Denbigh 2nds 192/7
Marchwiel & Wrexham 157/7
Denbigh win by 35 runs
If the mark of a good team is to win when under pressure then Denbigh 2nds more than proved their class on Saturday at the picturesque Marchwiel Hall ground. With bad weather across the region but a dry and fine day in Marchwiel overlooking the Cheshire plain, Denbigh had the perfect opportunity to make up ground on their promotion rivals. After calling correctly and deciding to bat skipper Stuart Moulden was looking for his top order to make the most of conditions but it was the home team who were off to a flying start.
Opener Chris Brown gifted Paul Baines a return catch off the back of his bat as he was through his shot before the ball had arrived. Joe Lewis was back in the pavilion soon after as he lofted a simple chance to mid off and when Jack Griffiths was bowled for nought Denbigh were reeling at 14/3 in the 7th over and their promotion hopes seemed in tatters. When number 5 David Roberts joined Daniel Nixon at the crease it reunited the opening partnership of earlier in the season and the pair set about rebuilding the innings. With Baines yet again proving difficult to get away the pair focused on taking the runs where they could and were ticking along nicely until Nixon chased a wide ball and was caught smartly to a diving catch at first slip for 26. Roberts and Andy Clarke then added 28 before Clarke was another out caught which brought Craig Stubbs to the crease with the score 71/5.
With Roberts now well set he and Stubbs began a partnership that was to prove pivotal, boundaries proved difficult to come by although Roberts did manage to sweep a maximum over deep backward square but the pair relied on hard running and clever quick singles to add 80 for the 6th wicket and take the team total past 150 before Stubbs was caught smartly behind for an important 27.
The ever lively Emyr Owen then formed another partnership with Roberts that was worth 35. As the overs ran out it became clear that Roberts would fall short of a well deserved century as Baines again returned to restrict Denbigh yet again and as the innings closed the visitors had posted a remarkable 192 with Roberts finishing on a career best 90 not out.
Having battled hard in their innings the last thing that Denbigh needed was to gift the home side a flying start but again they did just that as the extras mounted up with some wayward bowling. As the club have proved over the years though the junior production line is working well as the introduction of Sam Lewis along with opener Jack Griffiths stemmed the flow of runs and it was another junior Andy Clarke who brought the first breakthrough removing Paul Ankers for 24. While the juniors were proving their class the more experienced players were also getting in on the act, the ever impressive Chris Brown taking the wicket of remaining opener Chris Hemmings. Jerry Wellens offered stiff resistance at one end but with wicket falling at the other and the flow of runs stemmed it always seemed that the total was beyond the home side and was a matter of how many points they would manage to claim. Showing experience beyond his years however Sam Lewis returned to bowl yet another tight spell and make sure that Denbigh claimed 7 points to Marchwiel’s 3. Fine all-round bowling performances from the bowlers with the pick of the performances Andy Clarke with 2-7, Chris Brown 2-20, Sam Lewis 1-26 from 12 overs and Jack Griffiths unfortunate to finish wicketless after 10 overs that yielded just 22 runs.
With games elsewhere rained off this result lifts Denbigh to within touching distance of the promotion places with an important game against 3rd in the table Bala on Bank Holiday Monday.