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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.

 

Derbyshire U11 Boys v Nottinghamshire U11 Boys

DCCC REV TMSo with it being Fathers day, we were certainly treated to both some excellent cricket and a nail biting finale, which saw us beat our local rivals by 2 wickets.

On what looked a very good wicket and a quick outfield, Gil lost the toss and we were asked to bowl.

Harry Moore couldn't have got us off to better start with a wicket maiden in the first, which also included an injury to their opening bat. This was followed by an equally impressive over by Frankie, taking a wicket with his first ball, that could probably be described as being the worst ball bowled all day! However the pressure created by our first over may have led the batsman to play such a poor shot. Another wicket followed 2 balls later and after 2 overs Notts were 4 for 3 wickets, and with their opener retired hurt, following Harry Moore's thunderbolt, it therefore felt like 4 for 4 after 2, which is quite an impressive start!

We then continued to take regular wickets, and apart from a their keeper who played some impressive shots for his 25, no batsmen really got the better of us, and they were all out for 92 in 20 overs.

Both and myself and Charlie thought that all bowlers had excellent control, which not only was highlighted in dismissing Notts for a low score, but to concede no No Balls and only 2 wides is extremely impressive at this age. We also thought the ground fielding was excellent and took our catches well, which contributed towards 6 of the dismissals. With that level of performance the only negative feedback we had, was the fact we felt their fielding positions were encroaching too much, which may been the reason for the only dropped catch, due to the player not being in the orthodox position. However this probably was born out of their intent to complete the job, which is great to see.

So after than performance on such a good wicket and quick outfield, knocking off 92 in 40 overs should be a breeze!! Not quite!!

Our start very much mirrored Notts as after the first over we were 1 run for 2 wickets! So giving us the nice relaxing Fathers Day we wished for, certainly wasn't going to be the case! Due to the early finish of the 1st innings, we batted for 10 overs prior to tea and at the break we were 43 for 3. Yes we were almost half way there in terms of the runs, but to loose 3 wickets was disappointing.

We ended up completing the job in the 20th over, however we were 8 down in doing so. Something I've always felt at young age group cricket is the ability players have to chase down a target, which was certainly evident here. The other challenge we are going to have this year, is we are now playing 40 overs cricket, rather than 35 overs from last year. Often teams that can bat the full overs will come out on top, and that is something we need to consider.

We spoke of the fact that 5 of our dismissals were bowled, which puts into question both shot selection and the ability to have a strong defence. However without focussing too much on what didn't go so well, the chase was held together by a superb innings by Harrison Parker scoring 31 runs, but batting 18 overs in the process. I think all the player can learn from how well he solidly defended the good ball, put away the bad and ran extremely efficiently. He was patient and his overall decision making was excellent.

Likewise with the pressure created by being 8 down with 10 runs to get, the experience and Cieran & Frankie showed through in knocking off the remaining runs, was great to see.

However if we can continue the excellent work we did on the field with the ball, but be more selfish and resilient with bat, we should have a decent contest.

Derbyshire Women v Northumberland Women & Cumbria Women

Round 3 and the penultimate round of the T20 campaign took us to the stunning location of Burneside CC near Kendal, Cumbria and Northumberland providing the opponents.

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Cumbria beating Northumberland by 60 runs in game 1. Game 2 saw the toss won and Leah Kellogg putting Northumberland in to bat. Early wickets fell as Leah (3-0-12-2) and Georgie Harrison (2-0-13-0) were replaced by another stunning spell from Alice Fox (4-2-5-2) and with Emma Thatcher (4-0-18-1) they removed the heart of the batting line-up. A mesmerising spell from leg-spinner Olivia Fletcher completely bamboozling the batters with scant reward (3-0-4-1) and Molly Dytham (2-0-3-4) destroying the tail end thanks to a magnificent hat-trick in her 4 wicket haul the hapless Northumberland team were humbled for a modest 57.

