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DCB U13 Girls v Staffordshire on Sunday 5th July at Risley CC

Risley CC played hosts to the u13 Girls sixth game but whilst the sun shone a forecast of heavy rain by late afternoon cast a doubting shadow over the game. Captain Lucy Yates again won the toss and invited a strong Staffs side to bat first.

Opening bowlers Imogen Cooper (6-0-21-0) and Mariam Imam (6-1-13-0) bowled exceptional opening spells with Mariam beating the bat on all six deliveries in her opening over. Neither benefitted from some much deserved fortune despite the score being kept to a miserly 21 from the opening 9 overs. Lucy Yates (7-1-27-1) and Molly Dytham (5-0-17-2) continued the excellent bowling with Opening bat Gwynn (scorer of 89 against Derbys in the opening fixture) enjoying unprecedented good fortune as first she played-on but the bails failed to be dislodged and then was caught behind by Rebecca Church off Molly only for the umpire to turn down the 11 player appeal. Such was the noise of bat striking ball even the scorer had recorded a wicket having then to correct the scorebook. The 12th over finally found the breakthrough as a quick single was thwarted by a direct hit from mid-on by Suzie Ljubojevic to remove Perrin. Mollys perseverance eventually paid off when finally bowling Gwynne in the 13th over, 43 for 2. More bowling changes saw Charlotte Thompson (2-0-19-0) and Suzie (5-1-6-1) try their luck, initially without joy. Keeley Brodrick (2-0-6-2) provided the next breakthrough when having Potts brilliantly caught by Julia Draycott at mid-wicket and then Simms caught equally well by a diving Rebecca. The return of Molly saw another wicket fall in her first over when capturing an LBW and Staffs were pegged back to 75 for 5. Imogen Collinson (2-0-11-1) recorded her first county wicket thanks to another Rebecca catch. Lucy’s pace was too much for Hughes as she was bowled at 107 and Suzies excellent spell was rewarded with a wicket in the penultimate over, Staffs innings finishing on 129 for 8.

Derbyshire set about the chase and opened with Alice Harwood (1) and Annelise Rountree (0) but both were soon watching from the side. In the blink of an eye Lucy Yates (0) to a dubious caught & bowled, Mariam Imam LBW (0) and Imogen Cooper (2) all joined them and Derbyshire were 3 for 5. Some brief resistance from Rebecca Church (4) and Julia Draycott (4) saw the score limp to 18 for 7. Only the resilience and positive approach of Suzie (17 and Molly (23) managed to give the scoreboard some respectability as the pair added 43 for the 8th wicket but with their dismissal and the early departure of Imogen Collinson (0) the home side were all out for 65 in 21.4 overs leaving Keeley (0) unbeaten .

Another cameo of the season to date, some excellent bowling was, at times, supported by good fielding but the littering of some very poor ground-work and four dropped catches probably cost in the region of 25 runs and a number of spurned run–out opportunities due to poor throws gave the opposition a total they barely earned. Backed by another disastrous batting display only given some respectability thanks to 2 scores of note underlined the problem again. With Yorkshire and Lancashire left to play the challenges ahead and the demand for improvement continues. 

DCB U13 Girls v Shropshire on Sunday 21st June at Belper Amateurs CC

Belper Amateurs stepped into the breach to host our home game v Shropshire and despite the breezy location fine weather was forecast. Captain Lucy Yates again won the toss and Derbyshire were batting.

Following the high scoring game against the visitors back in May another close game was expected. A new opening partnership had the opportunity to lay down a marker for the rest of the summer. Alice Harwood (3) and Hannah Nutty (2) started brightly enough but Hannah was soon to be undone by the pace of Edwards and bowled around her legs. Abbie Ryan-Edwards (0) fell first ball and when Alice followed next over Derbyshire were in trouble at 10 for 3. Lucy Yates and Imogen Cooper started to compile a threatening looking partnership adding 21 before Imogen (6) was adjudged LBW with the score on 31. Rebecca Church (1) partnered Lucy to the first drinks interval at 12 overs but fell next over, 36 for 5. Mariam Imam and Lucy took the score positively to 54 before Lucy (17) lifted a simple return catch to Rollason. Hannah Slack (3) and Molly Dytham (0) fell in quick succession at 63, a score which also saw the unfortunate and disappointing dismissal of Mariam for a bright 15 to a double bouncing delivery!! ( a no-ball not given) Suzie Ljubojevic (1 not out) and Imogen Collinson after hitting a straight 4 took the score to a disappointing but defendable 71 all out in the 25th over.

