234-2 from their 50 overs.

When Denby began their innings, the top four batsmen all made decent starts but no-one in the side was able to get past 30 as they were eventually dismissed for 186 in the 50th over.

Alexander Eyre was the highest scorer with 29 at the top of the innings and other contributions came from Michael Mitchell (25), Peter Burgoyne (25), and Greg Cork (21). For Dunstall, Martin Clewley took 5-58.

Then, on Sunday, Denby came within a whisker of losing their final league game of the season, but held on to claim a draw and take fourth place.

They were playing at Lullington Park, where the home side won the toss, batted first and were 197 all out from 50 overs.

Skipper Joe Greenhalgh took 5-49 and was well supported by Simon Mann with 4-70.

When they replied, Peter Burgoyne scored 32 but Denby were staring defeat in the face at 100-9 until an unbeaten last wicket stand of 33 between Simon Mann (20 off 55 balls) and Phil Glenn (10 off 44 balls) saw them to safety and enabled them to draw the final game of the season.