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Dons win thriller to make Premier Cup Final

After a disappointing result on Saturday, the 1s travelled to Notts Premier outfit Kimberly, looking for a place in the Premier Cup final.

 

After weeks of failure, the skipper Adam Finlay won the toss and elected to bowl. The Kimberly openers were soon on the front foot, making the most of the 10 over restrictions, which are part of their Saturday league rules. They continued to put the foot down, on a difficult ground to stem the flow, and at drinks with the scorebaord on 170-0, a huge score was looming. Jack Gorbert immediatly took a wicket after drinks, and with Paul Allen (4-32) reeling off a fantastic 10 over spell at one end, the Dons got a bit of control back, and it took some last over hitting to take the score to 291-7.

 

With a final on the line, the Dons came out in postive fashion, Michael Mitchell hitting a run a ball 33, and Nick Rigg playing tap and run to the annoynance of the home fielders. Neither could go on and at 72-3, it looked a big ask. Josh Brear and Joe Ashdown then combined to add 150 in good time, ticking the ones snd hitting anything loose to the boundary. At 224-3 with 12 overs remaining the Dons looked in control. Ashdown departed for 78 off 67, but the skipper kept the pace up with a brisk 18. Brear finally fell for a run a ball 94, with the score on 271. With the game still in our hands, the ones kept coming but 3 run outs bought the game to its final ball with 1 required and 1 wicket left. Tom Williams kept his cool steering a low full toss to the 3rd man boundary, to claim a famous victory.

 

The final will be against Eckington at Ockbrook on Sunday 3rd September 12.30pm

 

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Weekend Round Up

All 4 Dons sides were in action on Saturday, with all 4 needing victories to keep up the pressure at the top of their respective tables.

 

The 1s travelled to A&B, looking for a repeat results from the previous nights Jackson Cup victory. Once again the toss was lost, and the Dons found themselves batting on a good looking pitch. Michael Mitchell got the innings off to a good start with a few early boundaries, and at 60-1 off 11 a good foundation had been set. The innings stalled somewhat from here. Ollie Baum went for 40 and Josh Brear made 52, but with overs ticking by the new batsman couldn't get the rate up, with the total finishing on a disappointing 192-9. A good start was needed, but the home side cashed in on some wayward bowling. From here they could play risk free, plodding their way to victory, 3 down with 5 overs to spare. The 1s are now 40 off top but with Sandiacre still to play, still an outside chance of giving the league a run.

 

The 2s hosted Allestree at The HSG Oval, knowing a win was an absolute must. Batting first the Dons stuttered their way to 197 all out, with captain Sam Kellogg making 40, and Isacc Scotton making a vital 23 not out towards the end. It proved to be enough as spinners Isacc Scotton (4-36) and Dean Vickers (4-18) got in on the act, as the visitors were dismissed for 148, leaving the 2s in the hunt for one of two promotion places, with some big games coming up.

 

The 3s travelled to neighbours Ockbrook, looking keep up with the leaders. Batting first the Dons were in early troubled until Captain Lee Fox (36) and Allon-Paul Scotton (50 n.o) combined to lead the side to a competitive 181-8. After a decent start by the home side, Will Parker then took over, recording incredible figures of 13-5-14-5, dismissing some seasoned campaigners, to lead the Dons to a 45 run victory.

 

The 4s hosted Denby at The HSG Oval and continued their winning form. Bowling first, Denby had no answer to the home attack as Matt Hind (3-19) and Isacc Harrison (3-9) helped dismiss the visitors for 94. Chinny Desai was in no mood to hang about as he blasted 72 not out to lead the Dons to a 10 wicket victory, and move them to the top of the league.

 

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Dons retain Jackson Cup

The Dons retained the Jackson Cup on friday, after a 2 year absense, against Denby at A&B.

 

Under gloomy skies, Denby won the toss and elected to field. Their innings never really got going, in the face off some tight bowling from the Dons. The innings finished on 111-8 with James Rigg's 2-12 off 4 the pick.

 

With less than six an over needed, the Dons could afford to have a look, and they did initially, until Ben Ashdown decided to put the foot down, hitting three 6's in a 15 ball 32. The damage was done, with the rest of the batsman able to hit the singles, as the winning runs were hit with 2 overs to spare, 5 wickets down.

 

It was a clean sweep aswell in the individual awards, as Joe Ashdown collected Man of the Match and best bowling for the competition, and Matt Archer won the highest score for the competition.

 

The Jackson Cup was awarded to skipper Adam Finlay by the Mayor of Derby.

 

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2s miss out in Bayley Cup Final

The 2s were in T20 action on Sunday in the final of the Bayley Cup at Draycott and Hanbury, against Belper Meadows. After being put into bat, only James Rigg (48) and Mani Saini (33) could make any headway, as the Dons finished on 121-8. In reply Belper Meadows despite an early wicket from Matt Madeley, eased to the target 1 down with 2 overs to spare.

 

A great effort by the Dons to get to the final, beating some higher placed sides on the way.

 

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Weekend Review 5/8/17

All 4 'Dons' sides were in action on Saturday, looking to up at the top of their respective divisions.

 

The 1s hosted Ticknall at The HSG Oval. The skipper continued his poor form at the toss and lost yet another one, seeing the Dons bat first under gloomy skies. It was tough going with only Michael Mitchell making above 30 in the top 6. Joe Ashdown made 47 n.o to and some lower order resistance took the final total to a competitive 221-9. The reply started well for the visitors, taking advantage of some wayward bowling. Either side of a rain break there openers had added 120. Paul Allen made a double breakthrough, removing both, which kicked the Dons into life, with spinners Chris Windmill (3-61) and Joe Ashdown (4-16) leaving the visitors hanging on in the end at 202-9. 

 

The 2s travelled to Selston. Having won the toss and bowled it did not quite go to plan for the Dons, as the home side racked up 246-8, with Ciaran Ellard (3-56) and Isacc Scotton (2-25) the pick. The Dons in reply chased them down in textbook style. Contributions form Paul Edwards (36), Jack Hurst (57) Sam Stephens (48n.o) and Jack Gorbert (35 n.o) saw the Dons cruise home 5 down with 4 overs to spare.

 

The 3s hosted Alrewas at The HSG Oval. The Dons were put into bat and struggled early on. Chintan Desai came in at 6 to saved the innings making 70 n.o as the Dons posted 181-7. The visitors were never in the hunt in reply as Matt Hind took 5-35 as they clung on to the draw at 137-9.

 

The champaign moment of the day came at Appleknowle as the 4s continued there good form. Batting first the Dons racked up 238-6 with the skipper Simon Bassett batting through for a run a ball 110. Ben French (33) and Charlie Rigg (36n.o) gave good support. The home side had no answer after the break as they were rolled for 68, James Fisher taking 5-28.

 

A decent weekend for the Dons, and with 6 rounds to go all 4 sides are still in the hunt for honours

 

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Rigg guides Dons into Prem Cup Semi's

A majestic 90 not out from Nick Rigg, lead the 1s into the semi finals of the Premier Cup, at the expense of Ticknall on Sunday.

 

The Dons won the toss and bowled first, and it soon looked like a good decision as Matt Madeley (4-37) and Tom Williams (3-32) made inroads into a strong batting line up. A couple of late partnerships took the hosts score upto 229 all out with 5 balls left of the 50.

 

An early wicket brought Rigg to the crease and he immediatley set about the attack, putting anything loose away and running well. He couldn't find anyone to stay with him at the crease until Kiwi Rory Christophearson took the field. After a brief rain break, and a adjusted score to chase Rigg and Christophearson upped the rate, with the running a particular  feature. Rory (30 off 27 balls) departed with 20 to win, but Rigg remained 90 not out off 83 balls to see the Dons home.

 

The Dons will travel to Kimberly on 13 August in the semi final.

 

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2s through to Bayley Cup T20 Final

The 2s made it into the Bayley Cup final last Sunday, with two good wins at Elvaston.

 

In the quarter final the Dons easily chased down Rolleston's 146-6, with 3 overs to spare, 5 wickets down, Andy Brear top scoring with 69.

 

In the semi final, the Dons took on hosts Elvaston. The Dons batted first and made 142-8, Matt Madeley top scoring with 36. This proved plenty as Elvaston were dismissed for 90, Dean Vickers taking 3-33.

 

The final date and venue will be posted on fixtures as soon as its been confirmed.

 

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The rain wins at weekend

All 4 Dons sides were involved in abandoned games on Saturday, with heavy rain hitting late in the afternoon.

 

The 1s were in the balance against Eckington, after restricting the hosts to 213-7, with Jack Gorbert taking 3-48. Josh Brear was 50 not out as the Dons made it to 106-4 with 21 overs remaining when the game was called off.

 

The 2s made a good start in pursuit of Holmesfield's 244-7 at The HSG Oval. The Dons were 42-0 off 9 overs when the rain put an end to proceedings.

 

The 3s had Rolleston in trouble at 34-3, after the Dons had made a competitive 215-7, Isacc Harrison top scoring with 50.

 

The 4s were in a spot of bother in a low scoring game at Holmewood. After bowling the hosts out for 112, Liam Sloman taking 4-37, the Dons were 32-4, when the game was abandoned.

 

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4s miss out in T20 quarters

The 4s tasted a rare defeat against a strong Clifton side on Sunday, in the quarter final of the James Harwood Cup. Bowling first the Dons restricted Clifton to 160-3, and had a few catches stuck, this could have been better. The Dons

fell behind the rate and could never catch up, ending 128-7.

 

 

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Weekend Review 8th July

With the 1s on a free week, all eyes were on the 2s, 3s and 4s as they all looked to continue their promotion pushes.

 

The 2s were at The HSG Oval, taking on Darley Dale. Having lost the toss, the Dons were sent into bat, and dispite 41 from the ever reliable Andy Brear, the home side were bowled out for 160. It looked an under par score, and so it proved as the away side knocked them off 4 down with overs to spare, to knock the Dons of top spot for the first time this season.

 

The 3s were involved in a low scoring match at Sawley. Bowling first the Dons rolled the hosts for only 68, with Ashani Jones and Will Parker both taking 3. In reply the Dons staggered over the line, 5 down to secure the points and keep them in the promotion picture.

 

The 4s hosted Stainsby at The HSG Oval and had a repeat result from the previous Sunday against the same opposition. Bowling first the Dons restricted the visitors to 104-8, and took little time knocking them off, with Ben French (38) and Al Hibbert (42 n.o) cruising past the total, 2 wickets down inside 20 overs.Spondon badge

Dons make Jackson Cup Final

The Dons made it through to the final of the Jackson Cup on Thursday, with an 88 run victory over Nutbrook.

 

Batting first the Dons were in a bit of trouble at 70-5, but a fine 90 partnership between the skipper Adam Finlay (50 from 26) and Josh Brear (48 n.o from 40) led the fightback with the home side finishing on 166-6.

 

Matt Madeley struck with the first ball of the reply, and Dons contiuned to take regular wickets, as the visitors were bundled out for 78, Joe Ashdown nicking 4-9.

 

The final will be against Denby with a venue and date yet to be decided. Please keep a look out on our social media and fixture as it will be on as soon as we know.

 

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Dons fall at final hurdle in Prem T20

The Dons travelled to Marehay on Sunday, for the Premier T20 Finals Day.

 

We were on first, in the first semi final against hosts Marehay. The Dons bowled first, and restricted the hosts to 161-6, with Matt Madeley (2-20) and Chris Windmill (2-11) the pick. The chase looked under control from the start as Joe Ashdown (65 fom 35) and Josh Brear (31 from 23) did most of the damage, as the Dons passed the target 4 down with 3 overs to spare.

 

In the fianl, the Dons faced off against defending champions Sandiacre. Batting first, the Dons got off to a poor start, and were rescued by Michael Mitchell (34 from 33) and Chris Windmill (62 from 38), as the total limped upto 138-6. Early wickets were the key, and one arrived second ball of the reply. But this was about as good as it got, as the dangerous Birch smashed 65, as Sandiacre cruised past the target 2 down with 5 overs to spare.

 

Dispite the result, it was another good T20 campaign, and continues our good record of getting to finals day.

 

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Another good Saturday for the Dons

All 4 sides were in action Saturday, with positive results across the board.

 

The 1s hosted Cutthorpe at The HSG Oval, and once again lost the toss, but unlike previous weeks were asked to bat first. Josh Brear departed early, but this brought together Michael Mitchell and Nick Rigg, and the pair added 190 in an exhibition in running between the wickets and putting the bad ball away. Mitchell departed for a well made 84, with Rigg continuing on for his first premier league ton. There was no rest bite for the visitors, as Ollie Baum then smashed 73 no from 41 balls, as the Dons racked up 305-5. Cutthorpe came out blazing after the break, and were up and around the 6 an over required. Tom Williams bowled an economical spell going for just 22 off 10. The spinners then turn the screw and the rate required went up, and wickets started to fall. Joe Ashdown took 5-54 and Chris Windmill 2-58, as the visitors just held out on 203-9, but 20 points were gained for the Dons.

 

The 2s travelled to Quarndon, looking to keep the lead at the top of 4N. Bowling first. the Dons restricted the hosts to 195-9, off their 46 overs, Dean Vickers the pick of the bowlers with 3-31. The response started well with Matt Archer (40) and James Rigg (26) adding 50 for the second wicket. Their was a slight wobble in the middle order, but the skipper Sam Kellogg (75 no) held firm, and with the help of Matt Madley (28), secured a 4 wicket win.

 

The 3s hosted top of the league, Uttoxeter at The HSG Oval, looking to continue their recent good form. The Dons were asked to bat first, and endured a shocking start, with the top 4 all back in the shed early. The innings was rescued by Sam Stephens (61no) and skipper Lee Fox (40) as the Dons scrambled their way to 147 all out. With the Dons bowling attack, anything is possible, and so it panned out, as Will Parker (4-34) was the star, as the visitors were bowled out 1 short of victory, with the Dons now firmly in the promotion picture.

 

The 4s travelled to Allestree and came away with a routine victory. Bowling first, James Fisher (3-36) and Liam Sloman (3-26) restricted the hosts to 138 all out. The Dons made light work of the chase, with Chintan Desai smashing a quick fire 40, as the Dons passed the target 4 down in 20 overs.

 

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Mixed Bag for the Dons

All four Dons sides were in action on a blisteringly hot afternoon on Saturday.

 

The 1s travelled to top of the league Sandiacre, knowing a win would see the Dons leap above there opponents. For the fourth week in succession, the Dons lost the toss and were asked to bowl first, on a dry pitch. Paul Allen (5-41) was soon in on the act, reducing the hosts to 78-6. There was no let up when the spinners came on with Joe Ashdown bagging 4-42 to dismiss Sandiacre for 132. With tea not ready the Dons had to bat for 10 tricky overs, and lost Micheal Mitchell and Ollie Baum. Josh Brear followed after tea to leave the score at 32-3. Rory Christophearson and Ben Ashdown looked like they had weathered the storm, until Christophearson was on the end of a dubious LBW decision. At 63-4, it could have gone either way, but Ashdown (48no) took the game to the hosts, including two big sixes as the target was reached without futher scare with 25 overs in the bag.

 

The 2s hosted Ashover at The HSG Oval. Batting first the Dons innings was littered with starts, as Matt Archer, Andy Brear and James Rigg all made 30's, as we made 205-8. Paul Cook (3-27) took three quick wickets after the restart, and the wickets kept tumbling, with the Dons looking favorites. At 135-8, 27 points looked on, but an unbelievable 9th wicket partnership from the visitors, took them over the line with 2 overs to spare.

 

The 3s were invloved in a low scoring draw away at Hilton. Sam Stephens (43) and Tyler Forrester (40) were the top scorers, as the Dons made 162-9. The bowlers once again did a great job after the break, with Simon Fearn (3-19) the pick as Hilton finished 129-7.

 

The 4s hosted Wirksworth at The HSG Oval. Batting first the Dons made 186 all out, with Isacc Harrison top scoring with 59. The visitors had a real go, and came up just short on 179-8, Matt Hind taking 3-36, as the Dons remained top of the league.

 

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Its another Don Day

It was another great day for the Dons on Saturday as all 4 teams notched up victories.

 

The 1s hosted Marehay under cloudy skies at The HSG Oval. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. The decision soon looked questionable, as Paul Allen (14-6-15-4) and Tom Williams (12-3-28-2) were in superb form, as they slumped to 44-6. Both were backed up by some excellent catching and a textbook leg side stumping from Kiwi, Rory Christophearson. A few lusty blows took the score near a 100, but Chris Windmill with 3-22, ended the innings on 96. Dons openers Josh Brear and Michael Mitchell added 35 to take the sting out of the game, and dispite losing 4 wickets, the Dons completed a comprehensive 6 wicket win, and maximum points.

 

The 2s travelled to Breadsall, looking to extend their lead at the top of 4N. Bowling first the Dons dismissed their hosts for 97, with Dean Vickers taking 5-28. There was an early wobble in the reply, and at 17-3 it was looking a bit shakey, but James Rigg (49no) and Jack Gorbert (28no) combined ti lead the Dons to a comfortable 7 wicket win.

 

The 3s hosted Burton at The HSG Oval, and for the second week running with involved in a nail biter. Having been asked to bat first, the Dons struggled to get to grips with the bowler friendly conditions, being dismissed for 115, with only Rob Mountney (36no) making a real contribution. The bowlers came out firing after the break lead by Allon Paul Scotton (4-30) and Ash Jones (4-28) to dismiss Burton for 103.

 

The 4s travelled north to Clowne, and continued to bulldoze there way past allcomers. Batting first the Dons made 190 all out, with Isacc Harrsion making 47 and James Fisher 36. Liam Sloman was then the distroyer with the ball, taking 5-22, to roll the hosts for 97.

 

MitchMichael Mitchell continued his good form on Saturday (just need to get him in a green lid now!!!)

T20 Progress

The 1s and 4s both progressed in their respective T20 cups last Sunday.

 

The 1s travelled to Cutthorpe, to face Chesterfield and Cutthorpe in the Premier T20. First up agsinst Chesterfield, the Dons racked up 220-6, with Josh Brear 76 (42 balls) and Michael Mitchell 53 (29 balls) doing the damage. Matt Madeley then ripped out Chesterfield's top order taking 3-18 and Jack Gobert finished things off with 3-15. In the group final, against Cutthorpe, the hosts batted first and made 164-8, with Chris Windmill taking 3-26. The Dons in reply were in no mood to mess about, as the total was reached 1 wicket down, with 4 overs to spare, Joe Ashdown making 105 not out (54 balls) and Josh Brear 56 not out (41 balls), to see the Dons through to finals day.

 

The 4s travelled to Ockbrook, and put in another dominate T20 display. Bowling first Ockbrook were restricted to 128-8, with Louis Danvers taking 3-17. The Dons reply was lead by Isacc Harrison (59 n.o, 47 balls) and Chinny Desai (40, 22 balls) to complete a comprehensive 8 wicket win

 

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Week 7 review

All 4 Dons sides were looking to continue their good form in week 7 of the DCCL.

 

The 1s made the short trip to Ockbrook. Once again the toss was lost, and the home side elected to bat first. After a steady start, Paul Allen and Tom Williams turned the screw from the tenth over, with Williams (14-4-30-2) particularly nagging. This allowed Chris Windmill to then cause havoc with his slow left arm, taking 5-34 to restrict the home side to 167-9. Josh Brear departed early in the reply, but Nick Rigg and Ollie Baum both scored freely, with Michael Mitchell playing the anchor role. At 133-2, the Dons were cruising to victory. There was to be a slight 'Spondon Wobble', but the winning runs came 6 wickets down with 14 overs to spare, with Mitchell top scoring with 69.

 

The 2s hosted Darley Abbey at The HSG Oval and secured a hard fought 5 wicket win. Bowling first, the Dons bowlers did a great job restricting the run rate, without taking regular wickets, as the visitors ended on 173-5. The Dons reply was again led by Andy Brear with 57, supported by 3 20's in the middle order, to claim a 22 point victory.

 

The 3s also made a short trip to Breadsall. Batting first the Dons made 171-9, with Jason Fowler top scoring with 54. Breadsall's reply went down to the last ball with 3 needed to win. They didnt get it, finishing 170-9, with Allon Paul Scotton the pick of the bowlers with 3-48.

 

The 4s hosted Cutthorpe at The HSG Oval, and continued on their merry way in 8N. Bowling first the Dons restricted the visitors to 140-6, with Matt Hind taking 2-31. The Dons knocked the total off with ease, Steve Mountney top scoring with 46 not out, as the target was achieved 3 down with ten overs to spare.

 

Windy battingChris Windmill took 5-36, and finished the game with a 6

Clean sweep for the Dons

Week 6 of the DCCL saw the first clean sweep for the 'Dons' in 2017.

 

The 1s entertained local rivals A&B at The HSG Oval. The skipper Adam Finlay once again lost the toss, and the visitors chose to bat first. And it looked a good decision as their openers put on 70 odd, in 20 overs. Paul Allen made a double break through, which gave the scoreboard a better look. The spinners came on and did a good job keeping the visitors in check, with Joe Ashdown taking 4-69. as A&B were dismissed for 182. Josh Brear and Michael Mitchell again started solidly, adding 50 in 15 overs. The loss of Mitchell, triggered a mini collaspe, leaving the Dons on 83-4. This brought together Rory Christophearson and Ben Ashdown. Both mixed up defence and attack suberbly, with Rory using all the sweeps, and Ben picking his ball to deposit out of the park. The pair remained unbeaten as the Dons past the total with 6 wickets in hand.

 

The 2s travel across town to face Allestree. The Dons lost the toss and were asked to bat, and like recent weeks, never looked back. Matt Archer (46) and Andy Brear (21) again laid a solid foundation, and it was Mani Saini who finished the innings in style making a blistering 94, including 7 sixes as the Dons made 300-9. The bowlers who had a few runs to play with, were in no mood to hang about, as they rolled the hosts for 131 in 26 overs, Paul Cook taking 3-45 and Ciaran Ellard 4-29 to secure a huge victory.

 

The 3s hosted rivals Ockbrook at The HSG Oval. Having won the toss, the Dons bowlers skittled the visitors for just 64, with Allon-Paul Scotton taking 4-29 and Will Parker 3-16. The batsman had no trouble knocking them off, Tyler Forrester finishing 25 not out to secure a 7 wicket victory.

 

The 4s travelled to Denby, and bowling first restricted the hosts to 133-8, Owen Lowe taking 2-7. Openers Ben French (40) and Isaac Harrison (61no) did most of the work, as the Dons secured a 7 wicket victory.

 

The 1s Prem T20 was rained off on Sunday and is rearranged for this Sunday at Cutthorpe

 

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Stars in their Eyes

June's Big Club event will be Stars in their Eyes on 24th June. Tickets are £3 availble from Deano. Please make the effort to attend an excellent night, and follow on from the success of the Oktoberfest NightStars in their Eyes Poster

 

Proms on the Pitch 2017

Proms on the Pitch is back at SCC this summer. This year's theme will be 'Bond' and The 'Beatles'

Please keep an eye out on our social media for more info leading up to the event

 

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2s bow out of Butterley Cup

The 2s bowed out of the Butterley Cup on Monday with a close 5 run defeat to Derby Congs.

 

Congs batted first and made 185 from their 20 overs. The Dons gave it a good go, against higher placed opposition, finishing 5 short on 180-6.

 

The 1s will play in the returning Jackson Cup later in the season

 

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1s slip to defeat on Sunday

The Dons were in premier leaue action on Sunday in a rearranged fixture against Chesterfield.

 

The skipper Adam Finlay lost his third toss in a row, and the Dons were put in on an interesting looking pitch. It was hard work from the outset, with runs hard to come by. None of the batsman could get going and at 40-4 of 20 overs it was looking like reaching 200 would be a great effort. The skipper did his best to get the innings moving with 38, and with Chris Windmill and Tom Wiliams adding quick 20's, the Dons limped to 162-9.

