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DCB U10 Boys v Shropshire on Sunday 12th July at Morton Colliery CC

After an excellent win against Cheshire U11 development squad the DCB U10 squad ventured to North East Derbyshire and the Home of Morton Colliery C.C., who are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year, for their next fixture against Shropshire U10s.

The weather continued to be very kind to us and the sun shone on Captain Caleb Winfield as he won the toss and elected to field first.

The game was again played on a 16yd pitch which definitely seemed to improve the running between the wickets of both sides and there were certainly less short deliveries than we have seen in the past, so it looks like an experiment worth persevering with by the ECB.

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DCB U10 Boys v Cheshire on Sunday 5th July at Hadfield st Andrews CC

According to legend St. Andrew was appointed patron Saint of Scotland when on the eve of battle against the Angles the heavy rain clouds suddenly became blue sky with white clouds forming an x shape of a cross (an image you may now recognize as the Scottish saltire). In a corner of Glossop legends of a different nature were being formed on the green field of Hadfield St. Andrew's cricket club, as a young group of boys prevailed victorious against valiant foes on their own journey of cricket enlightenment.

As the Derbyshire U10s found when playing against our own U11s Development, that extra year of growth and cricket experience makes for a tough opposition. So it proved again yesterday. When Cheshire raced to 65 without loss not long after the 10th over keen eyed observers will have noted that the older Cheshire boys looked more powerful at the crease than their younger team-mates who followed (with one notable exception but more of that later). However an improved second 10 overs in the field held Cheshire in check at 100-2 with Brodrick and Geutjens making useful breakthroughs. The last 10 over belonged to Derbyshire, partly encourged by the matching age of the batsmen that followed but also lifted by excellent bowling and fielding. Skipper Winfield chipped in with 3 wickets and TKS with 2 to ultimately bowl the opposition out for 153 in the final over. A great comeback with the last 7 wickets falling for 17 runs. One highlight of this performance not to be mentioned in despatches was taking all three of the good catches offered to us.

Batting wise we started brightly with Yousuf and Brodrick putting on 30 and this was followed with Winfield (19) joining Brodrick to put on a 77 run partnership, which became the bedrock of the win. Brodrick's innings though provided the firepower that won the battle. He finished with 72 off around 50 balls scoring freely all around the wicket and benefiting from one dropped and a couple of half chances. Brod hit the ball cleanly and ran well when he needed to, an outstanding performance at this age. However an yound team's collapse followed similar to that seen in the Cheshire innings with 6 wickets going down for 21 runs. Nerves of steel ready for battle were required and Hardman/Flindall duly delivered defending the missiles fired at them, eeking runs behind the wicket and adding one notable caressed cover drive for four.

The victorious last stand (26* btw) came at the third time of asking as weather had decided again to intereve but much like their namesake before them the Hadfield St. Andrew's groundforce went into battle once more and ensured that a great contest had a fitting denouement. Gracious hosts all day, warm thanks to Rick Ball at the Hadfield team for their support and congratulations to the field marshalls Colton and Storr for leading their troops with bravery and cunning.

So a victory at last for the U10s and an another improved performance, albeit with some areas to improve. Onwards to Salop and cry havoc.

DCB U10 Boys v Foremarke on Tuesday 28th April 2015 at Foremarke School

Result: Foremarke 110/7 beat Derbyshire 94/6 in 25 overs (Joseph Gilbert 39) by 16 runs

On a sunny but blustery day in South Derbyshire the DCB u10s played their second warm up game of the 2015 season against Foremarke u11s. Skipper Caleb Winfield won the toss and inserted the opposition on a firm but green track.

Winfield & Tom Kent-Smith opened up well for DCB and TKS made an early break through, when he bowled Grace for 1.

After 6 overs Jake Ludlam and Charlie Harris replaced the opening attack and Harris picked up his first wicket when TKS took a fine catch at Mid-on to send Reading back to the pavilion for 1. Harris then bowled Gould for 6 and Foremarke were 53-3 in the 12th over.

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DCB U10 Boys v Staffordshire Sunday 3rd August at Moddershall CC

Result: Staffordshire 157/6 in 40 overs beat Derbyshire 156/9 in 40 overs (Devesh Ghandewar 53) by 1 run

DCB U10 Boys v Warwickshire Thursday 9th June at Swarkestone CC

Result: Derbyshire 132/7 in 35 overs (Mitchell Wagstaff 39, Kieran Pell 31*) beat Warwickshire 131/9 in 35 overs (Mitchell Wagstaff 4-13) by 1 run

DCB U10 Boys v Lincolnshire Wednesday 7th May 2014 at Cutthorpe CC

Result: Lincolnshire 56 all out (Reece Johnson 3-4) lost to Derbyshire 60/0 in 12 overs by 10 wickets

To win the match by ten wickets is an achievement in itself but today Derbyshire U10s did so with some added swagger and style to accompany their professional performance against Lincolnshire U10s. This was truly exemplified by the winning shot, a six driven over extra cover by Charlie Mann delivered with the poise of an IPL veteran.


