Burgoyne is the all-round star

Denby CC’s first Premier League game of the season saw them get the better of champions Sandiacre in a rain-affected draw.

Put in to bat, they were put in a decent position through an enterprising third wicket stand between Peter Burgoyne (79) and Michael Mitchell who made 40.

With typically bright contributions of 31 from Alex Eyre and 23 not out from Dan Burgoyne, the innings closed on 215-6, a fair effort against the strong Sandiacre bowling attack.

In reply, the visitors got away to a good start with an opening stand of 41. However, once the breakthrough came, a clatter of wickets fell to leave the innings teetering on 82-7.

Despite the best efforts of Pete Burgoyne (5-28) and Fraser Kirk (2-53), they were not quite able to press home the advantage with Sandiacre closing on 110-8. Denby took 14 points from the game while Sandiacre took eight points.

Denby could not continue this effort on Sunday as they fell to a heavy defeat to Clifton Village in the first round of the National Club Cup. Choosing to bat, Clifton made a respectable 214-7 with the major contributors being Calun Rowe (64) and Martin Weightman (71) while skipper Joe Greenhalgh was the most successful bowler, taking 4-36 from nine overs.

It looked like being a close game as Denby progressed to 66-2. However that was as good as it got as wickets fell at a pace with the innings reduced to 98 all out.

Denby will be looking to get back to their Sandiacre performance when they travel to play Chesterfield this coming Saturday (12.30pm start).

The thirds were rained off at home to Sandiacre but will have been pleased with the efforts of youngsters Jack Richardson and Ben Chapman-Lilley. Richardson took 2-38 in a good spell of left arm spin while Chapman-Lilley was 48 not out when time was called. The fourth team took a young side to Riddings Park and managed to hold on for a draw.