Last-wicket defiance was not enough
Denby's early season struggles in the Derbyshire County Leagues continued with a 76-run defeat to Sandiacre Town.
It left Denby bottom of the table without a win from their opening six matches in the Premier Division.
The size of defeat was reduced by a fine last-wicket stand in their run-chase, but the home side had no answer to the bowling of Sandiacre captain Daniel Wheeldon, who took seven for 36.
Sandiacre totalled 186 for nine from their 50 overs before the home side were dismissed for 110 in 35.3 overs.
Denby were reduced to 57 for nine, despite a battling 26, including four boundaries, from number five Kudzai Oliver Maunze.
Early wickets fell rapidly to leave the home side on nine for four before Kudzai Oliver Maunze’s knock led a minor recovery.
Four wickets then went for seven runs to leave the home side in deep trouble.
Number 10 Billy Askey struck three boundaries in his 46-ball 28 and number 11 Harry Wanford made 22 from 31 deliveries, including three fours, in a defiant partnership.
They added 53 runs for the final wicket, but it was not enough.
Earlier, when the visitors batted, seven batsmen reached double figures in a solid team effort, with Robert Cook top-scoring on 35.
Joseph Wilson took two early and two late wickets in his haul of four for 73 from 15 overs.
Kudzai Oliver Maunze claimed three middle-order victims, finishing with three for six from three overs.
Opening bowlers Wanford and James Parkin also took a wicket apiece.
The defeat left Denby bottom with 35 points from six matches.
Sandiacre went third with 126 points after their away victory.