The foundation for the victory though was layed down earlier by the bowlers. Reece Johnson (5-1-4-3) again led the pack. Oliver Lord bowled with an extra yard of pace, Josh Glover with great control and our googly (seems a suitably whimsical collective noun) of leg-spinners all twirled their way to success in their own style. A few chances though did go a begging and whilst it may sound harsh in the glow of such a comprehensive victory, the fielding still needs to improve a couple of notches. 59 for 9 off 35 overs exemplified the miserly strangehold we had on the Lincolnshire innings.
How would we fare in reply? To quote one of the more erudite members of our team, we were "awesome". Archie Harrison and Charlie Mann chased the total down in positive manner, striking the bad balls and running between wickets with intent. Archie has thus far refused to lose his wicket in the three innings he has played and Charlie struck the ball today with sweet timing. The 12 overs it took to catch the opposition total went by in a flash.
Credit is due to the Linconshire boys as they showed great heart and never gave up; I am sure that the talented cricketers in their squad will have much better days this season. But today was a Derbyshire day ... the tests for the boys are getting progressively harder and they keep passing with flying colours. The next examination is called Warwickshire, always a stern test, watch this space....
Thanks to Cutthorpe who were fabulous hosts, so meticulous in their preparation that they even managed to channel the ever-present grey clouds around the ground.

DCB U10 Boys v Foremarke



U10 boys v Foremarke


Result: Derbyshire 98/3 in 25 overs (Kieran Pell 33 ret no) beat Foremarke 26 all out in 15 overs (Reece Johnshon 3-3) by 72 runs

The Derbyshire Under 10s showed off their talent today in the shade of the magnificent Foremarke Hall. A comprehensive 72 run victory against plucky opponents was their reward with a strong batting and bowling display. A few dropped catches spoiled an otherwise perfect all round display, although it would be churlish to focus on this as the main memories are of towering sixes, stumps being knocked back and generally positive cricket.
Batting first skipper Kieran Pell (33*) and Archie Harrison (15*) recorded the first 50 partnership of the season. To their credit Foremarke generally bowled good lengths on a slow pitch where the ball never really got waist high. Pell and Harrison looked confident and comfortable (although some singles and twos were missed). After their retirements Mitchell Wagstaff (28) entertained the crowd with a run a ball innings, including three sixes into the headmaster's garden. As the head is a cricket fan, you will be forgiven Mitch!
98 for 3 of 25 overs proved to be a competitive total for a Foremake batting line up missing Ben Bond one of it's two Derbyshire U11s. However the other one - Joe Jacques (12) showed his ability resisting skillfully for 13 of the 15 overs of Foremarke's innings. However his vigil was the lone highlight for the home team as Reece Johnson with 3/5 and Mitchell Wagstaff 3/11 ripped the heart out of the batting. In fact all the Derbyshire bowlers played their part and as did Rory Shuttleworth conceding only 1 bye and taking his second stumping of the season.
So another good day in the office but the hardest tests are yet to come ... the good news is that I think the boys are ready.
Thanks to Foremarke Hall for their hospitality and to Howard Dytham for his support on the day.

DCB U10 Boys v DCB U11 Development Monday 14th April 2014 at Morton Colliery CC

Result: Derbyshire 112/4 in 30 overs (Archie Harrison 44*) beat Development U11 68 all out in 25.3 overs by 44 runs


The Derbyshire U10s got their season off to a winning start on a beautiful Spring day at the unique setting of Morton Colliery CC. The game served as a fitting start to the season for both teams as well as showcasing the depth of talent that Derbyshire has at U10 and U11 age groups. The Derbyshire U10s won reasonably comfortably in the end by 44 runs with a handful of overs remaining but not before Joe Gilbert and Adam Leigh provided some defiant last wicket resistance for the Development team.
The batting honours of the day though went to Archie Harrison who carried his bat to record 44 not out on a typically difficult early season wicket. Archie played with great patience, in particular running between the wickets exceptionally well. Whilst all the other batsmen also looked good on their first outings of the season, only Dev Gadhewar was able to put a significant score on the board with a robust 21 not out. The final tally of 112 for 4 off the 30 overs represented an excellent start to the season particularly as the U11s Development seamers Hallam, Leigh and Webber bowled well during the first session.
Reece Johnson took the initiative for the Under 10s again when the second innings started taking 2 wickets in an impressive spell. The U11s Development team rallied and at 39 for 2 and with Beard and Valentine looking strong the game was on. However two wickets in two balls from Mitchell Wagstaff followed by a brace by Josh Glover (including a great stumping by Rory Shuttleworth who kept tidily all day letting no byes) tilted the balance inexorably in the U10s favour. Ollie Lamb later became the second U10s bowler to miss out on a hat-trick and in spite of the plucky late order resistance, the Derbyshire U10s completed their victory in the 26th over.
Well played to both teams and thanks to Morton Colliery for being such garcious hosts on the day. Harder tests will follow for the U10s - but a great start. Well done boys.

DCB U10 Boys v Staffordshire Wednesday 17th July 2013 at Synnerton Park

Staffordshire beat lacklustre Derbyshire at a canter!

Result: Staffordshire 62/1 in 16.1 overs beat Derbyshire 58 all out in 27.5 overs.

On another gorgeous summer’s day, with temperatures well into the 80’s, Derbyshire travelled to Staffordshire to do battle with their near neighbours at the beautiful Swynnerton Park Cricket Ground.


Derbyshire were upbeat following their much improved batting display against Shropshire and they were looking forward to continuing their progression.

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