That kind of total has been enough in the past for the Dons, so the side went out beliving it could be defended, but the home side took the sting out of the Dons adding 77 for the first wicket. There was no way back, despite 2 futher wickets, including a first premier wicket for Jack Gorbert, as the Dons slipped to a very disappointing 7 wicket defeat.

 

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Week 5 Round Up

Week 5 of the DCCL took place at the weekend, with all 4 Dons sides looking to avoid the predicted weather and get some cricket in.

The 1s travelled to The Grange, to face Ticknall. Dark skies and drizzle greeted both teams, resulting in a reduced 42 overs per side match. The skipper Adam Finlay lost the toss and the Dons had first use on a dampish wicket. Josh Brear departed early, shouldering arms to one that nipped back to be pinned LBW. Ollie Baum came out with attacking intentions and quickly moved to 21, before nicking one onto the pads only for it to lop back to the bowler. At 33-2, Michael Mitchell and Rory Christopherson had to rebuild, and did so for a time, before the kiwi nicked behind, with the Ticknall keeper talking a good one handed grab. Joe Ashdown was next in and upped the tempo, only for the rain to interrupted again. This shower was heavy and more prolonged, and ended with game now being a time game. Mitchell and Ashdown resumed and added 80 before Mitchell went for a hard fought 45, with Ashdown following a soon after for a busy 42. Ben Ashdown and Chris Windmill added late flurries to see the Dons to 186-7, leaving Ticknall 18 to have a go, with nothing to lose. And they came out firing with Wood, Borrington and Abbas all adding quick runs, and looking like leading Ticknall to victory. Joe Ashdown was brought on and stemed the flow taking 4-32, as Ticknall finished 179-7, both teams taking 12 points.

 

The 2s entertained Selston at The HSG Oval. The away side won the toss and elected to field, but the Dons batting machine again fired. Andy Brear (53), Matt Archer (60) and Nick Rigg (63) laid the foundations, and with Jack Hurst making a quick fire 21, the Dons declared after 44 overs on 244-7, trying to insure a result with rain around. The visitors came out with no interest in trying to win the game, and with the rain taking time out of the game finished 120-6 off 37. Paul Cook, Matt Madeley and Jack Gorbert taking 2 wickets each.

 

The 3s travelled south to Alrewas looking to add to last weeks victory. Bowling first the Dons were led by Sam Stephens with 3-46, as he and the rest of the bowlers did a great effort to restrict the hosts to 135-7. As with previous weeks the batters could not get going on a sticky pitch, and at the end of the 46 overs, scrapped to 83-7, to secure a draw.

 

The 4s hosted Apperknowle at The HSG Oval, and continued with their good form. Skipper Simon Bassett took 4-61 as the visitors were restricted to 159-6. After the break, despite the loss of the big wicket Al Hibbert, Ben French (41) and Chinny Desai (77) made short work of the chase to led the Dons to a 6 wicket win.

 

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Week 4 Round Up

All 4 Dons sides were in action at the weekend, with the 1s, 2s and 4s looking to build on decent starts to the summer, and the 3s looking for a first win.

 

The 1s travelled to Denby looking for 3 wins on the bounce. After losing the toss, the Dons batted first. Openers Josh Brear and Michael Mitchell again started solidly adding 37 untroubled runs, until Mitch unfortunatly gloved one down the leg side, which had only just hit the cut strip. Olly Baum continued to build, and at 80-1 just before drinks, a platform had been laid to launch in the second half. It wasnt to be. Brear and Baum departed in consectutive deliveries, and despite efforts to get back on track, the Dons with thankful to a quick fire 45 from Ben Ashdown to get to something which could be defended. The innings close with 3 balls left on 200. After the break opening bowlers Paul Allen and Tom Williams soon had Denby in trouble, and at 36-5, the Dons sniffed victory. This was when the hosts Sri Lankan overseas had other ideas. He smashed the ball to all corners of the ground to finish 110 n.o and with Burgoyne 61n.o, the Dons tasted defeat for the first time this season.

 

The 2s hosted Chesterfield Barbarians at The HSG Oval. Stand in skipper Andy Brear won the toss and bowled, and Dons never looked back. Paul Cook took 3-53, Jack Gorbert 4-56 and Ciaran Ellard finished things off with a hat trick as the visitors were bowled out for 139. The day just kept getting better after the break as openes Brear (79 n.o) and Matt Archer (50 n.o) added 140 unbeaten in 26 overs to cap a convincing victory for the Dons.

 

The 3s were also at The HSG Oval, up against Derby Congs, and like the 2s bossed it from ball 1. After choosing to bowl first Ash Jones (3-26) got the ball rolling, and then the spinners mopped up with Will Parker and Dean Vickers both snaring 3-27. After tea Cian Fox (37) and Isacc Harrison (31no) did most of the work as the Dons won by 9 wickets.

 

The 4s travelled to Riddings and were asked to bat first for the third time in a row. The innings was built on 58 from skipper Simon Bassett, 60 from Chinny Desai and a quickfire 32 no from James Fisher as the Dons finished on 204-9. All this despite form man Al Hibbert receiving a rip snorter of a delivery to depart for a duck. In reply Riddings held out on 101-8 with all the bowlers doing a great job. Simon Fearn was the stand out with 4-18 off 12.

 

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JJK Quiz Night

The annual JJK Quiz Night is back at SCC, on Friday 26th May. Doors open at 6.30, with the questions getting underway at 7. There will be a raffle, play your cards right, and of course the bar will be open!!

For more info on this event please contact Leah Kellogg on 07535764977jjk

ALL STARS CRICKET

The ECB's new All Stars Cricket Program, aimed at 5-8 year olds, get underway at SCC this Wednesday from 6.30pm-7.30pm, and for the next 8 weeks. The program is an introduction to all the skills involved in the game. There is still time to sign up. You can only do this by following this link https://ecb.clubspark.uk/AllStars/Course/ebaf54c8-72e6-4a2d-bd28-dd19c11e258d. Included in the £40 joining fee, is a great kit bag full of everything you need to start playing the game. The bar will be open as usual at the club for all the parents who have come to watch.all stars cricket

Dons Week 3 review

All 4 Dons sides were in league action Saturday as round 3 of the DCCL took place.

 

The 1s hosted Eckington at The HSG Oval. Under grey skies, skipper Adam Finlay had no hesistation in bowling first, and it instantly looked a good decision as opening bowler Paul Allen struck with the first ball of the game. He struck again in the third over, and soon added 3 more to leave the visitors 43-5. After bowling 12 overs straight taken a superb 5-30, the spinners kept up the pressure, with the innings folding in 36 overs for 118.

Dons openers Josh Brear and Michael Mitchell looked to weather the early storm from the away side, but Brear came out on the wrong end of a LBW decision for 12. Rory Christopherson and Mitchell played solidly, and blunted the attack, until the Kiwi batsman got a good one to go for 15. Joe Ashdown and the 'wall' Mitchell added 45 for the 3rd wicket, as the finishing line neared. 3 more wickets went down, but Mitch stood firm ending 40 not out, and guiding the Dons to a 5 wicket victory.

 

The 2s travelled north to Holmesfield. The Dons lost toss and were asked to bowl first. It looked a good toss to lose for a while as the Dons bowlers got on top of the home side. It was then that Holmesfield skipper Pearson, took the game away from us, as he made 128 not out, and led his side to 268-9. Facing a big chase, Andy Brear played a lone hand in pursuit. He made 122 with 13 x 4 and 6x6, in a chanceless knock. Whilst Brear was still going, there was a chance, but once he was stumped, the Dons made the game safe to end 208-7.

 

The 3s travelled to Burton, to face Rolleston. Having lost the toss, the Dons were soon in trouble. Middle order trio of Jamie Baker (23), Chinny Desai (38) and Tyler Forrester (29n.o), managed to get the final total up to 156. Speedster Ashani Jones came out firing after the break, reducing the hosts to 60-4. With the game in the balance, Rolleston's 5 wicket took the game away, knocking off the total without losing any futher wickets.

 

The 4s were at The HSG Oval against Holmewood. Having been put into bat, the Dons started well with openers Simon Bassett and Ben French. Al Hibbert added a majestic 34, with shots all over the wicket, a real lesson in the art of batsmanship. Steve Mountney made 52, as the Dons got to 205-6 off 40 overs. In reply Holmewood had a good go at the total, but with James Fisher taking 4-43, Simon Bassett 3-20 and Tom Rice 2-26, they held out for a draw at 151-9.

 

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Dons Week 3 preview

All 4 Dons sides are again in action on week 3 of the DCCL season.

 

The 1s entertain Eckington at The HSG Oval. The Dons will be looking to build on last weeks excellent win at Rolleston. The only change to the side see's Ben Ashdown replace Ollie Baum.

 

The 2s make a long trip north to Holmesfield. The Dons sit top of the table after 2 wins out of 2. Jason Fowler comes into the team after some good knock's in the 3s, and veteran seamer Paul Cook makes his first appearance of the summer.

 

The 3s travel to Rolleston searching for thier first win of the season. Quickie Ash Jones makes his first appearance of the season, and new signing Luke Sloman makes his debut.

 

The 4s hosts Holmewood at The HSG Oval. There are 3 changes from last weeks winning draw, with Steve Mountney, James Fisher and Louis Danvers all making their first starts of the summer.

 

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1 to 1 Coaching at SCC

SCC overseas player Rory Christopherson will be doing 1 to 1 coaching sessions for Dons members and non - members.

 

Rory is a Level 3 coach with a wealth of coaching and playing knowledge. If you are looking at specific parts of your game to improve, or for Rory to identify areas to improve, this sessions will perfect for you. 

 

As well as Rory's cricketing knowledge, he also a qualified strength and conditioning coach, so if you are looking at ways to prevent injuries or remove barriers to improvement, Rory is your man.

 

Sessions will be priced as follows

 

30 min Cricket Coaching - £10

45 min Cricket Coaching - £15

Strength and Conditioning Session - Please contact Rory.

 

Rory will be at the club throughout the weeks this season, alternatively you can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07521221495

 

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Mixed bag for the Dons in week 2

All 4 Dons sides took to the field for week 2 of the DCCL.

 

The 1s made the trip south to take on Rolleston. Skipper Adam Finlay won the toss and elect to bowl first, on a pitch with a touch of dampness. Opening bowlers Tom Williams (10-5-15-1) and Paul Allen soon got to work taking 1 each early, and with Chris Windmill executing a superb run out from mid wicket, the hosts were soon 40-3. The dangerous Zaroob, decided attack was the best option, but Matt Madeley knocked back his leg peg to leave the score at 67-4. The spinners then got in on the act, firstly restricting the run rate, and then bringing the innings to an end with Joe Ashdown ending with 5-33 and Chris Windmill 1-29. After the break openers Josh Brear and Michael Mitchell again started in confident fashion, until Mitchell got a good one to be removed LBW. Ollie Baum contiuned the solid work adding 40 with Brear. Rory Christophearson replaced Baum and added a busy half century partnership to really swing the game the Dons way. Christophearson was dismissed some what out of the blue with 50 required. Joe Ashdown was next in and he and the excellent Brear (73n.o) led the Dons to the target with 7 wickets and 12 overs in the bank.

 

The 2s hosted Eckington at The HSG Oval. Skipper Sam Kellogg won the toss and elected to bowl first. Like the 1s, opening bowlers Ciaran Ellard (4-33) and Sam Stephens (2-29) soon had the visitors in dire trouble at 46-6. There was a slight recovery, but Jack Gorbert (2-16) finished them off for 167. Dons openers Andy Brear and Nick Rigg came out aggressively, adding 67. On their departure, there was a brief wobble, and with 50 needed with 5 wickets in hand it could of gone either way. Skipper Sam Kellogg (35 n.o) showed all his experiance and along with Stephens (20 n.o) the total was knocked of with the minimum of fuss, meaning the 2s have won their two opening fixtures.

 

The 3s travelled to Dunstall looking for their first win of the season. Bowling first the Dons bowlers did a fantastic job with Allon - Paul Scotton (2-42), Cian Fox (2-21), Simon Fearn (2-31) and Matt Hind (3-36) dismissing the hosts for 140. The reply was looking good with Jason Fowler (25) and Steve Baker (51) adding 50 for the second wicket. But no one else could get into double figures, as the Dons were bowled out 6 short of victory.

 

The 4s were at The HSG Oval for their first game of the season against Selston. Batting first the innings was built around an entertaining partnership between Tom Mellor (80) and Adam Coopey (36), with youngsters Charlie Rigg (26 n.o) and Uzzi Scotton (14 n.o) taking the score to 197-7 off 40 overs. Tom Rice (2-29) and Rigg (2-47) soon had the visitors in trouble and skipper Simon Bassett adding 3 more there was a sniff of victory, only for the visitors to hold out on 155-8.

 

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Dons ready for Week 2

The DCCL enters week 2 with all 4 Dons sides in action.

 

The 1s go to Rolleston, looking to build on a good performance that led to a winning draw against Chesterfield last week. Ben Ashdown is unavailble, so Mat Madeley comes in after impressing in the National KO, last Sunday.

 

The 2s host Eckington at the HSG Oval on the back of a full points victory at Darley Dale last week. Megan Pittman makes her 2nd team debut behind the stumps, and Sam Stephens returns. 

 

The 3s travel to Deer Park to take on Dunstall 2s. After a losing draw last week, the Dons will be looking for their first victory of the campaign. Tyler Forrester and Jamie Baker both return to the line up.

 

The 4s get their season underway at the HSG Oval against Selston Town. Simon Bassett leads a blend of youth and experiance in our first season in 8N

 

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Dons bow out of National KO

The Dons travelled to Tamworth for the first round of the National KO.

 

The home side won the toss and batted first. An early chance went down in the 3rd over as the Dons made use of the new ball. Matt Madeley made the break through, removing Kinson LBW for 7. Chris Windmill came on early and soon had his first wicket, bowling Fisher for 7. Then followed the biggest partnership of the match, as Flower cashed in on his earlier escape and Burrows added 150 for the 3rd wicket. A total of over 250 looked very much on, but James Rigg, and Windmill stemed the flow, with Tamworth ending 240-5.

Michael Mitchell again looked in great touch after the break, and with Nick Rigg moved the score along nicely. Both made 30's but couldn't keep it going. Joe Ashdown and James Rigg kept it ticking, but the Dons always looked like they would need 1 big over to get the rate under control. Ashdown departed for 55 and dispite 29 from Windmill, the Dons ended 224-7

 

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Week 1 Review

The DCCL got underway for 3 of the 4 Dons sides on Saturday, with a win and two draws gained.

 

The 1s hosted Chesterfield at The HSG Oval. Skipper Adam Finlay lost the toss, and the Dons had first go on a good looking pitch. Openers Michael Mitchell and Josh Brear, started well, with Mitchell unleashing some glourious drives through the off side. The pair had added 71, in good time, when Mitchell fell to the leg spin of Critchley. Ollie Baum came to the cease and kept the momemtum going adding 50 with Brear, with a few trademark extra cover drives. Baum's dismissal lead to a mini collaspe, but Brear was still there, looking to pick up the pace. He managed to do this with the middle/lower order, but with a well deserved ton in sight, nicked off for 92. This knocked ensured the Dons posted a competitive 240-8. After the break, Paul Allen struck early, but the visitors patiently went about their innings. Joe Ashdown's off spin took two wickets in two overs to make the score 84-3. Another partnership followed, but the rate was steadily creeping up with tight bowling from Chris Windmill. Ashdown removed Critchley for 35, and then Tom Williams removed the dangerous Whitley for 48. The visitors attempts to move the score along, lead to 3 more wickets going down, and dispite the best efforts of the Dons, the visitors held on at 209-8.

 

The 2s started their 4N campaign at Darley Dale. Being sent in to bat, the innings was one full of starts, with Nick Rigg, Isacc Scotton, Mani Saini and Matt Madeley all making 20's, as the the Dons were shot out for 143. The bowlers came out firing after the break, giving the home side no let up. Matt Madeley took 2-20, Jack Gorbert 2-27 and Dean Vickers 4-39 as Darley Dale with bundled out for 111, giving the Dons 27 points.

 

The 3s hosted Sawley 2s at The HSG Oval. The Dons won the toss and elected to bowl first, and did well to restrict a strong Sawley side to 185-6. After the break the Dons couldnt quite get going, with Jason Fowler making 40 and Chinny Desai 30 not out to see the Dons through to safety at 148-6

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Welcome Rory

SCC would like to welcome new 'Don' Rory Christopherson to the club for the 2017 season. Rory comes over from New Zealand, where he has made 2 first class appearances and 3 list A appearances for Northern Districts. Along with this, he is a regular member of the Northlands minor association side which compete in a very strong Hawke Cup competition.

 

All at SCC wish Rory all the best for the summer and hopes that you have a fantastic summer at The HSG Ovalrory

Dons lose out at Lords

The Dons made the trip to London last weekend, in search of the ECB Indoor National Title.

 

Up against us was 6 time finalists Broadstairs CC from Kent. Skipper Adam Finlay lost the toss, but was happy to be put into bat. The court at Lords is alot bigger than that at the Gateway, and after watching the first semi final, a score of around 135-140 was deemed as par.

 

The innings got off to a good start with openers Finlay and Joe Ashdown adding 55 in the first 5 overs, against a swinging ball. Both retired out on 25, Mani Saini nicked off early but Tom Williams kept up the pace. Wickets started to tumble towards the end, bringing back the openers with the skipper making 26 from 25 and Ashdown 43 not out from 18, giving the Dons a total of 128-5.

 

Early wickets were needed to get the rate up, but although they didnt come Broadstairs total was kept in check. As the batters got in more and more indoors shots were seen, but still the break through couldnt be made. 

 

Eventually the 10th over brought 2 wickets, but it couldnt turn the tide as the Kent side went through with 5 balls to spare.

 

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New Level 2 coaches

SCC would like to congratulate Martin Burley and Jon Clewes on achieving their Level 2 coaching certificates. This futher adds to the clubs strong base of qualified coaches, which will benefit our junior players this summer.Spondon badge

Don Down Under

New 'Don' Michael Mitchell has just returned from a winter playing in Australia, for Waaia Cricket Club, in the Murray Valley District League.

 

Michael enjoyed a fantastic summer, scoring a club high 666 runs at 60.55, a great effort, especially with tempertures regularly hittting 40 degrees in that part of North East Victoria. 

 

His club exploits were recognised by the league as he represented them in a victorious Melbourne County Week, and a runners up spot in the Bendigo Country Week. As well as this he was named in the Murray Valley team of the season.

 

All at SCC look foward to seeing Michael now he has returned, and hope that he can continue his great form throughout the summer.

 

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C.R.Y Coffee & Cake Morning

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There will be a coffee and cake morning at SCC on Saturday 25th March 10am - 1pm. The morning will help raise funds and awareness for the Cardiac Risk in the Young Charity (CRY). All are welcome to support a wonderful event.

New name for the ground

SCC are delighted to announce that main sponsor HSG UK, have agreed to sponsor the ground for the 2017 season. The ground will now be named as the HSG Oval.

This sponsorship will allow us to maintain the grounds repretation as one of the best grounds in the DCCL. Signage is currently being sourced, to but on the entrance to the ground, and around the ground.

The club must once again thank Simon Rice and his team at HSG UK, for their generous support of both Senior and Junior cricket at SCC.

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Junior Registration Dates and Info

The dates for Junior 'Dons' to register for our junior programmes in 2017 will be

 

WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH & WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH

 

AT THE HSG OVAL, 144 LOCKO ROAD, SPONDON

 

6PM ONWARDS

 

New for this year, the club will be running the new ECB Scheme, 'ALLSTARS CRICKET' which will replace the FUNDIMENTALS program that we have run in the past.

 

For more information please contact Chairman Dave Moore (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Junior Co-ordinator Martin Burley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Child Welfare Officer Wanted

SCC are currently looking for a volunteer to take up the important role of Child Welfare Officer, starting in 2018. Any volunteers will be able to shadow our two exsisting officers, Kim Baker and Claire Lager, to be able to see what is involved. All training will be provided, with the club funding the relavant certificates needed. For more information on the role or to express an interest, please get in touch with Chairman Dave Moore (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or our current officers Kim Baker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Claire Lager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)Spondon badge

Dons make National Finals

The 'Dons' were in Northern Area Finals action on Sunday at the County Ground, with a place at Lords the prize for the winners.

 

First up for 'Dons' were Durham outfit South Shields C.C. Captain Adam Finlay won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. Openers Finlay and Joe Ashdown retired out on 25, Mani Saini and Tom Williams kept it ticking over as a big score looked possible. The away side fought back well, but the Dons ended on 125-5 off 12 overs. South Shields started well adding 47 for the first wicket and at halfway were looking well set. 3 quick wickets got us back in the match, and an incredable run out from Mani Saini all but made the game safe. Their last remaining batter kept going but was always facing an uphill battle as South Shields finished on 118-5.

 

This meant the 'Dons' would now face Bolton side Farnworth Social Circle CC for a place at Lords. Adam Finlay again called right and batted first. Adam 'Indoor Bradman' Finlay was again in fine touch and retired out, with Mani Saini adding 23, and Tom Williams a quickfire 22 as the 'Dons' posted 124 all out against a good bowling attack. The start of the second innings couldn't have gone any better for SCC, as Tom Williams sent down a wicket maiden, then Dean Vickers got 2 in an over and a run in the next left Farnworth in tatters at 7-4, which soon became 14-5. The last batsman hung around but the game was done, Farnworth ending 39 all out, sending the 'Dons' to their first national finals, after losing the previous 3 regional final attempts.

 

We will be up against Broadstairs CC from Kent at 12.45, with the final at 2.45. Entry is free to the Indoor Centre at Lords for anybody looking for a trip down to London for the day.indoor regional winners

HSG extend main Sponsorship

SCC are delighted to announce that HSG UK have agreed to extend their main sponsorship of the 'Dons' in 2017. HSG UK provide high quality hygiene products and washroom services and supply venues such as the 02 London and LG Arena Birmingham. For more information please visit their website at www.hsguk.com 

Aswell as being main sponsor, HSG will also have naming rights for the Spondon Cricket Ground for the 2017 season, with a poll on twitter currently running.

SCC would once again like to offer a hugh thank you to Simon Rice and all at HSG UK for their continued support of SCC

 

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Dons progress to area finals

The 'Dons' took on Lincolnshire champions Cherry Willingham on Sunday in the ECB Regional Final at the Gateway Centre.

Skipper Adam Finlay took the positive step to bat first and it paid off as the Dons scored an above par 142-4 off 12 overs. 

With scoreboard pressure from the start, the bowlers strangled the life out of the visitors reply, with Dean Vickers cashing in with 4-7 off 3 overs.

The scorecard link is below

http://spondon.play-cricket.com/website/results/3029503

 

This has now set up a Northern Area Semi Final against South Shields CC, at the Gateway Centre on Sunday 5th March at 2.30pm. The winners will then play the final at 3.45pm

 

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German Night

SCC will be hosting its first and hopefully annual Ocktoberfest Night on Saturday 13th MAY. 

Tickets are on sale now at £10 which includes a stein.

Prizes for best fancy dress on the night so no excuses!!

There will be traditional music, snacks and a free frankfurter with every ticket.

Please get your tickets early from Dean Vickers or committe member to allow for the steins to be order in plenty of time

All welcome to what should be a cracking night, hopefully after a full house of results for the Donsoktoberfest

St Patricks Day Club Night

SCC will be open on Saturday 18th March for the England v Ireland Six Nations match, hopefully a deciding game in this years competition. After this the club will be hosting a St Patrick's Day themed night. There will be music, snacks and games as well as plenty of Guiness.

Fancied dress is welcomed with prizes for the best efforts.

All are welcome to a fun night at the club!!

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2017 Sponsorship

SCC is always on the look out for more local to sponsors, to help us continue to provide a first class facility for the village of

Spondon.

 

Our sponsorship packages will give your company great advertising throughout the year.

