Denby CC first team just got a full game in on their trip to Elvaston and came away with a winning draw after they were put into bat by the home side.
Michael Mitchell and Chris Durham created a solid base with an opening stand of 132 before Mitchell was LBW for 48 to Rob Kettlewell.
rom the 30th over the innings really took off with 162 runs coming in the last 20 overs.
Durham was particularly savage on Elvaston’s wilting attack as he went onto make the team’s first century of the season a magnificent 131 an innings that included 12 boundaries and 6 sixes.
Peter Burgoyne (32) and Sunil Bhatt (36) also joined in the fun and with the lower order contributing the 50 over total became a daunting 300 for 6. Gareth Charlesworth with 3 for 63 was the most successful Elvaston bowler although Kettlewell’s 15 overs at a cost of 66 were fairly tidy and did restrict the scoring to a degree.
Despite a heavy shower that resulted in the game being delayed for an hour Elvaston made a steady enough start as Matt Archer (33) and Nick Briars (60) opened up with 92 in 27 overs before Denby captain Joe Greenhalgh made the breakthrough with 2 wickets in an over.
Pete Burgoyne then bowled top scorer Briars and from that point on Elvaston looked at survival rather than aspirations of victory.
Denby also had the clock to contend with and needed to get 20 overs in the last hour to constitute a full game. This they did with three minutes to spare and as a bonus they took some wickets as well as Elvaston stuttered to 181 for 8.
Sunil Bhatt enjoying a rare bowl picked up 3 for 20 with Joe Greenhalgh taking 3 at a cost of 60. Denby collected 20 points from the game to maintain their position at the top of division 1 ahead of Clifton and Swarkestone.
This Saturday Denby have a difficult looking away fixture when they make the short trip to Stainsby Hall who are sitting comfortably in fourth place after an impressive run of form in recent weeks.
Denby seconds took a maximum 27 points when they comprehensively beat bottom of the table Derby Congs by 96 runs. Liam Glenn scored at a run a ball as he made an impressive 81 and there was another half century for 14-year-old Rob Peat who played the anchor role batting 40 overs for an unbeaten 55.
Mark Payne was also in good touch making a quick 45 and to cap the innings off Phil Glenn smashed 31 from only 10 balls to take the total to 261 for 5.
Congs never threatened to win but equally they did not look like losing either as they moved on at between 3 and 4 an over and every so often losing a wicket. The innings fell away from the 38th over when Simms took his 4th wicket (at a cost of 47) and from that point on wickets kept tumbling.
Opening bowlers Rob Peat and Gary Cresswell were brought back into the attack and took a couple of wickets each with Cresswell rapping up victory in the final over by bowling Tassadar. Another good win for the seconds who are now sitting in a comfortable mid table position with a home game to come on Saturday against title chasing Cutthorpe.`
Denby thirds also took maximum points with a hard fought victory at struggling Ashover. On a damp pitch and outfield Denby were indebted to Steve Bullock who made a superb unbeaten 84 from a total of 161 for 6.
The key partnerships of the innings were for the 3rd wicket with Simon Brown who made 33 in a rare sighting as opener and Nick Smith (15) who helped add 38 for the 6th wicket. At the tea interval both teams were confident they were in a position to get a result. Ashover’s batsmen though found run scoring difficult against some accurate Denby bowling and although they were always in the game they were never able to get on top.
A number of batsmen got a start but the highest individual score was from A Walker with 21 as wickets fell regularly. Steve Bullock tied the batsmen down completely once he came on and was rewarded with figures of 4 for 26 from 14 overs while the Denby seamers chipped away at the other end.
Paul Kay took 1 for 28 and Nick Smith 3 for 45 before Joey Severn finished the match off with his second wicket in the penultimate over.
The 27 points gained leaves Denby still in the promotion mix in third position with a visit to lowly Clay Cross on Saturday to be followed by games against the other 3 promotion hopefuls Ambergate, Matlock and Swanwick.
The fourths managed a winning draw in their home game with Clowne thirds. Batting first they totalled a below par 159 all out which owed much to the efforts of Mick Bott with 66 and Neil Cox who made 37 not out despite being hampered by injury.
At 86 for 1 Clowne were well on top but Mick Bott took 2 quick wickets which started a collapse. Amy Lacey took 2 for 14 in 7 economical overs and the off spin of Matt Manley accounted for a further 3 wickets which all left Clowne hanging on for a draw at 128 for 8 when the overs ran out.
This result sees Denby on the verge of promotion to division 8 some 72 points clear of Duffield and with a chance to challenge league leaders Calow who visit the Copper Yard in a game that starts at 1pm.
And finally a word for the fifth team who are also in with a chance of promotion for a second successive season following a 73 run win over Harthill.
Nick Smith was the man of the moment as he scored 53 from a total of 196 for 8 followed up by a bowling spell of 4 for 6 as Harthill were dismissed for 123.
This Sunday Denby has their final home game of the season when they play Coal Aston at the Copper Yard in a match that commences at 1pm.