Twenty four boys and girls in the under 13s age bracket from Wirksworth and Middleton’s healthy youth section treated an appreciative crowd to a competitive but friendly evening’s cricket in the Mayor’s Trophy.
It was wholehearted stuff and the cricket was of a high quality.
The Mayor’s Trophy, now in its second year (replacing the Tuffers Trophy) comprises four teams (Arkwright, Kingsfield, Pittywood and Wilson) of six players each.
Every team plays two matches in a clever format designed to be inclusive and fair. Everyone gets to bat and bowl (or keep wicket); dismissals result in the deduction of five runs from the batting team (rather than the dismissal of the unlucky batter from the field) so that everyone gets a decent time at the crease.
There were many fine performances. It would be wrong to pick out just a few individuals – many of them will, no doubt, make their mark in future games. For the record, though, the captains on the night were Joe Bednall, Jonathan Hartley, Beth Harwood and Elinor Canham.
Also for the record, the winners of the cup this year, presented by the Mayor of Wirksworth, Cllr Mike Ratcliffe, were the Kingsfield team.
Their captain, Jonathan Hartley, with the match already won, gleefully hooked the last ball of the night for six. It seemed like an appropriate conclusion to an excellent evening’s entertainment.
The club wishes to record its thanks to Mike Harwood, youth committee chairman, for organising the event, as well as Roy Pearce for his assistance on the night.
Also thanks to the the team managers, the match referees and the scorers, the Mayor, the many parents and spectators and, of course the cricketers themselves.
Many thanks as well to Margaret Chamberlain who baked jacket potatoes throughout the evening, along with a range of delicious toppings, to feed the hungry players and spectators alike.