WIRKSWORTH and Middleton CC’s stated aim of getting one – or more – of their teams promoted this season is very much on schedule, just over a third of the way through the campaign.
As things stand, the club’s first team leads Division Three of the Derbyshire County League, with the seconds and thirds both in fourth place in their respective leagues (Division 7N and Division 9N).
The last two seasons have seen memorable times for the club. In 2010, the 1sts and 2nds were promoted and 2011 saw the 2nds, 3rds and Sunday side go up, in addition to the opening of the renovated club pavilion.
Club chairman Sue Marshall is hopeful that the signs are looking good for more success this time around.
She said: “It’s going really well so far. The weekend just gone was the third in a row where all three of our Saturday sides won, so the teams are going great guns at the moment.”
Saturday also marked the first appearance of Sri Lankan all-rounder Dinesh de Silva who had such a positive impact on and off the field when he represented the club in 2010.
Visa issues at the Sri Lankan end had delayed his appearance until the eighth weekend of the season but the first team has been grateful for the performances of Paul Hindmarsh in the meantime, brought in at short notice to fill the gap.
Sue Marshall explained: “With Dinesh arriving, it’s nice to be able to add strength to a side that is already doing well.
“Dinesh will be looking to play a big part now on and off the field and and to coach the under 15s.
“We’re very grateful to Paul for standing in for him. He is on Leicestershire’s books and as an all-rounder has done very well for us.
“Alex Park has also done well with the bat and Stephen Lowe, as ever, has been excellent with the ball.
“We are certainly in a good position and the promotion push is still on for all three teams.”
She added: “We’ve got a lot of good young players coming through and we are attracting players back to the club, like Jimmy Redfern and Alex Park, who want to be a part of it, because we have excellent facilities and successful teams so we offer a good all-round package.
“We’ve been due to stage two Derbyshire Girls under 15s games at the ground this week too so it’s looking good at the moment.”