STAINSBY HALL, DUFFIELD, ELVASTON & WIRKSWORTH & MIDDLETON
21 AUGUST 2017 --- 10AM/1PM/3PM @ THE FIELD SHIPLEY HALL CC
|PEAK MARQUEES T20 2017 WINNERS WIRKSWORTH & MIDDLETON CC|
With the weather forecast fair the option of visiting the exquisite Shipley Hall Cricket Club for the first time was undertaken after Saturday night checks to confirm the event was definitely being hosted at their Field venue. The vagaries of Sunday morning public transport from base saw a change in Ripley allow departure at just after 1030 in Heanor, a sharp walk to the edge of town and a pacey completion through the Nutbrook walk into Shipley Park soon had me arriving at this tucked away ground. Upon arrival the first game was well under way and Duffield were batting against Elvaston with 9 wickets down the game looked a cert for the latter to snap up a final appearance, more of which later.
|SHIPLEY HALL CC TODAYS FINAL HOSTS|
|SHIPLEY HALL CC WITH PETER YOUNG ON THE HEAVY ROLLER|
So the first game was well under way and thanks to a cameo from James Hardwick at the end of the Duffield innings the managed to bat out their 20 overs and score 94 for 9. For Elvaston Jonathon Ball took 5 for 7 in his 4 overs to assist proceedings for his batsman. It was a relatively regulatory affair as 97 for 3 was reached with 5 overs to spare Jake Harrold top scoring with 29 ably assisted by Ben Wright with 25. After a visit to the scoreboard to check in with the scorers and Chris Higginbottom from the league a thank you for your help today it was much appreciated.
|W&M KEEPER MICHAEL JEFFERISS APPEALS FOR A LEG SIDE CATCH V STAINSBY HALL|
|YES IT REALLY WAS 1 FOR 4|
|W&M JOSH PICKERING DISTURBS THE BAILS|
The league officials now had a choice to make with a 4pm start for the final giving over 2 hours to wait the decision was made to bring the final forward to 3pm and following the toss we saw Wirksworth bat first and set a challenging score of 165 for 7.
|EARLY ACTION FROM THE FINAL WITH ELVASTON BOWLING|
The total looked a really good ask but after 10 overs Elvaston were 87 for 1 right up with the asking rate and with wickets in hand, you had to favour them.
|JOE GREENHALGH ON HIS WAY TO 49 FOR W&M|
|JAKE HARROLD MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 81 FOR ELVASTON|
The presentation was a smart little affair brief and to the point with scorers, umpires, hosts and the runners up Elvaston thanked for their contribution to a good day and the latter to a close and entertaining final. But now it was time to crown the 2017 T20 county league champions Wirksworth and Middleton Cricket Club and for former MCC player and League President Tony Pope to present the trophy to the victorious captain Ben Perry-Taylor.
|WIRKSWORTH AND MIDDLETON 2017 T20 WINNERS|
Enjoyable day out, well organised by Shipley Hall and the league officials with a cracking final too, well done all.