Mixed fortunes for Denby CC

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Denby first team kept up their promotion push with an eight-wicket win on their visit to Clay Cross.

After being put into bat the home side found runs hard to come by against some containing bowling from Jake Sherriff and Paul Allen.

Opener Alexander Eyre did his best and scored a good half-century but his support was somewhat limited with the only other significant contribution coming from P Ghiadali who made 35.

Wickets were lost as Clay Cross tried to increase the run rate the beneficiaries being Joe Greenhalgh who took 3 for 34 and Ahtesham Yaqoob who had a season’s best bowling figures of 5 for 40.

Despite the early loss of Michael Mitchell, Denby batted positively and were soon well on top of the required rate.

Chris Durham led the way and he was joined by Joe Greenhalgh who showed a welcome return to form as he made 71.

Durham was 79 not out when the winning hit was made with plenty of overs and 8 wickets in hand.

For Clay Cross Dave Greaves took the two wickets to fall to help his team to four points against the 22 for Denby.

This result kept Denby at the top of division one with an important home game to come on Saturday against Matlock.

The match starts at 1pm and the Denby team will be hoping to put up a better performance than the one which saw them lose convincingly to Matlock in the cup.

T20

Denby were also in action in the Derbyshire County League T20 finals day where they faced Sawley and Long Eaton Park on Sunday.

Sawley were the underdogs but put up a great performance to win by seven runs.

The Denby bowling and fielding was not up to its normal standard as Sawley made 164 for 5 with Sean Roberts top scoring with 69 despite the efforts of Jake Sherriff who bowled his four overs at a cost of only 15.

This demanding total proved just too much as Denby finished seven runs short.

Chris Durham made an entertaining 66 and Sunil Bhatt 46 but it was not quite enough as Sawley held their nerve in a tense finale.