Denbigh 145 – 8
Bodedern won 8-2
After two successive 10-0 wins Denbigh travelled to promotion rivals and heavy scoring Bodedern with high hopes. A grey and damp scene greeted the Vale side and the uncovered Bodedern pitch seemed some way off being fit for play, yet the captains agreed a 2.30pm start and a reduced 35 overs a side game as the sun appeared. Visiting captain Stuart Moulden called correctly and he surprised all and sundry in deciding to bat first.
On a still sodden wicket the Bodedern bowlers immediately began to get the ball to seam and move off the pitch. Lee Mason was first to fall playing too early as the ball stopped on him gifting the simplest of return catches for Gadsby. Joe Lewis again decided to play aggresively and 3 quick boundaries served to rile the home side. Lewis was extremely unlucky to be bowled leaving a ball that leapt off the pitch hit the bat handle and clattered into the stumps. Daniel Nixon then followed Lewis back to the pavilion with just another 8 runs added to the score anbother victim of a pitch proving difficult to get on top of the ball. A disastrous call for a run saw David Roberts run out by the proverbial country mile and Denbigh found themselves 39/4. Andy Clark and Dafydd Lewis began a repair job and their partnership of 48 was ended only when Clark mistimed a drive as another catch was taken. When Daf Lewis was another caught mistiming a drive as the pitch misbehaved the score had yet to pass three figures. Chris Brown and Craig Stubbs however were able to add vital late order runs, Brown striking 20 and Stubbs a belligerent 23 before being bowled off the final ball of the innings after he and skipper Moulden had added 24 for the 8th wicket.
On a now drying pitch it always seemed that Bodedern’s in form batsmen would always fancy their chances in chasing down their target and they started in emphatic fashion with John Jo Roberts lofting a straight six off the first over. The pitch was still offering hope for the visitors though with uneven bounce and Denbigh always fancied their chance of a breakthrough. Despite the home side chancing their arm and riding their luck the score was past 50 before Stuart Moulden managed to glance the gloves of opener Barry Lander to present Joe Lewis with a simple catch behind the stumps. Moulden then decided to mix up the bowling and brought on the partnership breaking Dan Nixon, the plan worked a treat as John Jo Roberts was suckered into the big shot only to perfectly pick out David Roberts in the deep on the mid wicket boundary who took a good catch low down. Needing another wicket for a second point Moulden turned to Chris Brown and he yet again delivered as Gareth Thomas struck an uppish drive straight at extra cover where Craig Stubbs took a smart catch. The leg spin of Matty Griffiths nearly brought another breakthrough but he was unable to cling on to a tough return catch and it was left to the in-form Gadsby to hit the winning runs and see the hosts to their total.
A disappointing day all round for Denbigh who now drop behind the pace in the Division Three promotion racebut will be looking to bounce back with another game on the road at Llay next week.