 

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Indoor Regional Finals

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The Dons are in regional indoor finals actions on Sunday 19th Feb at the County Ground, Derby. We take on Lincolnshire winners Cherry Willingham at 12 noon with the winners progressing to semi finals later in the day. All support welcome, we are only 3 games from Lords!!

DCFC Allstars 2017

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The DCFC Allstars will be back at SCC this summer, bigger and better than ever. Keep this date free in your diaries, and come on down to watch a fun afternoon of cricket with some of the Rams greats!!

AGM Report

Thursday saw the 2016 AGM take place at the SCG, with an excellent turn out and a number of new members to the exec. committee and changes of roles.

Here are the following changes/additions

 

Chairman - Dave Moore

 

Secretary - Sarah Bunting

 

Vice Chairman - Ian Collins

 

Junior Co - ordinator - Martin Burley

 

Social Committee - Dean Vickers

 

Special Events - Neil Lowe

 

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ECB Indoor Regional Finals

SCC are in regional finals action at home, at the Gateway Centre, County Ground, Derby. The 'Dons' are drawn against Lincolnshire Premier League winners Cherry Willingham at 12 noon. Winners of this will then play in the semi final and possibly the final later in the day. The winners of the regional final will travel to Lords later in the year for the national final

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SCC Fantasy Cricket

SCC have set up a Fantasy Cricket League for the 2017 season. 

It is open to all, and could be an excellent fundraiser for the club. It is £10 a team, payable to Joe Ashdown before the season. 

The link for our Fantasy League site is here http://spondon.fantasyclubcricket.co.uk/ or in the forms section of the homepage. It is free to sign up though the site, but £10 a team. All the scoring rules etc are also on the site.

Have a go and add a bit of spice to the 2017 season!!Spondon badge

Welcome to the SCG

The cricket committee has been working hard over the winter to bring in some talented players, that will improve the playing squads for the 2017.

 

Opening batsman Michael Mitchell has signed from Denby. A very talented top order bat,who puts a high price on his wicket. He has been involved at the Derbyshire Academy. Michael is currently in Australia, and will hopefully be in top nick when the season gets underway.

 

Andy Brear has signed from Heanor Town. Andy is joining son Josh at SCC for 2017. Andy is the holder of many county league batting records, and will no doubt score heavily for the Dons.

 

The Scotton brothers have joined the Dons from Darley Abbey. Isacc is a leg spinning all rounder currently involved at the academy. Allon is an seam bowler who had an excellent 2016, and Uzzi is a very talented wicket keeper, who is involved at district level.

 

SCC wishes you all a warm welcome to the club, and wish you every success for the 2017 season.Spondon badge 

Indoor 'B's win the league

The Indoor B side wrapped up the Division 2 title on Sunday with a game to spare, with a convincing win against Brailsford. 

 

The A side will be looking to follow suit on Sunday with a win against Rolls Royce to take the Division 1 title.

 

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New Years Tote Draw

 

The annual New Years Tote was drawn at Spondon Liberal Club on 1st January, congratulations to the following winners

 

Ollie Baum £162

Matt Adam £162

Kevin Bunting £162

Kath Green £162

Terry Baughan £162

Paul Aloo £162

 

SCC would like to thank all who sold tickets, with the following the top sellers for this year

 

Rich Ashdown £464

Kevin Bunting £201

Dave Owen £100

 

The club would also like to give a hge thankyou to Sarah and Kev Bunting for the excellent organisation of this years tote draw

 

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Indoor Training 2017

SCC's Pre Season Indoor Training gets underway at Trent College, Long Eaton on Monday 6th Feb, 7.30pm - 8.30pm. Sessions are £3, are open to anyone looking to play senior weekend cricket this summer. For more details please contact Chairman of Cricket Paul Allen (07894242992) or 1st XI Captain Adam Finlay (07837327115)

 

 

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Overseas Player 2017

SCC is delighted to announce the signing of Michael Rippon as overseas player for 2017. Michael is a top order right hand bat and bowls left arm chinaman. He has first class experiance with the Cape Cobra's and Sussex, as well as 4 ODI appearances for Holland. Michael's full record is availble here http://www.espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/380956.html

 

All at SCC wish Michael a warm welcome to the SCG and look foward to a successful season

 

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Merry Christmas!!

SCC would like to wish all players, supporters, sponsors and volunteers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

 

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Worldwide 'Dons'

With the season well underway in the southern hemisphere, here's a look at how our 'Adpoted Dons' are getting on.

 

In South Africa both Colin Ingram and Grant Mokoena are involved in the CSA T20 Challenge for their respective franchase. Grant has made 3 appearances so far with a top score of 25, as his Titans side sit joint top. Colin has made 7 appearances for the Warriors with a top score of 55, as they to sit joint top of the table. The two sides next meet on Sunday 11th Dec, live on Sky Sports from 12.15pm.

 

In Australia, Simon Hill continues to be one of the big wickets in Victorian Premier Cricket. He currently has a highest score of 71 from 9 innings this season, as his club Camberwell Magpies sit 2nd in the ladder.

 

In New Zealand, Pete Drysdale continues to dominate the Bay of Plenty competition. From 6 innings he averages 39, with a top score of 105 n.o. His club Mount Maunganui sit 2nd in the table. Graeme Tryon has this year moved to Wellington, to play for Hutt District C.C. In 5 knocks he has currently got a highest score of 37, with best bowling of 1-14, and has also made 1 appearance the Hutt Valley Rep side.

 

James Richards remains in Christchurch, playing for St. Albans C.C. He currently has a top score of 45 from 8 one and two day matches.

 

Gary Ballance is currently on tour with England in India.Spondon badge

SCC New Years Tote Draw

SCC will be again holding our New Years Day Tote Draw at Spondon Liberal Club rom 12 noon on January 1st.

 

Tote tickets are availble from Sarah Bunting or committee members.

 

Could all players be reminded to try and sell at least 5 tickets. Monies raised will go towards the up keep of our facilities and also towards a possible coloured kit for the U19's to wear during their T20 campaign.

 

Also for the first time the draw will go out live on our facebook page, so keep a note of what numbers you have selected!!

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Christmas Quiz

SCC will be hosting a Christmas Quiz on Friday 2nd December from 7pm. Other games will be taking place on the night, and food will be availble. Hopefully see a good turnout for a pre christmas social.Spondon badge

SCC Helmets

SCC kit supplier Cricket Box, are now offering club helmets, both for seniors and juniors. Please see the Kit Shop section for more details

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Fireworks Night

SCC would like to thank all who attended and those who volunteered on the night, all of whom contributed to a great night. This was our biggest display yet, and we hope that you all return again in 2017!!Spondon badge

Indoor Cricket Update 2016

The Indoor cricket season has got underway, with both 'Dons' sides getting off to good starts.

 

The A team are currently joint top of Division 1 with 4 wins from 5.

 

The B team are top of Division 2 with 4 wins  from 4.

 

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Firework Spectacular 2016

The SCC Fireworks Spectacular is coming soon, on Saturday 5th November.

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DCCL Rules Revision Meeting 2017

The DCCL Rules Revision meeting is coming up, here are the main points effecting cricket that will be voted on. Any views please get in touch with Paul Allen or Adam Finlay. For a full copy please contact Joe Ashdown

Submitted by the Executive Committee Section B – Club Officials and Mandatory Administration

(B1)Club Officials

 

1:5All clubs must maintain in the About Us section and in the Teams area on their play-cricket site an accurate list of their current officials and captains. Such list must include an email address for the Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Welfare Officer(s), Website Administrator(s) and team captains. Where available, details should also be given for Chairman and Treasurer

From the EC: The play-cricket system is now the main method used by league officials to contact the clubs. By having all the relevant contact information there, it enables all of our officials to work from the same list of contacts, and for the clubs to update those details themselves without having to notify the league every time that something changes. It enables us to contact the right people at each club and is therefore a major advantage to all concerned to operate in this manner

 

Submitted by the Executive Committee

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Points System

DRAW 10 points to the side scoring the most runs and 2 points to the side scoring the least runs if the difference is between 51 and 75 runs. (In the Premier Division

4:2 4:2:3 between 51 and 75 runs) 4:2:411 points to the side scoring the most runs and 1 point to the side scoring the least runs if the difference is 76 runs and over. (In the Premier Division 76 runs and

over)

From the EC: This change is intended to make the points allocations consistent across the whole league, and to encourage teams batting second to play more positively by moving up the threshold at which the second point in a differential draw becomes available. It may be superseded by a subsequent proposal

 

 

 

 

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New Years Tote 2017

SCC New Years Tote tickets are now availble. Players are expected to try and sell at least 5 cards. If you would like to sell cards please see Sarah Bunting or Anth Rowell.

 

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SCC Awards Night 2016

SCC hosted the annual club awards night last Saurday. The following people won awards

 

1st XI Batting Ali Dixon

1st XI Bowling Chris Windmill

1st Player of the Year Chris Windmill

 

2nd XI Batting Jack Hurst 

2nd XI Bowling Ciaran Ellard

2nd XI Player of the Year Jack Gorbert

 

3rd XI Batting Steve Baker

3rd XI Bowling Simon Fearn

3rd XI Player of the Year Simon Fearn

 

4th XI Batting Simon Bassett

4th XI Bowling Simon Bassett

4th XI Player of the Year Alan Hibbert

 

Colin Davies Performance of the Year Jack Hurst 100no v Denby

 

Bob Baker Young Cricketer of the Year Isacc Harrison

 

Clubman of the Year Steve Williams

 

Merit Award Sarah Bunting & Dawn Baines

 

Congratulations to all winners and thanks to everyone who attended the event

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SENIOR PRESENTATION NIGHT SAT 22ND OCT

The clubs presentation night is coming up on Sat 22nd Oct at 7pm at the club. All welcome to celebrate the successes of the 2016

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2nd XI Review 2016

The 2nd XI were back in Division 3 for 2016 after two seasons.

The season got off to a disappointing start with a losing draw at home to Elvaston and defeat at Denby. The rain cost the Dons a first victory at home to Rolls Royce with a small total in sight.

The first victory came, with a clinical display at Clowne Town, bowling the hosts out for 78, going on to secure a 9 wicket victory. A good draw against champions Shipley Hall and a close to defeat to runner up Derby Congs, kept the belief up in the camp. The Dons secured a second victory of the season, again in style, bowling Heanor Town out for 49 to land maximum points. This was followed with victory at Ticknall, and victory at home to Denby made it 3 in a row.

The Dons had a costly defeat at basement dwellers Rolls Royce, suffered two more defeats to drag them back into a basement battle.

A fantastic victory at Shipley Hall, took the Dons back to mid table, only for the rain to win in the next two weeks. Unfortunately the Dons stumbled to two more defeats in the last two games, condemning us to the drop after only one season back at this level

 

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1st XI Review 2016

The 1st XI started out the 2016 with hopes again of challenging for the Derbyshire Premier League title. Close season work by new skipper Adam Finlay had seen the club bring in Grant Mokoena from South Africa, to boost the batting stocks. The season got off to a great start, with Denby dispatched by 7 wickets, for an opening day win. The side followed this with a first home victory of the season with another dominant display against Lullington Park. It was looking good for 3 in a row the next week, when the weather prevailed, with the Dons looking good for victory.

Returning to the SCG, the Dons put away a fancied Ticknall side by 5 wickets, leaving a top of the table clash the next week against Swarkestone. Again the weather interrupted the Dons victory charge, with 20 runs needed when the rain won. At this point, a bid for the title was definatly on.

The first disappointment of the summer, came at Eckington, where a mid order collapse cost the side victory. The Dons bounced back with an ashtonishing last ball victory at home to Rolleston. Ockbrook were next up, and the Dons could not quite grab the last wicket to secure victory. Cutthorpe were the next visitors at the SCG, with the home side putting in a clinical performance to secure a 8 wicket win. Rain again won away at Sandiacre with a victory in sight, and it surely cost the Dons another victory the next week at home to Chesterfield. The second half of the season started poorly, with a dreadful performance at Lullington Park. The Dons kept up the winning run at home scraping past Quarndons 132.

A third defeat of the season came at Ticknall, the home side cruising past the Dons 246. Another defeat followed at Swarkestone, with the game going to the final ball. Despite this the Dons had progress to the Premier Cup Semi Finals. Another tight run chase followed the next week, with the Dons remaining unbeaten at home with a 2 wicket win against Eckington.

It was from here, the Dons started to run out of steam. A poor losing draw at Rolleston, rain saved draw at home to Ockbrook and an complete abandonment at Cutthorpe. The unbeaten run at home came to an end with defeat against Sandiacre and a final day defeat at Chesterfield, meant a 4th placed finish for the Dons.Spondon badge

Senior Presentation Fri 16th Oct

Players, members and supporters of SCC are reminded that the 2016 Presentation Night will be held at the club on SATURDAY 22ND OCTOBER at 7pm.

 

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Captains Election 2017

The club held its annual Captains Election SGM, this Thursday as plans for the 2017 season get underway. The following will be captains for the clubs 4 senior sides.

 

1st XI - Adam Finlay

2nd XI -  Sam Kellogg

3rd XI - Lee Fox

4th XI - Simon Bassett

Chairman of Cricket - Paul Allen

 

The club wishes all the cricket committee the best of luck and thanks those leaving posts for their hard work and dedication

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Final Day Preview

The final round of fixtures in the Derbyshire County League take place this Saturday, with all to play for for the Dons.

 

The 1s travel to Queens Park, to take on a star studed Chesterfield, looking to confirm fourth spot in the Premier League. The Dons havent been out of the top 4 all summer, and it would be classed as a decent summer if fourth spot was achieved, to go along with 2 semi finals.

 

The big games both take place at the SCG this weekend. The 2s are looking to confirm Div 3 status against Ticknall. A positive result would be good enough, but the Dons will be looking to finish their first season back in 3 on a high.

 

The 3s are at home to Alrewas, with a win guaranteeing a second successive promotion, to Div 4S, which would see the Dons as the only club with a 3rd XI at that level in 2017.

 

The 4s finished their season last week, winning the league and moving up to Div 8 next year.Spondon badge

4s Crowned Champions!!

The 4s finished off their 2016 campaign on Saturday, securing the 6 points required to secure the 9N title. Playing at home against Duffield the Dons finished just short of victory, but the 10 points gained secured the title. Congrats to skipper Simon Bassett and all who have taken the field this season.Spondon badge

Presidents Day

Sunday saw the annual Presidents Day game at the SCC, with the Presidents XI coming out on top. 

 

The scocecard form the day can be found using the following link

 

http://www.totalcricketscorer.com/TCSLive/TCSScorecard.aspx?id=51840

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Weekend Review 20/8/16

Round 18 of the DCCL took place on Saturday with all 4 Dons teams beating a poor forcast to get games in, although the results did not quite go to plan.

 

The 1s travelled to Rolleston. With rain in the air, the skipper Adam Finlay decided to bowl first. Although early wickets didnt arrive, the hosts were not taking the game away. The acceleration did come form their number four who chanced his arm to belt a quickfire hundred, to take the final total to a gettable 237. Unfortunatly the weekly top order collaspe took place, and at 52-7 the game looked done. Ben Ashdown and Chris Windmill dug in, adding 70. Windmill departed for 43, but Paul Allen saw it through for a draw with Ashdown unbeaten on 34.

 

The 2s hosted Derby Congs at the SCG. The Dons were put into bat, and although Matt Madeley and Jack Hurst both made 30's nither could go on, with the Dons being bowled out for 163. Paul Cook gave the home side a sniff with 4 wickets and if a couple of catches were grabbed, it may have been a different story. As it was the away side got to the total 6 down.

 

The 3s were also away to Rolleston. The Dons were put into bat, and were led by opener Tyler Forrester with 65. Ashani Jones chipped in with 27 as the Dons made 177-9. Jones then wiped out the home sides batting with 5-38 as Rolleston were bowled out for 108.

 

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Saturday Preview 20/8/16

Saturday sees round 18 in the Derbyshire County League with all 4 Dons sides still with plent to play for.

 

1s (L,L,W,W,L) v Rolleston (L,D,L,W,L) AWAY

The 1s need a win to keep in with a shout of winning the Premier League. They will be looking for a repeat of the opposite fixture earlier this season, when the Dons secured victory of the final ball of the day.

 

2s (W,L,L,L,W) v Derby Congs (W,W,W,W,W) HOME

The 2s will look to add to last weeks victory against top of the league Derby Congs. The Dons should have won the opposite fixture but were unable to chase 150. A victory would see the Dons firmly in top half of the league.

 

3S (A,W,W,W,W) v Rolleston (L,W,L,D,L) AWAY

The 3s of in great form at present, which has seen them right in the picture for a second successive promotion. Rolleston are mid table, so a win would keep the pressure up on the top.

 

4s (D,L,C,D,L) v Stanton by Dale (L,L,W,L,L) HOME

The 4s with 4 games left are 30 points clear at the top. A win tommorrow, and results elsewhere going their way, promotion could be confirmed by Saturday night.Spondon badge

Sunday Review 14/8/16

The 1s and 4s were both involved in big cup ties on Sunday.

 

SCG: 1s 121 All Out (Finlay 43) Lost to Cuckney 122-4 (Windmill 3-21)

The 1s hosted Notts Premier League leaders Cuckney in the semi final of the Derbyshire Cup. The Dons won the toss and batted first on the same pitch as Saturday. The Dons had there usual collasped early doors, and at 26-6, a record low score looked on the cards. Captain Adam Finlay dug in to make 43, and Paul Allen made 29, as the total slowly moved towards something that might be defendable. It was not to be though, as the visitors rode a couple of wobbles to record an 6 wicket defeat, amd send the Dons to a third straight home semi final defeat in the Derbyshire Cup.

 

DARLEY DALE: 4s 87-4 Lost to Rolls Royce 162-9

The 4s travelled north to Darley Dale, for the final of the Harry Lund T20. An experianced Royces side batted first and made 162-9 with Matt Hind the pick of the bowlers with 3-21. It was always going to be difficult for the Dons on a big ground, and so it proved as we could only manage 87-4. A great effort be all who played to get to the final, and a good experiance of finals cricket for the youngsters.Spondon badge

Saturday Review 13/8/16

Saturday saw round 17 of the Derbyshire County League get underway with some big games for the Dons

 

SCG: 1s 165-8 (Windmill 46) Beat Eckington 164 All Out (Windmill 4-48, Allen 3-26)

The 1s hosted Eckington at the SCG. The away side won the toss and elected to bat but were soon on the back foot as Paul Allen took 3-26 from 15 accurate overs. Chris Windmill then chipped in with 4-48, leaving the Dons 165 to win. The reply started well with openers Josh Brear and Ollie Baum adding 40 in quick time. Then came the weekly collaspe as 40 for none soon became 76-6. Captain Adam Finlay and Windmill repaered some of the damage adding 50, but both departed with still 17 to get. James Rigg kept his cool to make a crucial 14 not out to get the Dons over the line

DONS 27 POINTS ECKINGTON 6 POINTS

 

THE FIELD: 2s 215-5 (Archer 76, Stephens 50) Beat Shipley Hall 183 All Out (Gorbert 5-26)

The 2s travelled to high flying Shipley on Saturday. Losing the toss the Dons batted first and the innings was held together by Matt Archer and Sam Stephens. Jack Gorbert and Jack Hurst both added 20's as the Dons posted a useful 215-5. Paul Cook kept the home side quiet after the break, with 10 good overs. With the rate going up the spinners took control, with Jack Gorbert returning 5-26 to lead the Dons to a crucial victory.

DONS 27 POINTS SHIPLEY HALL 6 POINTS

 

SCG: 3s 227-5 (Forrester 77, S.Baker 47, C.Fox 30, Desai 35*) Beat A&B 85 All Out (Desai 3-28, Fearn 4-21)

The 3s recorded a big win at home to local rivals A&B. Having lost the toss, the Dons batsman made hay on a good SCG wicket. Tyler Forrester top scored with 77 and was backed up by Steve Baker, Cian Fox and Chintan Desai as the Dons racked up 227-5. The bowlers then blew the visitors away as Desai completed a great all round game picking up 3 and 5S's leading wicket taking taker didnt disappoint taking 4-21 to complete a 142 run victory.

DONS 27 POINTS A&B 2 POINTS

 

GOOSE LANE: 4s 240-5 (Bassett 72, French 50, Coopey 54) Drew with Codnor 258-5 (Bassett 4-56)

The 4s were involved in a high scoring draw at Codnor. The hosts batted first and made 258-5, despite the best efforts of Simon Bassett with 4-56. The Dons started well with the bat with youngster Ben French making 50, Adam Coopey 56 and Bassett again with 76. They could not quite keep up with the pace and just fell short, with the draw keeping them clear at the top of 9N

DONS 11 POINTS CODNOR 15 POINT

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Sunday Review 7/8/16

Sunday saw the 1s travel to reigning Notts Premier champions, Kimberly Institute, in the quarter final of the Premier Cup.

 

Skipper Adam Finlay lost another toss but would not have been to dissapointed to bat first. Openers Ollie Baum and Josh Brear added another 50 for the first wicket. Ali Dixon then combined with Brear to add 90 for the second wicket, on a pitch that was beginning to show signs of wear. A mini collaspe followed in search of some quicker runs including Brear for 70. It was left again to Chris Windmill to see the innings through with 32 not out, with the Dons finishing on 232-9. Both Kimberly openers fell within the first powerplay. Numbers 3 and 4 for the home side took the game to the seamers and started well against the spinners. Ali Dixons introduction to the attack with his off breaks turned the tide, removing the dangerous Johnson. He added 2 more and with Chris Windmill holding the other end, the home side were in trouble and could not hit there way out of it as they were dismissed for 186, setting up a home semi final for the Dons, against Notts leaders Cuckney this Sunda

 

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Saturday Review 6/8/16

Saturday saw a mixed bag of results for the Dons, on round 16 of the Derbyshire County League.

 

The 1s travelled to league leaders, Swarkestone. After losing the toss, the Dons were put into bat. Opener Ollie Baum looked in great nick, hooking a maximum in the first over. Baum and Josh Brear added 50 in 14 overs, but a good start was wasted as 3 wickets fell for 8 runs. Ali Dixon and Dave Hartley made steady progress in rebuilding the innings. Neither could go on to a big score and it was left to Chris Windmill's quickfire 31no, to help post 210-7. The hosts made a steady start, but there innings soon turned in the Dons favour at 66-3. A series of small partnerships followed but were nipped in the bud at the right time for the Dons. It looked as though the hosts had done enough going into the last over with just 2 required with 3 wickets in hand. Paul Allen managed to take it to the last ball with 1 needed. The ball was hit to mid wicket, where Chris Windmill returned it to the bowlers end, with the batsman seemingly out of his ground. The umpire took a different view, handing the Dons a 3 wicket defeat. 

 

The 2s hosted Brailsford at the SCG. The visitors won the toss and bowled first and soon had the Dons in trouble at 44-6. They was no way back from here as the innings fell away to 71 all out. The visitors knocked them off 3 down in 13 overs despite Jack Gorbert's 2-4. Hopefully a small blip, in what has been a mostly positive season for the 2s.

 

The 3s made the short trip to local rivals Ockbrook. The Dons won the toss and elected to field. Cian Fox bowled a good opening spell, taking 3-44. From here the spinners took control, with Matt Hind taking 2-33 off 14, and the leagues leading wicket taking Simon Fearn 3-31 off 14, leaving the Dons to chase 178. Tyler Forrester started well with 30, but after a small collaspe it was left to the experianced pair off Steve Baker (65no) and captain Lee Fox (48no) to see the Dons home and keep the title in their sights.

 

The 4s were awarded full points as Stanton Elks conceeded, stretching the lead at the top of 9N.Spondon badge

Saturday Review 30/7/16

Saturday saw all 4 Dons teams in action, in round 15 of the Derbyshire County League.

