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Winter Falcons Courses selling fast! Junior Falcons now SOLD OUT

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Cricket Derbyshire are introducing the Falcons Coaching Courses this winter! A fantastic opportunity for ages 5-13 to enjoy quality coaching in the Elite Performance Centre at The 3aaa County Ground.

2 courses will be ran on Friday evenings, one following the other. A 'Mini Falcons' course from 6-7pm for ages 5-9 will be the perfect introduction to junior softball cricket, whilst offering challenges and games for those already enjoying the game. Prices for the Mini Falcons course are £6 per day or a discounted £40 for all 8 weeks.

The Junior Falcons Course will begin at 7pm and finish at 8.30pm. This course is aimed at Junior Cricketers aged 10-13 with Hardball experience who are looking to improve their skills. Coaching equipment used by the Professionals will be used to get you ready for winter nets. Indoor games and competitions will also be included. Prices for the Junior Falcons Course are £7 per day or a discounted £50 for all 8 weeks. This Course is now sold out.

The Courses are set to begin on 12th October and run through to December 14th on Friday evenings. To book onto a course please click the links below;


Derbyshire Mini Falcons Course - http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/xbqmbc


Should you require any further information please contact James Colton on 01332 386604 or james.colton@dcbcricket.com

Job Opportunity with Derbyshire Cricket Board



DCB Club & Community Cricket Officer

Derbyshire Cricket Board (“DCB”) is the Governing body for sport in the county and supports all aspects of recreational cricket. Our Vision is ‘To have a positive impact on the lives of every person in Derbyshire through the game of Cricket’.

We are currently looking to recruit a full-time Club & Community Cricket Officer to join the existing team to support the delivery of our objectives. The successful candidate will have experience of working in cricket/sports development.

Candidates must demonstrate both team working skills and the ability to work unsupervised using their own initiative. You will be a self-starter with energy and enthusiasm together with good administration and organisational skills.

Nature and Scope of the Job

The DCB Club & Community Cricket Officer - Growth is employed by Derbyshire Cricket Board Ltd to work with selected individuals and organisations in Derbyshire and will link directly to the DCB Strategy.

The main areas of responsibility for this role can be divided up as follows:

Club Development –

Responsible for the relationship and development of an allocated number of clubs in the county.

Women’s Participation –

Responsible for the overall development and delivery of the DCB Women’s and Girls Strategy

Chance to Shine Street –

Responsible for the delivery of DCB Chance to Shine Street Strategy

And KPI’s

Inclusion & Diversity –

Responsible for the overall development and delivery of the DCB Inclusion & Diversity strategy and objectives.

Delivery of Business Priority Programmes –

You will form part of the leadership team responsible for delivering and embedding National and Local priority programmes within your allocated clubs and geographical area.

Please click here for the full job description

Conditions of Employment:

Salary:                         £19,000 – £21,000

Expenses:                    40p per mile will be paid for travel to duties directly related to your work for the DCB as per the DCB expenses policy. This does not include travel to and from work

                                    Phone Allowance

Pension:                       Pension Scheme Available

Hours of work:            1950 hours per year to include work on evenings and weekends as well as during the day on weekdays as directed.

Holiday:                       25 working days holiday per annum, excluding public holidays

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be notified. If successful in your application you will be required to provide documentary evidence of your right to live and work in the United Kingdom prior to commencing employment.

The selected candidates will need to produce one recent work and one personal reference.

The appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Head of Derbyshire Cricket Board, Richard Wood at jobs@dcbcricket.com

Closing Date:

Friday 14th September 2018 at 5pm

Interview Date:

Week commencing 24th September 2018

DCB Coach Education Course Dates 2018

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DCB will be running a Level II Coaching Children's Certificate at Chellaston School on the following dates;

28th October 2018

11th November 2018

25th November 2018

Assessment Day Sunday 24th March 2019

Timings for the first 3 days are 09.00-16.00

The cost of the course per candidate is £300 with candidates able to request a reimbursement of up to 50% (upon successful certification) from the DCB Bursary fund.

We will also be running a Coach Support Worker Course (CSW) at Chellaston Academy, details below:

9th December 2018


Cost £55

To register on either of the above courses please click here

We will be releasing further course dates towards the end of September for the New Year.

If you require further information on the above courses please contact Richard Wood at richard.wood@dcbcricket.com

Derbyshire U13 Girls at Queens Park Chesterfield

A fairly inexperienced Derbyshire U13 Girls hosted a strong Lancashire U13 Girls at the iconic Queens Park Ground on Wednesday 11th July.

In keeping with the ECB directive to use U13 games for development purposes the two counties had agreed to play two T20 fixtures with reduced size boundaries and utilise a reverse power play in the first game.

