Denby return to winning ways against Eckington

Alexander Eyre of Denby CC on his way to a century on Saturday.''Photo by Terry Fletcher
Alexander Eyre of Denby CC on his way to a century on Saturday.''Photo by Terry Fletcher

The wet weather ultimately put paid to Denby CC 1sts’ hopes of back-to-back wins at the weekend, when Sunday’s game at Matlock was intriguingly placed.

Nevertheless, the draw on Sunday and victory over Eckington on Saturday mean Denby have shot up from seventh to second in the Derbyshire Cricket Premier League.

After defeat at leaders Swarkestone last week, Denby bounced back in fine style on Saturday.

Eckington were the visitors to the Copper Yard and they decided to bat first.

They were bowled out for 171 in the 48th over.

The wickets were shared around as Phil Glenn and Simon Mann took three each and Paul Allen two.

In reply, all the Denby batsmen made useful contributions to the run chase as Alexander Eyre made 29, Cameron Bancroft 44, Michael Mitchell 23, Jonathan Simms 23 not out and Daniel Burgoyne 25.

Denby reached their target in the 46th over for the loss of just four wicket and claimed 27 points.

Then, on Sunday, they were in action at Matlock, winning the toss and asking their hosts to bat first.

The Causeway Lane side made a good fist of it, reaching 215-8 from their 50 overs.

Opener James Smith top scored with 52 while Paul Allen was the main wicket taker for Denby with figures of 5-54.

When they batted, Denby had reached 182-6 from 39 overs when the rain ended the proceedings with the game tantalisingly set up for a tight finish.

Cameron Bancroft made the main contribution for Denby with 63 at the top of the order and he was well supported by 37 from Michael Mitchell, 25 not out from Fraser Kirk and 26 not from Mark Payne.

This Saturday, Denby will travel to take on Ockbrook and Borrowash in the Premier League.