Denby exit cup as poor start goes on

FOR a second successive week all of Denby’s scheduled league games were cancelled due to waterlogged grounds leaving 44 cricketers clicking their heels and no doubt cricket club finances everywhere being sorely stretched.

To add to the frustrations, efforts to play a Sunday friendly were also dashed when Sheffield Zingari decided late on Saturday evening that they would be unable to raise a team and so called off.

At least there was one game on Sunday when the firsts travelled to Kimberley Institute CC for the first round of the Kingfisher National Knockout Cup.

With the weather set fair Kimberley won the toss and chose to bat, it was a decision that suited them as they totalled an imposing 234 for 9 wickets.

Instrumental in this challenging score was an opening stand of 95 in only 20 overs between Dan Birch (54) and Sam Ogrizovic who went onto make 77.

There was further support at number three from Achill Patel who constructed 37 in quiet fashion.

Overall Denby stuck to their task well in the field, Greg Cork bowled superbly picking up 2 for 26 and the spinners Joe Greenhalgh (3-49) and Pete Burgoyne (1-28) also maintained a measure of control to limit the onslaught that might have been.

As it was 234 proved more than enough as Denby slumped to 20 for 3 although for a brief period when Michael Mitchell (62) and Joe Greenhalgh (36) were adding 87 it looked as though they might just get into the game.

Unfortunately when Greenhalgh went a further couple of wickets fell and the innings subsided to 150 all out to provide Kimberley with a comfortable 84-run margin and a trip in the next round to the winners of the Quarndon and West Indian Cavaliers game.

So for most people at the club the worst ever start in terms of weather with to date only four matches having been played compared to the 25-plus that should have taken place. It is disappointing for all with an interest in cricket, particularly the players and club volunteers who work so hard to enable cricket to be played.

No doubt everyone involved in cricket will be hoping for a rapid improvement.

This weekend the first team travel to 2011 Premier League runners-up Sandiacre Town while the seconds have a double header to look forward to with both games against Tutbury at home on Saturday and away in the cup on Sunday.

The thirds are at home to Matlock and the fourths make the short journey to Swanwick and both teams will be hoping to get a game under their belts. The Sunday team is scheduled to play Eastwood in the Mansfield League division two.