Good day for Denby sides

Denby enjoyed a successful weekend with two wins two winning draws from their four Derbyshire County League fixtures.

The first team hosted Elvaston with the visitors winning the toss and asking Denby to bat first.

That paid early dividends as Simon Lillie produced an excellent spell in taking two early wickets.

Chris Durham (34) and Peter Burgoyne (32) set about repairing the damage but when they fell within a few overs of each other the game was evenly poised.

Greg Cork went for 17 and at that point Peter Scott joined Stuart Poplar and their partnership changed the momentum of the game.

The pair kept the scoreboard ticking and then cut loose as the final ten overs added 82 runs to take the final score to a challenging 231-7. Poplar remained unbeaten on 63 with Scott making 44.

Lillie took 2 for 44 from 15 overs while off-spinner David Lewis also picked up a couple of wickets.

The response from Elvaston was frenetic with the score at 56-3 after 11 overs.

Charlie Ault hit 42 of the 43 runs scored while he was at the crease, but once he had gone the scoring rate slowed as the Denby spinners worked their way through the middle and lower order.

The last six wickets fell for 41 runs as the innings folded for 121 in the 36th over. Peter Burgoyne completed a fine day with 4 for 22 and there was good support from Joe Greenhalgh, Paul Allen and Jake Sherriff who each picked up 2 wickets.

Second XI

The seconds took 18 points from a winning draw on their visit to Derby Congs.

Ross Perry-Taylor top scored with 77 as they reached 228-8, Mark Payne also batting well with 34.

Congs made a good effort to get the runs and when Ben de Vos (42) and Matt Stanwell (49) were together they were in the box seat.

Once this pair were parted the game swung Denby’s way. Skipper Simon Mann used all his guile in taking 4 wickets for 37 and Jono Simms made an important contribution of 3 for 59 in a 14 over spell

Third XI

The thirds just got the better of an exiting draw in their match against Ashover.

Batting first Denby made an impressive 227 for 5 with Lee Atkin top scoring with 74 not out.

For much of the Ashover reply it looked as though they would coast to victory with both openers making half centuries but Steve Bullock took 3 for 50 and with Atkin also taking three wickets Ashover fell just short on 223 for 7 at the close.

Fourth XI

The fourths put in a great performance as they defeated Clowne thirds by 253 runs.

Denby racked up 338-7 with Nathan Clarke 131 not out, Paul Kay 76 and Dave Cherry 51.

Clowne never came to terms with the challenge, being bowled out for 85 in only 20 overs. Clarke and Kay took three wickets apiece with Mick Bott and Paul Foulke claiming two each.