Runs at a premium in Denby revenge
This was an attritional encounter with both teams circling each other in the manner of cagey fighters in a supporting bout before leaving the stage to championship contenders. Both teams seemed capable of landing a knock out punch but appeared to lack the belief that they were capable of delivering it. At least the sun was shining, an event worthy of note in this rain soaked summer. Veteran Denby Australian Steve Payne gave little away in his opening spell for the hosts and he was well supported by Paul Goodman but both Chris Flanagan and Nathan Appleyard took the relatively few scoring options on offer, mixing boundaries with singles, and thirty runs came from the first nine overs.
The breakthrough for the hosts came when Nathan was bowled by Paul Goodman for nine and Chris had reached 20 when an excellent one handed catch by T Wilkinson at mid wicket off a fiercely hit pull shot gave the bowler his second victim. When Neil Booth was caught by James Gumpert off first change bowler Dickson for six, the total had subsided to 43/3 which was disappointing after the promising start. Successive boundaries by Ashley Armitage in an otherwise watchful innings promised better things as he and Lee Booth raised the score to 64 but, as has happened quite frequently this season, both batsmen were dismissed in quick succession.
Lee looked a little unfortunate to be adjudged lbw for nine to a ball which looked high and possibly missing leg stump off T Wilkinson who had replaced Goodman in the home attack and in his next over Ashley was bowled for sixteen leaving the score on 69/5 after 31 overs of hard graft. Ryan Hunter then batted in his usual uncomplicated manner. A boundary was the warm up for four straight sixes which soared over the boundary at either end. Tom Broom managed four in three-quarters of an hour as his more sedate partner before he was caught at the wicket by Tim Jones off the returning Payne. Ryan himself eventually perished from a huge hit to mid wicket where the sixteen year old son of the keeper took the chance. Ryan?s 32 had been an entertaining innings and he departed at 106/7. The last four batsmen Joe Law, who managed one six in his total of seven, Jordan Thackray (7*), looking a much improved batsman, George Pinder (2) and David Rishton (2) raised the total to 124 before the last named was caught at short mid wicket off the first ball of the final over to set a target of 124.
Perhaps mindful of their side?s 21 all out at Thurstonland in early May both James Gumpert and Andrew Pickford batted very cautiously against the opening attack of Lee Booth and Jordan Thackray. The former offered a chance to cover, which probably should have been taken, before scoring but it took until the fourteenth over before the first wicket fell. Jordan was the bowler and Gumpert (26) was the victim as he edged a ball high into the slip area where Lee leapt high into the air to cling on to an excellent catch which would have been regarded as top class at all levels of the game.C Auckland was then caught behind for three off Joe Law who thus claimed his first wicket of the season, soon to be followed by his second as he bowled James Hunt for six. At 60/3 the visitors had got back into the game but Pickford was proving to be a determined opponent as he played carefully to hold the Denby innings together.
George Pinder induced G Moxon into an edged shot which was well taken by Nathan Appleyard behind the wicket and when experience bamboozled youth as David Rishton had H Jones stumped for just one, a score of 96/5 from 33 overs looked to be setting up a tense finish. The same bowler eventually dismissed Pickford for a patient 40 when he was caught at mid wicket by George Pinder and twenty-five runs were needed from ten overs with six wickets down. Lee Booth returned to trap Payne lbw for 14 but any further nerves for Denby were quickly dispelled as Dickson struck a four and then Wilkinson followed suit before ending proceedings with a six to see his side home on 130/7 in the 43rd over.
Team: Chris Flanagan Nathan Appleyard (w/k) Neil Booth Ashley Armitage Lee Booth Tom Broom Ryan Hunter Joe Law Jordan Thackray George Pinder David Rishton.