Dales youngsters end the cricket season on a high

An excellent summer for Derbyshire Dales Cricket has ended with the Dales District Teams winning seven of their games - four at U13 and three at U15 level.

The U15 group had been particularly unlucky throughout the campaign having seen games seriously affected by the weather when in winning positions.

The District Team competes with the other six districts and it was only Erewash that beat the Dales in both age groups.

Chris Hartley, chairman of the Derbyshire Dales Development Group, said: “Overall this was the best district season the Dales teams have had for many years, a reflection of the players’ hard work and commitment.

“Our thanks go to Andy France of Brailsford CC, Steve Pell of Matlock CC and Stu Rudkin from Darley Dale CC.”

The players will come back for autumn trials later this month when a new group of players who have been nominated by their clubs will join them. Following that there will be ten weeks of training in the winter.

Meanwhile, Dales clubs also met with considerable success at the DCB OSCAs ceremony held recently at the County Ground.

Stu Rudkin from Darley Dale won the Community Coach of the Year Award and Michael Jefferiss from Wirksworth the Young Volunteer Award. On top of that Wirksworth and Middleton CC won the Community Club of the Year Award and the CricketForce Project Award (see page36).

Mr Hartley added: “As other nominations had been received and considered from Grindleford CC, Hathersage CC, Matlock CC and Darley Dale Cricket Club, overall it has been an excellent year for recognition of the work that is going on to support cricket in the Dales.”