Shrops had set a challenge that Derbys needed to respond to, Coach Tony Flavell called for a response and to field with focus and intensity, plenty of encouragement was needed and some straight bowling to prevent cheap runs. Imogen Cooper (4-0-14-1) and Mariam Imam (4-0-24-2) started with good pace and Imogen was rewarded with and early wicket, 5 for 1. A couple of wayward deliveries were punished and Shrops raced to 20 before a terrific catch above her head by Lucy Yates off Mariam lifted the optimism. Another good catch this time by Molly Dytham reduced the visitors to 29 for 3. At an ominous looking 44 for 3 a double bowling change saw Lucy Yates (4-1-5-0) and Molly Dytham (4-1-6-2) stem the flow of runs and with Molly bowling beautifully, hitting the stumps twice with unplayable deliveries. Molly and Lucy then combined to run-out Ahsan, 3 wickets had fallen for just 2 runs and Shrops were wobbling at 46 for 6 off 16 overs. Another double change brought on Charlotte Thompson (1-0-1-1) and Suzie Ljubojevic (1.3-0-6-3). The quality of fielding was making run scoring very difficult and despite the opening bat Rollason still being at the crease she was being allowed a single so that wickets could be taken at the other end. At 52 for 6 the game was still very much in the balance as Shropshire 'inched' their way to victory but Suzie was rewarded in her first over by bowling Dirkin, Charlotte then delivered an almost perfect opening over when bowling Penny and only conceding 1 run, 57 for 8. Suzie then returned to bowl the determined opener for a defiant 15 and then seal the win by repeating the feat by bowling the tail ender, 57 all out and a jubilant team celebrated victory.

Maybe papering over a few cracks as far as the batting goes but a win made more relevant by the nature of the performance in the second half of the game. Some first class fielding and accurate bowling in particular won the day. In a game we might otherwise hope to win, the response to playing under the pressure of that expectation whilst trying to defend a small target was excellent. The value of fielding with focus, concentration and greater intensity was demonstrated to the players today, well done.

DCB U13 Girls v Shropshire on Sunday 17th May 2015 at Forton CC

Result: Derbyshire 186/4 in 35 overs (Imogen Cooper 71 not out) beat Shropshire 147/6 in 35 overs by 39 runs

A sunny but cool and breezy day greeted the players on arrival. Captain Lucy Yates called but the toss was won by Shropshire who opted to bowl first.

Hannah Nutty (13) and Hannah Slack (5) opened the innings and immediately set the tone for Derbyshire with a mixture of good shots and sensible caution and with some excellent running started to accumulate runs at a healthy pace. However with the score at 12 Hannah Slack fell first when presenting a sharp chance to short mid-off. Abbie Ryan-Edwards (9) continued the positive approach and good running and added another 25 for the second wicket before being caught in the 10th over. Lucy Yates (0) in next, but disastrously was adjudged stumped first ball amongst some uncertainty. With Hannah Nutty falling soon after the positive start and good run-rate the innings was beginning to have very familiar feel to it at 40 for 4. The new batsmen Imogen Cooper and Mariam Imam (1) continued until the 14th over when Mariam fell with the score on 48 for 5. That brought together Imogen Cooper and Rebecca Church with the hopes of batting through the 35 overs and setting a good score looking increasingly doubtful but the pair then set about the Shropshire attack in a very positive approach. By the 24th over drinks break the pair had taken Derbyshire through to 108 without too much issue and only one 'half chance' being offered and missed. With a mixture of aggressive running and big hitting the blossoming confidence was clear to see and those still to bat reassured that a big score was now possible. The 100 partnership arrived in the 32nd over and was soon followed by Imogen's maiden county half-century to rapturous cheers from the side. Rebecca's fine innings was finally ended with the score at 157 having hit 4 fours in her fine 35 and a magnificent partnership of 109 in 19 overs. Deborah Banks (3 Not out) then steered the innings to a close with Imogen who left the field to loud cheers and warm applause for a superb unbeaten 71 that included 9 fours, and thanks to a further 49 extras being contributed Derbyshire has set a daunting 186 for 6.

