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Derbyshire Women Secure Promotion!!!!!

Derbyshire Cricket Board Womens 1st XI v Norfolk Cricket Board Womens 1st XI

Derbyshire Women clinched promotion with a dominant performance against a young and promising Norfolk at Spondon on Sunday. A 209 run margin surpassed last weeks resounding 200 run victory over Cheshire as the squad signed off in style. Despite the washout across the county on the previous day the forecast looked good and Charlotte Hortons team were invited to bat on a good looking track.

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Charlotte Horton (12) and Rachel Hopkins (20) again started the innings watchfully, aware of the big prize at stake. Despite this the pair advanced at good pace with six boundaries in an opening stand of 50 and thanks to some strict umpiring on wides the scoreboard continued to move. The 9th over saw the demise of both as first Rachel mistimed a ‘halftracker’ to midwicket shortly followed by Charlotte doing similar. Emily Marriott (11) was joined by Bess Heath and the score was continuing to move before Maz missed a straight one in the 14th over at 89 for 3. Lia Kellogg (10) looked in good form again but was caught behind over reaching for a wide delivery, 130 for 4 after 19 overs. The 5th wicket partnership proved decisive by taking the game to another level as Rebekah Grimley (44) smashed 6 fours when adding 133 in 17 overs with Bess. As records began to fall first up was Bess hitting a milestone 1000 runs for the season when reaching 30. The perfect opportunity to pass the landmark came with Bess on 24 and facing a free-hit no ball which, when delivered, came in the form of a nice juicy full toss and finished up in the trees for 6. Bess passed her 50 soon after as the bowling began to suffer. With the score on 233 from 31 overs and Bess on 98 (no such thing as nerves from Bess!) a thick edge over point and two quickly scurried runs later, 15 year old Bess reached a magnificent maiden century to rapturous applause from a good size crowd. With 19 overs still to go a huge score was on the cards. However, Bess was to fall soon after, hitting 17 fours and 1 six in a superb 79 ball knock of 114. Rebekah followed for a free scoring 44 from 50 balls faced with the score on 276 for 6. Alice Dyson (25) and Sarah Sribala-Sundaram (2) took the score to 290 before Emma Thatcher (6), Georgie Harrison (1 not out) and Amy Lacey (2) perished chasing quick runs and Derbyshire were all out on the final delivery for another record breaking 324. Norfolk were to use 9 different bowlers and suffer with 77 extras including 65 wides in the run-fest.

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The reply from Norfolk was to be encouragingly positive with 32 being added for the opening stand in 10 overs as Amy Lacey (10-2-24-1) and Lia Kellogg (4-0-18-0) opened the attack. Alice Dyson (7-0-37-1) and Emily Marriott (8-0-19-2) joined the attack as steadily Derbyshire’s dominance began to tell and the daunting run chase took its toll on the batting line-up. A magnificent diving stop and run-out throw from Horton being one of the highlights of another first class fielding exhibition. Georgie Harrison (2-0-9-0), Sarah Sribala-Sundaram (7-2-7-3) and Rachel Hopkins (2.3-2-0-2) provided the bowling back-up with Sarah SS bowling an unplayable spell when taking 3 wickets including an excellent Bethany Harmer for a bright and breezy 49. Rachel was to claim the final wicket of the season thanks to a simple Alice Dyson catch at mid-off and the players screamed with delight as the league and cup promotion double was confirmed, Division 2 cricket beckons for the squad in 2017.

But the day was to belong to Bess Heath who backed up her seasons 1000 runs with a magnificent innings of 114 and 3 quick-fire stumpings and a one-handed catch.

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Congratulations to all, Captain Charlotte Horton, the squad Rachel Hopkins, Emily Marriott, Bess Heath, Lia Kellogg, Rebekah Grimley, Alice Dyson, Sarah Glenn, Megan Pittman, Lauren Tuffrey, Georgie Harrison, Sarah Sribala-Sundaram, Emma Thatcher, Amy Lacey, Jess Bakewell and Lucy Yates, it’s been a fantastic effort from the whole squad.

With Derbyshire hosting 8 games during the 2017 Womens World Cup an exciting season ahead is in prospect, and with players coming through the development age-groups the county can be positive about its progress.

A final 'Thank You' must go to Briggs of Burton for their generous sponsorship and ongoing support of the Womens team.

