Within sport there has always been reference to luck with clubs happily accepting the rub of the green or bemoaning their bad luck.
Denby first team could be forgiven for thinking theirs has run out altogether as for the fifth time this season they suffered a total washout this time against bottom of the table, Rolls-Royce Leisure.
It was the only game of the premier league programme not to start and was disappointing as hopes were high of a good points haul.
This leaves them just out of the relegation places at the half way stage of the season as the turnaround arrives with premier league champions Ockbrook and Borrowash visiting the Copper Yard for a 12:30 start on Saturday.
The first team did get a game in on Sunday when they travelled to Quarndon for the Premier League cup.
Quarndon batted first and made a daunting 282-5 in an innings reduced to 48 overs per side.
The innings was built around the second-wicket partnership between Ben Spendlove (66) and Nathan Dumelow who took full advantage of a couple of dropped catches by hitting 113. There was also some late hitting from Michael Staves (22) and Ben Riggott (33) to maintain the impressive run rate. Denby responded in positive fashion and with Michael Mitchel and Joe Greenhalgh taking the score to 100-1, a foundation was in place. Unfortunately when Mitchell fell for 54 the innings subsided to 127 for 5 and then 150-6.
At this point Ahtesham Yaqoob joined Liam Glenn and this pair very nearly pulled the game back in Denby’s favour. Glenn scored at a healthy rate in making 47 with the fireworks coming from Yaqoob with his 76 an innings that included eight sixes.
He fell with 18 needed in the final over leaving his side just short at 265-9 having provided rich entertainment for those present.
Although this was a decent effort it was not quite good enough on the day surely some fine weather and maybe a change in fortune will follow shortly.
Denby Seconds produced an impressive performance in winning by 5 wickets at Ambergate.
The Ambergate club worked tirelessly to enable the game to go ahead and the commitment was evident from all playing as a small lake was roped off leaving a small boundary at one end of the ground.
mbergate made 200 all out with the major contributions coming from Wesley Thomas (64) Rob Heath (40) and Shazad Ahmed (34). Fraser Kirk continued picking up wickets as he took 3-48 and Ian Burgoyne was at his wily best in taking 5-56.
Denby responded well with opener Anil Bria hitting 76 to put his team on top. Mark Payne finished things off with an unbeaten 53 to secure 22 points and a 5 wicket victory in the penultimate over.
On Saturday, the thirds hosted Alfreton seconds with conditions for cricket far from ideal, frequent showers and a cold wind left players on both sides searching for jumpers.
The game started at 4pm and the was cut to 24 overs each side.
Denby lost the toss and were put into bat on a wet wicket leading to difficult batting conditions.
An early wicket fell and after that it didn’t get much better for Denby. The only double figure scores came from William Brown (10) and James Hardwick’s short and exciting innings of 10 also.
In the end Jack Richardson and Amy Lacey batted out the overs as the innings closed at 50 for 9.
Denby came out and soon had Alfreton in trouble at 13 for 4 courtesy of a fiery spell from James Hardwick who took 4 for 9 in 7 overs. With the pitch still full of life the Alfreton batsmen took a chance hit out and it paid off. A brief flurry of runs was enough to take Alfreton to 22 points and a 5 wicket win. The thirds will be hoping to get back on track this Saturday when they face South Wingfield at the Copper Yard starting at 1.30pm.
A mixed Denby fourth team gaining a maximum 27 points from their journey to bottom of the table Sawley and Long Eaton Park. After being put into bat Denby made 208-4 with Mick Bott’s 46 anchoring the innings allowing Matt Manley (53), George Wilson (43) and Brandon Bullock (28) to play with some freedom. Sawley were never in the hunt opting to play for the losing draw.
Gary Foulke had other ideas and his 4-13 paved the way for debutant 12 year old Joe Wilson to finish the innings with an impressive 3-14 from 13 overs.
On Saturday Denby travel to Whitemoor to take on Belper Meadows 3rd starting at 1.30pm.