Read more: DCB U13 Girls v Shropshire on Sunday 17th May 2015 at Forton CC

Derbyshire U13 Girls v Lancashire on Thursday 7th May at Astley Bridge CC

Result: Lancashire 123/6 in 35 overs beat Derbyshire 64 all out in 19.4 overs by 59 runs

Match Report:

Following a couple of days of heavy rain the prospects of an uninterrupted game were not high and players arrived to a gloomy looking sky. The groundsman was hard at work preparing a track. A sharp 5 minute shower interrupted the warm up and players ran a hasty retreat to the pavilion. Captain Lucy Yates started the campaign by winning the first toss and opted to bowl on a very green, wet and uncertain 'track'.

Imogen Cooper and Mariam Imam taking the first new ball of the season bowled with good pace and lines and it was Imogen who made the early breakthrough with the score on 5. The 9th over saw the first bowling change with Lucy Yates replacing Imogen and taking a wicket in her first over, 16 for 2. Charlotte Thompson (4-0-25-1) then captured the next wicket courtesy of a catch behind by Rebecca Church 19 for 3 off 12 overs. Next change Suzie Ljubojevic (5-0-20-1) bowled well being rewarded with the next wicket at 36 for 4. A solid 5th wicket partnership of 52 between Fitton and Critchley added some respectability to the score and both Keeley Brodrick (3-0-27-0) and Deborah Banks (2-1-1-0) were unable to make the breakthrough. The returning Mariam Imam (7-2-24-1) was rewarded for her efforts by taking a return catch from Fitton for a determined 41. Lancs then added some much needed aggression to their innings with a belligerent 28 not out from Mullan and the runs were only stemmed when Imogen Cooper and Lucy Yates bowled out the remaining 6 overs. Imogen's fine figures (7-4-9-2) were enhanced when grabbing her second wicket by claiming a leg before to remove Critchley (20). Lucy returning a lively spell with (7-2-12-1) only damaged by a 6 in her final over. Lancs had recovered to post a respectable score of 123 for 6 from their 35 overs on a very lively and 'bowler friendly' wicket.

Read more: Derbyshire U13 Girls v Lancashire on Thursday 7th May at Astley Bridge CC

DCB U13 Girls v Lancashire Tuesday 15th July at Denby CC

Result: Lancashire 149/2 in 35 overs beat Derbyshire 77/9 in 35 overs by 72 runs

DCB U13 Girls v Yorkshire Sunday 13th July at Shipley Hall CC

Result: Yorkshire 178/5 in 35 overs beat Derbyshire 89 all out in 22 overs (Bess Heath 34) by 89 runs

DCB U13 Girls v Staffordshire Sunday 6th July

Result: Staffordshire 158/4 in 35 overs beat Derbyshire 109 all out in 22.3 overs (Bess Heath 50) by 49 runs

DCB U13 Girls v Yorkshire on Sunday 15th June at Walton CC

Result: Yorkshire 144/5 in 35overs beat Derbyshire 60 all out in 20.4 overs by 84 runs

The picturesque village setting of Walton provided the venue for the challenging test of our away fixture with the reigning National champions, Yorkshire. A warm but overcast day on a very grassy wicket gave plenty of thought on what to do at the toss and for the third time in three games captain Lily Lymn won and this time opted to bowl.

