Denby seconds came away with a 19 point winning draw from their trip to South Wingfield.
Liam Glenn was the dominant batsman in a total of 255 for 6 contributing 177 not out an innings that included 21 fours and 8 sixes.
This was an unlikely total from a precarious 61 for 4 and he was helped by youngsters Fraser Kirk (24) and Rob Peat (20) Adam Young was the best of the Wingfield bowlers taking 4 for 49 from his allocation.
The Wingfield batting was steady rather than spectacular and with wickets falling at regular intervals they opted for the losing draw to finish on 180 for 8.
This was something of a recovery from 108 for 6 mainly down to Charlie Jones who was unbeaten on 56 when stumps were drawn.
The main threat from the Denby bowlers was from the pace of Fraser Kirk (3 – 44) and the experience of Gary Cresswell who removed the middle order in his spell of 3 – 51 from 14 overs.
This was a good result for the seconds who are comfortably situated in the middle of the table with a home fixture coming up on Saturday against Nutbrook (1.30 pm start)
Denby thirds also had South Wingfield as their opposition and put in an efficient display with an eight wicket win.
Wingfield were bowled out for 160 in the 41st over with the extra’s column top scoring with 41 runs.
Although six batsmen made double figures no-one went onto a major score hence the somewhat below par total of 160.
Wickets were shared around with three apiece for Steve Bullock, Paul Foulke and Andy Parkin.
In reply Denby lost a couple of early wickets but they were Wingfield’s only successes of the day as Ian Glenn joined Richard Greenhalgh.
This pair moved serenely to their target with a minimum of fuss stopping the good balls and punishing the bad ones.
Greenhalgh was on 67 and Glenn on 71 when the winning hit was made in the 41st over.
The 22 points gained keeps them in third place and a visit to Clowne on Saturday will see them looking to maintain pressure on the top two.
Meanwhile the fourth team took advantage of a rare slip by Calow to move to the top of division 9 north courtesy of a six wicket win at West Hallam.
Put into bat West Hallam was limited to 139 for 9 from their 46 overs with only the veteran Maurice Lawson offering much resistance as he batted throughout to finish 89 not out.
Seven batsmen failed to trouble the scorers as Gary Foulke (4 – 20) and Nathan Clarke (3 – 48) worked their way through the batting. Neil Cox with 54 and Nathan Clarke with 49 got the Denby innings off to a flyer and victory came with 18 overs remaining. On Saturday the team has an important home game against third placed Awsworth and a good result would leave them well placed to achieve promotion.
There is a host of other cricket taking place at Denby over the next week.
Thursday (11th) sees three Derbyshire development squads playing their Warwickshire counterparts commencing at 11 am and next week the clubs host an attractive County second team fixture when Derbyshire play Nottinghamshire.
he teams meet in a one day game on Tuesday followed by a three day Championship game starting on Wednesday. The action starts at 11am each day.