 

The 1s travelled to Ticknall, trying to keep up with leaders Swarkestone. The home side won the toss and sent the 'Dons' in to bat. New opening pair Josh Brear and Nick Rigg layed the foundations with a 100 partnership in 30 overs. Brear departed for 42 and Rigg for 60. Ollie Baum came in at 3 and made 35 off 18 and Ali Dixon 36 off 27 to up the pace. The innings lost a bit of momentum towards the end but 246-9 put the Dons in the game. The home side made a slow start with Paul Allen in his usual ecomonic mode. The pace picked up, but Chris Windmill (3-77) did his best to stem the flow. Going into the last 10, 82 was needed. On a quick scoring ground, Ticknall got to the target 3 down with 14 balls remaining.

 

Dons 6 Points Ticknall 22 Points

 

The 2s were at home to Clowne Town, looking to consolidate in mid table. Captain Matt Archer won the toss and elected to bat. Jason Fowler (74) and Mani Saini (75) combined to add the majority of the final total off 232-8. Despite the best efforts off Ciaran Ellard (2-54) and Sam Stephens (2-43), Clowne got to the total 4 down with 4 overs to spare.

 

Dons 7 Points Clowne Town 27 Points

 

The 3s hosted Wootton at the SCG. The away side batted first, and were never in the hunt as Chintan Desai (3-14) and the returning Adam Coopey (5-30) knocked them over for 69. Steve Baker was the only casulty, as Tyler Forrester (29 no) and Al Hibbert (24 no) saw the Dons home in 13 overs.

 

Dons 27 Points Wootton 0 Points

 

The 4s made the trip north to Clay Cross. Bowling first the Dons did well to restrict the hosts to 173-9, with youngster Joe Davies picking up debut figures of 4-50. The reply started well with openers Simon Bassett (76) and George Twigg (23), looking good. After these two departed the innings fell away to 125 all out.

 

Dons 7 Points Clay Cross 27 Points

 

Despit the 3 defeats, the club strength was outlined as over 20 players were unavailble, so to have 4 competitive sides out is a credit to the selection committee

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Sunday Review 17/7

Sunday saw the 1s and 4s in cup action.

 

The 1s travelled to the Copper Yard to face Denby. Batting first the 'Dons' made steady progress, on a humid day. Joe Ashdown top scored with 59 form 82 balls, and it was left to Nick Rigg to give the innings real momentum, making 48 from 47 balls to lead the 'Dons' to a competitive 220-9. Tom Williams and Matt Madeley started the bowling effort well keeping the home side quiet in the first power play. Ben Ashdown came on first change and immediatly made an impact removing 3 of the top 4. From here the spinners took control, on a pitch offering a bit of turn. Dean Vickers took 3-23 and Ashdown added a fourth as the the hosts were shot out for 139. The 'Dons' will now face Notts Prem Champions Kimberley, away on the 7th August.

 

The 4s hosted their T20 group, with Ilkeston Rultand first up for the 'Dons' in the quarter final. The young 'Dons' batted first and made an excellent 149-4, with Ben French making 46n.o, Isacc Harrison (36) and Charlie Rigg (20). Tom Rice then stole the show with the ball taking 4-18 as Ilkeston fell 12 short. In the semi final later in the day, Belper Amateurs were the opponents. The 'Dons' batted first again, with captain Al Hibbert top scoring with 60, and Isacc Harrison adding 40, as the Dons totalled 183-7. The bowlers never let the visitors get close as Tom Rice (2-21), Joe Wood (2-26) and Isacc Harrison (2-39) restricted Belper to 135-7. The Dons will now face Rolls Royce in the final at Darley Dale on a date to be confirmed.Ben AshdownBen Ashdown 4-39 on Sunday

Saturday Review 16/6

Saturday saw all four 'Dons' sides in action, after the previous weeks washout.

 

The 1s travelled south to face Lullington Park. Having been greeted with heavy drzzle on arrival the game was shortened to 41 overs per side. Captain Adam Finlay lost the toss, and the 'Dons' were asked to bat first on a slightly sticky wicket. The innings started badly, with 4 wickets down for 49. Although there were numerous attempts at a recovery, the innings never got back on track, finishing 134-9, with the skipper top scoring with 23 not out. After a quick start by the home side, the 'Dons' pegged it back and at 95-5 their was a sniff of victory. It was not to be though as the home team got over the line 5 down with 5 overs to spare.

 

Dons 3 Points Lullington 22 Points

 

The 2s hosted Denby at the SCG. Skipper Rob Mountney lost the toss and for only the second time this season batted first. It didnt start well with the 'Dons' soon 4 down for 43. This brought together Dave Tainton (35) and Jack Hurst who combined to add 100. Sam Stephens (26) added another 50 with Hurst. Jack completed a maiden century in the final over, facing 95 balls and hitting 9x4 and 5x6 as he led the side to an excellent 250-8. The bowlers again then took control of the game, with Ciaran Ellard (2-17), Dean Vickers (2-58) and Matt Madeley (3-15) dismissing the visitors for 144.

 

Dons 27 Points Denby 6 Points

 

The 3s hosted Sawley at the SCG. Lee Fox won the toss and elected to bowl. Not for the first time this summer, spinners Simon Fearn (3-51) and Will Parker (3-49) were the star performers, restricting the away side to 159-9. Jason Fowler got the reply off to a good start with 44, and it was left to Tom Mellor (30 no) to see the side home 6 down with 2 overs to spare.

 

Dons 22 Points Sawley 5 Points

 

The 4s travelled north to Belper Amateurs. Bowling first the 'Dons' attack was in its usual good form as the hosts were skittled for 84. Matt Harrison (4-26) and Ryan Bartlett (3-8) were the stand out bowlers. Captain Simon Bassett was in no mood for messing around as he hit a quick fire 61 not out, combining with Isacc Harrison (23no) to seal a 10 wicket victory

 

Dons 22 Points Belper Amateurs 1 Point

 

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Committee Update

The club regret to inform you that Chairman, Neil Kellogg and Hon. Secretary Kath Green have decided not to side for re-election at the end of the season.

 

There are few words that can explain the amazing contribution that they have both made over the years and we are grateful that they have provided us with a lengthy notice period in order to help the club seek suitable replacements.

 

We are also delighted to say that whilst they are resigning from their posts they remain committed to helping the transition to a new team and they intend to be around the club to support us as you would expect in years to come.

 

You can imagine that this presents the Executive Committee and Trustees with the challenge of finding interested people that would like to be considered for these key roles.

 

If you are interested or know of anyone in the club or from the local community that would like to be considered, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Anthony Rowell, on 07976942007, any committee member or Kath and Neil themselves so we can tell you a little more about the role and the responsibilities.

 

We look foward to hearing from you 

 

Best Reguards Spondon Cricket Club

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Weekend Preview

This weekend see's all four 'Dons' sides in action, after last weeks complete washout.

 

The 1s travel to Lullington Park, looking to keep the the title challenge going against 11th place Lullington. Dave Hartley returns to the side with Chris Windmill unavailble.

 

The 2s host Denby at the SCG, looking to get futher clear of the bottom three, and secure their mid table position. 

 

The 3s host Sawley at the SCG, after winning their last game, they will be looking to close the gap on the top two.

 

The 4s travel to Belper Amateurs looking to extend their lead at the top of 9N.

 

On Sunday the 1s travel to Denby for their rearranged Premier Cup tie. The 4s are in T20 action at the SCG, facing Ilkeston Rutland at 11am with a potencial group final at 5pm.Spondon badge

Euro 2016 Fundraiser Winners

The SCC Euro 2016 Fundraisers have now come to an end with the following results.

 

Predictor

1st (£100) Sam Rawson 49 Pts - Sold by The Baines's

 

2nd (£50) Chris Shacklock 47 Pts - Sold by The Bunting's

 

3rd (£25) John Mason 44 Pts - Sold by Tom Williams

 

Just out of the Prizes

Ali Dixon 43 Pts

Jess Birch, Callum Schofield 42 Pts

Steve Wilson, Rush Heer, E Anderson, May Day 41 Pts

Karen Lynam 40 Pts

 

Buy an Envelope 

1st Kev Bunting (£40) - Portugal

2nd Lynda Davies (£10) - France

 

Big thankyou to Kev Bunting for organising the predictor and to all those who sold them, money raised all helps towards running of the club

 

 

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U19 T20

The Spondon Scorchers start their T20 campaign this Friday against Duffield. The games will be played with a pink ball, the the Scorchers will be wearing yellow shirts for the competition. It promises to be an action packed night, all welcome to support the lads.

 

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Weekend Washout

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All 'Dons' fixtures this weekend were cancelled without a ball being bowled. The 1s Prem Cup game will now be next Sunday, aswell as the 4s T20 at the SCG.

Weekend Review 2/7/16

The halfway point of the Derbyshire County League took place at the weekend, with 3 out of the 4 'Dons' sides in action.

 

The 1s hosted Chesterfield at the SCG, looking to keep the pressure up on the the league leaders. Skipper Adam Finlay won the toss and elected to bowl. The visitors dominated the first 25 overs, with the 'Dons' doing their best to help them on the way with 7 catches going to ground. At drinks, with the away at 125-0, the skipper had a few choice words to say and it did the trick. Catches began to stick and with Chesterfield sending the hitters in, it back fired some what, with Chris Windmill cashing in to take 7-52 and restrict the total to 230-9. After the break the new ball took out openers Ben Ashdown and Josh Brear. Ali Dixon took the attack to the visitors, despatching the opening bowler way over long on. Olly Baum was bowled for 15 leaving the score on 55-3. Joe Ashdown joined Dixon and the pair added 105 before the rain hit the SCG. After a delay, a minimum of 11 overs were left with 70 needed. The continued at a good rate, until Dixon was dismissed for 93. Matt Archer added a quick 10, and with Ashdown unbeaten on 56, 30 runs from 6 overs was looking like being chased. Unfortunatly the light, rain and the Chesterfield over rate, (4 overs in 30 mins after the restart!!) brought the game to an end, with the 'Dons' being denied by the rain for the third time this season when the finish line was in sight.

Dons 13 Points Chesterfield 13 Points

 

The 2s travelled to Ticknall, looking to carry on from recent good performances. Rob Mountney won the toss and elected to bowl, with his bowlers putting in a fine display, at a ground usually renowned for its flat batting surfaces. Slow left armer Jack Gorbet was again the pick of the bowlers taking 4-23, to make it 8 in the last to games, to dismiss the hosts for 146. A small but awkward total was never going to be easy, but Gorbet completed a great day making 42, with the rest of the batting line up chipping in and holding their nerve to see the 'Dons' home, 6 down with 6 overs to spare.

Dons 22 Points Ticknall 5 Points

 

The 3s travelled south to Alrewas. Lee Fox won the toss and elected to bowl first. The bowlers did a fine job to restrict the hosts, and but for some late order resistance could have been even better than 165-7. Spinners Simon Bassett (3-42) and Will Parker (2-34 of 14) were the pick of the bowlers. The reply didn't start well with the top three back in the hutch with only 20 on the board. Steve Baker (34) lead the recovery, but with wickets tumbling at the other end, it looked bleak for the 'Dons'. At 143-8 the game looked over for the 'Dons' but Jamie Baker had other ideas as he marshalled the bottom order, adding 19 with number 11, the 'Wall' James Fisher, hitting the winning runs with a ball to spare.

Dons 22 Points Alrewas 7 Points

 

Chris Windmill with 7-52 on Saturday

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Sunday Review 26/6/16

The 4s made the trip to Duffield on Sunday looking to maintain their lead at the top of the table. Skipper Simon Bassett won the toss and elected to field and his bowlers again did the job. After an opening stand of 46, Tom Rice (2-17), Ryan Bartlett (2-18) and the skipper (4-15), destroyed the home sides batting line up to dismiss them for 101. The reply was a straight foward effort, as Isacc Harrison (26no) batted through, with Al Hibbert added 33 to complete a 8 wicket victory.Spondon badge

Euro 2016 Buy an Envelope

All envelopes have now been sold, here is the list of who has who.

 

SPAIN- Jessica Harvey

TURKEY- Andy Brear

ITALY- Dean Vickers

N.IRELAND- Zac Lager

SLOVAKIA- Neil Kellogg

CROATIA- Steve Baker

SWEDEN- Steve Williams

POLAND- Paul Green

REP.IRELAND- Paul Green

ICELAND- Lesley Ashdown

WALES- Rich Ashdown

HUNGARY- Ami Bowles

GERMANY- Joe Ashdown

PORTUGAL- Kev Bunting

UKRAINE- Dean Vickers

SWITZERLAND- Dean Vickers

CZECH. REP.- Anth Rowell

FRANCE- Lynda Davies

ROMANIA- Izzy & Beth

ALBANIA- Brian Hanbord

AUSTRIA- Neil Lowe

BELGIUM- Drew Hayes

ENGLAND- Ian Collins

RUSSIA- Ian Baker

 

The prize money will be split as follows

£40 Winner

£10 Runner Up

£5 Semi Finalist

 

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Saturday Review 25/6/16

Saturday saw round 10 of the Derbyshire County League, with the 'Dons' looking to beat the weather to gain valuable points.

 

The 1s made the trip to Sandiacre. Under gloomy skies, the 'Dons' were asked to bat first. Ben Ashdown (34) and Grant Mokoena (49) were te only two batsman to make any headway against a disaplined bowling attack on a difficult wicket. Dispite this the 'Dons' scraped upto 180 all out, which gave us a chance against one of the title favourites. After the break the Sandiacre innings only lasted 7 overs before the rain came. It finally stopped at 6.30 allowing the game to resume, leaving a minimum of 17 overs in the last hour. The home side came out swinging looking for quick runs. Tom Williams removed both openers and a run out left the score at 50-3. The dangerous Birch, was swinging hard hitting a few out of the park, but then 'Dons' spinners Joe Ashdown (4-22) and Chris Windmill (1-26) turned the game on its head, leaving the hosts on 131-8, with 4 overs to go when the rain finally brought the game to an end.

Dons 13 Points Sandiacre 12 Points

 

The 2s hosted Marehay at the SCG. Home captain Rob Mountney won the toss and bowled first. The away side got of to a bit of a flyer, and at 134-3 looked set for a big total. 'Dons' spinners Jack Gorbert (4-49) and Dean Vickers (3-35) pegged it back with some excellent bowling. At 204-9 off 42 overs the rain put an end to any more play

Dons 10 Points Marehay 11 Points

 

The 3s faced Sandiacre at the SCG. Having been put into bat, the 'Dons' made decent progress with George Lynam (42) top scoring as we made a competitive 209-9. Remarkably as games around Derby and on the top ground at the SCG fell to the weather, the game continued, with all results looing possible going into the last overs. The draw came out on top as the visitors finished 200-7

Dons 16 Points Sandiacre 13 Points

 

Ben Ashdown with 34 on Saturday

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Sunday Review 19/6/16

Sunday saw the 'Dons' in T20 action

 

The 1s were at Quarndon, to face Ockbrook in the Premier T20 Semi Final. Ockbrook won the toss and made a decent 192-3 off their 20 overs, despite Dean Vickers (1-24 off 4) efforts. Needing to get out of the blocks quickly, the 'Dons' lost 3 wickets in the powerplay. The innings never recovered, with only Joe Ashdown (52) making any headway as the innings ended on 128 all out.

 

The 2s travelled to Shipley to take on the host club. The 'Dons' batting first could only muster 108-9, with Matt Madeley (46) the main stay. Their was no repeat of Saturday's heroics as Shipley coasted to the target 3 down with 6 overs to spare.

 

The 3s hosted Darley Abbey at the SCG. The visitors batted first and made 139-3 off 20 overs. George Lynam came out all guns blazing for the 'Dons' making 56, but no one could back this up as the innings fell 17 short.

 

The 4s progressed, as West Hallam conceeded their fixture

 

Joe Ashdown with 52 on Sunday

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Saturday Review 18/6/16

3 out of the 4 'Dons' sides managed to beat the weather on Saturday, on round 9 of the Derbyshire County League season.

 

The 1s hosted Cutthopre at the SCG, looking to keep on the heels with premier league pace setters Swarkestone. The groind looked in fantastic shape, dispite the amount of rain that had fallen during the week. Skipper Adam Finlay won the toss and elected to bowl, and it wasnt long before openers Paul Allen (3-33) and Tom Williams (2-28) got amongst the wickets. At 50-4 the visitors were in trouble. The spinners took over, and although the away rallied somewhat, the 'Dons' were always in control, with Cutthorpe finishing 164-8 off 50. A change of opening partnership brought its rewards after the interval as Olly Baum (60) and Josh Brear (61no) added 89 for the first wicket. When Baum departed Grant Mokoena upped the pace adding a futher 50 with Brear. Mokoena was out looking to end the game in a hurry for an entertaining 25, and it was left to Ally Dixon (14no) to see the 'Dons' home with 10 overs to spare

Dons 22 Points Cutthorpe 3 Points

 

The 2s travelled to Heanor Town for their Division 3 clash. The 'Dons' were put into bat, and it was hard worked on a seaming wicket, as we were reduced to 92-7. From here Jason Fowler and Dean Vickers (62) combined, not only to take some time out of the game but move the score along, and by the end of the 46 overs the 'Dons' had scrambled their way to 182 all out. From here the bowlers took over. Ciaran Ellard continued his good form to claim 5-29 and he was well backed up by Ash Jones (2-15) and Matt Madeley (2-2) as Heanor were blown away for 49

Dons 27 Points Heanor 5 Points

 

The 3s hosted Uttoxeter at the SCG. Captain Lee Fox won the toss and elected to bowl. The star performer for the 'Dons' was Simon Fearn who claimed 6-43, as the visitors were restricted to 163 all out. After the break the 'Dons' would have fancied their chances, but the top order couldnt keep the new ball out. Tom Mellor (46) got us back into the game, but once he was out, if was left to James Fisher and Will Parker to see out the overs to claim the draw.

Dons 8 Points Uttoxeter 17 PointsJosh Brear 

 

 

 

Josh Brear 61 not out on Saturday

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Weekend Preview 18th/19th June

This weekend see's a busy weekend for the 'Dons' with all 4 sides in action Saturday and Sunday.

 

On Saturday week 9 of the Derbyshire County League hopefully goes ahead for the 'Dons', with all the recent wet weather.

 

The 1s entertain Cutthorpe at the SCG. Coming off a win and a winning draw in the previous games, the 'Dons' will be looking to keep the pressure up on leaders Swarkestone. This is the first time the 1s have played against Cutthorpe.

 

The 2s travel to the Town Ground, to face Heanor. The host sit one place above the 'Dons', so points will be vital to move away from the lower end of the table. The 'Dons' have proved in patches they are more than capable in Division 3, so they need to keep believing that positive results are around the corner.

 

The 3s host Uttoxeter at the SCG. After a flying start to the season, the 3s have lost the last 2 to drop into mid table. Captain Lee Fox returns, and will be looking to get back to winning ways, and keep up the chase on the leaders.

 

The 4s have a top of the table clash away at Cutthorpe. The 'Dons' have been putting in dominate performances with both bat and ball, and will be looking to pull away at the top with a win.

 

On Sunday the 1s face Ockbrook the semi final of the Premier T20 at Quarndon at 2pm. Victory would see the 'Dons' face the winner of Eckington and Sandiacre at 5pm in the final.

 

The 2s start there T20 Cup, at Shipley. against the winner of Shipley Hall and Breadsall at 4pm. 

 

The 3s are in T20 action with a home tie against Darley Dale at the SCG starting at 1pm

 

The 4s travel to West Hallam for their T20 Cup match, with a 2pm start.Spondon badge

Weekend Review 11/12-6-16

Week 8 of the Derbyshire County League season, again brought a mixed bag of results for the 'Dons'

 

The 1s made the short trip to local rivals Ockbrook. On losing the toss, the 'Dons' batted first under gloomy skies. Despite losing Josh Brear early, Olly Baum (31) and Grant Mokoena (55) made good progress. Baum departed to a debatable nick behind, Ali Dixon taking over adding 35 with Mokoena. At 143-3 with 20 overs to go a big score was on the cards, but it did not materialize, with the 'Dons' in the end just managing to see it into the last over, finally being dismissed for 193. Paul Allen came out firing after the break, dismissing both openers with only 13 on the board. The hosts rebuilt there innings form here and at drinks 110-3, looked in the box seat. From here 'Dons' spinners Chris Windmill and Joe Ashdown got a grip of the game, slowing the scoring and regular wickets. Windmill finished with 2-44 off 15 and Ashdown 3-35 off 15. Tom Williams returned to take two more leaving 4 overs to grab the final wicket. It wasnt to be this week, as Ockbrook finished 160-9.

Dons 16 Points Ockbrook 10 Points

 

The 2s hosted Abbots Bromley at the SCG. The 'Dons' won the toss and bowled first. Opening bowlers Ciaran Ellard and Ashani Jones bowled good opening spells, which perhaps didnt bring the rewards they deserved. It was down to spinner Dean Vickers to put a dent in the visitors innings, as he recorded his first 5-fer of the season, finishing with 5-38 off 14. This restricted the visitors to a gettable 209-8 on a good SCG pitch. The reply got of to a great start with openers Matt Archer (33) and Matt Madeley putting on 60 in 10 overs. A mini collaspe occured with 4 wickets falling quickly. Dean Vickers (31) and Jack Hurst repaired some of the damage, but when both were set, fell in quick succession. It was left to Sam Stephens and Ashani Jones to bat for 15 overs to make the game safe. Jones in particular keep attacking to finish 30 no. A few less wickets down and the total might have been chased but the 'Dons' finished on 184-8

Dons 12 Points Abbots Bromley 17 Points

 

The 3s travelled to Risley. Having been put into bat the 'Dons' made a great start through Tyler Forrester (46) and Jason Fowler (27). Once the openers fell, the middle order could not get going, and it was left to Tom Mellor (40) at number 8 to push the total up to a respectable 185-9. The home side were in a rush to knock the total off with a bit of weather about, with the 'Dons' bowlers unable to stem the tide, despite Simon Fearn's 2-44 of 10. The total was reached 4 down with 16 overs to spare.

Dons 6 Points Risley 22 Points

 

The 4s hosted Darley Abbey at the SCG. Like in previous games this year, the 'Dons' bowlers were in no mood to give easy runs, and managed to restricted the visitors to a remarkable 75-8 off 40 overs. Tom Rice took 2-11 off 7, Ryan Bartlett 2-15 off 7, Simon Bassett 2-11 off 7. After the break the reply became a bit nervy as wickets tumbled. The 'Dons' got over the line 7 down in 20 overs, with Isacc Harrison (19) top scoring.

Dons 22 Points Darley Abbey 4 Points

 

The 4s T20 on Sunday at West Hallam was cancelled due to the bad weather

 

Grant Mokoena with another 50 on Saturdayg.mokoena

Saturday Review 4/6/16

Round 7 of the Derbyshire County League brought a mixed bag of results for the 'Dons'

 

The 1s hosted unbeaten Rolleston at the SCG. Captain Adam Finlay won the toss and decided to bat. This looked to have backfired early with 3 of the top 4 back in the shed within 6 overs. Grant Mokoena and Dave Hartley came to the rescue adding 100 for the 4th wicket. Hartley departed for 27, Joe Ashdown kept things ticking over with 42. With a 100 on the horizon, Mokoena nicked off for a well made 83. James Rigg, Chris Windmill and Finlay all added quick runs to take the final total to 238-7. The Rolleston reply got off to a flyer with 33 on the board after 6 overs. Tom Williams and Paul Allen then removed an opener each, to give the 'Dons' a foot in the game. The next wicket was crucial and it came via a Mokoena run out to remove his fellow South African. With spin from both ends, the visitors kept having a dip, but lost regular wickets. Going into the last 3 overs a draw looked favorite, but Paul Allen had other ideas, removing the number 9 in the 48th over, and remarkably numbers 10 and 11 with the last two balls of the game, to secure the 27 points.

