Frustrated Denby and breezy Burgoyne denied by the rain

Peter Burgoyne, who blasted a whirlwind 75 in Denby's run chase.
Peter Burgoyne, who blasted a whirlwind 75 in Denby's run chase.

Frustrated Denby were left cursing the rain after they were denied probable victory in their latest Derbyshire County League, Premier Division match.

Set a target of 197 by hosts Alvaston and Boulton, the Denby batsmen had shot to 178-6 after only 21 overs before all attempts to complete the contest were washed out. The abandonment was particularly harsh on all-rounder and man-of-the-match Pete Burgoyne, who fired 75 to supplement the two wickets he took with the ball.

Alvaston unveiled a free-scoring opener of their own when they were put into bat because Matthew Gapes struck a patient 77 (six fours) from 126 balls to hold his side’s innings together. Gapes put on 88 with Matt Daft (37, six fours) and then 72 with Hassan Adnan, who finished on 37no. The three wickets to fall were shared by Burgoyne (2-50 in 14 overs) and Harry Wanford (1-22 in seven overs).

Because of the weather, Alvaston were restricted to 45 overs and then Denby were faced with a race against the clock to knock off the runs. Thanks to Burgoyne, who thumped two sixes and ten fours in a breezy 42-ball blast, they made the perfect start as he shared stands of 71 with Fida Hussain (21, three fours) and 45 with Shalika Karunanayake (27), who cracked three sixes.

On 131, Burgoyne became one of three victims for Hamidullah Qadri (3-29), but skipper Daniel Burgoyne kept up the onslaught with 22.