Dou­ble ton de­light for sur­prised Den­ni­son

Halifax Courier - - Sport - By ian rush­worth

Chris Den­ni­son has ad­mit­ted that he would have set­tled for a steady half-cen­tury at the start of the Foster’s Hal­i­fax League last Satur­day. In­stead the stand-in Co­p­ley skip­per crashed a mag­nif­i­cent 220 at home to Black­ley in the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion - more runs than many teams to­talled on the open­ing day.

The left han­der’s runs came off only 131 balls and his knock in­cluded 20 sixes and 16 fours.

Last year’s Parish Cup and Twenty/20 win­ners went on to record a 62-run win in game which pro­duced more than 700 runs on a wicket which had some mois­ture in spite of the dry week.

Den­ni­son, 23, put on 241 for the first wicket with Oliver Thorpe (85), af­ter a rel­a­tively quiet start, and Craig Chew’s 45 not out left Black­ley lick­ing their wounds at tea with 383 for three to chase.

The vis­i­tors re­sponded pos­i­tively with a well con­structed 78 from Reece Jen­ni­son and a hard-hit 119 from num­ber seven James Wat­son to reach 321 for nine.

Den­ni­son, in charge for two games while Craig Tay­lor chases Hal­i­fax AFL ti­tle suc­cess in goal for Stump Cross, was de­lighted with his day’s work.

“I had said to my­self that if I got 50 in the first game I would be happy but I got a few more than I thought,” he re­vealed.

“Some­body said my score was 10 short of the Hal­i­fax League record but I’ve been told it is the first time that any­one has got 200 for Co­p­ley’s first team.”

Den­ni­son’s pre­vi­ous best was 126 away to Sowerby Bridge last year, when he also scored 69 in the Parish Cup fi­nal win over Jer Lane.

Den­ni­son is now hop­ing he and the other play­ers can back up last Satur­day’s win at Thorn­ton to­mor­row.

Black­ley skip­per Jen­ni­son elected to field last Satur­day. Den­ni­son ad­mit­ted he would have done the same, given the choice, on a wicket which had re­tained some mois­ture in spite of the dry weather.

Den­ni­son ad­mit­ted it would be hard for Co­p­ley to re­peat last year’s suc­cess.

Toby Thorpe, who hit a cen­tury in the cup fi­nal, has joined Brad­ford League new­com­ers Sc­holes while his brother Oliver will be off to uni­ver­sity soon and dad Richard is in­jured. Cup win­ning skip­per James Clarke has re­tired and Fred­die Ham­mond is also away study­ing.

“We will try to play well and en­joy our­selves and see where that takes us,” he said. Stones Un­der 11s will have to wait an ex­tra few hours for their train­ing ses­sion with for­mer Eng­land cap­tain An­drew Strauss to­day.

The Rip­pon­den club won a visit from the for­mer open­ing bats­man af­ter suc­cess in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Strauss was due to ar­rive shortly af­ter lunch but or­gan­is­ers an­nounced yes­ter­day that his visit would now take place at 4pm.

Ex­plo­sive: Chris Den­ni­son in last year’s Parish Cup fi­nal win over Jer Lane

Mytholm­royd cel­e­brate a wicket at Queens­bury last week on the way to a com­fort­able win

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