Dons 27 Points Rolleston 7 Points

 

The 2s travelled to table toppers Derby Congs. Rob Mountney won the toss and bowled, and his bowlers came out all guns blazing reducing the hosts to 89-9 with Ciaran Ellard (5-23) and Ashani Jones (3-45) doing the damage. The foot was lifted slightly, but 140 all out was a great effort. Like the 1s the innings faulted early. At 49-4 Jack Hurst (33no) and Mani Saini (25) combined to add 40. Once Saini departed the innings fell away quickly, with the 'Dons' being bowled out for 122

Dons 6 Points Derby Congs 27 Points

 

The 3s also hosted Rolleston at the SCG. Having been asked to bat first, Steve Baker (48) and Jason Fowler (44) both threatened to make a big score, but after these two departed, the momentum was never really back with the 'Dons' with the innings ending on 179-8. The 'Dons' bowlers came across a batsman having a great day as Betson-Burdett made 120 not out as Rolleston knocked off the runs 5 down with 4 overs to spare.

 

Al Hibbert was the star of the show for the 4s as they came away from Stanton by Dale with a big winning draw. He hit 124 including 9x6's, and along with youngster Isacc Harrison (92no), the 'Dons' rattled up 296-2 in 40 overs. Stanton were never really in the hunt, finishing 168-9 with Matt Harrison taking 4-36.

 

Paul AllenPaul Allen 4-51 on Saturday with two wickets from the final two balls of the day

Premier T20 Review

Monday saw the first round of the Premier T20 competition, with Lullington and Swarkestone joining the 'Dons' at the SCG.

 

The first game of the day saw the 'Dons' take on Swarkestone. After winning the toss and batting, 'Dons' openers Adam Finlay and Joe Ashdown took the game to the visitors adding 72 in 7 overs. Finlay departed for 29 (19 balls 4x4s), Ali Dixon kept up the pace with Ashdown adding a futher 50 in 6 overs. Ashdown was removed for 89 (51 Balls 17x4s), with James Rigg finishing the innings well with 36 not out (20 Balls 2x4s, 2x6s) as the 'Dons' finished on 190-5. The reply was soon in tatters as opening bowlers Paul Allen (2-24) and Tom Williams (3-20) wiped out the top order. Dean Vickers chipped in with 2-13 as Swarkestone with bowled out for 97.

 

The second game of the day saw Swarkestone knock off 97, to beat Lullington by 9 wickets.

 

The 'Dons' took on Lullington in the final game, with a win ensuring qualification to finals day. Lullington won the toss and batted, making a solid start. From 58 for 0 at halfway, the 'Dons' put the brakes on any attempted acceleration to restrict the visitors to 118-7. Dean Vickers (2-12) and Joe Ashdown (3-13) were the pick. The reply was a steady effort with no real scoreboard pressure. Joe Ashdown (28 off 21) and Ali Dixon (16 off 23) took the score to 50. After a small wobble, Dave Hartley (30 off 24) and Matt Archer (19 off 13) saw the 'Dons' to a 6 wicket victory and qualification to finals day at Quarndon on the 19th July.Joe ashdown action shot Joe Ashdown with 89 on Monday

Saturday Review 28/5/16

Week 6 of the Derbyshire Premier and County Leagues saw the 'Dons' record only one victory.

 

The 1s made the trip north to Eckington, to be greeted with sub continental conditions, with a pitch that looked a bit of a dust bowl. The home side won the toss and first go on the wicket. Paul Allen (2-33) and Tom Williams (1-18 off 10) soon had them in trouble 53-4. Like previous weeks the 'Dons' couldnt press home the advantage, with the home side getting up to a chaseable 180, but perhaps 30 more than it could have been. The response began poorly with 3 wickets down early. Grant Mokoena (48), Joe Ashdown (36) and Ali Dixon (29) repaied the damage and at 125-4 the reply was looking good. The next 10 minutes produced a collaspe as the 'Dons' were shot out for 145.

Dons 5 Points Eckington 27 Points

 

The 2s welcomed an experianced Shipley side to the SCG. Rob Mountney won the toss and bowled, with the visitors making use of the excellent wicket and quick outfield to make 251 all out. The bowlers stuck to the task well with Dean Vickers (3-66) the pick. The 'Dons' made a good start to chase them down with Matt Madeley (36), Dave Tainton (30) and Mani Saini (50) all making starts but unable to go on and make the match winning contribution. In the end 211-8 was a valient attempt and good points were taken against one of the leagues faniced sides.

Dons 13 Points Shipley Hall 18 Points

 

The 3s had a local derby at A&B, going into the game still unbeaten. Having won the toss and bowled, skipper Lee Fox would have fancied his chances of chasing 198, with Will Parker (4-37) the pick of the bowlers. The reply never got going as the 'Dons' were shot out for 82, to taste defeat for the first time this season.

 

The 4s hosted Codnor at the SCC. After winning the toss and bowling, the 'Dons' did a great job to restrict the visitors to 127-7, with Matt Hind taking 4-20. The batters were no no mood for messing about and duly knocked them off 3 down, Tyler Forrester making 46 and Tom Mellor 39 not out.

Dons 22 Points Codnor 4 Points

 

Grant Mokoena 48 on Saturdayg.mokoena

Playing Memberships Due

Playing Members Annual subs are now due. At £25 this is unbelievable value, so please get them to Steve ASAP. Subs will double if not paid by end of June. This is fair warning for all players.

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Euro 2016 Fund Raisers

SCC are running two Euro 2016 fundraisers, which hopefully will raise a bit of money for the club. Kev Bunting is again running the predictor, a pound per sheet. (ALL PLAYERS ARE ASKED TO SELL £10 WORTH). Along with this there is a buy an envelope competition, please see Joe Ashdown for this one. Please support these two competitions and help raise a bit of money for the club.Spondon badge

Saturday Review 21/5/16

Rain for the second time in 3 weeks, brought an early end to 3 out of 4 matches for the 'Dons' at the weekend.

 

The 1s hosted Swarkestone at the SCG. Skipper Adam Finlay won the toss and elected to bowl, and again opening pair of Tom Williams and Paul Allen made life difficult for the batters. TJ grab an early wicket, with Paul embarking on 15 overs straight to claim 4-34. Spinners Joe Ashdown (3-60) and Chris Windmill (2-25) chipped in with wickets as the visitors were dismissed for 168. After the break, the total was chipped away at, but wickets were falling when well set, with all the top order making starts. At 141-5 it was looking good for victory with Ali Dixon 32 not out when the rain hit the SCG, forcing the end of the game.

Dons 12 Points Swarkestone 10 Points

 

The 2s travelled to Brailsford. Having won the toss and bowled, the 'Dons' would be slightly disappointed to let the hosts make 249-6. Matt Madeley was the pick of the bowlers with 2-36. The reply never got going as the rain hit during the interval bringing the game to a close

Dons 9 Points Brailsford 11 Points

 

The 3s entertained Ockbrook at the SCG. Lee Fox won the toss and bowled, and he would have been delighted with his side, as the visitors were restricted to 166-7, with Chintan Desai taking 3-12. The response was going to plan as openers Steve Baker (29no) and Cian Fox (32no) had added 68 in 16 overs when the rain brought the game to a finish.

Dons 9 Points Ockbrook 9 Points

 

The 4s managed to secure victory before the rain with a crushing victory over Stanton Elks. Batting first the 'Dons' racked up 242-8 declared off 36 overs, with Al Hibbert making 90. Tom Rice then got to work with the ball taking 4-14 as the home side were shot out for 49.

Dons 27 Points Stanton Elks 4 Points

 

Paul Allen with 4-34 off 15 overs on SaturdayPaul Allen

Premier League T20

SCC will be hosting Group D of the Derbyshire Premier League T20 competition. The 3 teams who will play on the day will be the 'Dons', Swarkestone and Lullington Park. 3 games will take place on the day, and the bar and BBQ will be open all day!!

The fixtures on the day are as follows

11am 'Dons' v Swarkestone

2pm Lullington v Swarkestone

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Saturday Review 14/5/16

Saturday saw the first full house of the season for the 'Dons', as all 4 sides won on round four of the Derbyshire Premier and County Leagues.

 

The 1s took on top of the table, Ticknall at the SCG. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat. Tom Williams struck in the second over, removing the dangerous Borrington, but after 10 overs Ticknall had moved to 30-1. From here the bowlers took control as Paul Allen (3-31), Tom Williams (2-45), Chris Windmill (3-37) and Joe Ashdown (2-30) reduced the visitors to 84-9. The 10th wicket produced 62 frustrating runs, but a total of 147 looked gettable. After the break the 'Dons' were soon in dire trouble at 21-4, when Grant Mokoena (66) and (44no) added 103 for the 5th wicket. Mokoena in particular punished anything loose to get the 'Dons' close to victory. James Rigg then finished the job, with 15 not out, to take the 'Dons' top of the league

Spondon 27 Points Ticknall 3 Points

 

The 2s travelled north to top of the table Clowne Town and put in a superb performance to claim a crushing 9 wicket victory. Having won the toss and bowled, the 'Dons' bowlers soon got to work as Ciaran Ellard (2-26), Matt Madeley (4-26) and Dean Vickers (2-8), backed up by two stunning runouts, sent the hosts packing for 78. After the break, Matt Archer (26no) and Dave Hartley (36no) were in no mood for hanging about, as they but the home attack to the sword, knocking them off 1 down in 13 overs.

Spondon 22 Points Clowne Town 0 Points

 

The 3s travelled to Staffs to face Wootton. Having been put into bat, only Jack Gorbett (47) put up any resisitance in the top order. It was left to Chintan Desai (50no) to give the innings a bit of momentum, as his quickfire 50 took the total up to 154-9. In reply Wootton were looking well set, until Offie Simon Fearn (4-23) turned the tide. If was then left to Desai to complete his MOM performance claiming 3-3 as the hosts were dismissed for 131.

Spondon 27 Points Wootton 6 Points

 

The 4s hosted Clay Cross at the SCG. Bowling first the 'Dons' bowled with great disapline to restrcited Clay Cross to 127-7. Issac Harrison (1-4), Kev Bunting (2-24) and Tom Rice (2-16) the pick of the bowling. After the break, the reply was a steady effort as all the top order reached double figures without going on. With 7 an over needed in the last 10 over, Darren Sweary (30) and Steve Baines (28no) started to put bat to ball as the target was reached in the last over.

Spondon 22 Points Clay Cross 5 Points

 

Grant Mokoena was in fine form on Saturdayg.mokoena

Weekend Preview 14/5/16

Saturday sees round 4 of the Derbyshire Premier and County Leagues, with some big games in store for the 'Dons'.

 

The 1s are at home to early season leaders Ticknall, in a first v second battle. The 'Dons' name an unchanged side fourth week running, looking to continue the unbeaten start. This fixture has in the past has throw up some classic matches, and no doubt Saturday will follow suit.

 

The 2s make the trip north to Division 3 leaders Clowne Town. After weather runined a great chance of a first victory of the season last week, the 'Dons' will be looking to put one over the early pace setters. Dave Tainton and Dave Hartley both return to add quality to the batting line up.

 

The 3s travel to Wootton, looking to make it 3 from 3 after last weeks bye. Despite the free week, the 'Dons' remain in the top 2.Will Parker returns after playing in the 2s last week.

 

The 4s are at the SCG, against Clay Cross. The 'Dons' will be looking to beat there mid table opponents, to remain in the top 2. Captain Simon Bassett has again a good blend of youth and experiance and will look to the youngsters to put in some top performances.Spondon badge

 

 

Weekend Review 7/5/16

Rain proved to be the big winner at the weekend as 2 of the 3 games for the 'Dons' ended prematurely with the 1s and 2s well placed for victory.

 

The 1s travelled to a sun bathed Quarndon looking to make it 3 wins from 3. On winning the toss, captain Adam Finlay decided to have a bowl, and it quickly looked a good call, with 3 early wickets, including the dangerous Ali Khan, who was superbly run out by Grant Mokoena at mid on. Ex derbyshire pair Rollins and Dumelow, repaired the damage, both getting a life, as a couple of catches went to ground. The bowlers stuck to the task, and limited Quarndon to 179-9, with Chris Windmill (3-54) the pick. The 'Dons' reply didnt start well, and were quickly 2 down. Josh Brear (36no) and Ollie Baum (20no) then combined to take the score smoothly to 91-2 off 22, when the heavens opened, with both sides unable to get back out on the field.

Spondon 10 Points Quarndon 10 Points

 

The 2s welcomed Rolls Royce to the SCG. Captain Rob Mountney won the toss and elected to bowl. The bowlers took control of the game immediatly, as Ashani Jones (2-37), Ciaran Ellard (1-26) and Matt Madeley (1-13) made early inroads. Sam Stephens (4-33) then continued his good early season form, making it 10 from 3 games, as Royces were dismissed for 126 in 35 overs. The reply had reached 14-0 off 3 when the rains hit the SCG wiping out any chance of a first victory of the season.

Spondon 11 Points Rolls Royce 8 Points

 

The 4s were involved in a remarkable game away at Calow. Having lost the toss, and bowling first, the bowlers were in an unforgiving mood, as Isaac Harrison (9-7-4-1), Ryan Bartlett (9-5-9-3), Kieron Wildgoose (9-4-15-2), Tom Rice (8-4-21-1) and Simon Bassett (5-4-1-0) restricted the hosts to a unbelivable 55-9 off 40 overs. The 'Dons' batsman came out in much more postive fashion knocking them off 2 down in 15 overs, Tom Mellor finishing 22 not out.

Spondon 27 Points Calow 1 Point

 

The 3s were without a fixture this weekend

Josh BrearLeft- Josh Brear 36no on Saturday

Multi Sports Camp

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Saturday Preview 7/5/16

Saturday see's 3 out of the 4 'Dons' sides in action, in the Derbyshire Premier and County Leagues.

 

The 1s travel across town to face a star studded Quarndon side. The 'Dons' will be looking to continue the wining start to the summer, at a venue which historically is a happy hunting ground for the 'Dons'. Captain Adam Finlay names an unchanged side, and will be looking for the batting unit to fire, in conditions which will be a bit more batter friendly than previous weeks.

 

The 2s are at home to Rolls Royce, looking for an instant reaction to last weeks disappointing defeat. Captain Rob Mountney welcomes back John Thorne, and wicket taking machine Ashani Jones makes his first appearance for the 2s this season, looking to bring his form from the 3s with him.

 

The 4s make the long journey north, to face Chesterfield based Calow. After just falling short of victory last week, captain Simon Bassett again takes a nice blend of youth and experiance. Young openers George Twigg and Isacc Harrison will be looking to continue their good form from last week.

 

The 3s are without a game this week, after winning both their opening fixturesSpondon badge

Welcome Grant

SCC would like to welcome its newest 'Don' Grant Mokoena to the SCG for the 2016 season. Having arrived Friday morning he went straight into the side on Saturday and made a debut 50.

Grant comes to the UK from South Africa where he is a current player with the Titans, in the domestic first class competition in South Africa. From 79 First Class games he averages 30.66 with a top score made this winter of 217. In domestic one day cricket he has a top score of 115no. He has also made 3 50's from 21 Domestic T20 matches.

Grant also represented South Africa U19's in the World Cup 2006.

All at the club would like to wish him well for the summer and hope that all at the club will benefit form his experiance.

 

Right: Grant in action for the Titansg.mokoena

Saturday Review 30/4/16

Saturday saw a mixed bag of results for the 'dons' in week two of the Derbyshire Premier and County Leagues.  All 4 games went ahead, despite the weeks wet weather and dark skies on Saturday itself. Again 'Bakes' had done an incredable job to get both pitches at the SCG fit, both having standing water on Thursday.

 

The 1s had a good win at home to Lullington Park. Having been sent into bat the innings was stuttering at 55-3, but overseas player Grant Mokoena (55) and Ali Dixon (38) steadied the ship. Nither could go on to make a big score, but lower order contributions from James Rigg, Chris Windmill and Adam Finlay took the total to 182-8 of 45 overs when the rains came. Captain Finlay took the brave decision to declare to insure a full match took place, and it soon paid off as Paul Allen and Tom Williams took the openers out. A partnership then  brought the visitors back into the game. The spinners then took over as Chris Windmill (3-25) and Joe Ashdown (3-19) and a Josh Brear run out, saw Lullington dismissed in 102 in 33 overs.

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The 2s travelled to Denby looking to bulid on last week losing draw. The hosts opted to bat, and the 'dons' kept the innings in check, not allowing Denby to take the game away. Sam Stephens was the pick of the bowlers with 4-35. Ciaran Ellard (1-23 off 13) and Matt Madeley (0-18 off 8) both bowled well. After the break, the 'dons' would have fancied their chances of knocking of 170. But it did not go to plan from the start with wickets falling regualarly as we were shot out for 81. One innings doesnt make a summer and the 2s need to keep a positive attitude in their first year bacl in Div 3.

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The 3s travelled to West Park to face Sawley. Lee Fox won the toss and bowled, and Ashani Jones (4-14) was soon in the action, with the quickie blasting out the top order. He was well supported with tight bowling from the other end by James Fisher and Chintan Desai. 'Foxy' then turned to the off spin of Simon Fearn, who had took a slight detour to Long Eaton, arriving at Uttoxeter, in a classic 'Fearny' moment. He took his frustration of the 40 miles wrong turn out on the hosts, returning 6-24 of 9.2 overs to dismiss Sawley for 86. The reply was a ground out effort on a difficult wickets, with experianced pair Steve Baker (38) and Lee Fox (21) the main contributors, as the total was passed 7 down.

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The 4s hosted Belper Amateurs at the SCG. 'Bass' won the toss and elected to bowl. Steady progress was made by the visitors, until the skipper turned to his own brand of off spin to turn the tide. He soon started causing havoc and return figures of 5-40, which could of been more with a few catches going to ground. The reply for the 'dons' started superbly, with youngster George Twigg (39) and Isacc Harrison (43) putting on 90 for the first wicket. Once these to parted, the momentum was lost and the innings fell 6 short on 157-8.

Spondon 12 Points Belper Amateurs 16 Points

 

Right: Chris Windmill with 3-25 on SaturdayWindy batting

Weekend Preview 30th April

Saturday see's Week 2 of the Derbyshire Premier and County League take place, with all 4 teams in action.

 

The 1s host Lullington Park at the SCG, on the back of a convincing win at Denby on the opening day. Captain Adam Finlay will be able to add South African overseas player Grant Mokoena to his side, which will certainly bring a buzz to the whole club. The 'Dons' will be looking for revenge, as the visitors pulled a big run chase of at the SCG last year.

 

The 2s travel to Denby, looking to build on the losing draw gained on the opening day. That performance will confirm that the side is more than capable of competing in Division 3. Jack Hurst will be looking to add to his opening day unbeaten 50.

 

The 3s travel to Sawley, on the back of a good opening day victory. Ashani Jones carried on his form of last year, and captain Lee Fox will be looking for him to blast away the home sides batting.

 

The 4s start their campaign at the SCG against Belper Amateurs. Captain Simon Bassett has a nice blend of youth and experiance, with the returning Al Hibbert strengthening the top of the order.

 

The 1s game starts at 12pm, all other games 1pm. Spondon badge 

SCC Fixture Cards

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SCC Fixture cards are noe availble from the clubhouse.

They are priced at only 50p and help raise a few pounds for the club.

A massive thank you to fixture secretary Ruth Kellogg for pulling all the info together and producing a fantastic booklet

National KO

Sunday saw the 'Dons' in first round action of the ECB National Knock Out, with Rolleston the visitors to the SCG. 

Having been sent into bat, the innings started poorly and after 6 overs, the scoreboard read 22-3. Olly Baum (26) and Dave Hartley (52) steadied the ship and going into the last 15 overs, the oppertunity to put the foot down was there. Despite 20's from Adam Finlay and James Rigg, it never got going, with the 'Dons' being bowled out for 194.

The response started superbly for the home side, Tom Williams taking 2 wickets in the first over. A partnership followed and it looked as though it could be plain sailing for the visitors. A run out and then 3 quick wickets, left there reply at 118-6 with 15 over left, with the 'Dons' smelling blood. That was as good as it got as the total was passed 6 down with 2 overs remaining, ending our participation at the first hurdle

 

Right- Tom Williams took 2 in the 1st over on Sunday

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Saturday Review 23/4/16

Saturday saw the opening round of fixures in the Derbyshire Premier and County Leagues.

The 1s travelled to Denby, hoping the recent wet weather would not have a bearing on the game. On arrival it was clear that the groundstaff had done an excellent job, and on winning the toss the 'Dons' had a bowl. It soon paid off as openers Tom Williams (3-26) and Paul Allen (3-27) bowled with great accuracy, and took advantage of a bit of seam movement and excellent bounce on an early season track. This was well supported from the fielders, especially behind the wicket, with 5 catches in the slip corden. With the hosts in trouble at 62-6, Ben Ashdown (2-12) and Chris Windmill (2-19) made sure there was no come back, rolling Denby for 87. In reply the innings got of to a flyer, with extras helping out the cause. 3 wickets were lost as the total was past in 19 overs, Josh Brear anchoring the innings with 37 n.o. Spondon 22 points Denby 1 point

The 2s hosted Elvaston at a fine looking SCG. Again with the recent weather, Bakes had done a superb job to produce a firm track. On winning the toss, the 'Dons' elected to bowl. After an initial opening partnership of 89, the 'Dons' got back into the game,  holding the visitors to 209-5. Spinners Dean Vickers (2-53) and Will Parker (2-43) were the pick. After the break the response got of to a solid if not spectatular start. At halfway with Jon Thorne (43) going well, victory looked on. Jack Hurst kept up the attack (50n.o), but overs past by, with the innings finishing on 162-6. Spondon 8 points Elvaston 17 points

The 3s hosted Tutbury at the SCG. Electing to bowl first, Ashani Jones (5-18) soon cranked up the pace, knocking over the top order. Simn Fearn (3-15) then took over with his off spin, to knock Tutbury over for 91. In reply Cian Fox (27) and Steve Baker (28) took care of most of the case, and dispite the loss of 5 wickets the total was passed without any major scares.

Spondon 22 points Tutbury 2 points

The 4s game was cancelled on Thursday due to an unfit ground

All scorecards can be found on at Spondon.Play-Cricket.com

Right- Josh Brear started the season well on SaturdayJosh Brear

Weekend Preview 23rd April

Saturday sees the start of the 2016 for the 'dons'.

After a busy off season on and off the field, 3 of our 4 sides start their league campaigns.

The 1's travel to Denby, under the new leadership of Adam Finlay. Despite the loss of a couple of players, there is an experianced look to the team, and will be looking to get off to a winning start.

The 2's start their first season back in Division 3 at the SCG against Elvaston 2s. Rob Mountney has a nice blend of youth and experiance and will be looking to carry on last seasons form at the higher level.

The 3's start their campaign at the SCG against Tutbury. After promotion last year the 3's are at the highest level they've ever been at in Division 5S. Although moving up a level, captain Lee Fox will be confident that te side can more than compete.

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Training Nights

Club Training starts this week, in preparation for the 2016 season. Senior training gets underway this Thursday, and every Tursday throughout the summer from 5.45. Junior Training gets underway next Wednesday (20th April) from 6pm.
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Season Kickoff

SCC's season kicks off next week, with Senior and Junior training getting underway, Wednesday and Thursday, and then the senior section have pre season friendlies, with Plumtree of Nottingham the visitors to the SCG on Saturday. On Sunday two select XI's will travel to Belper Meadows and Mansfield HM. Please try to get to training and let captains know of your availibility.S.C.C.View 26415

SCC Website

Welcome to the new improved Spondon CC website. We hope the new look will enhance your experiance on the site. The site will be regularly up dated with all the news from the SCGS.C.C.View 26415

Season Opener

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Just to remind all players that the league season gets underway on Saturday 23rd April

Cricket Force 2016

SCC will try again on Sunday 3rd April to get all the fences painted around the perimeter of the SCG. Saturday's rain made the ground unfit, although a few bts and bobs in the pavilion were finished. See you there tommorrow from 9am!!cricketforce

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DCB Indoor Cricket 2015/2016

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Sunday sees the start of the 2015/16 DCB Indoor Cricket League, held in the Gateway Centre, at the County Ground.

