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Considerately Cotters 07 September 2017

Posted by Simon Cotterill on 06/09/2017 21:53


Where better to spend this weekend than at Darley Dale Cricket Club ?

Saturday 9th Sept 2nd XI are at home to league leaders West Hallam 1st XI - 1pm start 

Sunday 10th Sept All Stars and Juniors presentation event - 3pm start

So come down and enjoy some cold San Miguel or some delicious Sharps Atlantic cask ale whilst sitting at our new picnic tables enjoying some scintillating cricket before Autumn kicks in !


Made in North Korea 🇰🇵 and tested by Kim Jong Un !

And so let's look back at last week's action. The 1st XI were due to visit Chesterfield Barbarians on Saturday but the home team were unable to raise a team and the match was forfeited with Darley securing 27points, taking this year's tally to 341, which is 100 more than last year.

The 2nd XI entertained Morton on Saturday and having lost the toss Morton scored 179-5 off their 46 overs. Roger Bolstridge was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 4-38. Will Street bowled a hostile opening spell against a strong batting line up. In reply, Darley made a valiant attempt to chase down the runs but came up short finishing on a respectable 162-8, earning a good losing draw. Roger Bolstridge hit a quick 38 and Jonny Shaw continued his excellent form with 57. I can categorically state this week that John Shaw Senior did not make the following remarks " it was a bit slow" !! 

On Sunday the 2nd XI travelled the short distance to Baslow for a key game in the relegation battle under greying skies and fighting through the Chatsworth Country Fair traffic. As is customary on these damp days the toss was lost and Darley were asked to bat first. With the score at 81-4 off 20 overs the umpire took the teams off as the rain ☔️ got heavier. After a wait of 2 hours and with the rain continuing to fall the umpire (pictured below) made his way to the wicket and decided it was fit to resume the game.


After some lusty blows from Lee Marsden, Paul Chadbourne and some lovely leg side clips from Ben Jordan skipper Rob Smith sent out the RNLI lifeboat and declared the Darley innings at 132-7 off 30 overs. This meant Darley had to bowl 30 overs in 1 hour 15 minutes to constitute a game. Dave Lane and Stu Taylor bowled a tight opening spell with the former trapping the Baslow captain "snorkel before wicket" for 2. Rich Chadwick and Jacob Hartley rowed through the overs at a rate of knots in the deepening gloom and increasing precipitation. They managed to complete the 30 overs with time to spare as the home side chugged in to the harbour on 59-6 and Darley secured a valuable 15 points. This leaves the 2nd XI requiring 8 points to be certain of staying up.

Turning to the 3rd XI. They entertained Denby in the last home game at Elton and skipper Kev Thompson won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. They got off to a good start reaching 57-2 when Alex Lane and Jack Coates entered the attack. The pair bowled superbly and skittled Denby out for 78, with Alex taking 4-14 and Jack 3-10. Harry Rudkin and Dave Thomas also took a wicket a piece. In reply Hartley was looking solid before pulling a fetlock going for a quick single and was forced to take an early bath. Max Maycock 36 no and Sam Coates 16 saw Darley home to a 10 wicket victory as they cemented 4th spot. 

And so to this Saturday, which is the last Saturday when all three teams will be in action together. The 1st XI travel to Eckington, the 2nd XI are at home to West Hallam and the 3rd XI travel to South Wingfield. All matches are 1 pm starts. Next Saturday only the first team are in action at home to Holmesfield as the curtain comes down on another season. 

Special mention to Lee Marsden and Zoe White who get married at The Whitworth this coming Saturday. It has been one of Lee's best ever catches! Here we can see the happy couple rehearsing for their big day ! Let's hope they have a long and happy innings together !
And finally a reminder that next Saturday sees the end of season party at Darley with lovely beers, wines and soft drinks available as well as some succulent EW Coates' meats to enjoy on the BBQ ! It will also give us the opportunity to say thank you and farewell to our superb overseas star Jake Higgins before he returns to OZ ! Proceedings commence after the game approximately 7.30 pm - everybody welcome.


And so don't forget everyone at Darley Dale CC - 


Have a fantastic weekend all ! 

Cheers 🍻