The first game started with Derbyshire having won the toss deciding to bat first on a hot sunny day in Chesterfield. Derbyshire lost wickets in the first 2 overs and eventually they were in real trouble at 23 for 4 but a fine knock from Lola Blake with good support from Jess Smithurst helped Derbyshire to recover to 50 for 4. Lola was eventually out for 35 with the score at 51, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with only some resistance from Beth Sheridan (9) and Jess who finished on 15 not out in Derbyshire's final total of 73 for 9 at the end of 20 overs. Lancashire knocked the runs off in only 12 overs for the loss of 4 wickets, Maddie Hayles being the pick of the Derbyshire bowlers with 2 wickets.

Lancashire batted first in the second game and reached a challenging 184 for 3 off their 20 overs with Snape (36), Lamb (29), Boardman (25) and Parker 38 not out all contributing. The heat had intensified during the afternoon and Derbyshire seemed to suffer as a result during their innings as they finished on a disappointing 35 all out with only Harriet Parkin reaching double figures, resulting in their second defeat of the day.

All in all it had been a great experience for both teams to play at Queens Park on a glorious sunny day with fantastic hospitality from the Chesterfield Club.


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.

























































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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Women`s Softball Festival

On a fantastic summers day, Sunday 1st June saw St Anselm School play host to the Women`s Softball Cricket Festival. The school had organised a fantastic event, with 4 teams taking part including; Teachers, Parents and students. As the players arrived they were handed their very own brightly coloured Softball T-shirt, allowing them to stand out whilst playing in the games. As many of the ladies were new to the game, it was great to have so many questions being asked and the interest being so high.

A brief was given by Conor Percy, announcing the fixtures; order of the day; rules and an overview of what to expect. The excitement kicked in and the ladies were ready to play their first game, with the `Teachers v The Crease Monkey`s’ being the opening fixture.

Halfway through the St Anselm catering team provided an outstanding display of food with BBQ; Salad; Rice; Meats; Beer; Prosecco and Pimms- A fantastic sight for any cricketing event.

Once all games were completed, a presentation was made by Conor, highlighting the excellent display of cricket seen from all teams, especially the `Teachers’ for their performances of winning 3 out of 3 and being handed the trophy and medals to remember the occasion.

Overall, a fantastic day was had by all and a brilliant event put on by St Anselm School with excellent support from staff, parents and pupils and fantastic to see huge smiles during the day from the players.


If you are interested in entering a team for our other Softball Festivals, please sign up via CVENT.

See you all soon at a festival near you!

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Derbyshire U13 Girls v Leicestershire U13 Girls - Wednesday 28th June

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The sun shone brightly yesterday as our U13 Girls played Leicestershire at the very picturesque Clifton Ground.   

In keeping with the ECB guidance to try different formats in U13 Girls Development Cricket both sides had agreed to play a two, 16 over, innings game with reduced boundaries.

After captain Alex Owens had won the toss and elected to bat first Derbyshire posted a total of 95 for 4 in their first innings with Harriet Parkin scoring 41 and Lola Blake 17. Leicestershire started their first innings at a rapid rate and were 84 for 2 after 8 overs, but the Derbyshire Girls had a spirited fightback in the second half of the innings resulting in Leicestershire being 119 for 8 at the close of their innings, Arabella King and Olivia Haskell both taking 3 wickets and Beth Sheridan taking the other 2 wickets.

Derbyshire had a profitable second innings finishing on 109 for 1 with Harriet Parkin 40 not out, Eve Mitchener 25 not out. Leicestershire went into the final innings of the game needing 86 to win. Derbyshire bowled tightly at the start and Leicestershire lost wickets at regular intervals, however, with 9 balls of the game remaining they managed to hit the winning for runs to give them victory by 3 wickets.

It had been a great days cricket and a fantastic advertisement for U13 Girls County Cricket, played in a great spirit with fantastic weather.

Finally a huge thanks to Clifton CC for their wonderful hospitality. 


DCB U11 v Shropshire U11 - Thursday 28th June

dccc logo“Charles Darwin, Nick Owen, Mary Whitehouse, Percy Thrower, Benjamin Disraeli, your boys took one hell of a beating!!” - which is slightly hypocritical of me as I was encouraging the boys to be dignified in their victory over Shropshire yesterday! However, we delivered one of the most complete performances yesterday to secure the largest run margins I've certainly been part of within my 4 years in the DCB by winning by an astonishing 199 runs.

The start couldn't have been more fortuitous for us, as on the hottest day of the year playing on a pitch with a small boundary and a lightening outfield, the seasoned cricketers worst nightmare occurred... we lost the toss!!! Unbelievably Shropshire put us in!!! This may well have had something to do with our previous 2 matches which suggested our batting was our weakness.

Jake and Harrison got us off to a steady start, by capitalising on the quick outfield and some effective running. However Jake was unfortunate to fall in the 5th over, with the score on 23, by being caught at slip, something that is extremely unlucky as you don't often find the position being used at this age.

By the 12th over we were on 86, however we had lost 4 wickets. The boys at this point were ex tactic over the score however myself and Charlie were concerned over the loss of wickets. We kept reiterating that we could get bowled out by the 25th over with a score of 150. They would then need to score at 4 an over to achieve the victory, which was certainly possible on this pitch.