The ' Dons' will again be entering two teams this year, with the 'A' side looking to defend their Division 1 title, and the 'B' team looking to gain promotion after narrowly missing out last time.

Games take place on Sunday nights, fixtures will be published on the SCC website. Along with this scorecards and stats can be found on the SCC Play - Cricket site.

Added to this the club will be looking to make national finals in the new year, as the regional finals get underway around Feburary.

If you are availble to play, or want to get involved cantact captains Adam Finlay (07837327115) or Rob Mountney (07525642430)

Pre Season Training

Pre Season Training will get underway on Monday 25th January, 7.30-8.30 at Trent  College, Long Eaton.

Session are open to all, eligible to play senior cricket in 2016. The cost per session will £3, to cover the cost of hiring the facility.

The cricket committee have been busy organising a training schedual, to ensure we are fully prepared for the 2016 season.

Anyone looking for more information, please contact club captain Adam Finlay or cricket committee chairman Simon Bassett.

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Indoor Cricket Update

Indoor cricket at the Gateway Centre is underway with both sides making an unbeaten start.

The 'A' team have begun their title defence with 3 wins against Quarndon, Aston and Stainsby Hall. Captain Adam Finlay has again led from the front retiring not out in all 3 games, with a top score of 51 n.o

The 'B' team have won their one and only fixture, defeating Elvaston.

The indoor league continues on sunday nights right through to Febuary. Monthly fixtures will be published in the fixtues section of the site.

If you are interested in a game contact Adam Finlay or Rob Mountney, or alternatively get in touch through SCC social media

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SCC FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Firework Spectacular 2015The SCC Fireworks Spectactular is back!!! Derby's best show will this year be on Saturday 7th November, with gates opening at 5pm. 

 

This year will be bigger and better than any previous years, so a good night for all the family is guaranteed!!

SCC invites everyone to come on down and jon the fun!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DCB Indoor Cricket 2015/16

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Sunday sees the start of the 2015/16 DCB Indoor Cricket League, held in the Gateway Centre, at the County Ground.

The ' Dons' will again be entering two teams this year, with the 'A' side looking to defend their Division 1 title, and the 'B' team looking to gain promotion after narrowly missing out last time.

Games take place on Sunday nights, fixtures will be published on the SCC website. Along with this scorecards and stats can be found on the SCC Play - Cricket site.

Added to this the club will be looking to make national finals in the new year, as the regional finals get underway around Feburary.

If you are availble to play, or want to get involved cantact captains Adam Finlay (07837327115) or Rob Mountney (07525642430)

2015 Awards Night

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Friday saw the 2015 Annual Awards night at the SCG.

Congratulations to the following winners of club awards

1ST XI

BATTING - Ali Dixon

BOWLING - Paul Allen

PLAYER OF SEASON - Tom Williams

2ND XI

BATTING - Matt Archer

BOWLING - Dean Vickers

PLAYER OF SEASON - Matt Archer

3RD XI

BATTING - Jaime Baker

BOWLING - Ashani Jones

PLAYER OF SEASON - Ashani Jones

4TH XI

BATTING - Steve Baines

BOWLING - Simon Bassett

PLAYER OF SEASON - George Twigg

LYNDA & COLIN DAVIES PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - Isacc Harrison

BOB BAKER YOUNG CRICKETER OF THE YEAR - Will Parker

MERIT AWARD - Steve Baker

CLUBMAN OF THE YEAR - Ian Collins

CAPTAINS CUP - Joe Ashdown

WOMENS CRICKET BATTING - Eleanor Cheatle

WOMENS CRICKET BOWLING - Sophie Turner

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Megan Pittman

A huge thankyou to Neil Kellogg and Kath Green for their organisation before and during the night. 

A big thankyou to main SCC sponsor, HSG Ltd., for presenting the Captains Cup, and to SCC sponsor Sitwell Fish Bar for the fantastic food on the night.

And finally to all that attended the awards, hopefully the night was enjoyed by all

SGM Captains Election

The Captains Election meeting is at SCC this Thursday.

This meeting allows all captains and Chair of Cricket to be in place early, so that plans can be put in place for the winter program, going into 2016.

Could all players please make an effort to attend this meeting starting at 7pm, should last no longer than an hour.

"To Stand Still is to Take a Step Back" spondon logo

Adopted Sons No 5

The 2013 season saw the club looking to sign an overseas player for the first time in 2 years after a couple of mid table finishes in the Derbyshire Premier League. We managed to secured kiwi opener Peter Drysdale.

Pete had an excellent record both at home and here in the UK. Back in New Zealand he was captain of his regional side Bay of Plenty, who had successfully defended their Hawke Cup title, before arriving at SCC. In 2012 Pete had played in the Huddlesfield League for Shelley CC, and had an excellent summer, on wickets which were not always that batsman friendly.

As soon as Pete had, had his first net, it was clear that he would do well again in the Derbyshire League. The first half of the season for Drysdale, produced regular starts, but he could not quite manage to convert these into a big score, abeit his contributions were leading to many victories.

Pete first big innings came away at Dunstall, in a tricky run chase, on a slow turner. His 94* was a fanatstic knock, sweeping the spinners out of the attack, and lead the side to a 2 wicket victory chasing down 220. He followed this up a week later with his first ton of the summer, 103 against a Ticknall side containing a couple of first class bowlers. this knock demonstrated Pete's ability to pace an innings, seeing off the new ball, keeping it ticking in the middle, and clearing the ropes towards the end.

Two weeks later, Pete played one of the great knocks at the SCG. Chasing 244 on a big turner at the 'G', Pete carried his bat for 128* off just 117 balls with 14 x 4 and 4 x 6. Again his ability to sweep the spinners out of the attack was a key part of the innings, with the seamers also suffering from this ability to sweep at will.

Pete finished the summer with 727 runs,as well as chipping in with crucial wickets with his off spin and medium pacers and was a safe pair of hands in the slips. The club secured 3rd spot in the premier league with Pete playing a major role. As well as his contribution on the field, Pete made an fantastic contribution off the field, with junior section really benefitting from his knowledge and coaching abilities.

Pete is still playing for the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, making plenty of runs as he looks to catch the eyes of state selectors. He is still playing in the UK, in his off season, back in the Huddlesfield League with Scholes CC, and has help them to the league championship in 2015.

Inns 22 NO 8 Runs 727 H.S 128* Ave 51.93 50's 2 100's 2 SR 66.58pete drysdale

Adopted Sons No. 4

With the 2015 season finished the SCC website returns to the 'Adopted Sons' feature. Number 4 in the series looks at a fresh faced Zimbabwean who joined the 'Dons' in 2006, and has gone on to play at the top of the game.

With the 'Dons' gearing up for their first season in the Derbyshire Premier League, then Derbyshire coach Dave Houghton, got in touch with the club, to see if there was a possiblility that his 16 old nephew Gary Ballance, could come and gain some experiance of top level league cricket. The club were delighted to welcome Gary into the fold, but could not have guessed at what a player they were signing.

After a few net sessions, it was clear that this 16 year old had unbelieveable ability, hitting the ball with such power, rarely seen from a lad that age.

He hit the headlines early in the season with a knock in the national cup, which for all in attendance, would never forget. Gary single handedly distroyed a Loughborough Town attack, including a young Harry Gurney. He ended on 149 not out off just 136 balls including 7 huge sixes. It was obvious from this effort, that Gary was going to make it to the very top.

The season began, with the side instantly taking a liking to premier cricket, with Gary contributing with plenty of starts. His first major league knock came against Sandiacre Town, widely reguarded as the best bowling attack in the league. His 66 out of 150, underlined his potential. He followed this with his first prem ton against Ilkeston Rutland making 104 off just 93 balls.

The runs continued to flow throughout the season, but it was more the manor in which they were got, which made people stand up and take note. For a young lad making his way, his ability to clear the ropes was unbelieveable, and power in which Gary hit the ball, was something very rare to see from a 16 year old batsman.

Gary also made his Derbyshire List A debut, later in the summer, and hit the ground running in that aswell, making 81 against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

Gary finished the season with just over 800 runs aswell as chipping in with a few wickets with his leg spin.

Gary has now gone on to play at the highest level of the game. He made his test debut at Sydney on England's 2013/14 tour, and followed this in the English summer with his ODI debut against Ireland. He went on to play in the 2015 World Cup, as well as being part of Yorkshire's two county championship titles in 2014 and 2015.

A great lad on and off the park, was a pleasure to have Gary at the SCG.

2006 Stats: Inns 23 NO 3 Runs 801 H.S 149* Ave 40.05 S.R 81.38

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/232438.htmlgary ballance

Firework Spectacular Sat 7th Nov

The SCC Firework Spectacular is back, bigger and better for 2015!!

The night will be on SATURDAY 7TH NOVEMBER, GATES OPENING AT 5PM.

Aswell as the fireworks, the club will have stalls, games, bar and BBQ 

Keep your diary free and come and watch Derby's number 1 display!!fireworks 1

Senior Presentation Fri 16th Oct

The senior presentation night will be held at SCC on Friday 16th October from 7pm

Tickets are £6 and include a fish and chip supper.

Tickets are availble form Neil Kellogg, Kath Green or Steve Williams

The club will be open on Thursday 17th September and Thursday 24th September to get tickets

Hopefully a great night will be enjoyed be allawards nite

 

5fer Club

Here are the members of the 2015 5fer club

1ST XI

Waz Fazal 5-9 v Quarndon 25/4/15, 5-32 v Moddershall 10/5/15, 5-63 v Chesterfield 23/5/15

Joe Ashdown 7-43 v Cuckney 28/6/15, 5-51 v Quarndon 11/7/15

Paul Allen 6-36 v A&B 6/9/15

2ND XI

Dean Vickers 5-59 v Hilton 25/4/15, 5-22 v Mickleover 9/5/15, 5-51 v Etwall 20/6/15, 5-61 v Melbourne 8/8/15

James Fisher 5-38 v Hilton 11/7/15

Ciaran Ellard 5-55 v Ticknall 1/8/15

Paul Cook 5-57 v Breadsall 29/8/15

Steve Mountney 5-14 v Abbots Bromley 12/7/15

3RD XI

Ashani Jones 7-16 v Lullington 29/8/15, 5-25 v Rosehill 16/5/15, 5-33 v Derby Congs 5/9/15

Simon Fearn 5-22 v Trentside 11/7/15

4TH XI

Simon Bassett 5-21 v Cutthorpe 1/8/15

Ryan Bartlett 5-32 v Nutbrook 8/8/155 fer

100 Club

Here are the members of the 2015 100 Club

1ST XI

Graeme Tryon 118 v Quarndon 25/4/15, 117 v Dunstall 18/4/15, 111 v Denby 15/8/15, 100 v Cuckney 28/6/15

Josh Brear 136 v Dunstall 18/4/15, 100 v Moddershall 10/5/15

Ali Dixon 103no v Ticknall 1/8/15, 107no v Lullington 22/8/15

Ben Ashdown 110no v Dunstall 26/4/15, 100 v Moddershall 10/5/15

Joe Ashdown 123no v Chesterfield 8/8/15

2ND XI

Matt Archer 132 v Swarkestone 27/6/15

Ollie Baum 170no v Melbourne 23/5/15

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2nd XI 4S Champions 2015

The 2s travelled to Swarkestone on Sunday, knowing 15 points would secure the league championship.

Captain Rob Mountney won the toss and bowled first, and would have been delighted with bowling the hosts out for 138. Opening bowlers Ciaran Ellard and Matt Madeley both took 2fer and then the spinners took over with Dean Vickers taking 3-35, and young leggie Will Parker finished things off with a hat trick.

After the break the reply was looking to be going to plan at 86-2 with Adam Finlay looking set on 37. His dismissal lead to an unbelieveable collaspse as the innings was in tatters at 97-8. Results elsewhere meant that only a win would do. Enter skipper Rob Mountney and for the second time over the weekend the 'wall' James Fisher. Between them they manage to knock off the required runs, in a great display of holding your nerve, to secure a 2 wicket victory and promotion to Div 3 for 2016.celebration

Sunday Review 6/9/15

Sunday saw the final round of fixtures for the 2015 Derbyshire Premier and County Leagues, with still lots to play for for the 'Dons'.

The 1s hosted A&B at the SCG, still looking at a top 4 finish, whilst the visitors were scrapping to avoid relegation. Losing the toss, the 'Dons' bowled first. The visitors were soon in trouble as Tom Williams had county pros, Godleman and Knight back in the pavilion early, whilst Paul Allen had fomer Derbyshire man Stubbings following suit. The visitors never recovered as Williams (4-26) and Allen (6-36) bowled unchanged to dismiss them for 66. The runs were knocked off 3 down in 19 overs, Olly Baum making 30 and Josh Brear 29 no, to secure 27 points, and resign the visitors to the drop. On the back of this, the 1s secured 4th spot for the 2015 season.

The 3s made the short trip to Elvaston. Again losing the toss, the 'Dons' bowled first and dismissed the hosts for 122, Simon Fearn taking 4-26 and Ryan Bartlett 3-37. The 'Dons' knocked them off with ease, 3 down with 15 overs remaining. Jason Fowler ended 38 no and Cian Fox made 32. This win secure at maximum haul for the weekend for the 3s, just missing out on promotion by three points, after a fantastic run off form in the second half of the season.

The 4s hosted Codnor at the SCG. Bowling first the 'Dons' restricted the visitors to 135-8, with Joe Wood, Matt Hind, Simon Bassett and Kieron Wildgoose each taking 2 fer. In reply the 'Dons' knocked them off 6 down with 4 overs to spare, youngster George Twigg with 37 and Steve Baines 54. This win secure an excellent 5th place finish, for the 4s, with lots of the younger players, playing starring roles throughout the summer.

Right: TJ took 4-26 on Sunday (can get the pro's out!!!)tj

Saturday Review 5/9/15

Saturday saw the penultimate round of fixtures in the Derbyshire Premier and County Leagues, with plenty on the line for the 'Dons'.

The 1s travelled to Swarkestone, and suffered a second successive hammering. Losing the toss and being put in on a wet one, the 'Dons', were dismissed for just 70, Ali Dixon the only batter to show any resilence with 27. Waz Fazal and Tom Williams both took a wicket but the 70 was knocked off with ease.

The 2s hosted Etwall at the SCG, with the potencial of securing promotion. Etwall won the toss and batted and made a competitve 243-8, Dean Vickers taking 3-60. After the break, the visitors removed openers Adam Finlay and Matt Archer for rare low scores. Dave Hartley and Mani Saini got the innings back on track and were looking good. Unfortunatly both fell in the 30's and triggered a collapse, which lead to youngster Matt Madeley (31no) and the 'wall' James Fisher to see the game safe, and mean promotion was still in our hands going into Sunday.

The 3s hosted Derby Congs at the SCG. Winning the toss and batting first, the 'dons' could only muster 150 all out, Jason Fowler top scoring with 52. This proved to be plenty as speedster Ash Jones again ran riot taking 5-33. With the top order in tatters, Simon Fearn helped himself to 3-30, as Congs were dismissed for 102, securing 27 points.

The 4s travelled to Clowne Town. Losing the toss, the 'dons' restricted the hosts to 165, with Simon Bassett taking 4-47 and Kev Bunting 3-29. In reply the 'Dons' got over the line relatively easily, thanks mainly to a lively partnership between Joe Wood (55no) and Tom Mellor (45), as the winning runs came with 2 overs to spare, 6 wickets down.61875879 1

Weekend Preview 5th/6th Sept

The final weekend of the season is on the horzion, with a full fixture for the 'dons'.

The 1s travel to Swarkestone on Saturday and host A&B on Sunday, looking for two results which will hopefully be enough to secure a top 2 spot.

The 2s host Etwall on Saturday and travel to Swarkestone on Sunday, knowing that 24 points from the weekend will secure the 4S championship and a place in Div 3 next year.

The 3s host Derby Congs on Saturday and face Elvaston away on Sunday, looking to continue their fine form which has put them in with an outside chance of promotion to 5S.

The 4s travel to Clowne on Saturday and host Codnor on Sunday again looking to finish on a high and potencially a top 4 finish.

Cmon the 'Dons' lets have abig finish to a gowicket1od summer

Village Comp 2015

Congratulations to the Malt Shovel, on winning the 2015 Village Cricket Competition.

A great turn out throughtout the day saw soon great action, with the Malt coming out on top in the final.

A big thank you to all the teams who entered (Malt Shovel, Prince of Wales, Yarnspinner, Canal Turn, Empire, Severn Trent and Inter Mi-Lager)

Also a huge thanks to oragniser Maurice Betteridge, and all club volunteers who helped with umpiring, scoring, bar, bbq, it would have run so smoothly without you!

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Saturday Review 29/8/15

The weekend saw 2 out of 3 wins for the 'dons', with the 2s remaining top of the league.

The 1s travelled to Ockbrook and got well and truely hammered. Batting first the 'dons' lipped to 193 all out in 48 overs. Ockbrook then came out all good blazing against some wayward bowling to knock them off 1 down in 19 overs.

The 2s faired much better at home to Breadsall. Bowling first, the visitors were dismissed for 223, with Paul Cook taking his first 5fer of the summer and young Will Parker again showing great promise with 3-24. After the break openers Adam Finlay and Matt Archer combined to knocked the runs off themselves in a fine display of batting. 'Bear' brought up his hundred with a big straight 6 aswell as taking the side past the total. 'Arch' finished up on 96 n.o, and now has a 1000 for the summer in his sights.

The 3s made the trip to Lullington Park, and their innings looked in tatters early doors as the top order were blown away. Cue an unbelievable fight back with Ash Jones making 49 at number 7, Ryan Bartlett 49 no at number 9, and Chintan Desai falling 6 short of a hundred at number 8. The innings finished up on 253-8. After the break, Ash Jones cracked up the pace and blew the hosts away taking 7-14 as Lullington were shot out for 131.

Right: Adam Finlay 100 no on Saturdaybear

Chairman's Fundraiser

Huge congratulations to SCC chairman Neil Kellogg for completing the Erewash Triathlon last Sunday.

Neil was raising money for the new netting facilities at the SCG, which will benefit so many.

Great effort Neil, from all at SCCNeil Kellogg

'Dons' scoop Awards

Three 'dons' have recently won awards from the DCB for their contributions to the game and to our club. A big congratlations to all three of you, much deserved for the time and effort you put in. 

Steve and Mollie have now been invited to Lords for the National awards.

Big thanks also to Chairman Neil Kellogg for putting our nominations to the DCB

Dave Moore- Outstanding Contribution and Services to Cricket Coaching

Steve Williams- Natwest CricketForce Award

Mollie Lager- Scoring Award

 

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Saturday Preview 29/8/15

The penultimate weekend of the season see's some big games for the 'dons'.

The 1s travel to local rivals Ockbrook , looking for bragging rights and continue the push for 2nd place, (or still 1st hopefully).

The 2s have a massive game at the SCG against Breadsall as they look to cement top spot going into the final double header.

The 3s head south to face Lullington Park, the 4s host Belper Ams.

Go well everyone, 4 wins would be nice!!SCC v Denby 30

Saturday Review 22/8/15

Saturday brought 2 wins and 1 defeat for the 'dons'.

The 1s hosted Lullington at the SCG. The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl, and soon had the the 'dons' 3 down. Ali Dixon and Graeme Tryon repaired the damage, once Tryon departed for 33, Joe Ashdown and Dixon moved the score along. Dixon continued on his merry way bringing up a second ton of the summer with some big hits, finishing 107 n.o and the innings 239/6. Unfortunatly it proved not to be enough as Lullingtons overseas made his first ton of the summer, along with some wayward bowling, the total was chased down with 8 overs to spare, 6 wickets down.

The 2s travelled to Uttoxeter and came away with a vital win. batting first on a dubious pitch the 'dons' could only muster 157, with 30's from Matt Archer and Simon Bassett. However it proved to be just enough as the hosts were bowled out in spectactular fashion 2 runs short. Dean Vickers, Ciaran Ellard and Simon Bassett all with 3fers, which keeps the side top of the league.

The 3s hosted Ilkeston at the SCG and won comfortably. Batting first the visitors could not cope with Ash Jones pace as he wiped out the top order, and the innings never recovered, as it ended 87 all out. This was knocked off with ease by the 'dons' 2 down inside 20 overs.

The 4s had no game this week.

Right: Ali Dixon with his second ton of the season, now has over 600 league runs.
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Stars in Their Eyes

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Star in Their Eyes is back at SCC on Saturday 5th September from 8pm

Tickets are £5 availble from Deano.

This is an important fundraiser so the support of club members is vital

Saturday Round Up 15/8/15

Week 17 of the Derbyshire Premier and County league season brought 3 positive results for the 'dons'.

The 1s travelled to 5th placed Denby looking to improve on the reverse fixture earlier in the season. After winning the toss and batting the 'dons' innings was soon in trouble at 39-3, which brought together Graeme Tryon and Ali Dixon, who put on a superb 177 for the 4th wicket. Tryon went on to complete his 4th league and league cup 100 of the season, making 111 of just 87 balls, with Dixon contributing 68, and the innings finishing on 246-7. After the break Tom Williams bowled a tight 9 over spell without reward, with Paul Allen taking 2 wickets at the other end. Matt Madeley then took his first prem wicket removing the dangerous Burgoyne. Denby continued to chase the total but ended short on 226-8, with Chris Windmill bowling an excellent 15 over spell.

The 2s hosted Yoxall at the SCG. Batting first openers Adam Finlay (47) and Matt Archer (79) set the foundation for a good total, finishing on 237-7. The bowlers then took control as Yoxall were blasted out in 22 overs Ciaran Ellard taking 4-29 and James Fisher 2-24.

The 3s made the short trip to A&B. Batting first the 'dons' made a solid 212-8, with Jamie Baker top scoring with 45. In reply the hosts were skitted for 135 with Ashani Jones continuing his good form with 4-48.

The 4s welcomed Selston to the SCG, but could not make it 7 wins in a row, as the league leaders bowled the 'dons' out for 85, knocking them off 1 down.

Graeme Tryon made 111 on SaturdaySCC v Denby 131

Saturday Review 8/8/15

Week 16 of the Derbyshire Premier and County League brought 3 wins for the 'dons' and some stand out performances from some of the up and coming youngsters at the club.

The 1s hosted Chesterfield at the SCC, and after winning the toss elected to bat. The innings was in tatters at 28-5 and 50-6 off 13 overs but Joe Ashdown (123no) and Chris Windmill (70) combined for the 7th wicket as the 'dons' posted a healthy 252-7. Unfortunatly this was not enough as the visitors completed the run chase 4 down with 5 balls remaining despite 3-45 from Chris Windmill.

The 2s travelled to rivals Melbourne and batted first on a sporty pitch and did well to reach 182-7, with Dave Hartley (40), Dave Tainton (47no) and Nick Rigg (38) the main contributors. In reply the hosts were cruising at 142-3, when spinners Dean Vickers (5-61) and youngster Will Parker (3-20) took over to bowl them out for 161.

The 3s hosted Quarndon at the SCG and knocked them over for 120 with Ashani Jones (4-25) and Chintai Desai (3-24) the main destroyers. In reply youngster Tyler Forrester anchored the chase with 62n.o as the runs were knocked off 3 down in 30 overs.

The 4s travelled to Nutbrook and came away with full points. Batting first we posted 212-3 off 40 overs, young openers George Twigg (52) and Isacc Harrison (92no) the stand outs. Ryan Bartlett then took over taking 5-32 as Nutbrook were rolled out for 118.61879510

Saturday Preview 15/8/15

Saturday sees week 18 of the Derbyshire Premier and County League season, with some interesting games coming up.

The 1s travel to Denby looking to but last weeks defeat behind them, and also looking to get one back on the hosts after a 100 run mauling at the SCG early in the summer.

