Darley firsts win again while seconds are also victorious

Darley Dale CC continued their winning start to the 2013 campaign by claiming another maximum 27 points away to Swanwick Hall.

This leaves DDCC with the highest points tally in the entire of the Derbyshire County Leagues.

Swanwick won the toss and asked Darley to make use of a dry pitch, and Andrew Paulett (40) gave Darley an excellent start, supported well by in the first instance Craig Elliott and then Jack Stone (38).

Stef Jackson hit some excellent shots but was out for 31 and it was left up to Darley’s middle order of Jon Shaw, Jamie Watts and Dougie Briggs to make sure DDCC reached the competitive total of 196-6.

Briggs hit a gigantic six in the final over to pile the pressure onto the home side.

Swanwick, and in particular Ashley Fisher (3-78), in the main bowled with good control, having been unfortunate to lose their opening bowler Joel Crosby after becoming injured in the first over of the match.

In the reply Paul Carson (5-14) was too hot to handle and ripped the heart out of Swanwick’s batting order in an opening spell which had pace, intelligence and great control.

Carson was supported well by fellow opener Briggs but a special mention must be given to Stone who took two outstanding leg slide stumpings to leave Swanwick trying to bat out for the draw.

The introduction of Simon Cotterill and Sam Lightfoot wrapped up the home team’s innings, handing Darley 27 points for the second week in a row.

Darley welcome Morton Colliery next Saturday in a testing fixture.

Darley Dale’s second XI were also victorious as they beat Butterley by 31 runs.

Hosts Darley lost the toss and were asked to bat first in a game where they were after some much-needed points after a faltering start to the season.

However things didn’t get off to a good start, being reduced to 14-3 early on.

This brought debutant and birthday boy Tony Saddler (48 runs) to the crease with Andrew Hartley (42) who both batted superbly to put on a 106-run partnership.

Then after a ‘shot a ball’ 19 from Jon Cooper, Lee Marsden(23) and Matt Heath(28*) hit a quick 50 partnership to leave Darley Dale on 205-8 off their 46 overs, Andrew Bonsall the pick if the Butterley bowlers with 3-39.

The home side got off to a good start in the field with young star Dan Marsden taking three quick wickets early on.

But it soon became a very frustrating day in the field as Butterley chanced their arm and a handful of dropped catches put the Darley bowlers under a lot of pressure.

As the Butterley score grew to 160 with two wickets remaining doubts were beginning to creep in, this was until Marsden re-entered the attack to claim the last two wickets, his first five-for and gave Darley Dale the victory, a magnificent performance from one of the club’s very promising juniors.