The chase was never going to be challenging as in form Tash Allen (25 not out) and Lauren Tuffrey (13) being unfortunately run out took the opening partnership to 39. Bess Heath (16 not out) wasted no time in her 8 ball demolition ending the game in 7.3 overs.

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Game 3 saw Cumbria win the toss and decide to bat. A bright opening stand of 36 was finally broken by a Leah catch off Emma Thatcher’s incredible spell (4-0-10-3), 8 of the 10 runs coming in wides. Catches from Lucy Yates and Bess aiding Emma. A Tash Allen run out and spells from Leah (4-2-9-1), Alice (4-1-12-1) and Molly (2-0-9-0) all bowling good lines saw the run rate drop. Olivia (4-0-25-2) including a quick fire stumping from Megan Pittman to add to 2 catches in the earlier game and Keeley Brodrick (2-0-6-2) seeing out the innings as Cumbria stumbled to 72 for 9.

Despite an early setback when Lauren (1) was bowled, Tash (18 off 15 balls) and Bess (31 not out from 20 balls) quickly took the score to 55. Leah joined Bess and hitting 10 not out from 7 deliveries as the game concluded with an 8 wicket victory in 9.5 overs.

With 6 wins from 6 games all is set up for an exciting finale to the T20 season, games in Moddershall against the chasing Staffs and Shropshire ahead. A victory in the first game of the day would see Derbyshire promoted, defeat would leave them needing to end with a better Net Run-Rate than Staffs.

 

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NRR

Pts

Derbyshire

6

6

0

0

0

2.52

24

Staffordshire

6

5

1

0

0

2.70

20

Leicestershire

6

3

3

0

0

-0.30

12

Cumbria

6

2

4

0

0

-1.88

8

Northumberland

6

1

5

0

0

-1.98

4

Shropshire

6

1

5

0

0

-0.82

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Derbyshire Wmen V Staffs & Cumbria

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

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Fordhouses CC in Wolverhampton hosted round 2 of the T20 campaign with Staffs and Cumbria the opponents. Toss won and Leah Kellogg invited Staffs to bat. An early wicket for Georgie Harrison (2-0-14-1) thanks to the first of 4 catches on the day for fellow opening bowler Leah (4-0-27-0). Keeley Brodrick (2-0-19-0) and Emma Thatcher (4-0-34-1) coming in for some punishment from the second wicket pair. Emma picking up a somewhat contentious wicket behind the stumps when Bess Heath claimed the ball, despite the clear sound the batter not at all happy being given out by a convinced umpire, 54 for 2. This became 92 for 3 in the 12th over as a big score looked certain but thanks to a tight spell from Olivia Fletcher (4-1-14-1) and an excellent stint from Alice Fox (4-0-12-3) Staffs score completely dried up. Bess taking a neat stumping in the process. The innings finishing on a challenging yet somewhat surprising score of 126 for 6, England hopeful Stephanie Butler being the mainstay with an excellent unbeaten 68 from 59 balls.

A spirited start to the run chase was led by Tash Allen and Lauren Tuffrey (11) adding 34 for the first wicket in 5 overs. Bess joined Tash and the run rate increased further as the pair added a quick-fire 40 before Bess fell going for the big one, 74-2 off 10. With Tash going well both Leah (3) and Molly Dytham (4) added brief partnerships before Lucy Yates helped regain the impetus for Tash to continue her domination. With victory just a single run away Tash fell for a terrific 65 and maiden county half century, her 56 ball knock containing 6 fours. Lucy (12 not out) finished the proceedings with 3 balls to spare and an excellent but possibly surprising victory.

Another toss won by skipper Kellogg and Cumbria were batting. A bright start at 30 for 0 fell apart fairly quickly. Leah (3-0-18-0) and Georgie Harrison (2-0-11-0) unable to gain the breakthrough. First change Alice Fox with another superb spell (4-1-8-2) ended the Cumbrian optimism, Lucy taking the catch. Alice then bowled the other opener before Keeley (4-0-14-1), Olivia (3-0-12-0) and Emma (4-0-23-1) kept a lid on the score as Cumbria set a modest 88 for 4.

