Revenge is sweet for Denby as Lullington lose out in cup
LULLINGTON PARK (143) lost to DENBY (146-9) by one wicket
PARK crashed out of the cup by the narrowest of margins on Sunday as Denby exacted some revenge for a defeat the week before.
Denby returned to Lullington a week after being dismissed for 53 in the Premier League.
But things were very different this time and, when Eddie Lowe edged Jonny Shales for four from the second ball of the final over, Denby secured a one-wicket win.
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Saturday's League match at Swarkestone had been washed out and the weather was again indifferent as Park were put in to bat on a pitch where some dampness was evident despite the covers.
Denby took full advantage as Lullington were reduced to 34-6 with Greg Cork doing most of the damage.
Tom Oliver (10), Jonny Shales (5), Paul Dawson (0) and George Hodson-Walker (0) were his victims in a seven over spell of 4-21.
Richard Green followed his 86 against the same opponents last week with a second ball duck and James Doherty (9) was also a victim for Denby's other opening bowler Paul Allen.
Sam Eaton, however, batted superbly to mount something of a rescue in a partnership of 56 with Gagan Singh.
It came to an end when Singh was bowled behind his legs by off-spinner Joe Greenhalgh, preferred as the main spinner to Derbyshire's Peter Burgoyne.
Alan Gough and George Chapman fell quickly but Graham Dent hung around with five off 30 balls while Eaton advanced to 77 not out as Park finished on 143.
Early wickets were needed and it was Dent who obliged bowling Alexander Eyre for nine, before trapping Letlotlo Sesele LBW for six.
Burgoyne ran himself out going for a hopeless single which Michael Mitchell refused and Denby were tottering on 29-3.
Captain Joe Greenhalgh then joined Mitchell in what proved to be a match winning partnership of 69.
He was caught on the boundary by Sam Eaton off Paul Dawson for 34 and Dawson then bowled Dan Burgoyne for 11.
Mitchell's fine innings was ended by the returning Dent to a boundary catch by Dawson but his 54 proved decisive.
Denby still needed 12 when Cork (13) was trapped LBW to Dent.
Paul Allen (4) was run out and Fraser Kirk superbly caught and bowled by Singh to leave Denby nine wickets down needing two to win going into the last over.
Shales took the responsibility to bowl the final over.
He made a diving stop to save runs from his first ball but saw the second edged to the boundary leaving Denby to visit Quarndon in the next round.