Five for Fraser again as Denby hammer Spondon

Fraser Kirk is pictured in action against Spondon on Saturday on his way to taking five wickets. Photo by Terry Fletcher.
Fraser Kirk is pictured in action against Spondon on Saturday on his way to taking five wickets. Photo by Terry Fletcher.

Denby’s pursuit of runaway leaders Swarkestone continued on Saturday as they comfortably disposed of visitors Spondon.

Bowler Fraser Kirk was once again key to the home side’s success, as he took five wickets for the second week in succession to help his team to victory.

Spondon batted first but Kirk wasted no time in doing some damage, bowling opener Peter Drysdale for a duck in the first over.

Fellow opener Tom Cosford followed in similar fashion with the score on 21, before Nick Rigg and David Hartley moved the totalto 50 until Kirk had Rigg caught behing by Cameron Bancroft for 10.

The same combination saw Oliver Baum quickly follow, but Hartley was keeping things ticking for Spondon and despite losing another partner in Joe Ashdown, who became Kirk’s fifth victim lbw for 6, Hartley reached 39 before he was caught by Alex Eyre off Peter Burgoyne’s bowling with the score on 95.

Spondon never recovered from that loss and were only able to add a further eight runs to their total.

Burgoyne struck twice more, Eyre again taking a catch for one of those wickets, while Joe Greenhalgh claimed the remaining two scalps, one of them caught by Kirk to cap a fine afternoon in the field for him.

The target of 104 proved little trouble for Denby to reach.

Only Eyre lost his wicket, caught by Baum off James Fisher’s bowling for 32, but Bancroft’s unbeaten 49 saw Denby home to a nine-wicket victory, aided by Michael Mitchell (5*) in the final few balls.

Swarkestone still look uncatchable at the top of the table after their win against Sandiacre moved them 76 points clear, but second spot will remain much-coveted and Denby look favourites to claim it as they are now 18 points ahead of Ticknall in third.