Saturday morning (13th May) saw the first under 9s tournament at Lepton. Denby Dale finished 3rd overall, a great result. Best batting figures were from Kane (KDM3) with 59 runs not out, and Harry Sullivan with 52 runs (losing 1 wicket). Best bowlers were Harry Scollick (2 wickets for 3 runs) and Nihal (2 wickets for 25 runs). Man of the match went to Nihal for his overall contribution. Congratulations to the whole team, they really did play well.
On Monday 15th May the under 15s played Lepton at home despite the weather. Denby Dale batted first but only managed 88 runs in their 20 overs. Keenan (KDM2) was top run scorer on 29, with Harry Stubbs on 22. Lepton came into bat confidently and took only 11.2 overs to take the win. Isabelle Thornhill was the best bowler taking the only wicket and going for 18 runs off her 3 overs.
On Wednesday 17th May the under 11s were supposed to be playing, but the match was cancelled due to the bad weather. They got to play on Friday 19th May though, in a Cup match against Hall Bower. Hall Bower went into bat first and were restricted by tight bowling (only 4 extras) and outstanding fielding to just 213 runs (37 for 3). They didn't get a single boundary in their innings. Ciaran Lawlor was top bowler, taking 2 wickets, with Ewan Radley taking a cracking caught-and-bowled. All the bowling figures were excellent though, with bowlers going for just 1 or 2 runs off their 2 overs in some cases. The opening batters Joseph Hayes and Joshua Fowler started with an excellent 25 between them, setting up the rest of the team nicely. Ciaran Lawlor was on form with the bat too - hitting a massive 6 with his first ball! Overall Denby Dale reatched 280 (104 for 3) giving them a comfortable win. Harry Scollick playing his first under 11s match, was awarded man-of-the-match for his all-round performance - congratulations Harry! Congratulations to the whole team for the win and good luck for the next round!
On Saturday 20th May the First team were away at Cumberworth. Denby Dale were bowled out for 40 (yes, four-oh)….. 'Nuff said.
The Second team had a closer match at home to Holmfirth, dodging the rain showers. Holmfirth batted first, reaching 157 in 37 overs. KDM1 (Kalum) took 3 wickets in his 6 overs, with Jordan Greig taking 2 wickets. Steve Glover had the best figures again, going for just 5 runs off his 7 overs (including 4 maidens and 1 wicket). When Denby Dale came in to bat a slow start made it difficult for them to reach their target. Jordan Greig's valiant effort saw him reach 40 not out (why does that number sound familiar?) with some massive sixes including one that nearly took Richard Hobson out! Liam Greig had the next highest score with 35, keeping it in the family. Jordan's stand wasn't enough to take the win, but it did make it a great game to watch. Holmfirth ended up with the win by 28 runs.
The Under 13s were at home on Sunday 21st May in a local derby against Denby. Denby Dale batted first, reaching 100 for 6 in their 20 overs. Sam Ellis and Ewan Radley finished in style with Sam on 23 and Ewan on 17, both not out. Some great bowling then restricted Denby, leaving them struggling for runs finishing on 51 for 7. Harry Stubbs took 2 wickets and the other wicket takers were all Under 11s playing up: Sam Ellis (exceptional bowling figures with 2 overs and 2 maidens, including 1 wicket maiden), Finley Brook and Joshua Fowler. Ewan also deserves a mention, going for just 1 run off his 2 overs. Congratulations to the whole team for a great win!