Denbigh 2nd X1 154 – 7
Hawarden Park 155-7
It has proved an unhappy hunting ground in recent years and yet again Denbigh 2nds left the picturesque Hawarden ground with a defeat although the fact that they managed to push Hawarden all the way was a testament to their never say die attitude. Wining the toss, Stuart Moulden had no hesitation in choosing to bat on a rock solid deck. It was however the Hawarden bowlers who took the better of the early skirmishes as the patient slow bowling of Stuart Green proved difficult to score against as openers Dan Nixon and Lee Mason made a cautious start. Nixon was the first casualty as he presented a simple catch to square leg chasing a wide ball down the leg side. The in form Joe Lewis made a good start to his innings although he presented a couple of chances before being bowled by Tom Norris. That triggered a mini collapse as first Daf Lewis then Chris Campbell were dismissed quickly and cheaply to leave Denbigh struggling at 85-5. When Andy Clarke was the 6th man out with the score on just 88 Denbigh were reeling but a fine partnership of 66 between David Roberts and Jack Griffiths was to allow Denbigh to post a competitive total. The pair were quick to punish the bad ball and there were some excellent shots by both players Griffiths’ straight drives past the bowler and Roberts’ pulled maximums particular highlights. Roberts was last man out from the penultimate ball of the innings for a quickfire 39 of just 41 balls while Griffiths finished not out on 25 from 28 as the innings was ended prematurely with a havy rain shower as 2 overs were lost.
The away team knew that a good start with quick early wickets was vital and unfortunately they did not get the start they needed as a combination of wides and the Haawarden openers punishing any bad ball saw the hosts race to 26 from the first 2 overs. Jack Griffiths however then found a probing length and removed opener Hughes for 8. The introduction of slow bowler Daniel Nixon was to prove once more a key turning point as he immediately made an impact in his first over taking two wickets in two balls for the third time this year. Harrison Ryle was proving to be the rock on which the hosts reply was built however and his half century edged Hawarden towards their total. Sam Lewis sparked some hop for Denbigh taking two quick wickets to leave Hawarden needing 30 with 4 wickets remaining but veteran Jeff Henshaw proved to be the wise head to come in and see the total reached, his 21 not out taking the game away from Denbigh. A fine sporting match and a credit to the players on both sides that the game finished in a 6-4 split of the points.