A captain’s knock from Greenhalgh in Denby draw

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Denby CC 1sts go into the final weekend of the season in fourth place in the Derbyshire Premier Cricket League after the latest set of results.

On Saturday, they were in action against Alvaston and Boulton in a game that ended in a draw.

Alvaston and Boulton won the toss and opted to bat first, eventually compiling a decent total of 282-8 from their 50 overs.

Openers Chris McIlroy (75) and Hassan Adnan (70) got them off to a great start, putting on 151 for the first wicket.

There were further good contributions from Rahib Ali (52 notout) and skipper Stephen Stubbings (22).

Fraser Kirk, Greg Cork and Robert Peat took two wickets each for Denby.

When they replied, Denby lost three early wickets and found themselves at 42-3.

Alexander Eyre (7), Michael Mitchell (17) and Greg Cork (6) were the men to depart.

But skipper Joe Greenhalgh combined well with Jonathan Simms in a fine stand of 158 to steady the ship.

The score had reached 200 when Greenhalgh was dismissed for 80 by Iain O’Brien, one of four wickets for the New Zealand international bowler.

Greenhalgh’s runs came at a good rate, scored off just 89 balls and including 12 fours and two sixes.

On the same score, Simms departed for 68, also made off 89 balls and including ten fours.

The rest of the 50 overs saw Daniel Burgoyne and Fraser Kirk hit a few quick runs to take the final total to 239-5 and seal the draw.

Burgoyne made 20 not out off 19 balls and Kirk 18 not out off 22 balls. Both batsmen hit a four and a six.

This weekend is the double-header finale of the season. Denby host Dunstall on Saturday and are then at Lullington Park on Sunday.