Denby are down to third after seven-wicket loss

Denby CC 1sts lost on Saturday to Ticknall and saw the victors replace them in second position in the Derbyshire Cricket Premier League.

Ticknall skipper Paul Borrington won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first.

As the opening overs unfolded, it became clear that batting was not going to be easy and Alexander Eyre’s six runs came off 38 balls before he was the first to depart.

Cameron Bancroft (18), Michael Mitchell (11), Greg Cork (0) and Joe Greenhalgh (11) departed cheaply as Denby found themselves 53-4 and then 77-7.

Jonathan Simms proved to be the mainstay of the innings with an unbeaten 44 from 51 balls which included five fours.

The tailenders were able to hang around for a little while although runscoring remained tough for all concerned as Denby were eventually all out for 129 in the 47th over.

Ticknall’s bowling was disciplined throughout with the wickets shared between Shahid Khan (2-29), Tom Taylor (3-25), Zain Abbas (4-39) and Ed Ikin (1-25).

When the reply came, Ticknall had some early problems as Fraser Kirk dismissed Abbas and Ali Khan on his way to figures of 3-68.

At one stage, Ticknall were 35-2 but Paul Borrington was able to calm things down and he carried his bat to make a fine 41.

He was well supported by Ikin with a brisk 30 and then Shahid Khan (24 not out) as Ticknall earned the victory by seven wickets with more than 24 overs to spare.

Denby are now in third position in the league, two points behind second-placed Ticknall with three games still to play.

On Saturday, they will be at home to Alvaston and Boulton with the match getting under way at 12.30pm at The Copper Yard.