Denby rearguard saves the game against Swarkestone

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Dave Burgoyne and Joe Greenhalgh mounted a determind rearguard action as Denby saved the game against Swarkestone.

Opening bowler Will Davis had a hand in all four opening wickets, clean bowling three and effecting a run out with a throw from the boundary for the fourth.

But generally it was the Swarkestone batsman that held the upper hand.

And a dashing innings from White contributed to the visitors adding 50 runs in the final five overs to reach 245 for 6 off their allotted 50 overs.

In reply Denby’s batsman never quite got going. The in form Mitchell, Eyre, Peter Burgoyne and Snyman all had patient starts, followed by aggressive intent , but then each succumbed to catches to astute field placements that left the home side at 73-4 and with thoughts of saving the game rather than winning it.

That they saved the game was due, in large part, to the resistance of Dave Burgoyne (32), skipper Joe Greenhalgh (23 not out) and wicketkeeper Jack Stone surviving 14 balls at the end to secure the draw as Denby hung on at 186 for 9.

Duffield’s Jekyll and Hyde season continued with a massive 228 runs victory on the road at Alrewas.

Put in to bat by the home side, Duffield reached 302 for 8 off their 50 overs, with skipper Paul Bakel (64) and Peter Jenkins (65) putting on 153 for the fourth wicket.

A whirlwind cameo from Ben Patterson saw him score 82 not out off just 34 balls (4 fours and eight sixes).

And, with ball in hand, the impressive Ben Patterson (6-42) and Joe Wozniczka-Wells (2-27) reduced Alrewas to 74 all out in just 19.2 overs.