Dan is the man as Denver return to winning ways

Skipper Dan Cornwall led by example with an unbeaten ton as Denver returned to winning ways in Norfolk Alliance Division Four.

Cornwall shared a century sixth-wicket stand with Chris Rolfe after the home side had found themselves deep in trouble early in their innings.

Rocklands won the toss and chose to bowl first and got off to a fast start, removing the first Denver opener with just 19 on the board.

Denver skipper Dan Cornwall
Denver skipper Dan Cornwall

James Harper batted sensibly and made his way to 23 before a questionable run off a misfield saw him run-out, and when three more wickets followed soon after, Denver found themselves in big trouble at 67-5.

Rolfe joined Cornwell at the crease and they started to rebuild the innings, slowly moving the score on. Cornwell made his half-century and then set about pushing Denver on to a defendable score as he and Rolfe (33) put on 112 for the sixth wicket.

Only Luke Paterson could stem the Denver scoring as he went for just 25 from his nine overs.

Joseph Porter scored a run-a-ball 10 at one end while Cornwell kept the runs climbing quickly.

He passed his century and went on to make a a brilliant unbeaten 120 as Denver finished on 219-6.

Rocklands needed to get off to a good start if they were to chase the total down and it never came, losing wickets in the first and third overs to Rolfe (2-11).

They scored runs quickly off Cornwell (2-39) but he took two wickets of his own to leave Rocklands at 43-4 and in real trouble.

A change of bowling didn’t slow the wickets down as Joseph Porter (3-22) and Joe Manning (2-41) ripped through the Rocklands middle-order and moved Denver to the brink of victory.

George Garrod, 13, was the one bright spot for the visitors as he made 25 from 24 balls to push the score past 100, but he was the last wicket to fall to Max Merritt (1-1) as Rocklands were bowled out for 116.

Lawtronics Man of the Match: Dan Cornwell.