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Derbyshire Women T20 Promotion!!

Derbyshire Cricket Board Womens 1st XI v Staffs Women & Shropshire Women

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Final T20 round of the summer sees the confusion of fixture arranging rear its head again. Whilst teams play some only once and others twice we find that we play our closest promotion rivals Staffs twice, both times in Staffordshire… how does that work? Captains go to the middle to toss the coin only to receive a lengthy explanation on the rules from a self-appointed head umpire, a curious spectacle from the boundary.

The big game of the day, in basically a winner takes all encounter with the hosts, saw Derbyshire invited to bowl first. Leah Kellogg (3-0-24-1) removing the first opener leaving stumps on the ground. Key batter Stephanie Butler arrives at the crease with a T20 average of 235. An early boundary looked ominous but a slower delivery from Alice Dyson (4-0-24-1) deceived the England Test cricketer who smashed the ball high and straight up to a patiently waiting Lucy Yates standing underneath to take a calm catch, 11 for 2. Alice Fox (4-0-25-1) with an excellent caught and bowled broke the run a ball 3rd wicket partnership. Olivia Fletcher (3-0-26-0) and Emma Thatcher (4-0-26-0) both bowled well without success but on a lightening paced outfield almost everything breaching the infield raced to the boundary. Some indifferent fielding on the hard surface wasn’t helpful but last week’s hattrick hero Molly Dytham (2-0-17-2) collected a couple of scalps to stem the end of innings flurry. Staffs setting a daunting 148 for 6 from their 20 overs.

The run chase was led by Tash Allen (5) and Lauren Tuffrey (21 from 21 balls) an early setback for Tash brought Bess Heath to the crease, a defining moment? Bess soon into her stride smashing a succession of boundaries and being ruthless to a couple of no balls. Hitting 34 from 16 balls the score raced to 52 and all was looking good. However, 52 for 1 became 70 for 5 as Bess, Lauren, Alice (2) and Megan Pittman (0) all fell looking for quick runs. With Leah at the crease and Molly (17 from 27) incoming the required run rate had already increased. The pair then proceeded to add 69 valuable runs as Leah smashed 4 fours and 2 huge sixes over mid-wicket. Lucy (0) added to the growing tension. Emma (5* from 3) joined the run chase. 5 needed from a nervous final over, 2 to Leah off the 2nd ball were followed by 2 dots, 2 runs and a tie would be enough but Leah wasn’t batting for a tie as she danced down the track and hammered a one bounce four to the ropes from the 5th ball. Victory and promotion, what an incredible chase, fittingly won by a superb captains performance, 43 not out from 33 balls.

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Muted and respectful celebrations showed some real class from the girls as hands were shaken with the disappointed hosts. A good Staffs team beaten twice on home soil proved the leagues strongest team deserved their championship.

Game 2 saw a very different story, every bit ‘After the Lord Mayors show’ as they say. With nothing to lose against a wilting and shattered team Shropshire dominated hitting 140 for 4. Alice D. (1 for 31), Alice F. (2 for 26) Leah (0 for 21) Keeley (0 for 20) Molly (0 for 17) and Georgie (1 for 18) doing the bowling legwork. A tired response was never up with the run rate, Tash (21) Lauren (11) Bess (2) Alice D (15) Leah (2) Megan (5) Molly (4) and unbeaten knocks from Lucy (18*) and Georgie (10*) took Derbyshire to 104 for 7.

Staffs easily beat Shropshire in the final game of the day to secure a deserved runners-up place.

 

P

W

L

Can

Pen

NRR

Pts

Derbyshire

8

7

1

0

0

1.62

28

Staffordshire

8

6

2

0

0

2.51

24

Leicestershire

8

5

3

0

0

0.130

20

Northumberland

8

2

6

0

0

-1.53

8

Cumbria

8

2

6

0

0

-1.70

8

Shropshire

8

2

6

0

-6

-0.80

2

A tough and challenging season brought to an end with some much needed success. The 50 over campaign proved too difficult to an injury jinxed squad playing against some of the worlds finest. A defining defeat to Essex will no doubt haunt us for a while when victory looked the only outcome. However, despite these setbacks the squad regrouped and with debutants being introduced much of the T20 cricket was aggressive and excellent to watch, testament to the many fielding drills the long Winter made them practice. A new belief was displayed from a young squad, many still teenagers and with the knowledge that they will continue to improve who knows what may follow. The loss of our two England Academy players, Alice Dyson for spells with injury and Sarah Glenn being ‘loaned’ to Worcestershire to play Div 1 T20 cricket…. By the way, we expect her back next Summer please! Whilst being big losses gave opportunities to some who maybe didn’t expect then this summer. Injuries to both Amy Lacey and Lucy Yates meant 4 of the bowling attack were missing for the majority of both campaigns.

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In summary, a summer very mixed fortunes, littered with some excellent contributions and results but balanced by some humbling demolitions. Whilst relegation in one format is a big disappointment it’s not the end of the world, we should return buoyed by an expectancy of promotion in 2019. Promotion in the T20 format was well deserved and will make us competitive next year. Well done to our new captains Kayleigh Best in her first 50 over season with the county and to Leah Kellogg (almost a county veteran compared to most J) who marshalled a young team to success with confidence and patience. Thanks go to Woody and Gareth again for their dedication and hard work, sometimes you must have wondered why? Thanks to Jess Bakewell who has scored all summer and but for a continuing injury would be part of the action on the field. Our venue hosts Spondon, Marehay, Rolleston and Denby continue to provide excellent wickets and finally our faithful legion of following supporters who for once were able to enjoy every minute of every game under a sky of blue, not a single over was lost to the weather this year, wow.

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