Battling last stand denies Denby a league victory

Denby v Matlock 1sts. Denby batsman Peter Burgoyne and keeper Steve Haywood.
Denby v Matlock 1sts. Denby batsman Peter Burgoyne and keeper Steve Haywood.

Denby CC 1sts narrowly missed out on getting back to winning ways in the Derbyshire Premier League on Saturday.

A tenacious innings of 71 not out by Matlock’s Steve Pell played a massive part in his side achieving a draw at The Copper Yard on Saturday as he and Edward Blackburn produced an unbroken last-wicket stand of 47 when it really mattered to deny Denby.

Home skipper Joe Greenhalgh won the toss and decided to bat first in glorious conditions.

Alexander Eyre was an early victim, bowled by Peter Camm for two, and Camm also accounted for fellow opener Cameron Bancroft for 21.

Michael Mitchell was dismissed for 14 before a substantial partnership developed between Joe Greenhalgh (52) and Peter Burgoyne (55).

Daniel Burgoyne (23), Jonathan Simms (34) and Robert Peat (25 not out) also made good contributions as Denby reached 253-8 from their 50 overs. Peter Camm took 4-52 for Matlock.

Denby soon made inroads into the Matlock innings as the visitors found themselves at 11-2.

A partial recovery was halted by another brace of dismissals and Matlock found themselves 50-4 and then 67-5.

There were further dismissals and Denby must have looked hot favourites for the win when the ninth Matlock went down with the score on 117.

James Smith had played well to score for 50 for Matlock but now the pressure was on Steve Pell, who delivered when it mattered, helped by Blackburn as the pair kept Denby at bay to earn a draw.

Peter Burgoyne took 4-46, Robert Peat 2-29 and Joe Greenhalgh 2-43.

Denby took 20 points from the match while Matlock earned seven.

On Denby, they are away at SandiacreTown in the Premier League.