Denby seconds and thirds foiled by the weather

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Denby seconds and Langley Mill did their best to get a game in but in the end they were beaten by the weather despite playing in desperate conditions.

Batting first Denby made a creditable 199 for 6 from the allotted 46 overs.

Fifteen-year-old Rom Peat was the mainstay making an unbeaten 84, his highest score at this level and a sign of his growing maturity.

Ross Perry-Taylor was his chief ally with exactly 50 and a breezy 19 from Nick Smith rounded the innings off.

The time lost due to rain meant that a result was unlikely but the players from both sides gave it a go with the Millers on 114 for 4 from 26 overs when time ran out.

Denby took 12 points from the match to Langley Mills 10 points with an attractive game in prospect on Saturday when they host promotion-chasing Rolleston at the Copper Yard in a game that starts at 1pm.

The thirds were desperate to get in a full game against fellow strugglers Belper Meadows but they too were foiled by the weather.

Put into bat they were on 79 for 4 from 24 overs when the rain came and washed out any further hopes of play.

Richard Greenhalgh and George Wilson had both made 22 and Simon Brown was well settled on 28 not out so the game was fairly even and & both teams left frustrated by the rain.

This coming Saturday the thirds have a tough away fixture against promotion chasing Langley Mill seconds and they will be hoping for a turn round in their fortunes as they try to pull away from the relegation places.

The fourths took a very young side to Allestree and it was they who came closest to playing a full game. Batting first Allestree made 205 for 7 the key innings coming from A Layton and A Dimry who both made 72.

Gary Foulke bowled his customary allocation of overs and was the most successful bowler with 3 for 51. Denby put in a commendable effort to finish on 160 for 7 from 43 overs when time ran out.

Twelve-year-old Ben Chapman-Lilley made a good impression and top-scored with 47 while skipper Dave Cherry got into the forties as well.

Liam Shelton played some good strokes in an innings of 26 and another youngster George Tallents spent time at the crease before being run out for 11.

Overall it was a pretty good effort by the team who play at home to Holmewood on Saturday at 1pm start.