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Captain for the 2013 season and former captain of the 2nd XI for a number of successful years between 2003 – 2010, another to progress through our junior section David is another of the batsmen in the team capable of batting anywhere in the top order and has contributed to successful partnerships with a number of opening partners. His concentration levels when anchoring an innings are impressive while he is also capable of looking to score runs more freely, strong off his legs and when driving as well as rotating the strike with confident running between the wickets. Dependable in the field David can be positioned anywhere and be relied upon to take his catches along with clean ground fielding.
Rapidly developing into a fine wicket – keeper batsman Joe has shown that his undoubted potential is being realised in the last couple of seasons. His uninhibited yet technically sound batting style has resulted in some free-flowing innings of great style. Joe was one of our opening bowlers but has since decided to focus on his talent behind the stumps. He is rapidly developing into a fine keeper and there is no doubt this is sure to develop further with more experience. Another of our players to come through the junior ranks Joe also represented North East Wales at age group level.
The rock on which many of the 2nd XI innings are built, opening batsman Daniel has already scored many pivotal innings and is capable of occupying the crease for extended periods and weigh in with big scores. He is becoming one of the most consistent performers in the club with the bat. Recently Daniel has developed another key aspect to his game as he is fast becoming another important all-rounder at the club with his individual brand of slow left arm chinamen having that rare quality of being able to break important partnerships at key times. Another fine fielder and having been at the club since a young age and played at every age group Daniel is an important and valued part of the club.
Capable of batting anywhere in the top order “Pablo” is one of a host of opening batting options available in the 2nd XI. With a century to his name Lee can back up aggressive stroke play particularly strong square on the off side with defensive concentration for long spells in the middle. A former welsh schoolboy representative in athletics he is renowned as one of the quickest players between the wickets who can easily turn regulation two’s into comfortable three’s. Formerly used in the field as a wicketkeeper Lee is able to use his pace in the field to great effect and anyone thinking of nicking a quick single to him is taking a huge risk.
Having returned to cricket with Denbigh after a number of years away from the game in 2005 Dafydd set about showing that he had lost none of the talent that had impressed many. Since his return he has scored over 2,500 runs at an average approaching 50 including 4 centuries. His batting is among the most destructive not only in the club but in the league as a whole. His 112* v Shotton ranks among one of the finest innings the club has seen in many years and he continues to post scores that any batsman would be proud of. Another all rounder with best figures since his return of 7-19 his bowling can be relied upon to pick up wickets while being consistently economical. Always demonstrating his pride and determination while representing the club Dafydd is an indispensable part of the team both for his playing talent and also in passing on the club ethos to younger players.
It is perhaps unfortunate that Craig’s adaptability has led him to experience interrupted spells in the 2nd XI as he is regularly called up for 1st XI duties. When he is given the chance to bat in the 2nds however he has shown that he is able to score quick mid-order runs both sides of the wicket. He has also proved that he can score runs at the top of the order with a career best of 73 achieved while opening coming in the same year he topped the batting averages for the team. An enthusiastic fielder Craig is another who has also kept wicket and was behind the stumps for the First XI for many years but has now become a reliable fielder without the gloves.
Still in the junior ranks but emerging as a definite prospect for the future with bat and ball. Andy is a hard-hitting middle order batsman capable of dispatching the ball to the boundary at will with fantastic timing and appearing to have all the time in the world to choose his shots. Despite his youth Andy appears to relish bowling the important overs at the death of an innings and bowls the much sought after ‘heavy ball’. His ability to deliver toe-crushing yorkers in pressure situations is impressive and is a key skill that every captain would like to e able to turn to. In the field Andy has shown that he is fearless when stopping the ball and holds tough chances when they come his way.
Formerly captain of each junior side he has played in Jack has emerged as a key bowler for the 2nd XI and is called on to open the innings. Another able to bowl the ‘heavy ball’ he is also capable of extracting bounce that often surprises the batsman. His first 5 wicket haul for the 2nd XI was the perfect example of this. Jack is also perfectly capable of holding his own with the bat in the late order and will surely be looking to add to his run haul in the future.
Another former captain who led the team during the successful period of the late 90’s Chris is a club stalwart and an experienced performer with both bat and ball. His career high score of 144 demonstrates his ability to create big innings and he is devastating when putting away the bad ball particularly square of the wicket on both sides of the crease. Formerly an opening bowler Chris has refined his art to become one of the most wily bowlers at the club mixing up his deliveries to great effect. This has led him to be dubbed ‘The Janitor’ at his ability to sweep up wickets when needed.
Another of the Lewis clan showing that cricketing ability runs in the family. Sam is already a Wales triallist and a fixture in the North East Wales side for each age group he is eligible for. Sam is just beginning what many in the club see as a sure-fire progression to the highest level of North Wales Cricket. An opening bowler and classy superbly technically correct batsman, Sam has dominated junior cricket for the last couple of years. He is also a fine fielder quick to cover the ground with good hands and able to take good catches Sam is an outstanding prospect.
Yet another to emerge from our successful junior cricket production line Gethin has quickly established himself as one of the most dangerous opening bowlers in the region. Having earned a county call up in his first year with the first XI this pacy opener has massive potential for the future and is more than capable of causing even the best premier league batting line ups problems. An enthusiastic fielder Gethin is definitely a rising star.
Captain for the 2010 and 2011 season Stuart joined the club in 2003 after a long career with near neighbours Rhewl. Stuart quickly established himself as one of the most popular members of the team and his bowling brought him plenty of wickets with the first team in his first few seasons. Since deciding to concentrate on 2nd XI cricket Stuart progressed to lead the team and continued Denbigh’s policy of nurturing and developing young talent within senior cricket. A fine leader, the team finished in third place in his final year in charge before he retired from the game. Can be relied upon to be tempted into dusting off the whites each season since retiring.