The 2s face Yoxall at home, looking to consolidate top spot in 4S, and again looking for revenge after defeat in the first game between the two clubs.

The 3s go to A&B, looking to make it two on the spin after an excellent win at home to Quarndon last week.

The 4s host table toppers Selston in 9N, looking to carry on a 6 game winning streak which has seen them put themselves on the fringe of the promotion spots.wicket1

Saturday Preview 25/7/15

Saturday's fixtures see some key games in the 2015 season for the 'dons'

The 1s, currently second in the Derbyshire Prem welcome table toppers Sandiacre Town to the SCG, a win would close the gap to 20 odd points, and a definate chance at a title push.

 The 2's travel to Mickleover, looking to put last weeks defeat behind them and again close in on top of the league Rolleston.

The 3's welcome Rolleston to the SCG, looking to make it back to back wins, and make a late push at promotion.

The 4's are at Ilkeston Rutland again looking to make it two wins on the spin, to keep climbing the table.catch

OBCC T20 Winners

The 'dons' won the first OBCC T20 competetion last friday with a big win over Quarndon. Batting first we made 215 with Joe Ashdown hitting a quickfire 77 and Ben Ashdown making dashing 58. Opening bowlers Waz Fazal and Tom Williams then knocked the stuffing out of the reply leaing Quarndon 3-3 at one point, as the innings finished on 140-5 to seal a win. Ben Ashdown was awarded man of the series with 3 consecutive 50's.

Ben Ashdown Man of the SeriesSCC v Denby 103

OBCC T20

The club progressed to the semi finals of the OBCC T20 Festival with a crushing win against Shipley Hall

Batting first the 'dons' made 199 with Ben Ashdown (80) and Ali Dixon (60) top scorers.

Youngster Jack Hurst then took over with ball collecting 5fer with 4 overs of quality leg spin. Jack Gourbert also took 2 wickets with his left arm mediums

The semi final is on Wednesday 1st July v Kimberly at OCKBROOK 6pm start.hursty

Saturday Preview 27/6/15

Saturday sees the halfway point of the Derbyshire Premier and County Leagues

The 1s travel to local rivals A&B looking for bragging rights, and to keep on the tails of Sandiacre.

The 2s welcome Swarkestone to the 'G' looking to cement top spot at halfway

The 3s are also at home to Elvaston, a win hopefully being the catalyst for a promotion charge in the second half

The 4's travel to Codnor again victory will see the young side in the mix at halfway

The 1s are also in action on Sunday at home to Notts Premier champions Cuckney in the Premier Cup

1st team matches start at 12.30 all other games at 1.30SCC v Denby 133

Saturday Review 20/6/15

Week 10 of the Derbyshire Premier and County League season, brought a mixed bag of results for the 'dons'

The 1st XI slipped to defeat at home to Swarkestone, when a victory looked a chance late in the day. Winning the toss and batting first on a good looking SCG pitch, in a rain reduced 45 over game, a final total of 178 all out was dissappointing, when well set at drinks on 101-3. Ollie Baum top scored with a fluent 44, Graeme Tryon looked good again until he dragged on for 25. The innings was then rescued by last pair of Waz Fazal and Tom Williams who added 30. The bowlers came out firing straight away in the second innings, with Swarkestone reduced to 72-6 at halfway. Then followed an 80 run partnership which took the game the way of the visitors and the runs were knocked off with 3 overs left. Paul Allen ended with 4-34 from 13, Tom Williams 2-40 and Waz Fazal 1-63.

The 2nd XI travelled to Etwall and came away with the spoils and regained top spot. Bowling first, Etwall had no answer to spinners Dean Vickers (5-51) and Daz Yeomans (3-27), as the hosts were dismissed for 195. Adam Finlay and Matt Archer agin combined at the top of the reply to set the base of the chase. Once Archer had gone for 49, Finlay continued on his merry way making 55 no as the runs were knocked off 8 down with 2 balls to spare.

The 3rd XI travelled to Derby Congs and snatched a losing draw from the hands of victory. Bowling first, Congs were restricted to 187-9, with 'wildthing' James Fisher taking 5-45. In reply Jack Gourbert and Jason Fowler added a hundred for the first wicket, but when these two went the innings fell away ending 181-9.

The 4th XI welcomed Clowne Town to the SCG, and secured a good winning draw. Batting first the 'dons' made 165-9, with George Twigg, Steve Baines and Brad Longden all making 30's. The visitors in reply ended 135-9, with Issac Harrison taking 2-23, Tom Rice 2-25 and Matt Harrison 2-12.

Next week sees the last games of what has been a successful first half of the season.SCC v Denby 86 ollie Ollie Baum made 44 on Saturday

Saturday Preview 20/6/15

SCC v Denby 138Saturday sees week ten of the Derbyshire Premier and County League season take place with all 4 sides in action.

The first XI host Swarkestone at the SCG, looking to keep the pressure on league leaders Sandiacre.

The second XI travel to Etwall gin looking to keep pace with leaders Rolleston.

The third XI go to Derby Congs, on the back of a one wicket victory 2 weeks go

The fourth XI welcome Clowne to the SCG, looking to build on some good results so far

The first XI game starts at 12 30, all other matches at 1 30

The bar at the SCG will be open from 12 noon.

 

England Call Up

Congrats to 'don' Paul Allen who later this month will be representing the England Deaf Cricket Team in a european competition in Holland. 

Best of luck from all at the SCG.

Updates and reports on Paul's efforts will hopefully be posted on here and via the twitter feed.ecb

Play you cards Right

Play your cards Right will return this weekend with the 1st's at home to Swarkestone. It will be a 3 week roll over, so prize pot should be over 100 quid, well worth winning. See Chunky for tickets on Saturday.Play Your Cards Right Resized 2

Pics from Denby game

Dave Hartley shells one!! (Below)SCC v Denby 131Graeme Tryon on way to 89SCC v Denby 41Waz Fazal sends one downSCC v Denby 64Ben Ashdown takes the catch

Ali Dixon plays and missesSCC v Denby 101Olly Baum on the driveSCC v Denby 95SCC v Denby 30

Proms on the Pitch Friday 26TH June

SCC are hosting a 'Proms on the Pitch' night, Friday 26th June from 6pm. The Newhall Brass Band will be playing music from films, shows and crowd choices!!

Entry is £5, or a family ticket is £15 (2 adults, 2 children)

The bar and a BBQ will be open

A great way to start the Spondon Weekend FestivalProms Resized 2015

Saturday Review 13/6/15

Week 9 of the Derbyshire Premier and County League season never got going for the 'dons' as persistant rain causing all four sides to be cancelled.rain 1

Premier T20

'The Dons' involvement in the Premier T20 has ended at the first hurdle today losing to A&B on wickets lost. Batting first we limped to 124-9 with Adam Finlay top scoring with 30 off 23 balls. The visitors were made to work all the way getting to the total tieing the scores off the penultimate ball. 61875879 1

Week 6 Review

Week 6 of the Derbyshire Premier and County League brought mixed results for the club.

The 1s travelled to Queens Park Chesterfield, and came away with a winning draw. After winning the toss and batting, openers Ben Ashdown (49) and Josh Brear (20) got off to a decent start reaching 60-0 off 10. 4 wickets then fell quickly including form man Graeme Tryon, to leave the innings at 102-4nd . Joe Ashdown (67), Dave Hartley (32) and Dave Tittershill (36), kept the innings moving foward to reach 268-8 off 50. In reply Chesterfield made slow but steady progress with Paul Allen bowling a tight spell. Enter Waz Fazal who continued his excellent form to take 5-63 and leave the hosts hanging on at 218-9 at stumps.

The 2's welcomed Melbourne to the 'G', and batting first made an imposing 328-5, with Ollie Baum being the star of the show making 170n.o. The visitors came out all guns blazing after the break and knocked them off 6 down with 5 overs remaining, dispite Dean Vickers 3-79

The 3's travelled over town to Quarndon. Bowling first the 'dons' restricted the hosts to a gettable 185-5. Unfortunalty the innings never got going and had to settle for a losing draw at 121-8.

The 4's welcome Nutbrook to the 'G' and came away with a good winning draw. Batting first we made 181-6, with Steve Baines (46), Tom Mellor (30) and Ben French (29n.o). In reply Nutbrook ended 122-6, with Kev Bunting taking 3-17.

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Annual Subs!!!

ALL PLAYERS

ANNUAL SUBS ARE NOW DUE!!!

SUBS ARE £20 PLUS £5 500 CLUB SUBSCRIBTION

THIS IS EXCELLENT VALUE AND COMPARED TO OTHER CLUBS VERY CHEAP

PLEASE SEE STEVE WILLIAMS FOR A FORM AND PAYMENTmoney

Training 2015

Outdoor Training will take place at the 'SCG' on Thursday's 5-8ish. All players looking to play senior cricket are encouraged to attend. Please also let the cricket committee know of your availibility for weekends no later than tuesday evening to ensure a smooth selection process.

Your co-operation on this is much appreciatedtraiing

Winter Training

Winter training at Trent College on Monday night has now finished, training well now be outside at the SCG on Thursdays from 6pm

The cricket committee thanks all the players for there efforts and attendance throughout the program, it will stand us all in good stead for the summertrain 1

Spondon Cricket Club TV

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SCC has launched its on channel to keep you up to date with all the news, views and action from the SCG.

The channel can be found on youtube searching 'SpondonCricketClub TV'

As the season approches more features will be uploaded, and match action will be availble when the season has started.

Kit Offer 2015

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Club main sponsor HSG has again this year agreed to support training kit for the club players.

It has been decided to offer 2 options, covering training and pre match kit.

Option 1: Pre match polo and Warm up shirt, should be £36, you pay £16

Option 2: As above plus tracksuit, should be £83, you pay £43

This offer is only availble to players looking to play regular saturday cricket

The offer runs until FRIDAY 20TH MARCH

Orders wont be taken without money being paid

Also in stock are club baggy greens at £15, and orders will be taken for woolen club sweaters

Please see Joe Ashdown for more info 

Club Badge

SCC has discovered an original badge that was used by the club before the introduction of our windmill logo. This badge will now be used on club baggy greens and woolen sweaters, in addition to the clubs windmill badge on shirtsphoto 2

DCB Indoor League Champions

Spondon 'A' last night confirmed the DCB Indoor League championship, with a 6 wicket win over Aston. This now meansindoor.crick the club will enter the regional stages of ECB Indoor Cricket KO Cup in 2016. Congratulations to all players who have appeared throughout the indoor season.

To keep up to date with all the results, stats and league tables from the indoor competition go to www.dcbindoorcomps.play-cricket.com 

Clive Mullinger Award 2014

Awarded to Dave Owen at the Derbyshire County Cricket League AGM

Clive Mullinger Award th Jan.2015

 

Winter Training 2015

SCC's winter training program will start Monday 5th January 7.30-9 at Trent College, Long Eaton NG10 4AD

These sessions are aimed at all players looking to play senior cricket this season (u13's and upwards)

SCC are always looking for new players and welcome anyone who wants to play competitive cricket this summer, at a club with a fantastic facilities and social calender. Please contact Joe Ashdown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more detailstrain 1

S.C.C. New Year Tote Draw

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Spondon Cricket Club

New Year Tote Draw

2015

Winning nos:- 39 & 40

with 7 Winners

Each winner £81

1. Joe Szrejder £81 - card sold by Richard Ashdown

2. Maureen Billings £81- card sold by Moz

3. P Havecroft £81 - card sold by Liberal Club

4. Foo Searcy £81 - card sold by Carol Searcy

5. J Kitchener £81 – card sold by Kim Baker

6. Mully £81 – card sold by Richard Ashdown

7. George Twigg £81 – card sold by John Twigg

Presentation to Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre at Skegness

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The presentation held at the Malt Shovel Spondon on Friday 21st November of a £450 cheque to Mr and Mrs David Harris, Fundraising Officers of The Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre at Skegness. Mr Harris is a retired school teacher from West Park Community School at Spondon.

 This money was raised at the Village Cricket Tournament held at Spondon C.C. at the August Bank Holiday 2014

 8 teams consisting of non-league (social) players representing local organisations playing 8-a-side / 6 over games.
 The final was won this year by the team from Severn Trent Water Ltd.

 The overall organisation of the event was masterminded by local Spondon man Maurice Betteridge and was hosted at the Locko Road cricket ground.

 It was a marvellous family day and raised funds to help children from Derbyshire to have a holiday when they would not normally be able to have one.

 The photograph shows Brandon and Louis Astle who are junior players at Spondon CC presenting the cheque to Mr and Mrs Harris who are local fundraisers for the Holiday Centre.

 Also in the photograph are Malt Shovel landlord Mark Johnson, Nicky Astle, Mum of the two boys and Simon Bassett, & the Chairman of Cricket at Spondon Cricket Club.

 This is an annual event run each year at Spondon C.C. with proceeds going to the Derbyshire Childrens Holiday Centre at Skegness.

 Spondon C.C. and Maurice Betteridge are proud of their contribution to helping young people of Derby enjoy a holiday.

Fireworks party

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Last Friday saw SCC host its annual fireworks spectactular

The club would like to thank everybody who attended the night and made it a huge success

Also a huge thank you to all volunteers that made the night run so smoothly and ensured that yet again we put the best show on in town!!

Quiz and Curry Night

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SCC are hosting a quiz and curry night on friday 21st november.

Come and test your general knowledge!!

Curry £2.50

All welcome to make the night a success

SCC Awards Night 2014

A great night was had by all at the Annual SCC Awards night, last friday. Thanks to all who attended and enjoyed the night.

Winners of the awards are as follows

1st XI

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Batting- Josh Brear 847 Runs @38.5

Bowling- Chris Windmill 48 Wickets @16

Player of the Year - Josh Brear/Chris Windmill (Joint) (right)

2nd XI

Batting- Mani Saini 449 Runs @37.4

Bowling- James Rigg 22 wickets @14

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Player of the Year- Mani Saini (right)

3rd XI

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Batting- Lee Fox 476 runs @26.4 (below left)

Bowling- Simon Fern 33 wickets @15.3

Player of the Year- Simon Fern (below middle)

4th XI

Batting- Steve Baines 497 runs @62.1

Bowling- Kev Bunting 15 wickets @19.6

Player of the Year- Tyler Forrester

Performance of the Year- Ben Ashdown 162no (middle right)

Bob Baker Yawards niteoung Player of the Year- Jack Hurst (right)
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Firework and Halloween Party @SCC

NOT LONG NOW, COME ON DOWN AND JOIN THE FUN!!

Charity Football Match

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SCC will be taking on local neighbours Borrowash Vics on the 2nd November at the astledale, in aid of C.R.Y charity.

A darts comp will also follow the football

Please show your support for this excelent cause.

Indoor Cricket World Cup 2014

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SCC would like to wish playing members Dave Tainton and Tom Mellor the best of luck, after being selected for the England Men's Indoor Cricket team for the upcoming World Cup in New Zealand.

Hopefully we will be able to bring updates of their progress throughout the competition.

Go well fella's

SCC in 2015

New to the area, looking for a new club, wanting to to get involved in local cricket? 

Spondon CC are always on the lookout for people who want to play or help out at the club.

With facilities second to none, a great social section and cricket to suit all standards, why not get involved at Derbyshire's premier club.

 

Winter training will commence early January, or alternatively get in touch through the club website, facebook or twitter feed

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2014 Highlights

Here are the club 100 makers and 5 wicket takers for 2014.

BATTING

Ben Ashdown 162no v Ticknall (1st XI)

Charlie Fern Wright 150no v Rosehill Meths. (3rd XI)

Josh Brear 106 v Denby (1st XI)

Dave Hartley 103no v Elvaston (2nd XI)

Steve Baines 103 V Calow (4th XI)

Josh Brear 102 v Lullington (1st XI)

Adam Fisher 101no v Barton (2nd XI)

BOWLING

Joe Ashdown 6/27 V Ticknall (1st XI) 5/72 v A&B

Simon Fearn 6/29 v Breadsall (3rd XI)

Chris Windmill 6/68 v Denby (1st XI) 5/66 V Sandiacre (1st XI) 5/36v Sandiacre (1st XI)

James Rigg 5/29 v Barton(2nd XI) 5/43 v Ticknall (2nd XI) 5/71 v Mickleover (2nd XI)

Jack Hurst 5/38 v Wirksworth (2nd XI)

Waseem Fazal 5/47 v Marehay (1st XI)

Adam Coopey 5/63 v Rosehill Meths. (3rd XI)6260620.large

Final Weekend

The Derbyshire Premier and County League season came to a close last weekend with double headers across the weekend.

The 1s headed to Sandiacre on Saturday and came away with a losing draw finishing 189-9 chasing 218. On Sunday Ticknall were the visitors to the SCG, and came away with the points as SCC fell short of 181, to finish the season in a disappointing 6th position.

The 2s hosted Mickleover Saturday at the SCG and claimed a clinical 7 wicket victory. Sunday they made the trip south to Dunstall and finished on a high chasing down 260, to finish in 5th spot.

The 3s hosted Rolleston on Saturday to complete their season, and fell to defeat, but managed to secured a mid table finish.

The 4s hosted Selston on Sunday to finish the season, and also fell to defeat but again managed to secure a creditable mid table finish.catch

Junior Presentation 2014

The 2014 Junior presentation night will be held at the club on Friday 12th September starting at 7pm

Bar will be open and food availble

Hope to see a good turn out to congratulate all our juniors on a successful 2014 seasonphoto 1

Saturday's Round Up

Saturday proved to be a good day for SCC on the penultimate weekend of the season. The 1s welcomed Chesterfield to the SCG. Winning the toss, Chesterfield were asked to bat first, and were caused plenty of problems by openers Tom Williams (1-30 off 10) and Waz Fazal (0-28 off 8). The spinners were introduced soon after the opening spells with Chris Windmill (3-45) and Joe Ashdown (4-51) combining to knock over the middle order. Kash Hussain brought the innings to an end picking up 2-12. A target of 180 was thought to be well gettable. SCC lost opener Josh Brear early, for a rare failure but Ben Ashdown (57) and Adam Finlay (62) took the score to 100. Captain Joe Ashdown finished the game off quickly with 46 no, to confirm a 7 wicket victory with 9 overs unused.

The 2s travelled to Melbourne. Winning the toss and bowling Ciaran Ellard (4-28) knocked over the top order early, and with youngster Jack Hurst taking 2-25, the home side were dismissed for 105. Nick Rigg (29) and Matt Archer (35) were the top scorers as the total was knocked off 4 down in 21 overs.

The 3s travelled to Rosehill. Having been asked to bat, SCC racked up 279-6 off their 46 overs, with captain Lee Fox making 50, and Charlie Fernwright making an unbeaten 150. Rosehill never got close in reply and settled for the losing draw on 193-5.

The 4s were handed 27 points as Clowne Town conceeded the game.

Below: Ben Ashdown lead the reply for the 1s on Saturday
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Week 17 Round Up

Week 17 of the Derbyshire premier and county league season saw the club produce a clean sweep of wins for the first time this year.

The 1's entertained Denby at the SCG. Having won the toss and elected to bowl, the 'dons' set about keeping the visitors to a gettable total. Chris Windmill was the star of the bowling performance collecting a place on the honours board, claiming 6-68, and helping to restrict Denby to 244. Openings Ben Ashdown and Josh Brear started well adding 109 for the first wicket. As the run rate rose wickets started to fall, and when Brear departed for an excellent 106, 50 were still needed off 5 overs. Enter Kash Hussain , who made a quickfire 25 not out to see the side home with 2 balls to spare.

The 2's travelled south to Barton. Having won the toss and electing to bowl, the 'dons' shot out the hosts for 124, with James Rigg taking 5-29. In reply openers Nick Rigg(60no) and Adam Fisher(51no) knocked them off in only 24 overs to seal an emphatic 10 wicket win.

The 3's made the short trip to Breadsall. Having been stuck in by the hosts, the'dons' were bundled out for just 129. Jack Gorbert was the stand out performer with 58. After tea, the bowlers came out on fire with Ashani Jones taking 4-29, Simon Fern 2-26 and Gorbert again with 3-23 to dismiss the hosts for 104 to claim a dramatic victory.

The 4's welcomed West Hallam to the SCG. Bowling first the 'dons' shot West Hallam out for 146, with Adam Coopey, Ryan Bartlett and Isacc Harrison all taking two wickets. In reply Will Twigg lead the innings with 46, Megan Pittman 32 and Isacc Harrison 26no to seal a 6 wicket victory.

All scorecards from the weekends action 61878043 1can be found at www.spondon.play-cricket.com

Below:Josh Brear made 107 on Saturday

Right: Chris Windmill took 6-68 v Denby on Saturday

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Week 16 Round Up

Week 16 of the 2014 season brought some mixed results for the club.

The 1's travelled to reigning premier league champions Swarkestone. After losing the toss and being put in, the innings got off to the worst start possible, Ben Ashdown being dismissed first ball of the game. It didnt get any better for the next hour, and at 34-6 after 20 overs all hope looked lost. However Kash Hussain(30) and Chris Windmill (74) combined to move the score along, and last wicket pair of Waz Fazal(27no) and Tom Williams (16no), got the side to a respectable 196-9 off 50. In reply Waz Fazal took an early wicket, and at 50-2 there was a chance of a memorable victory. Swarkestones 3 wicket partnership took the game away, but James Rigg took two in an over to gain another bowling point but it wasnt enough, the hosts winning by 4 wickets.

The 2's hosted Elvaston at the SCG. Bowling first, the visitors made 253-8, Mani Saini the most successful bowler with 3-9. With rain around, the game became a time match, with the 2's only facing 44 overs, in which they finished 201-7, with 30's from Nick Rigg, Adam Fisher, Mani Saini and Jack Hurst, no one going on to make the big score needed to win the game.

The 3's hosted Quarndon at the SCG. Batting first SCC made a disappointing 166 all out, with only Steve Mountney (74) making an impact. Again with rain around Quarndon faced 33 overs when time ran out finishing 136-4.

The 4's travelled to Nutbrook. Bowing first SCC restricted Nutbrook to 226-6. In reply the 4's came close finishing on 212-8, skipper Simon Bassett finishing unbeaten on 76.windy 1SCC All Rounder Chris Windmill was in the runs on Saturday. 

Premier Cup Semi Final 17th August

The 1st XI are in Premier Cup semi final action THIS SUNDAY at the SCG, starting at 12.30

The bar will be open from 12.

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Week 15 Round Up

Week 15 of the season saw all 4 sides complete games, interupted by the weekend weather.Ockbrook-248

The 1st XI host Lullington Park at the SCG. Openers Josh Brear and Ben Ashdown put on 90 in good time after winning the toss and deciding to bat. A batch of wickets followed and at 130-6 the innings looked in trouble, but Kash Hussain and James Rigg combined to add 65 for the 7th wicket and SCC declared on 226-9 after 46 overs. In reply Lullington lost two early wickets in James Rigg's opening overs. From here they looked to consolidate and finished 175-5 after 42 overs. 

The 2nd XI travelled to Etwall. Having been put into bat, in an reduced 36 over match, Adam Finlay and Adam Fisher put the side in a good position, only for wickets to tumble. It was left to skipper Rob Mountney and Matt Hind to make sure a good score was put on the board and a 50 partership in quick time, gave the bowlers 186to work with. Etwall in reply finished 176-8, Matt Hind taking 3fer and Cieran Elland 2fer. 

The 3rds travelled to Walton. Batting first in a shortened 37 over game, 50's from captain Lee Fox and Jaime Baker were the main contributions in a total of 190. In reply Walton struggled to 112-7 with Ashani Jones, Joe Wood and Jack Gourbert all in the wickets.

The 4ths hosted an experianced Holmewood side at the SCG. Batting first they made 247-3 in 35 overs. In reply a young SCC side saw out the overs finishing 102-7, Tyler Forrester again impressing with 44 not out.

