Long hard season of ups and downs

tHe long months of hard work are finally over and the dust is starting to settle on the 2011 Derbyshire County League cricket season.

As ever, there were mixed fortunes for our many local sides with some tasting success and others finding the going a little tougher over the past five months.

In Division Two of the league pyramid, Ambergate secured a more-than-respectable fifth position, amassing 332 points from their 22 games but the season proved a little harder for South Wingfield, who finished next to bottom.

Pilsley too had a tough time of it in Division Three and ended up propping up the table in what proved a close finish at the foot of the division.

Darley Dale completed their campaign in Division 4N by taking sixth position and Ambergate 2nds took a promotion spot by finishing second in Division 5N, where Ashover were midtable and South Wingfield third from bottom.

Cromford Meadows came home in sixth in the Division 6N while Ashover 2nds gained one of the promotion places in Division 7N with their second-place finish. In the same league, Darley Dale 2nds achieved a respectable sixth place.

Pilsley 2nds achieved eighth spot in Division 8N and Calow topped off a fine season by taking the title in Division 9N, amassing a whopping 445 points. Ambergate 3rds finished halfway down that division.

Finally, Ashover 3rds finished third in 10N and although Cromford Meadows propped up the table, they did finish on something of a high, winning their last two games, including a victory over champions Wirksworth and Middleton 3rds.

So, the bats, balls and stumps are put away for another year, to be brought once more when pre-season nets start up once again in the early 2012. Roll on the spring!