1sts Reports

Date 17/06/2018

By Scorebox Winno

Subject Denby vs Rolleston (16th June 2018)


In the Derbyshire Premier League match played at the Copper Yard, a classy century by Rolleston’s overseas all-rounder Jason Niemand was matched by Denby’s Peter Burgoyne who inspired his team to secure a six wickets victory. Burgoyne had earlier shown excellent sportsmanship when calling Richard Green back to the crease after the away skipper was deemed to have been caught in the slips.

The sporting gesture looked to be a costly one when Green (36) went on to forge a 101 run partnership with Niemand, the former eventually being run out by a direct hit from Kudzai Maunze.

With both clubs languishing in the bottom quartile of the table, the match looked an important one to win, and Denby made a great start when Harry Wanford (4-71) removed both Gareth Marshall and Paul Allen cheaply, caught by slip fielders Chris Fletcher and Peter Burgoyne respectively. Tom Liversage (29) and Niemand (111) added 45 runs in thirteen overs prior to the opener falling lbw when attempting to sweep Burgoyne to the rope.

Having survived a dropped catch by wicketkeeper Burrows off the economical James Parkin, Niemand grew in confidence and displayed an impressive array of shots to entertain the onlookers. The partnership reached three figures off 130 deliveries and in a little over an hour. And following Green’s dismissal, in-form Alex Britton took on the baton with some sharp running between the wickets, a couple of fours and a maximum.

Niemand notched his maiden century off 124 balls and half those runs were scored in boundaries - eleven fours and a six. He was finally removed when Dan Burgoyne took a catch at mid-off to give Wanford his third success. The same combination returned Scott Cobley to the pavilion and Ben Liversage smashed a straight six before being caught behind. But Britton carried his bat on 35 not out from just 25 deliveries, a very respectable 234 for 7 appearing to be a formidable target.

Denby’s response was to bat extremely carefully. Fletcher looked determined to stay at the crease, even more so when losing Jake Smith in the fifth over, rapped on the back foot by Alex Brown. George Burrows (20) lobbed Graham Dent (3-48) up to Tom Bailey at mid-on to bring match winner Burgoyne (103no) to the middle.

He and Fletcher added 50 runs off 75 balls as Rolleston’s bowling changes had little effect. Opener Fletcher sealed his half-century off 79 balls with six fours and a six, Burgoyne soon following suit, 67 deliveries required. A brief rain stoppage may have disturbed the batsmen’s concentration, Fletcher falling leg before to Dent five balls after the restart.

But the 97 run third wicket partnership had altered the game’s momentum and the arrival of Zimbabwean Maunze helped even more. With seventeen overs remaining the hosts still required 105 runs and Burgoyne’s wicket seemed key to the outcome. He and Maunze added fifty runs off the next 46 balls and Dent and Brown returned to the attack.

Despite a number of unconventional strokes, Maunze featured six fours and two sixes in his 45 balls half-century. The penultimate delivery he faced secured the 100 run fourth wicket partnership which was immediately followed by his nick behind to Green off Dent.

Home captain Dan Burgoyne edged his first delivery to the rope at third man and, with the scores level, blocked out the rest of the over to leave brother Peter the opportunity to notch a deserved ton. In a fitting end to proceedings, the man-of-the-match stroked the next ball through extra-cover for a boundary four and the game was over – Denby 22 points, Rolleston 7 points.