ECB   Women's County Championship - Division 3
              Points  
Team P W L Can Abn T Bat Bowl Total AVE
Derbyshire Cricket Board 8 6 0 1 1 0 23 22 105 17.5
Gloucestershire Cricket Board 8 5 1 2 0 0 17 20 87 14.5
Durham Cricket Board 7 5 1 0 1 0 16 19 85 14.17
Northamptonshire Women 7 3 1 2 1 0 12 10 52 13.0
Oxfordshire Cricket Board 8 3 4 1 0 0 20 23 73 10.43
Netherlands Women 8 3 4 0 1 0 22 20 72 10.29
Scotland Cricket Board 8 3 4 0 1 0 19 20 69 9.86
Cheshire Cricket Board 8 1 6 0 1 0 11 10 31 4.43
Norfolk Cricket Board 8 0 8 0 0 0 14 13 27 3.38
                     
Points awarded are: 10 for a win,   Plus:                    
Batting Bonus pts (upto 4 pts) are   added when scoring at 1.5 Runs Per Over, or 2 RPO, or 3 RPO, or 4 RPO across   50 overs
Bowling Bonus pts (upto 4 pts) are   added when taking 3, 5, 7 and 9 wickets        

Double-Promotion Opportunity

This Sunday 4th September sees Derbyshire Cricket Board Women play against Norfolk Women starting at 11am at Spondon Cricket Club in the final game of their campaign. Derbyshire need just 2 points to gain promotion in the Royal London Women`s County One-Day Championship and finish off their one-day championship season unbeaten.

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Derbyshire are looking to secure a promotion-double after being recently promoted to Division Two in the NatWest T20 Competition. This is what Captain Charlotte Horton had to say about this weekend`s game against Norfolk.

"It`s been an unbelievable season so far, we have been outstanding in all areas, to be promoted in the one day championship would be a fantastic achievement and one that we thoroughly deserve. We have a young squad that have shown such maturity this year and we are all excited for Sunday`s game and any support would be much appreciated. A win on sunday will reward our hard work throughout the season and the girls have been a pleasure to captain this year and I am looking forward to finishing the season in style."

With sunday being such an important fixture for the women, they are all hoping for a good turnout for support. The girl`s are full of confidence going into the game and it is a great time for Women and Girl`s cricket in Derbyshire. Derbyshire are a host of the Women`s Cricket World Cup 2017 so sunday is a great opportunity to get down to Spondon Cricket Club and support the girls through their final game of the season to a victory in order to gain a promotion-double.

 

ECB   Women's County Championship - Division 3
              Points  
Team P W L Can Abn T Bat Bowl Total AVE
Derbyshire Cricket Board 7 5 0 1 1 0 19 18 87 17.4
Gloucestershire Cricket Board 7 4 1 2 0 0 14 16 70 14
Durham Cricket Board 7 5 1 0 1 0 12 15 77 12.83
Northamptonshire Women 7 3 1 2 1 0 9 6 45 11.25
Oxfordshire Cricket Board 7 3 3 1 0 0 17 20 67 11.17
Netherlands Women 8 3 4 0 1 0 22 20 72 10.29
Scotland Cricket Board 7 2 4 0 1 0 16 16 52 8.67
Cheshire Cricket Board 7 1 5 0 1 0 11 10 31 5.17
Norfolk Cricket Board 7 0 7 0 0 0 9 6 15 2.14
                     
Points awarded are: 10 for a win,   Plus:                    
Batting Bonus pts (upto 4 pts) are   added when scoring at 1.5 Runs Per Over, or 2 RPO, or 3 RPO, or 4 RPO
Bowling Bonus pts (upto 4 pts) are   added when taking 3, 5, 7 and 9 wickets  

 

Derbyshire Women Move One Step Closer to Promotion!

Derbyshire Cricket Board Womens 1st XI v Cheshire Cricket Board Womens 1st XI

Derbyshire Women moved tantalisingly close to their promotion target with a comprehensive 200 run victory over Cheshire at Hawk Green CC. Despite losing the toss Charlotte Horton’s team stamped their authority early on a green track and slow outfield due to rain the previous day.

