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Rain rescues Denby after Burgoyne century

Denby batsman Pete Burgoyne on his way to a sparkling century. (PHOTO BY: Brian Eyre)
Denby batsman Pete Burgoyne on his way to a sparkling century. (PHOTO BY: Brian Eyre)

The rain came to the rescue of lucky Denby when they looked to be heading for defeat at home to Eckington, despite a century from star all-rounder Pete Burgoyne.

After restricting Denby to 175-9, of which Burgoyne belted 104, the visitors sailed to 142-3 in reply when the weather intervened and the match had to be abandoned.

The hosts were on the back foot from the off when losing both George Burrows and Kudzai Oliver Maunze to Eckington’s effective new-ball bowler Nathan Musselwhite (2-31 in ten overs).

The dismissals brought Burgoyne to the crease and he proceeded to dominate the rest of the innings, firing two sixes and eight fours in his 135-ball knock. Chris Fletcher (25) helped him put on 65 for the third wicket, but he had to do most of the rest himself as the wickets tumbled at the other end, including three to Matt Sonczak (3-47 in 15 overs).

Eckington’s reply got off to the worst possible start when opener Tom Bullimore was trapped lbw by Harry Wanford for a duck. But they endured no more scares, even though two more lbw decisions went against them, both claimed by that man Burgoyne (2-27 in 12 movers), who did his best to pull the game out of the fire for Denby.

Joe Bullimore, who made 43 (eight fours), and Archie Gleadall steadied the visitors’ ship, sharing 76 for the second wicket, and then Alfie Gleadall (15) and Josh Vaughan (12no) gave further assistance to the Eckington number three.

When stumps had to be drawn by the umpires, Archie Gleadall was undefeated and looking strong on 54 (eight fours), and more than 12 overs of the innings were still in hand. Denby took ten points and Eckington 11.