Terrific century by Burgoyne enables Denby to dominate

All-rounder Pete Burgoyne has every right to celebrate after blasting an unbeaten century for Denby.
All-rounder Pete Burgoyne has every right to celebrate after blasting an unbeaten century for Denby.

A wonderful, unbeaten century by all-rounder Pete Burgoyne was the highlight of a dominant winning draw for Denby in their latest Derbyshire County League, Premier Division match.

Burgoyne blasted 142no, including three sixes and 16 fours, off 159 balls as Denby amassed a formidable total of 286-6 in their allotted 50 overs at Marehay.

And just for good measure, he then weighed in with three wickets as his side restricted the hosts to 209-8 for reply to take 20 points and move up to seventh in the 12-team table.

Burgoyne went in at number four after Denby had made a sticky start to their innings, sliding to 26-3 against effective new-ball bowling from James Kyte (2-60 in 15 overs) and Dean Mills (2-75 in 14 overs).

He not only hit Kyte and Mills out of the attack but also proceeded to take the match by the scruff of the neck. He put on 120 for the fourth wicket with captain Daniel Burgoyne (45, six fours) and then 81 for the fifth wicket with Sri Lankan star Shalika Karunanayake, who thundered a quickfire 54 off just 25 deliveries that included seven sixes.

Fraser Kirk added 15 as the onslaught continued, and when opener Ross Perry-Taylor fell for just one at the start of Marehay’s reply, Denby could sense outright victory.

To their credit, the home team dug in to recover well, thanks to Ben McGonigal, who struck a run-a-ball 63 (two sixes ans six fours) and Robert Peat, who made a more patient 63 that featured one six and four fours.

Bertween them, the pair guided Marehay to the safe haven of 180-3 before change bowlers Burgoyne and Karunanayake ensured that Denby finished with a flourish. The former took 3-39 from 12 overs and the latter 2-36 from eight as five wickets fell for 29 runs in the closing overs.