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 Charlotte Horton and Rachel Hopkins took the innings carefully through the first 5 overs by adding 10 runs before Charlotte burst into life hitting 3 fours and a big six over square leg taking the score to 36 when falling to a swinging lbw for 23. Emily (Maz) Marriott joined Rachel and the pair added 80 for the second wicket in 19 overs with Rachel bringing up her third half century of the campaign. Maz finally perished when bowled in the 29th over for a patient 29. Sarah Glenn (22) then looked to add some momentum to the solid foundation by hitting 2 fours and a six in her 17 ball knock as the score advanced to 149 for 3 in the 33rd over. Bess Heath (0) quickly fell in the same over being caught at long off when looking to continue the pace. Lia Kellogg then forced the pace on the innings as Rachel and Lia then smashed an unbeaten 124 partnership from the remaining 16 overs. Lia (64 not out) blasted 9 fours in 58 balls as Rachel patiently went about compiling a magnificent unbeaten 117 including 16 fours from the 134 deliveries she faced. Players and supporters all took to their feet in celebration and the innings closed on a daunting 273 for 4.

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Cheshire set about the reply by facing new ball pair Amy Lacey (10-5-11-1) and Lia (3-0-15-0) but were to be dealt a massive blow when principal run-chaser Ellie Mason fell to a great catch at slip by Maz in Amy’s opening over, Cheshire were 0 for 1. Alice Dyson (7-2-13-2) joined the attack and dislodged the resilience of the second wicket pair in the 18th over with the score on 36. The third wicket fell quickly to Alice as Charlotte gratefully accepted the catch and Cheshire were struggling on 39 for 3 from 20 overs. A double bowling change brought on the ‘spin twins’ Sarah Glenn (7-2-19-3) and Maz (7-1-14-3). The pair then steadily dismantled the innings as two catches from Lia Kellogg and one from Amy Lacey added to Sarah hitting the stumps twice and Maz once. A magnificent piece of fielding from Emma Thatcher with a run-out throw to Sarah Glenn claimed the 7th wicket of the innings and the Cheshire response finally closed after 34 overs on 73 as Derbyshire claimed a magnificent 200 run victory, such was the dominance Rebekah Grimley, Georgie Harrison and Emma Thatcher were unable to display their skills on the day beyond adding to the impressive fielding exhibition from the team.

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The win sets up a fantastic opportunity for a T20 and ECB County Championship promotion double for the squad with one game remaining against Norfolk at Spondon CC on Sunday Sept 4th (11am start). With hopes for a good crowd at the ground the signs for Womens cricket in Derbyshire are looking very positive ahead of the county playing hosts to the 2017 Womens World Cup. One more highly focussed performance from the team next week will reward the hard work of all including the staff at the DCB, Richard Wood, Gareth Marshall and Sharon Lacey.

ECB   Women's County Championship - Division 3
              Points  
Team P W L Can Abn T Bat Bowl Total AVE
Derbyshire Cricket Board 7 5 0 1 1 0 19 18 87 17.4
Gloucestershire Cricket Board 7 4 1 2 0 0 14 16 70 14
Durham Cricket Board 7 5 1 0 1 0 12 15 77 12.83
Northamptonshire Women 7 3 1 2 1 0 9 6 45 11.25
Oxfordshire Cricket Board 7 3 3 1 0 0 17 20 67 11.17
Netherlands Women 8 3 4 0 1 0 22 20 72 10.29
Scotland Cricket Board 7 2 4 0 1 0 16 16 52 8.67
Cheshire Cricket Board 7 1 5 0 1 0 11 10 31 5.17
Norfolk Cricket Board 7 0 7 0 0 0 9 6 15 2.14
                     
Points awarded are: 10 for a win,   Plus:                    
Batting Bonus pts (upto 4 pts) are   added when scoring at 1.5 Runs Per Over, or 2 RPO, or 3 RPO, or 4 RPO
Bowling Bonus pts (upto 4 pts) are   added when taking 3, 5, 7 and 9 wickets        

Derbyshire Women's T20 Round 3

Derbyshire Cricket Board Womens 1st XI v Shropshire Women

The T20 third round 3 took us to the impressive Chester Boughton Hall and with the sun shining no interruptions were expected through the day. The groups opening game of the day saw hosts Cheshire beat Derbyshire’s first opponent Shropshire by 7 wickets.