What we needed were solid heads and a partnership. Enter Luke and Harry. They came together at the first drinks break and ended in 2nd after they had scored a superb partnership of 75 at 6 an over. At this rate, you would have thought their innings would replicate that of Jonny Bairstow but it was so simple which the rest of team can learn so much from. They defended the good ball, put away the bad and ran well in between. Harry top scored with 73. We all know how hard Harry can hit the ball, and possibly the most surprising stat was despite the short boundary he hit no sixes, which demonstrated his control through his innings.

Luke batted for over half our innings for his 44, which gave us the stability and foundations that we have been looking for. His innings was just as valuable as Harry's despite scoring half the amount of runs. I was once told, you shouldn't ever “slog” until you have the same wickets as overs left in the innings, so with us then being 7 down on the 32nd over overs to go, it gave Charlie Mayfield(45 no) the licence to swing his bat and the team scored 31 runs in the final 3 overs giving us 265 runs in our 35 overs.

Despite this high score, it was important the boys kept their feet on the ground as they would need to be disciplined and focussed to ensure we got the result. In that heat, if they were to get off to a good start, heads and standards could easily drop.

Harry bowled quick for his 4 overs, being unlucky to only take the 1 wicket. Frankie from the other end, rewarded with 3 wickets for bowling a wonderful line and length. Wickets were then taken by Alfie and Josh and a wonderful Run Out by Digby, that was similar to Josh Butler's which left our opposition 1 wicket reaming. Myself and Charlie were faced with our biggest challenge, which was to ensure all bowlers had a go. With Rowan and Ciaran came into the attack, though Ciaran polished off the innings before we could get Harrison on.

DCB U11 v Yorkshire Dev U11 Thursday 21st June

dccc logoSo the best way to describe yesterdays match, was a mirror on the fixture we played on Sunday against Notts, where we were bowled out for 80 in 20 overs and they knocked them off 8 down in the 21st over. With these sort of stats, I bet the umpires in the leagues will be queuing up to officiate our next matches, as we are giving them a good hourly rate!

Once again, the weakness we showed was the challenge of batting time, in partnerships, to accumulate a decent score.

However of the 20 overs we did face, there was a solid start by Harrison & Jake who scored 21 runs in the first 7 overs. There was also a great 8th wicket partnership between Harry and Bailey, who achieved 49 runs in 9 overs. Harry Moore was certainly the stand out player within the innings. It's worth noting that despite his partnership with Bailey going at over 5 runs an over, it took him about 4 overs to score his first run. This demonstrated the patience required to get a good feel on the conditions. In the end it looked so easy for him, and looked as though he wouldn't ever get out.

Another challenge that faced us, was that Yorkshire played on a 20 yard pitch compared to 17 yards that we use as part of the trial. My observations reinforced why we play on shorter wickets, in that the pace of the seam bowlers seem to “die” as it got the bat and the smaller spin bowlers had to effectively bowl “hand grenades” to get the ball to the bat. Both of which are unnatural to the normal format of the game. However this required a different approach which Harry & Bailey worked out, by getting on the front foot. Unfortunately, being the 8th wicket was a little too late. Assessing the conditions and subsequently developing a plan, is going to be a good learning point for the boys over time, as not even 2 wickets of the same length are ever the same!

So in reply, they got off to a similar start to us, with their opening partnership scoring 27 runs in 6 overs. Despite this solid start the energy the team had was superb which certainly helped for the events to come. Josh and Charlie M were introduced. Josh took 2 wickets in his first 2 overs. And although Charlie was wicket less, his 3 overs only went for 6 runs, which showed the pressure was building. Our 2 spinners on the day came on, in Ciaran & Rowan. Ciaran getting a wicket in his first over and Rowan (On debut) 2 in his. They both went on to take a further wicket each, however defending 80 runs was just beyond our reach.

We were very pleased with the ground fielding, and worthy of a mention of Jake Cherry for his 2 catches, included one which was plucked out of mid air, with his left hand, and Digby who also took 2 catches behind the stumps and was instrumental in Charlie Mayfield's run out.

So once again, our bowling and fielding was outstanding but more focus and thought needs to be applied to our batting. These boys are technically very gifted, however how this applied is more of a mental challenge. This isn't something they are going to develop overnight. To assist though, when playing club cricket at U11's they should be challenging themselves to bat for their 4 overs without getting out. Smashing several sixes in their innings is counter productive when they also get out a couple of times. Also when playing U13's how many retirements can they achieve? And if they do get out, to reflect on this and what they can do differently next time. But also undue pressure will not help. Many of the boys haven't had a score yet and we can't afford to let this effect their confidence. When we played Notts, Frankie's first wicket was a lad who got a hundred the week before. Some times it's just not your day!

So despite us being disappointed with the result, there remains an excellent team spirit within the squad. They are all still developing and will learn so much from these experiences.


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