Players praised at club’s awards night

Dougie Briggs and Jonathan Shaw, Darley Dale Cricket Club.
Dougie Briggs and Jonathan Shaw, Darley Dale Cricket Club.

Darley Dale Cricket Club has held its Annual Dinner Dance at Matlock Golf Club, looking back on the 2011 season.

Over 100 guests enjoyed a highly successful and enjoyable evening of fun presentations and entertainment.

Those present have congratulated Jamie Watts on what they felt was a fantastic job both on the night and beforehand in dealing with record numbers wishing to attend.

‘Sir James Fearn and Dame Hilary Leam’ of Spotlight Theatre Company kept the guests royally entertained throughout the evening with their wonderful harmonies and a perfect choice of songs. Elvis was again in the building with a cameo performance from the evergreen Phil Hurst.

First team vice-captain Dougie Briggs was presented with the Joe Hurst Performance of the Year Award for his remarkable bowling figures of eight wickets for just 16 runs, including a hat-trick, in an early season league match at home to Morton.

Greg Ward capped an excellent season, during which he matured into an excellent all round cricketer, by claimng the Reg Boden Cup for Young Player of the Year.

The Sid Quigley Cup for Clubman of the Year was presented to the ever-popular Stuart Taylor for his remarkable work off the field, galvanising friends and supporters to attend the wide range of fabulous functions organised at the club during a record- breaking social season. Also, he stepped admirably into the second team captain’s shoes following injury.

First team captain Craig Elliott presented a solid silver bail to Simon Cotterill for his continued hard work for Darley Dale both on and off the field. This was kindly donated by John Wilson.

On the field, both teams consolidated, finishing sixth in each of their divisions. A superb second half of the season sees the first team well placed for 2012 and the performance of key players in the second team bodes well for next season.

Stuart Rudkin, Dave Briggs and the team of junior coaches and helpers continue to build for the future and greatful thanks were extended to them for their hard work.

The final presentation was made to Jim Horton, who worked tirelessly with his committee to achieve the prestigious clubmark status for the club. Simon Cotterill presented the Clubmark plaque to Jim, to rapturous applause from the guests.

The evening concluded with the Jack Stone Jumbo Raffle with guests enjoying great company and banter.

n The club’s winter nets start on January 8 at Arc Leisure Matlock. Junior cricket sessions run from 4pm-5pm and senior cricket from 5pm-7pm.