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Another toss won by skipper ‘Chappie’ and Shropshire were invited to bat. The almost expected tight bowling spells from Amy Lacey (4-0-13-2) and Sarah Glenn (4-1-10-0) ensured that runs were kept to a minimum. It was the introduction of Emma Thatcher (2-0-15-1) thanks to an lbw that broke the opening partnership in the 7th with the score on 23. A series of changes with Lucy Yates (4-0-23-1) Alice Dyson (4-0-28-0) and a return to the attack of Sarah and Amy kept the score to 5 an over from 15. Amy finally getting both the second and third wickets in the 16th over courtesy of two carbon copy catches at short cover by Rachel Hopkins, 76 for 3 from 16. Rachel (2-0-11-2) then entered the attack and struck immediately when bowling the new batter. With Alice bowling the 18th, Rachel the 19th and claiming her second wicket thanks to a great catch at long on from Lauren Tuffrey and then Lucy Yates returning for the final over and clean bowling Chesters, Shropshire had managed a reasonable 102 for 6.

Openers Charlotte Horton and Rachel Hopkins set about the chase positively, Rachel hitting the first boundary in over 1 and Chappie hitting the second in over 2. 12 for 0 became 12 for 1 when Chappie (6) then played on in the third over, Rebekah Grimley came to the crease and in no time Derbyshire had progressed to 51 for 1 from 9. Rachel (23 from 25) then fell to a catch on the midwicket boundary, Sarah Glenn joined ‘Grimmers’ and the pair added 27 in 4 overs before Sarah was caught, again in the deep, this time at long on for a lively 19. Grimmers (24) fell in the same over and with Lauren Tuffrey (0) suffering the huge misfortune of being lbw to a low bouncing delivery Derbyshire stuttered to 94-5 in the 15th over. It was left to the ‘finishers’ Bess Heath (5 not) and Megan Pittman (10 not from 4 balls) to take Derbyshire over the line in 15.5 overs and end the innings on 105 for 5. 

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Derbyshire Cricket Board Womens 1st XI v Cheshire Women

The game of the day saw the two victorious teams face eachother and with Chappie winning yet another flip of the coin Cheshire were at the crease. Amy Lacey (3-0-12-0) and Sarah Glenn (2-0-4-0) opened the bowling; to an opening pair that included former England player Laura Macleod (Newton). Despite a couple of difficult chances some steady, if unspectacular scoring, eased the total to 61 by the end of the 13th over. Lucy Yates (4-0-21-1), Alice Dyson (4-0-29-1) and Georgie Harrison (2-0-13-0) all bowled with good pace. It was Emma Thatcher again (2-0-14-1) who again provided the breakthrough when bowling Mason for 10 off 35 balls. Macleod was now moving through the gears and with Coppack the score moved to 89 by the end of the 17th. Alice then removed Coppack thanks to another catch at short cover by Rachel and in the19th over Rachel then had Macleod caught at long on by Emma for a run-a-ball 60, 99 for 3. With Sarah Glenn unable to complete her spell after falling awkwardly on a shoulder it was Lucy who was again trusted with the final over and repaid when scattering the stumps and see the innings out at 105 for 4. The team had fielded quite superbly throughout in restricting Cheshire to a modest score.

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Charlotte (12) and Rachel set a solid base by adding 49 for the first wicket in a display of controlled batting. At the midpoint of the innings Derbyshire were 5 runs ahead of Cheshire from 10 overs. Chappie was then dismissed bringing Rebekah (9) in to join Rachel but after adding 13 Grimmers was caught behind, 62-2. Sarah Glenn then came to the crease in an attempt to bat through the discomfort of her earlier injury but was run-out for 3 with the score on 73 and for the first time Derbyshire had slipped behind the Cheshire score at the same point. Rachel, despite struggling in the heat was still batting with purpose but at the end of the 16th and the score on 76 for 3 another 30 were required of the final 4 overs. The return of the opening bowler didn’t offer any hint of the events to come as the over started with 3 wides and a no-ball free hit, which was dispatched to the boundary by Rachel, then another wide. Derbys added 10 runs and there were still 6 balls to come. With 2 more boundaries, 3 more runs and another wide 22 were added to the score and a distraught bowler was to be comforted by team-mates. However, it’s all part of the game and Rachel seized upon the opportunity to take Derbyshire close to victory and also secure an excellent half century of her own, 98 for 3 off 17. Over 18 started with 4 wides and Bess (3 not) and Rachel with 7 boundaries in her superb 55 not from 61 balls, steered Derbyshire to victory and 5 wins from 6 games.

