All systems go for Darley

Darley Dale Cricket Club’s management committee is eagerly awaiting the start of the 2011 season.

Craig Elliott has been re-elected to lead the first team in Division Four of the Derbyshire County League with Dougie Briggs as vice-captain.

Both Craig and Dougie are delighted to welcome back Heshan Tillakaratne, the medium-fast bowler and explosive opening batsman. The Sri Lankan test player will also be taking on a coaching role for both adult and junior teams at the club. Also joining are Adey Kershaw, Liam Martin and Callum Martin.

Jonathan Shaw and Stuart Taylor will be captain and vice-captain of the second team, eager to build upon the dazzling 2009 and 2010 seasons which have seen two league titles awarded. Jon and Stu would like to welcome Phil Chapman to the team.

Darley Dale are entering a team into the Wednesday night Longstone League after a successful season in 2010. Jonathan Shaw was re-elected as captain after winning the runners-up trophy in 2010. All captains are keen to invite any new players to their first training session, which will be at Darley Dale’s Station Road ground, at 6.30pm every Tuesday, from April 19.

Stuart Rudkin (junior manager) and Dave Briggs (junior co-ordinator) are building the junior teams up at Darley Dale Cricket Club and will be fielding two Kwik cricket teams (under 11s), an under 12 hardball team and an under 13s hardball team. They are keen to welcome any young cricketers to attend training on Sundays from 10am to 12noon. All abilities are welcome.

Meanwhile, Darley’s management committee has announced the return of the brass band events on Sunday evenings, from June 5, and will be hosting an array of quiz nights, live bands and barbecues. After a triumphant unbeaten tour of Hampshire in July, the club has decided to follow this with a tour to Brighton from July 23-29.

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n Darley Dale welcomed Clay Cross at the weekend in the first of two pre-season friendly fixtures.

Craig Elliott won the toss and elected to bat first. However, early wickets tumbled and Darley were left on 10 for 3. A solid knock from Jacob Hartley (48) and Callum Martin (62) allowed Darley to reach a competitive 156.

In reply, Clay Cross made good progress through Bill Hartley (65) until he was caught by Elliott in the deep. Wickets began to fall due to the pacy bowling from Watts who finished with 5-15.

Darley are set to play Elton in their second pre-season friendly on Sunday.