Denby go so close to a win against Swarkestone

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Denby CC 1sts came within a whisker of beating defending Derbyshire Premier League champions Swarkestone on Saturday but ended up having to settle for a draw.

The match at the Copper Yard saw Denby opt to bowl first after winning the toss.

Greg Cork struck twice early on, dismissing Jake Needham and Chris Durham cheaply, both caught behind by Bradley Davis.

But this heralded the entrance to the crease of Garry Park, and it was he who had the starring role in the Swarkestone innings, eventually going on to make an unbeaten 106, a knock that included 11 fours and two sixes.

He received support along the way from Alex Hughes (27) and Jamie Guthrie (20 not out) but Denby did well to restrict a line-up including half a dozen current or former county players to 204-6 off 50 overs.

Cork ended up with 3-49 while there were also two wickets for Joe Greenhalgh and one for Peter Burgoyne.

In reply, Denby made a good fist of it, despite the early departure of Will Davis and Michael Mitchell.

Bradley Davis teamed up with Peter Burgoyne for a third wicket stand of 85 before Burgoyne was out for 39.

After Davis went for 70, Greg Cork (52 not out) and Rehan Hassan (22) put on 65 for the fifth wicket but Denby eventually finished just two short on 202-7 off 50 overs.