The final two group games at Denby on Sunday 24th July pitch us against difficult opposition Devon (who have also only lost once) at 10:30am and Oxfordshire with 2 defeats) at 4:30pm

Women`s T20 Round 2

 

 

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 Derbyshire Womens 1st XI v Scotland Womens 1st XI

A late change of venue due to the continuing rain in the North of the county saw Rolleston CC stage its first Womens T20 day. Luckily the sun was shining and the ground was in excellent condition.

The fall of the coin saw skipper Charlotte Horton again call correctly and Scotland were invited to bat. Amy Lacey (4-2-3-0) again bowled her usual miserly spell and Sarah Glenn (4-0-16-3) provided the early breakthrough when bowling two and gaining an LBW and at 11 for 3 Scotland were struggling. Alice Dyson (2-0-9-1) and Sarah Sribala-Sundaram (3-0-18-0) were fist changes as Scotland started to stabilise the innings. Alice collecting the 4th wicket thanks to a catch by Rachel Hopkins. Emma Thatcher (2-0-12-1) picked up wicket number 5 when bowling Rae with the score sitting on 58 in the 15th over. Lia Kellogg (3-0-21-0) brought some pace to the attack but Scotland had to play some shots in order to set a total. Lucy Yates (2-0-10-0) saw out the innings as Scotland reached a modest 90-5 including 12 wides from their 20 overs.

Charlotte Horton and Rachel Hopkins set about the chase but some tight early bowling saw Charlotte frustrated when bowled for 0 from 12 balls faced. Lia Kellogg (2) also found the bowling difficult to force and with the score on 16, both Rachel (13) and Lia perished in the 7th over. In a positive frame of mind Sarah Glenn (27) and Bess Heath (28) shared 4 boundaries adding 62 at almost a run a ball before Sarah played down the wrong line to a straight delivery. Megan Pittman (0) couldn’t add to the score and was out LBW on the last ball of a maiden 17th over and Derbyshire had slipped way behind the required rate. At 70-5 21 were required from the final 2 overs and hopes all but disappeared when Bess fell early in the 18th. Sarah Sribala-Sundaram (2 not) and Alice Dyson (3 not) saw out the innings as Derbyshire fell 7 short to finish on 83. A disappointing first defeat in all games this summer and by a slender margin meant lessons would be learned.

 

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Derbyshire Womens 1st XI v Cornwall Women

With Cornwall also being beaten by Scotland in match 2 of the day the hosts needed a win to keep in touch at the top of the group. Another winning call from the captain meant Cornwall would bat first. Amy Lacey (3-1-6-1) started with her now standard accuracy and Sarah Glenn (2-0-2-1) also proved too difficult to score from but it was a run out thanks to good work from Sarah Sribala-Sundaram who claimed the first wicket at 7. Sarah soon followed when claiming the second after a good catch from Emma Thatcher. 7-2 soon became 8 for 4 as Lucy Yates first took a running catch at mid-on off Amy Lacey and then picked up a run out with a direct hit in the same over. Lucy (2-0-6-1) claimed wicket 5 for herself when bowling Harris and at 15 for 5 Derbyshire had taken control. Cornwall then provided some resistance until Lia Kellogg (4-0-18-1) bowled Richards for 24 with the score on 54. Emma Thatcher (2-0-9-0) and Alice Dyson (3-0-13-0) were next to bowl but it was Sarah SS (2-1-2-1) a superb stumping from Megan Pittman that earned Sarah her first wicket of the day. Rachel Hopkins became the 8th bowler of the innings and wrapped up the 20th over with the 3rd run out of the innings thanks to Sarah Glenn and the score finishing on 63 for 8.

Charlotte Horton (23) and Rachel Hopkins (29 not) soon started to display their usual dominance with a flurry of early boundaries until Charlotte fell going for another big hit with the score on 55. Lia joined Rachel and the pair safely steered Derbyshire home in the 16th over. With Derbyshire still sitting 3rd in the group of 9 behind Devon and Scotland who have both won 4 from 4 (and yet to play each other) there’s everything still to play for. Next up is Cheshire and Shropshire who so far have struggled for form in the group.

Derbyshire Women Top of the Table

Derbyshire Womens 1st XI v Netherlands Womens 1st XI

 

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Monday May 30th 2016

An overcast sky greeted the players at Denby cricket club and a toss of the coin was again won by Charlotte Horton and the Netherlands were invited to bat first.

