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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.

Far from being exhausted from her batting exploits Imogen Cooper shared the new ball with Mariam Imam and it was Mariam who provided the early breakthrough. This however was to be the last success for 17 overs as Shropshire set about chasing down the large total ahead of them. A sequence of bowling changes failed to stem the runs and at the first 12 over break the score had reached 57 for 1 only marginally below the 5.4 runs per over required. A couple of dropped catches and some generally poor fielding aided the chase and the team talk asked for more intensity and focus. With the next break planned at 24 overs the first objective was to keep the score below 100 by the break. Despite 69 coming off the first 14 overs Shropshire could then only muster another 29 from the next 10. The answer appeared to be to take the pace off the ball as good spells from Charlotte Thompson (3-0-16-0), Julia Draycott (3-1-7-0), Deborah Banks (3-0-12-0)and debutant Imogen Collinson (3-1-7-0) slowed the scoreboard down. Another good spell from Suzie Ljubojevic (3-0-12-0) increased the pressure as the required run rate increased. Finally a breakthrough, with the score at 81 a call for a run resulted in the opportunity for Lucy Yates to put in a brilliant throw and a direct hit from 25 yards and the dangerous Rollinson was run out for 33. At the 24 over break the players had responded well, 98 for 2 with 89 required off the final 11 overs the rate was now more than 8 an over.

With the return of Imogen, Mariam and Lucy to come Derbyshire were able to deny Shropshire the chance to get too close to the score and after securing a fine half century Micklewright was removed courtesy of a catch by Imogen Cooper off Lucy Yates (6-0-33-1) for a valiant 66. A second wicket for Mariam (7-2-27-2) and a wicket for Imogen (7-0-24-1) thanks to a catch behind for Rebecca Church who followed up with a run-out off the final ball saw the Shropshire innings close on 147 for 7 including 33 extras.

Some excellent batting won the day, congratulations to Imogen Cooper for her first county half-century and to Rebecca Church for her part in a match winning partnership. The value of the slower bowlers showed through today and the importance of a continuous high standard of fielding even when having a big score to defend was a learning point. That batting resilience called for from our last match report appeared for the first time and the importance of batting for the full 35 overs couldn't have been demonstrated any better. Good contributions from everyone earned a deserved win against a spirited Shropshire team and will give us plenty of confidence for the games ahead; next up is Yorkshire on June 7th.


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