Denby defeat sees them drop out of the top three

Denby CC 1sts never really recovered from a poor start to their innings on Saturday at home to Chesterfield as they went down by eight wickets.

This was only the home side’s second Derbyshire Cricket Premier League of the season but it sees them move down a place to fourth.

For Chesterfield, the win was particularly important as it moved them out of the relegation places in the division.

Denby won the toss and batted first but were soon in trouble as Michael Deane (4-41) set to work on their top order, dismissing Alexander Eyre for 13, Michael Mitchell for nine and then Joe Greenhalgh for a duck.

Eyre’s fellow opener Cameron Bancroft was also dismissed, by Brian Gladwin for four, whose spin bowling was used to open the attack from one end.

At that stage, Denby were in the perilous position of 38-4. but a recovery was mounted by Daniel Burgoyne and Jonathan Simms, who put on 60 before Burgoyne departed after scoring 35 from 62 balls, including five fours.

He was dismissed by spinner Simon Lacey, who also claimed Simms (45) as one of his three wickets.

Robert Peat chipped in with 12 and then Fraser Kirk (21 not out) and Paul Allen (seven not out) combined to take Denby to a final total of 164-8 from their 50 overs.

When Chesterfield replied, they were up againt a Denby attack missing Peter Burgoyne, who was away on Derbyshire duty, and the injured pair of Greg Cork and Will Davies.

Chesterfield were able to welcome back Ben Slater from representing Derbyshire and also had Derbyshire all-rounder Ross Whiteley in their ranks.

Both were able to play key roles in the run chase.

Slater made a fine unbeaten 76, batting throughout the 37.2 overs it took Chesterfield to reach their target.

Fraser Kirk dismissed Matt Fletcher early on but then Whiteley (32) and Slater put on 79 for the second wicket to set their side well on the way to victory.

Slater was joined by Paul Burdett and his unbeaten 37 from just 35 balls saw his side over the finising line with plenty of overs to spare as Chesterfield took 22 points from the game and Denby three.

Next up for the first team is a game at leaders Swarkestone on Saturday.

Denby 3rds were in CN Wright (Codnor) Butchers Division 5N action on Saturday and lost at home to Alfreton by five wickets.

Batting first, William Brown (40) and Tom Wright (33) were the main contributors to a total of 177 all out in 45.3 overs.

Daniel Robbins was the chief destroyer for Alfreton with fine figures of 6-40 from his 11.3 overs.

Alfreton then had to work hard work to reach their target, losing seven wickets on the way to victory.

James Fletcher was the main contributor to the Alfreton cause with 58.

As for Denby 4ths, they had a local derby against Belper Meadows 2nds in Division 8N.

Denby batted first and were dismissed for 148 in 45.3 overs.

Paul Foulke top scored with 50 but only three other batsmen got into double figures.

For Belper Meadows, who took 22 points from the game to Denby’s four, Wykeham Bosworth-Nightingale took 5-29. In reply, Belper knocked off the runs for the loss of five wickets.

This Saturday, the 2nds are home to Cutthorpe, the 3rds are at Ambergate and the 4ths entertain Allestree.