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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.

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