WIRKSWORTH and Middleton Cricket Club’s busy youth section continues to flourish.
Youngsters are representing the club at under 11s, under 12s, under 13s, under 15s and under 17s levels, as well as at kwik cricket and mini hardball.
So far, the under 11s have played three, won one and lost two. A little more discipline when batting is possibly required but the bowling is very good from everyone.
Highlights include Michael Wright making 25 against Duffield and the great spirit in the team.
The under 12s are joint top, having played and won two. They are also through to the quarter finals of the cup.
In the first game, they won away at Cromford. After bowling really good lines and fielding very tightly, W&M found runs hard to come by.
The game was close but ended well with Richard Tunnicliffe and Josef Whitfield seeing it through.
The second game was at Clifton. The seam attack ripped Clifton to pieces. Backed up with outstanding fielding, the visitors restricted Clifton to 15 runs. With composed batting and some big hitting from James McCabe, the result was never in doubt.
The under 13s have been the luckiest of all with the weather, cancelling only one match out of six, and managing to practice on every occasion.
So far, they have lost only once and have won twice in the cup to set up a match against Ashover on June 21.
In quite a large squad, everyone is contributing, but the outstanding performances with the bat have been retirements for scoring more than 25 runs by Oliver Marchington (three times), Jonathon Hartley (three times) and Oliver Prince.
With the ball, Liam Temperton took 4-0, Joe Bednall has 6-19 off 12 overs and Oliver Marchington 5-11 off 8.2 overs.
A win against top-placed Belper Meadows on Sunday would see them take a share of Belper’s lead in the league.
The under 15s are a young group, with Josh Prince the only actual under 15 in the squad, the rest being under 14s and below.
They have managed to play three out of six matches.
First match was lost to Matlock, but Ollie Marchington took 2-17 off four overs and Josh Prince took 4-4 off four overs and top scored with 26.
W&M beat Belper Meadows in their second match, Josh Prince retiring on 50 and occasional bowler Nina Smedley taking 2-8 off two overs.
In the third match, Beth Harwood’s 4-18 off four overs and Ally Beardmore’s 2-11 off 3.1 couldn’t prevent Baslow scoring 104.
Batting second in the gloom, W&M managed 79, with Tim Shepherd on 19.
Fore more details on the under 17s and the kwik cricket/mini hardball teams, you can go to www.matlockmercury.co.uk
The under 17s have only played twice, beating Denby by 54 runs. Mike Jefferiss retired on 50, Gareth Bates made 43, and Mike Wilson 21. Dan Hopkinson took 3-20.
They also beat Ambergate by 13 runs. Among the runs were Mike Jefferiss 31, Mike Wilson 34, Jak Canham 48.
Last but not least are the kwik cricket and mini-hardball teams.
These promising players range from 8-11 years and, for most, this is their first season of competitive cricket. They have endured the worst of the weather to complete four rounds of this season’s fixtures, so far winning half of their games, so they are sitting firmly in the middle of the table.
They have played one hardball match, which they lost to Duffield.