Amy Lacey (8-2-20-0) and Lucy Yates (5-1-33-1) took the new ball with mixed successes as the two openers, batting in very different styles, set about their innings. Veringmeier, back from another stint in the Aussie BBL, started very aggressively hitting a regular supply of boundaries whilst partner De Leede was happy to take root at the other end. Veringmeier racing to her 50 with the score on 64. Lia Kellogg (4-0-27-0) also found the batsman in fine form and it looked like a big score was on the cards.

The introduction of spin soon started to take some effect and with the pace being taken off the ball the batsmen had to take some risks. Emily Marriott (10-0-40-2) and Sarah Glenn (10-1-38-1) slowed the run rate as Veringmeier first survived a big LBW appeal then saw her long on drive just manage to clear Rebekah Grimley. Next over she then survived a difficult catch in the deep only to perish off the final ball of the same over to a great catch at ‘Cow corner’ by Rachel Hopkins. The opener had scored 80 in an opening partnership of 112.

A steady fall of wickets now followed as first De Leede (26) fell to another Hopkins catch, this time at short cover off Sarah Glenn, Siegers (2) caught by Emma Thatcher at backward point off Emily Marriott and then Van Slobbe (16) being run out after good work by Rebekah Grimley to Rachel Hopkins. De Lange was next to fall as Rachel Hopkins (7-0-18-2) claimed the first of her two victims thanks to a catch at point by Rebekah Grimley and at 158 for 5 things were looking much better. Van Der Werf (5) fell next thanks to a catch by Amy Lacey at short fine leg off Emma Thatcher (6-0-30-1). The final overs were down to the returning Lucy Yates and Rachel Hopkins with Rachel claiming Post (12) with an lbw and Lucy clean bowling Thomson (1) before some belligerent hitting at the end saw Netherlands compile a respectable 214 from their 50 overs.

Derbyshire set about the chase with principle batsmen Charlotte Horton (76) and Rachel Hopkins (46) in determined mood despite receiving plenty of ‘conversation’ from the Dutch contingent. Surviving a drop when on 36 in the 12th over, Charlotte ‘Chappie’ punished anything short, in fact you could say Chappie was happy to give them some ‘Tappy’ and leave them in a Flappy? (ok… but it does at least rhyme!). Rachel Hopkins was steadily accumulating runs and keeping the scoreboard moving and survived a huge appeal for a catch behind when on 19, the score being 67 from 15 overs. Charlotte reached her 50 in the 24th over, 90 for 0. Drinks at 25 overs came with the score on 102 Charlotte on 52 and Rachel 35.

The first wicket eventually came 3 overs later as Rachel fell to a suspiciously high ‘no-ball’ and was caught at short fine leg. Emily Marriott (35) joined Charlotte and took the score to 162 before Charlotte eventually fell when pulling another short ball straight at mid-wicket. Sarah Glenn (14) looking to add to the previous days big hitting looked positive from the onset but was bowled trying to run a ball down to third man. Emily Marriott having compiled a patient 35 was bowled with the score on 200 and Bess Heath (6) fell when caught at long on with her side on 204. It was left to Lia Kellogg (4 not out) and Magen Pittman (6 not out) to steer Derbyshire home with 7 balls to spare and complete another clean sweep weekend.

Derbyshire 17 points, Netherlands 6 points.

DCB Women v Suffolk on Sunday 3rd May 2015 at Easton CC

Result: Suffolk 117/4 in 30 overs lost to Derbyshire 119/4 in 18 overs by 6 wickets

Arriving at the ground, the weather was not looking good – raining, windy and quite cold, although the outlook was for it to get better after lunch. Lunch was taken at 12.30 and rescheduled start time was set for 2.30pm with the overs reduced to 30 overs per innings. Many thanks to the Suffolk groundsmen for all their work in getting the pitch playable and ready for the start. Derbyshire won the toss and decided to bowl.

Derbyshire opened the bowling with Leah Kellogg (pictured above) and Amy Lacey – the combination of Leah's fast, aggressive bowling and Amy's swing bowling did keep the run rate down – first 8 overs only going for 27 runs. The Suffolk opening batter looked set when she was caught out of the bowling of Sarah Sribala-Sundaram for 51. It took and excellent overhead catch by Amy Lacey to get the breakthrough needed. Three more wickets fell, including an impressive run out from Leah Kellogg with an accurate throw from the boundary. Suffolk ended their 30 overs on 117 for 4. The bowling was generally pretty good and with some work on our field settings we look to have the makeup of a strong bowling attack!

