Darley Dale CC youngster Emily earns county call-up

Preparations for the junior season in Darley Dale Cricket Club’s 150th year received a boost with the news Emily Hurst has become the first girl in the club’s history to be selected by Derbyshire..

The 11-year-old has been playing kwik cricket for over three years, becoming a regular in the teams playing in the Notts and Derby Border Youth League.

Coach Stuart Rudkin said: “ Emily is a most valuable member of the team and deservedly won the kwik section bowling award last season for her consistent accuracy.”

Emily continues a family dynasty at DDCC, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Bob Winthrope, who led the the club during the glory years of the 70s and 80s, and her father, Phil, who also played youth cricket before becoming a mainstay in the first XI during those years.

Current first team member and Derbyshire player Charlotte Horton suggested that Emily should be recommended for trials at the DCB and is delighted with her success.

She said: “It’s great to see more girls enjoying cricket and achieving success, especially this season, the club’s 150th year.”

Any boy or girl wishing to play cricket at the club should contact Stuart Rudkin ( junior cricket co-ordinator ) on 01629 584479.