Bancroft’s century helps unbeaten Denby to win

Denby 2nds v Sandiacre 2nds. bowling for Denby 2nds Fraiser Kirk.

Denby 2nds v Sandiacre 2nds. bowling for Denby 2nds Fraiser Kirk.

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Denby CC 1sts kept up their unbeaten start to the Derbyshire Premier League season on Saturday with a win against hosts Spondon.

The victory, by a margin of four wickets, means they are now fourth in the table, with a game in hand on the teams currently above them, with the first third of the season all but completed.

Chasing 222 for victory, Denby’s reply was built around a brilliant unbeaten century from Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, who made 108 not out and helped his side home with three overs to spare.

He hit a six and 12 fours during his 109-ball knock, receiving excellent support along the way from both Peter Burgoyne (21) and Greg Cork (45).

Denby’s running between the wickets was at times not at its best and this resulted in there being four run-outs, with Spondon’s Joe Ashdown involved in pulling off three of them.

So from 182-2, it soon became 191-5 for Denby, but Cameron Bancroft was still there and the victory was eventually achieved with some degree of comfort by the visitors.

Earlier, Spondon’s opener Peter Drysdale (45) managed to hold the early part of the innings together,in the face of good bowling from the likes of Peter Burgoyne (3-39) and Fraser Kirk (2-33), who threatened to make short work of the home side’s effort.

When Drysdale, departed Spondon were in need of a boost at 103-5 and it was provided by Ollie Baum (33) and Tom Cosford (81 not out) who added 62 quick runs for the sixth wicket.

Cosford’s unbeaten knock came from just 60 deliveries and he smashed five sixes and seven fours in helping his side to a very respectable 221-7.

As for Denby’s 2nds, they beat Wirksworth & Middleton by six wickets in Division Two and the thirds lost to Pilsley by two wickets in Division 8N.