Read more: DCB Women v Suffolk on Sunday 3rd May 2015 at Easton CC

DCB Women's End of Season Report 2014

County Championship
Derbyshire 202 all out in 49.5 overs (Rachel Hopkins 53) beat Netherlands 129 all out in 38.2 overs by 73 runs
Northants 196 all out in 49.5 overs (Sarah Sribala-Sundaram 5-28, Katy Davies 4-18) beat Derbyshire 142 all out in 40.4 by 54 runs.
Derbyshire 108/7 in 28 overs lost to Scotland 109/4 in 24.2 overs by 6 wickets
Oxfordshire 160 all out in 46 overs (Sarah Sribala-Sundaram 4-36, Alice Dyson 3-30) drew with Derbyshire 160 all out in 40 overs
Hampshire 228 all out in 49.4 overs (Rachel Hopkins 3-39) lost to Derbyshire 231/6 in 47.4 overs (Rachel Hopkins 70) by 4 wickets
Gloucestershire 126 all out in 45.2 overs (Lia Kellogg 3-27, Sarah Glenn 3-24) lost to Derbyshire 130/1 in 24.3 overs (Charlotte Horton 65) by 9 wickets.
Leicestershire 217/6 in 50 overs beat Derbyshire 157/9 in 50 overs by 60 runs
Hertfordshire 96 all out in 44.1 (Rachel Hopkins 3-5) lost to Derbyshire 97/2 in 28.3 overs (Charlotte Horton 69) by 8 wickets
T20
Derbyshire 106/8 in 20 overs lost to Scotland 107/2 in 14.4 overs by 8 wickets
Derbyshire 135/4 in 20 overs (Lia Kellogg 69) beat Leicestershire 111/6 in overs by 24 runs
Scotland 99/6 in 20 overs (Sarah Sribala-Sundaram 3-21) lost to Derbyshire 100/2 in 15.2 overs (Lia Kellogg 70) by 8 wickets
Derbyshire 130/5 in 20 overs beat Leicestershire 108/9 in 20 overs (Sarah Sribala-Sundaram 3-23) by 22 runs
Netherlands 127/8 in 20 overs (Sarah Glenn 3-23) beat Derbyshire 96/9 in 20 overs by 31 runs
Hampshire 80 all out in 19.5 overs (Sarah Sribala-Sundaram 3-6, Katy Davies 3-13) lost to Derbyshire 81/0 in 5.4 overs by 10 wickets

2014 has been a positive season for the women's first team. The 50 over competition was a close contest with strong performances from both experienced players and youth. Wins over the Netherlands, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire and Hampshire saw the team finish 4th in a strong division.
In the T20 competition, Derbyshire travelled to Hampshire for the final, after finishing top of the qualifying group. With all 3 teams winning 1 game each in the final stage, it came down to run rate to decide the champions and the team who would be promoted to division 2. Lia Kellogg and Charlotte Horton dismissed any fears of defeat by smashing a winning 81 off just 5.4 overs!
This season has seen a number of players stand up and be counted. Rachel Hopkins has had a fantastic season, averaging 34 with a high score of 72 not out. Sarah Sundaram out-performed any other bowler in the country, taking 40 wickets, with a strike rate of 20. Amongst the youngsters, Alice Dyson proved an outstanding performer with the ball, taking 17 wickets and earning herself a place in the England performance set up.

All in all 2014 has been a year of promotion, positives and performance. The team has excelled in the shorter format, with a newfound confidence to take into next season.
We also owe a big thank you to our departing coach Greig Wright for all his hard work and dedication to get us where he always believed we deserved to be.

Women 1st XI v Netherlands/Hampshire - T20 Sunday 3rd August

Netherlands 127/8 in 20 overs (Sarah Glenn 3-23) beat Derbyshire 96/9 in 20 overs by 31 runs
Hampshire 80 all out in 19.5 overs (Sarah Sribala-Sundaram 3-6, Katy Davies 3-13) lost to Derbyshire 81/0 in 5.4 overs by 10 wickets

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