Tash (15 from 15 balls) and Lauren again took the score to 34 at just under a run a ball before Bess (34 from 22 and Lauren (22 from 34) emphatically coasted to victory in 11 overs.

With Tash clearly growing into the responsibility of an opener and Lauren proving a reliable partner the early stability they provide is proving the difference added to Bess’s blossoming form the batting is looking in good shape. Despite the bowling attack being without Alice Dyson, Amy Lacey, Lucy Yates and Sarah Glenn it’s still proving strong enough to make life difficult for the opposition, Alice Fox proving a revelation.

Staffs then easily beat Cumbria in the final game of the day.

With 4 wins from 4 games and a trip to Cumbria to face Cumbria again and Northumberland the team is in good form and good spirits.

 

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L

Can

Abn

NRR

Pts

Derbyshire

4

4

0

0

0

1.70

16

Staffordshire

4

3

1

0

0

3.01

12

Leicestershire

4

3

1

0

0

0.60

12

Cumbria

4

1

3

0

0

-2.88

4

Shropshire

3

0

3

0

0

-1.38

0

Northumberland

3

0

3

0

0

-1.75

0

T20 Walkathon from Nottingham to Derby 2018

Enjoy a night of Vitality Blast action, get active and raise money with the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation’s (CDF) T20 Walkathon, from Nottingham to Derby, on Friday 13 July.

The walkathon returns for a second year and will see fundraisers walk 20 miles from Trent Bridge to The 3aaa County Ground in time for the big Vitality Blast derby between Derbyshire Falcons and Notts Outlaws (7pm start, approx. 9.45pm finish).

All walkers will receive bus travel to Trent Bridge, donated by Trent Barton, for the start of the walk, a sponsored walk t-shirt and an event pack. The registration fee, of £25, also includes safety stewards for the journey, ticket for the Vitality Blast match and on arrival in Derby a hog roast roll and complimentary drink, courtesy of Greene King.

All proceeds raised will go to the CDF (Charity No. 1155801) and will support the delivery of a range of community projects to young people across the county, using the power of sport.

CDF Chairman, Michael Futers, said: “Our inaugural T20 Walkathon last summer was a huge success, with over £6,500 raised for the foundation.

“While providing a fun and active way to raise valuable funds for the foundation, the monies raises from this new fundraising initiative will help sustain and extend the positive lifestyle programme we are already delivering in the community across the city and the wider county.

“We want to use the power of sport to have a positive impact on the lives of young people in Derbyshire, and fundraising events like this are key to helping us deliver the highly rewarding programmes.”

CDF T20 Walkathon
Friday 13 July 2018
Start: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
(Trent Barton coach to Trent Bridge departs The 3aaa County Ground at 9.30am)
Walk to start at 10.30am
Finish: The 3aaa County Ground, Derby

Registration Fee: £25 (£100 for a team of four)

Includes tickets for the Vitality Blast match and a pulled pork roll and complimentary drink, courtesy of Greene King, on arrival at The 3aaa County Ground.

To register to take part in the T20 Walkathon, click HERE.

To start raising sponsorship money or donate money for the T20 Walkathon using BT MyDonate click HERE.

For more information please call 01332 388 101.

Cricket Derbyshire Foundation is a UK registered charity (Charity No. 1155801) and is gift aid registered.

Langley Mill Softball

The sun shone at Langley Mill Cricket Club on Sunday 3rd June as the second Women’s Softball Festival took place.

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Over 30 Women and Girls took part on the day playing a total of six matches, with Meadow Belles and Duffield drawing against each other and winning two games each. With music blasting out over the PA system and the smell of sausage and bacon cooking in the air it was all played in a great spirit

 

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The whole day was a credit to Langley Mill CC who put on a fantastic event with lots of volunteers and managed to raise two teams themselves. Their women loved it so much they now have a team of their own to play in future festivals.

 

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