On Wednesday 21 June the Under 11s were at home against Greenmoor. Denby Dale won the toss and elected to bat first, reaching 123 - 6 in their 20 overs. Noah Wood was top run scorer with net 12, but there were beautiful shots from all the team. Denby Dale came in with a strong bowling attack, supported by some excellent fielding with captain Sam Ellis taking 3 catches. Noah Wood took 5 wickets, including a triple-wicket maiden, with Finlay Brook taking 2 wickets - actually 2 wicket maidens. In all Denby Dale took 12 wickets (the score board really couldn't cope with that!) with wickets shared out across the team, and when they weren't getting wickets they were restricting the run rate leaving Greenmoor on 61 for 12. The net result was Denby Dale 275 against Greenmoor 165 - a great win for the under 11s.
The Under 11s were out again on Friday 23rd June, playing the semi-final of the Dawson Cup, away at Holmfirth. Denby Dale won the toss and put Holmfirth in to bat first. Holmfirth reached 125 - 5 in their 20 overs. Harry Sullivan had the best bowling figures taking 1 wicket and going for just 4 runs; Finlay Brook was on form also taking 1 wicket and going for 9 runs off his 3 overs. With small boundaries at the Holmfirth ground, Denby Dale did well to restrict them to a net score of 285. Denby Dale came in to bat against a very strong bowling attack, reaching 120 - 8 (net 256). Noah Wood was top run-scorer on 22, with KDM3 close behind on 17. Some excellent bowling and fielding gave Holmfirth the win. Well played to all the boys though - it was a tough match and they can all hold their heads high.
The First team were at home on Saturday 24th June, playing against Denby in a local derby. Denby Dale won the toss and chose to bat first. Hayden Rose hit a fantastic 101 not out, with Paul Hale bowled on 49, helping Denby Dale to a total of 263 - 7 in their 50 overs. Wickets fell quickly when Denby came in to bat with the two opening batsmen going for ducks. Freddie Stower was the star bowler taking a total of 5 wickets (plus a stunning catch) and going for just 29 runs in his 10 overs which included 4 maidens. Our bowling was excellent with Tom Berry also bowling 4 maidens in his 7 overs, going for just 10 runs and picking up 2 wickets. Jordan Geldart took a wicket, bowling 3 maidens and going for just 9 runs in his 8 overs. Adam Rammell took 2 wickets and Sam Tyas went for a mere 7 runs off his 4 overs (1 maiden). Hayden Rose was just as good in the field as he'd been with the bat, taking 3 catches and ensuring that Denby were all out for 81. A great win for the Dale and congratulations to H on his century!
Check out this link for a brilliant write-up on the First team's match: http://weallstandtogether.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/dale-win-denby-derby.html There's some local history too!
The 2nd team didn't have quite such a good time away at Rastrick. Rastrick won the toss and selected to bat first, reaching a total of 163 all out in their 45 overs. KDM1 and Jack Dyson both took 3 wickets, with Alex Jacques taking 2, with Tom Clarke and Liam Greig both taking 1 wicket. Tom went for just 19 runs in his 9 overs bowling 2 maidens too. Denby Dale came in to bat and struggled from the outset, losing wickets quickly. Ashley Amos was top run scorer with 16, and KDM2 (called up at the last minute) reached 12 before being bowled by Rastrick's top bowler who took a total of 7 wickets in the game. Denby Dale were all out for 73 in 30 overs, an early finish for the team.
The Under 13s were at home on Sunday 25th June, against Thurstonland and were put in to bat first when they lost the toss. Thurstonland's bowling attack was strong, restricting Denby Dale to 84 - 9 in 19.4 overs. Harry Stubbs was top run-scorer, retiring on 25. Thurstonland batted as strongly as they bowled, with Denby Dale struggling to take wickets. They reached their target quickly, getting 89 - 3 in 15.4 overs. Sam Higham took 2 wickets, with Harry Stubbs taking the other. Ewan Radley had the best bowling figures, going for just 5 off his 2 overs, with 1 maiden. Better luck next week boys!
Under 15s were at home on Monday 26th June, playing local rivals Cumberworth.
Denby Dale won the toss and decided to bat first but wickets fell quickly and
cheaply with only Harry Stubbs able to gain momentum. Harry reached 30 before
having to retire. Denby Dale were all out for 73 in 21.3 overs. Cumberworth
came in to bat and quickly reached 74-1 in just 9.5 overs to take the win.
Matthew Howell took the only wicket after he had lost his rhythm and tempted
the batsman into a slog - he didn't quite get it right and Sam North took the
catch. Better luck next week away at Kirkheaton.