Denby frustrated while Meadows secure victory

Denby batsman Michael Mitchell on his way to 45 against Ockbrook on Saturday. Photo by Terry Fletcher.
Denby batsman Michael Mitchell on his way to 45 against Ockbrook on Saturday. Photo by Terry Fletcher.

Heavy rain saw the vast majority of cricket fixtures cancelled at the weekend - but Premier League side Denby and Division Five North’s Belper Meadows did see some action.

Denby saw their match at Ockbrook & Borrowash reduced to 26 overs each but ultimately the match was abandoned with the hosts well into their run chase.

Denby had made 116-9 from their overs with Michael Mitchell top scoring on 45 and useful contributions from Dan Burgoyne (24) and Alex Eyre (22)

Ockbrook struggled to get going in their reply and at 63-7 after 11 overs looked in some trouble, but the rain then arrived to put paid to any further action and the match was abandoned.

Belper Meadows, meanwhile, welcomed Ilkeston Rutland second XI to Christchurch Meadow.

With the match not able to start until after tea, a 28-over per side match ensued with Meadows skipper Pete Brookes asking Ilkeston to bat first.

With ten overs bowled the visitors found the going tough as Dan Kelly and Joe Slater bowled a decent line and length.

Kelly clean bowled Fearnside for a duck and after another rain delay a bowling change saw Dave Jenkins and Matt Jones further peg back Ilkeston as both picked up wickets to leave the visitors reeling at 32 for 4 from 15 overs.

With the score on 66 Jones picked up his second wicket of the day bowling Clarke for a solid 24.

The visitors only had 13 overs to go and they started to up the tempo as an undefeated partnership of 38 between Hooley and Bobeszko ensured a respectable target was reached of 104 for 5 from the full 28 overs available.

Kelly with 1 for 28, Jenkins 2 for 27 and Jones 2 for 35 were the wicket takers. Slater also bowled an economical spell of six overs for 11 runs.

In reply, a first wicket partnership between Mike Cox and Ben McGonigal helped Meadows along before Cox was caught at the wicket for a brisk 15 and McGonigal was stumped for a solid 26.

Mitch Robinson (3) and Rob Marshall (0) came and went to leave some panic in the side with the total on 53 for 4 with 16 overs.

However, the next six overs witnessed Slater and Adam Holland put their skates on and Slater hit the winning boundary in the 18th over ,ending undefeated on 33 with four fours, well supported by Holland on 24 with two fours and a six.

A thoroughly deserved six wicket win ensured that the Meadows moved up to second in the table with no other games in the division being played.