Mid-table Denby managed to hang on for a draw against high-flying Sandiacre Town on Saturday in the Derbyshire Premier League.
The result means Sandiacre are eight points behind leaders Ockbrook & Borrowash having entered the second half of the season.
Sandiacre were asked to bat first by Denby skipper Joe Greenhalgh and got off to a promising start thanks to the efforts of openers James Chapman and Mitch McCann.
The latter had made 28 when he departed with the score on 78.
Ollie Swann (18), Curtley Read (21), Robert Cook (23) and Andy Rhodes (23) all chipped in with decent scores, providing support for star performer Chapman who eventually made 78, including eight fours and a six.
John Jordison added 25 not out in the final overs and the eventual Sandiacre total was a very healthy 268-8 from 50 overs.
For Denby, Rehan Hassan took four wickets while Fraser Kirk chipped in with two wickets.
When it came to Denby’s reply, they also had a good start to the innings courtesy of openers Alex Eyre (22) and Brad Davis (45).
The biggest stand of the innings resulted in 99 runs between Peter Burgoyne and Joe Greenhalgh.
The Denby skipper made 47 while Burgoyne top scored with 64, an attacking knock that came off 71 balls and featured five fours and four sixes.
Daniel Burgoyne made 23 and at 221-5 Denby were in a promising position but four quick wickets meant that they were faced with the prospect of hanging on for a draw, which they successfully achieved, finishing on 239-9.
Dan Wheeldon took four wickets for Sandiacre with two for Ryan McFadyean and one each for Jordison and McCann.
On Sunday, Sandiacre beat Swarkestone by four wickets in the second round of the Derbyshire Premier Cup.
They bowled Swarkestone out for 139, Marius Conway-Jones taking 4 for 28.
In reply, Mitch McCann was in fine form as his unbeaten 86 saw Sandiacre over the line inside 33 overs.
For news on the second XI’s match with Nutbrook on Saturday, see page 48.
The third XI eased past South Wingfield by eight wickets having reduced them to 139-8 in their 46 overs, Peter Trembling and Josh Standring taking three wickets each and Paul Standring the other two.
Sandiacre lost just two wickets in reply, Richard Burne’s dynamic 71, including eight fours and four sixes, and Matt Shuttleworth’s 47 the key innings as they won the game in the 25th over.