Mariam Imam ( 7-0-18-0) and Imogen Cooper (7-1-31-1) took the new ball and again bowled very economically in their opening 4 over spells against some assured batting and it was Imogen that got the breakthrough when aptly Yorking the Yorkshire opener, 10 for 1. The tight bowling continued as Izzy Randall (7-1-21-1) and Lucy Yates (5-0-18-1) tried to make further headway into the Yorkshire line-up. Against our better judgement but at the insistence of the both the Yorkshire Manager and umpires leg side wides were reluctantly agreed and the steadily accumulating total (22) gave the scoreboard a better look for the hosts. More vitally though two dropped catches and three very good run out opportunities were all missed and possibly proved to be the main difference at the end of the game. Batting at 4 and after a couple of ‘lives’ Abigail Glen (60) started to play with more aggression and soon had the scoreboard ticking over, together with No 6 Eleanor Smith (17) the pair added 52 in 9 overs before run-out specialist Mariam Imams perfect throw was gratefully received and taken by keeper Bess. Captain Lily Lymn changed the bowling in an attempt to stem the flow of runs as first Gabby Barton (4-0-22-1) and Molly Dytham (2-0-5-0) then Corall Wing (2-0-14-0) and Lily (1-0-8-0) spread the bowling between 8 players. The Yorkshire innings profiting from 31 extras drew to a close after 35 overs on 144 for 5.

Derbyshire’s planned reply could hardly have got off to a worse start as firstly Holly Maycock had to withdraw from the batting line up with a painful hand injury and opener Lucy Yates suffering with a thigh strain picked up when bowling the final over of the innings had to drop down the order in an attempt to give her chance to rest.

Mariam Imam gamefully marched to the crease with principal run chaser Bess Heath to open up the innings. Thinking things couldn’t have been made more challenging was soon to be proven wrong as the Yorkshire openers blasted through the early Derbyshire line-up. Bess being first to go without scoring was joined by Lily Lymn (1), Abbie Ryan-Edwards (4) and Mariam (0). Lucy Yates appeared at N°5 and promptly provided some much needed resilience at one end but wickets continued to tumble freely at the other as the batting continued to suffer under the pressure of the strong bowling attack. Deborah Banks (0) being needlessly run out didn’t help things, Izzy Randall (0) Gabby Barton (0) soon followed and at 29 for 7 an early finish was very much on the cards. Gratefully the steadily increasing amount of leg side wides (22) kept the score moving. Corall Wing (5) provide some much needed support to Lucy (16) by adding 21 for the 8th wicket before falling with the score on 50 for 8 but after an hour long vigil at the crease Lucy played on with an inside edge much to the delight of the Yorkshire team. Molly Dytham (2) joined Imogen Cooper (2not out) at the wicket but the inevitable was not too far away as a delighted Yorkshire team wrapped up the final wicket to take the spoils and end Derbyshires 100% start. We knew that tougher tests were to come and this fixture is likely to be the most challenging but despite the apparent difference in the final scores there were chances lost during the game that undoubtedly would have had a major impact on those scores, chances that Yorkshire took and we couldn’t. It demonstrates that the difference between winning and losing can come down to small margins and single events in a game, sometimes you just need a little luck but in summary it was a decent performance in the field and with that bit of luck could have been a great performance. More resilience is required from the batting. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Holly who, following an x-ray, has a broken thumb.

DCB U13 Girls v Shropshire on Sunday 18th May at Clifton CC

Result: Shropshire 36 all out in 19 overs (Mariam Imam 3-7) lost to Derbyshire 38/1 in 8.2 overs by 9 wickets

A sunny morning greeted the opening fixture of the summer. Derbyshire skipper Lily Lymn won the toss and decided to bowl first. Imogen Cooper (4-0-9-0) and Mariam Imam (4-0-7-3) took the new ball and with some tight bowling the Shropshire openers found runs very difficult to come by. The breakthrough came in the 4th over when Imam bowling into a stiff breeze removed the opener. The visitors were soon reduced to 15 for 3 when Imam took two more wickets, one with a magnificent diving catch at cover point from Lymn. Izzy Randall (4-0-7-2) and Lucy Yates (4-1-8-4) who replaced the openers soon had the Shropshire batsmen struggling to progress with excellent spells. Both bowling with accuracy and with Lucy nearly taking a hat-trick the pair took the heart out of the middle order. At 36 the tail was wrapped up as Eleanor Gregory (1-0-4-0) and Corall Wing (2-2-0-1) underlined the depth in bowling.

Chasing a modest total the Derbyshire openers Bess Heath (23 not out) and Lucy Yates (5) soon set about the task with Bess in particular punishing any wayward bowling. They raced to 31 before Lucy fell to Munroe. Lily Lymn joined Bess and completed a comfortable 9 wicket victory after just 8.2 overs.

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