On Sunday the 1sts were in cup quarter final action at the SCG against Chesterfield. Batting first SCC made a competitive total of 236 thanks largely to Josh Brear (84) and Dave Hartley (44). In reply Chesterfield were shot out for 140 with Joe Ashdown taking Ockbrook.2624-13, Chris Windmill 2-13 and Kash Hussain 2-20.

Left: Kash Hussain with runs and wickets at the weekend

Jackson Cup Winners 2014

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SPONDON lifted the Jackson Cup with a comfortable win over Sandiacre Town at Denby.

Their bowling was well on top as they restricted Sandiacre to 133-8, which was something of a recovery from 73-7. John Jordison's 33 not out from 17 balls boosted Sandiacre at the end of their innings but the writing was already on the wall for Spondon, not least because Jordison had pulled a muscle and was already batting with a runner, meaning he would be unable to bowl.

Ryan McFadyean bowled Ben Ashdown early in Spondon's reply but Josh Brear and Joe Ashdown embarked on a comfortable second-wicket stand of 85 which largely made the game safe.

Ashdown was out for 44 from 39 balls but Brear saw it through with 68 not out from 62 balls as they won with five balls to spare.




Jackson Cup Final

SCC will be travelling to Denby this Friday to take on Sandiacre in the Jackson Cup Final

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Week 14 Round Up

The predicted weather forcast for week 14 of the season hit the whole of derbyshire, leading to some unbelievable scenes at cricket grounds around the county. Games were started with SCC in good postions before the monsoon arrived.

The 1st XI travelled to Alfreton, and after early rain the game started at 2.45, with 33 overs per side. Having been put in, the 1's were 172-5 after 28 overs, with 200+ a real possibility. Chris Windmill kept up his impressive form against Alfreton making 51no from 21 balls, before the heavens opened.

The 2nd XI hosted Quarndon at the SCG, with Quarndon 110-1 of 25 overs gone out of the 35 that the game had been reduced to.

The 3rd XI hosted Aston at the SCG, with Aston 114-4 when play was abandoned for the day.

The 4th XI's game was cancelled before a ball was bowled at Eckington

 

gton.IMG 11450292104055 1The SCG mid way through the storm on Saturday

Week 13 Round Up

Week 13 brought some close finishes for SCC, with 3 out of the 4 sides just coming out on the wrong end of the results.

The 1st XI welcomed Marehay to the SCG. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat making 224 all out. Waseem Fazal was the star performer with the ball claiming a maiden Premier league 5- fer, ending with 5-46, and a place on the honours board at the 'G'. In reply 50's from Ben Ashdown and Dave Hartley kept SCC in the hunt, and with Hartley and Tom Williams (20no) at the crease it looked like SCC would sneak home, but to quick wickets saw Marehay claim the points.

The 2nd XI travelled to high flying Abbots Bromley. Bowling first the 2's restricted the hosts to 209, Dean Vickers with 3-56 and Matt Madeley 2-32. In response SCC came up just short on 203-6 with Adam Finlay unbeaten on 95. Good points gained to move away from the lower reaches of the league.

The 3rd XI travelled to Clifton. Bowling first the 3's kept Clifton to a gettable total of 169-8, with Simon Bassett continuing his recent good form with 4-38. In response the 3's knocked of the runs with 3 balls remaining thanks to 40's from Steve Baker and Simon Bassett and an unbroken 8th wicket partnership of 30 between Adam Coopey and Leah Kellogg.

The 4th XI hosted Stanton Elks at the SCG. Bowling first Stanton were dismissed for 194 with Brad Longden claiming 4-50. In reply SCC finished on 186-9, with Steve Baines making 50, and youngster Tom Rice and George Twigg seeing out the final 4 overs to claim a losing draw.20140626 184935 1

Bear in the runs on Saturday

Week 12 Round Up

The second half of the season got underway on Saturday bringing mixed results for SCC

The 1st XI travelled to Dunstall for a 4th v 5th clash. On winning the toss, SCC went into bat looking for maximum points. Off the 50 overs, SCC managed to make a decent 229-7, on a slowish pitch. Josh Brear continued his fine season with 71, with Joe Ashdown adding 55. In reply the Spondon bowlers never aloud Dunstall to get near the total, finishing 155-7, Tom Williams taking 2-21, Waseem Fazal 1-28, Ben Ashdown 1-24 and Joe Ashdown 2-47. The 18 points gained saw SCC move into fourth, and in the hunt to challenge for the title.

The 2nd XI hosted Breadsall in a local derby. Having been put into bat SCC made 227-8, due mainly to Mani Saini (88 4x4, 8x6) Adam Fisher 36 and Dean Vickers 35. Unfortunatly the bowling did not fire, Breadsall knocking them off two down, only Dean Vickers (2-50) making an impact.

The 3rd XI hosted Wootton at the SCG. Having been sent in SCC scrambled to 165-8, Simon Bassett top scoring with 30. In reply Wootton were looking good to knock the runs off, until Simon Fern produced a superb spell to take 6-29, to bowl the opposition out 35 short.

 The 4th XI travelled to Ilkeston. Having been put in SCC could only manage 90 all out on a difficult wicket. Tom Mellor and Tyler Forrester the only batsman to reach double figures. The lads made Ilkeston work had in response taking 5 wickets, Kev Bunting with 3 of them, in a losing cause.

On Sunday the 2nd XI and 3rd XI both had cup quarter final matches. The 2's disappointingly fell to a defeat at Division 3 leaders Wirksworth. The 3's won a nail biter at the SCG against Cutthorpe. Batting first SCC made 195-9 off 45 overs. Simon Bassett 60, Lee Fox 36 and George Lyham 27 the main contributors. In reply Cutthorpe looked in control going into the last 10 overs, but good bowling, excellent fielding and a great attitude brought the game to the last over 6 needed. Youngster Jack Gourbet, took the ball, and bowled a superb last over conceiding only 5, as SCC progressed to the semi's by 1 run.

 

Below: Bass in fine form over the weekend

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SCC Golf Day

The 2014 Spondon Cricket Club Golf Day will be on Thursday 28th August, at Breadsall Priory. The first tee off time will be at 1330 thorough to 1500(ish). 

golf 1The cost to enter will be £35, which includes 18 holes on the Moorland Course, plus prizes, a free drink and buffet supper back at the club after the golf.

Teams of 4 will contest the team prize along with individual prizes for best score, nearest pin, longest drive etc.

For more info please see posters in clubhouse or see either Steve Williams or Joe Ashdown

Week 11 Round Up

The past weekend saw the halfway point in the Derbyshire Premier and County league season, and brought with it a decent weekend for SCC.

The first XI made the trip south to take on Ticknall, who welcomed back their county players. The start was delayed due to rain, so a 46 contest began with SCC being but in by the hosts. Ben Ashdown and Josh Brear opened up playing watchfully against an accurate opening spell from both Taylor and Khan, but with some excellent running between the wicket, the pair had got the score board going without playing a big shot. From here the fireworks started. Ashdown dispatch Taylor way over midwicket for 6 and Bee went the Distance over long off. The 100 partership came up in 20 overs, Ashdown's 50 in 55 balls. It didn't stop!! From here both openers went ballistic sending the ball to all parts of the Grange. Eventually the partnership came to an end on 223 with Brear caught on the rope for an excellent 86 (102 balls 4x4, 4x6). Chris Windmill departed quickly for 9, Joe Ashdown paired up with brother Ben to add a futher 90 in 7 overs. Ben Ashdown eventually finished on a career best 162 n.o (146 balls 13x4, 10x6), with Joe 41 n.o (22 balls 5x4, 2x6). In reply Ticknall never got up with the rate. Waseem Fazal bowled an excellent 14 over spell finishing with 3-60, Kash Hussain 1-33, Ben Ashdown 1-6, Joe Ashdown 1-41. 18 points gained to close the gap at the top.

The 2nd XI welcomed Dunstall to the SCG. Having been sent into bat, SCC made a challenging 218, with contributions from Matt Archer (41), James Rigg (30), Rob Mountney(48). In reply Dunstall could not get going against some good bowling and crumbled to 175 all out with 8 balls remaining. Dean Vickers (3-31) and James Rigg (3-40) were the pick of the bowlers.

The 3rd XI picked up maximum points without bowling a ball as Littleover conceded the game.

The 4th XI travelled to Selston. Having won the toss and bowled SCC were happy at have time having bowled their opponents out for 157, Kieran Wildgoose the picke of the bowlers with 3-25. Unfortunatly in reply SCC were bundled out for 104, only Steve Baines, Tom Rice and Kev Bunting making 20's.

On Sunday the 1st XI progressed in the Premier Cup thanks to a 4 wicket win over Dunstall at the SCG. The fourths were also in action at Stanton and looked well placed on 74-0 chasing 165 when the rain brought the game to a close.6260620.largeBen Ashdown brings up his 1506260622.largeChris Windmill finding the boundary6260623.largeJosh Brear on his way to 86

Jackson Cup Semi Final

The 1st XI have been drawn against defending champions A&B in the Jackson Cup Semi Final. This game will be staged at STAINSBY HALL CC, on THURS 10TH JULY at 6PM.

 

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Week 10 Round Up

Week 10 of the Derbyshire Premier and County League saw a good win for the 1st XI, defeats for the 2's and 3's and a bigg winning draw for the 4th XI

The 1's welcomed top of the table Sandiacre Town to the SCG on Saturday. After winning the toss, SCC had no hestitation in batting first on warm afternoon. Openers Ben Ashdown (55) and Josh Brear (69) laid a solid foundation for a decent total, with Joe Ashdown adding a quick 48, 209-7 was perhaps 20 light of a par score. After tea Tom Williams immediatly struck to remove Kiwi Mitch Mccann. Waseem Fazal bowled a tight 11 overs, but it was spinners Chris Windmill (4-51) and Joe Ashdown (4-45) who took out the middle order, aided by some good catching,  leaving Tom Williams to return to finish the job. A great victory in front of a big crowd at the 'G'.

The 2's made the trip across town to face Mickleover. Dispite Dean Vickers (3-51) and James Fisher (3-41) efforts, Mickleover made 232. The chase never got going with only Matt Archer (38) making a contribution, as we were bundled out for 114.

The 3's made the trip south to face Rolleston. Bowling first Rolleston made 227, with Adam Coopey (4-75) the pick of the bowlers. In reply the 3's looked set to secure a losing draw with two balls to go, but lost two wickets of the final deliveries of the game to snatch defeat from the hands of a useful draw. Captain Lee Fox left unbeaten on 55 n.o

The 4's welcomed Calow to the lower ground at the SCG. After being put in SCC made 229-6 with Steve Baines making 103 supported well by Tyler Forrester with 34. After tea Calow hung on at 125-8 youngsters Will Parker (3-37) and Kieran Wildgoose (3-17) the pick of the bowlers.

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Upcoming Cup Fixures

SCC are in cup action in the next few weeks fixtures as follows

29/6/14 1st XI v Dunstall (h)

6/7/14 2nd XI v Wirksworth (a) QF

6/7/14 3rd XI v Cutthorpe (h) QFspondon-logo2

Week 9 Round Up

Week 9 of the Derbyshire Premier and County League saw mixed fortunes for SCC

The first team travelled north to Queens Park Chesterfield, and suffered a 66 run defeat, to see the side move down to 7th in the table.

The 2nd XI welcomed Melbourne to the SCG, and came away on the wrong end of a high scoring game. Batting first the 2's made 266-8 with Matt Archer 36, Jason Fowler 41, Mani Saini 41, Jack Hurst 30 and Dean Vickers 41no. Unfortunatly the bowlers couldn't do the job and Melbourne knocked them off 7 down with 2 balls to spare dispite Neil Priestridge 4-70.

The 3rd XI gained a losing draw at home to Rosehill falling 20 short of 220. Adam Coopey starring with the ball taking 5-63.

The 4th XI also travelled north to Clowne and came away with maximum points. Batting first SCC made just 127 all out, captain Kev Bunting holding firm for 50 not out. SCC then knocked over Clowne for 84, new signing Ashani Jones taking 4-16.

On Sunday the 1sts lost to the Derbyshire Academy by 30 runs, the 3rds had an easy win in the cup over Winshill, and the 4ths lost in the cup away to Swarkstone.development

Week 7 Round Up

Round 7 of the Derbyshire Premier and County League season proved to be a successful one for SCC.

The first XI travelled to a soggy Denby. Dispite the wet outfield both sides agreed to start at 2.30 with a 40 overs per side. Having won the toss, SCC let Denby have first use of the pitch and managed to reach 171-9, Ben Ashdown taking 2-25 and Chris Windmill taking 4-42. In reply SCC got off to a good start Ben Ashdown and Josh Brear putting 50 on for the forst wicket in good time. Brear continued to bat through the innings making 65 not out, with contributuons from Ben Ashdown 33 and Chris Windmill 28 to see us home to a 5 wicket victory.

The 2nd XI hosted Barton, having won the toss put Barton in and restricted them to 211 all out, Dean Vickers taking 4-29 and Jack Hurst taking 3-69. In reply SCC knocked off the runs 3 wickets down with the star of the day Adam Fisher with 101 not out, supported by fellow opener Matt Archer with 41 to secure a 7 wicket victory.

The 3rd XI hosted Breadsall. Having lost the toss and been put into bat SCC made 176-8, with captain Lee Fox top scorer with 74. In reply Breadsall never got going and ended 130-5, with Simon Fearn taking 2-38 from 14 overs.

The 4th XI game at West Hallam fell foul of the weather.

The 3rd XI also played sunday in league action at Littleover. Having won the toss and bowled first, the thrids bundled out thier hosts for 88, Jack Gourbert taking 4-16. SCC had no problems in reply knocking of the runs 2 down.windy 1

The Long Journey of 'The New Corner'

                   Before EXTENSION TO PLAYING AREA AND PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL NET PRACTICE SPACE

 

SPORT ENGLAND - ‘PROTECTING PLAYING FIELDS’ FUNDING

 

In December 2011 the Cricket Club Executive Committee were aware that Sport England had a Fund that would support improvements to ‘’Playing Fields’’ and had identified the area to the North/West corner of the upper playing area at the Locko Road ground that was derelict and could be made better use of.

The Club was short of quality practice space and it was considered this area of steeply sloping land, circa 500 sq metres, if reclaimed could easily accommodate 3 full size grass practice nets and provide more space for spectator seating together with an increased outfield area.

It was therefore decided to progress a Sport England application to seek funding for this project.

Initially, it was necessary to undertake a topographical survey to fully understand what space could be reclaimed and provide the basis of a design. It was understood from the outset that there would be a need to provide an extensive retaining structure, as the derelict land was around 3 metres lower than the main playing area.

Planning permission was sought from the City Council for the reclamation works and granted in the spring 2012.

A design for gabion wall construction was researched, detailed drawings, a specification and tender documents were prepared ‘’in house’’ by the Cricket Club to save the cost of engaging Consulting Engineers and prices were obtained for the construction works. Having obtained an acceptable price for the works by December 2012, within the scope of the funding stream. an application was then submitted with appropriate supporting information to the 4th Round of the Sport England Protecting Playing Fields fund.

Unfortunately, this application was not successful but with good feedback from Sport England on the application, the Club was not despondent and resolved to improve and make a second more robust bid.

A review of the 1st application was undertaken and it was clear Sport England required the following improvements to the first application ……………

1) A ‘’Feasibility Study’’ to be carried out and

2) The area of land to be reclaimed and improved was to be increased from ‘’500     square metres to 2,000 square metres’’ and

3) The ‘’Sports Development Plan’’ required more detail.

A 2nd and successful application was prepared for the 5th round of the Protecting Playing Fields Funding in August 2013 and the following provides details of the important aspects of the application.

Extracts from the 2nd bid document - ………….

Project Feasibility Study

With the continued success and popularity of cricket at Spondon Cricket Club it has become clear through discussions with the Cricket Committee, together with a consultation exercise undertaken with, players, coaches, supporters and social members that space for quality practice is at a premium, alternatives need to be investigated and further room for spectators to sit is required.

A copy of the consultation questionnaire is attached to this Study and the results are summarized in section two - ‘Needs and Benefits’ of this document.

15 teams play competitive league cricket through the months of April till September and rotating the use of the limited practice nets is extremely difficult and creates rapid wear and tear to the artificial surface.

Furthermore there is a desire to have two more age range girls’ teams and a social team playing ‘friendlies’

The two existing practice nets have had to be re-constructed in the build up to the 2013 season at a cost of £4,800 as they had become worn and unreliable with variable bounce making practice very difficult. This re-construction will have to be undertaken every 2/3 years and with this cost and current level of use creates financial sustainability issues a re-think on how the club schedules practice needs to be undertaken.

Clearly more nets are needed and the cricketers have asked if a natural grass surface practice area could be found to provide more realistic practice sessions.

This is a good and more stainable alternative to the artificial surface being a less expensive way of providing practice. More volunteer time to maintain the grass surface would be needed but the Chair of the Grounds Committee confirms that this additional work can be accommodated, basically cutting and rolling the grass surface on a weekly basis.

Through the Chairman of Cricket and with 5 nets areas in total available a rota for wider player practice, both male and female could then be more comfortably accommodated on a week by week basis.

The existing playing area almost fills the site boundaries but there is an area of land at the north-west corner remaining un-used since the ground was constructed and low-lying up to 3 metres deep in relation to the cricket outfield. This is the area that has been identified being large enough to be filled and developed for further net practice space, with the added benefit of releasing land for further spectator seating.

From these discussions and consultation it is proposed that Spondon Cricket Club has a wish to:–

  1. Reclaim un-used land to extend the Locko Road playing area and develop three grass practice nets.
  2. Re-level areas of the existing outfield that have settled since the ground was constructed in 2005/06.
  3. Develop its girls/ladies cricket into being a cricket hub for the Derby City area.
  4. Create additional spectator seating space.
  5. Work towards improving long term sustainability

It was also the necessary to outline to Sport England the size and shape of Spondon Cricket Club so that an understanding of the problems that were being experienced by the Cricket Club with the lack of quality practice.

Size and Structure of Spondon Cricket Club.

The Club was founded from what can be established by local research in 1883 and has played at various venues around the village throughout its history, is now situated on the edge of the historic village of Spondon on the eastern boundary of the city of Derby overlooking rural views of the Locko Park Estate.

The ground has a large two storey purpose built clubhouse erected in 2005/06 following a move from the smaller site at Royal Hill Road Spondon comprising;

    There is a surfaced car park providing space for in excess of 50 vehicles and it is marked out, lit and drained.

    The clubhouse has the benefit of both solar photovoltaic and solar thermal panels providing electricity and hot water from a renewable source and beneath the playing area a 20,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank is situated retaining roof water for irrigating the wicket and flushing clubhouse toilets.

    There are two adjacent playing areas at differing levels, connected for access by a ramp, that enables two games to be played concurrently each weekend and when junior fixtures coincide.

    The upper ground has Grade A* ground grading status in the Derbyshire league structure and the Club has Freehold ownership on this including the clubhouse building.

    This playing area was created on a steeply sloping east to west site and to form a suitable playing arena the topography had to be ‘cut’ on the eastern side and ‘filled’ on the western side adjacent to the derelict and un-used north-west corner.

    It is unclear why this piece of low lying land was not in-filled and developed as part of the initial build in 2005/06 – suggestions are that it was due to financial constraints at that time.

    The outer edge of the western side of the ground where deep in-filling (up to 3m) has been carried out has suffered from land settlement resulting in a more steeply sloping outfield creating playing difficulties which are potentially dangerous to fielders attempting to retrieving a cricket balls at speed during matches.

    The lower ground has Grade A status on land leased from the Locko Park Estate.

    There are two practice nets at the rear of the clubhouse with an artificial surface and limited run-up length inhibiting realistic pace bowling practice.

    The club has a hard working and enthusiastic Executive Committee of 28 members dealing with the safe and efficient management of a large amateur cricket club.

    The club has Community Amateur Sports Club status reference number 00499

    The club operates a social Membership scheme that has in excess of 500 supporters with membership re-newed on an annual basis.

    The cricket club is also available to non-members and welcomes the Spondon and surrounding community to enjoy social events, competitive sport and to enjoy use of the facilities.

    The club has 5 senior teams playing competitive cricket (4 open to mixed gender selection and 1 in the Derbyshire Ladies only league) and 10 playing competitive junior cricket up to the age of 17 years (8 open to mixed gender selection and 2 girls only in the under 13 Derbyshire League and the Kwik cricket league).

    There are 180 registered children from ages 5 to 15 years who attend structured coaching sessions with ECB qualified Coaches at the ground on Wednesday evenings from middle April to middle September.

    There are around 100 registered playing members for the junior and senior cricket teams playing in the Derbyshire leagues.

    Sport England also needed to understand why the project was necessary and what benefits it would bring - ….…………

    Project Need and Benefit

    To ensure long term financial and playing sustainability the Cricket Club needs to regularly review its structure and the way it operates, to ensure that in both areas it works as efficiently as possible.

    The two are interlinked and the Club has identified where improvements can be made that will strengthen the position of the Club and provide further long term playing and financial stability:-

    1. Increase footfall at the Club both through further playing opportunities and social events.
    2. Seek out new opportunities to increase funds raising.
    3. See where financial efficiencies can be made through operational changes.
    4. Reclamation of an un-used area of low lying derelict land within the site bringing into use for sporting purposes together with the leveling up of the existing outfield which slopes excessively towards the boundary and is considered by players to be dangerous at times when fielding the ball.
    5. Provision of much needed additional cricket practice space.
    6. Develop close links with Derbyshire Cricket Board and Derby City Council’s Sports Development teams particularly with girls/ladies cricket
    7. Enables Spondon CC to develop and become the hub for girls and ladies cricket within the Derby City boundaries.
    8. Enables the development of a girl’s cricket structure at Spondon CC to retain young players through and into senior cricket.
    9. Enables Spondon CC to field a ladies team made up of players developed at the club.
    10. The 3 practice nets will be available for use by all other playing members of the Club.

    The Club provides cricket opportunities for both boys and girls from the age of 5 years and upwards into senior cricket – both men and ladies.

    The pathway through from 5 years to men’s cricket has defined and continuous incremental linkages that allows and promotes careful development.

    However, there are gaps in the girls to ladies pathway that require infilling to ensure a smooth developmental approach for the girls similar to boys.

    At present there are opportunities for girls to play Kwik(soft ball)Cricket up to the age of 11 years, the next cricket on offer at Spondon CC is Under 13 hardball and then straight into senior ladies cricket. This fragmented approach has seen in recent years a loss of girls playing cricket in the early teenage years and prevented the Club from being able to have a full team of Ladies from Spondon Cricket Club. The senior ladies team currently share approximately 50/50 team members with another cricket club some miles away and play in the Derbyshire County Ladies League.

    To address the situation it has been identified by the Club’s Chair of Girls/Ladies Cricket and as shown on the Spondon CC 2014 Structure For Junior Cricket, a copy of which is attached as an appendix to the feasibility study, there is a need to provide two additional age group teams – Under 11 hardball and Under 17 hardball to provide the transition from Kwik (soft ball) Cricket into senior ladies competitive cricket.

    The shortage of available practice space is a large factor in not being able to engage with the girls to develop players and have a full senior ladies team from Spondon CC.

    A public consultation has taken place with players, coaches, supporters and members confirming the need to for the club to increase available space at the Locko Road cricket ground for summertime net practice.

    The wholehearted response from 87 replies has been to confirm ‘’they agree’’ the project is urgently needed to allow Spondon Cricket Club to continue with its development and play its role in the Spondon and Derby community.

    A summary of some comments included in the consultation responses is included at the end of this feasibility study as examples of the support there is locally for this project.

    The public consultation confirms the club’s view with regard to this project viz. infilling of the derelict corner of the ground and re-levelling of the settled areas of outfield as well as reclaiming un-used land and bringing it into use for sport in the form of 3 grass practice nets clearly shows there is great need.

    The advantages with grass nets are that it provides more realistic practice in comparison with the two existing artificial net areas and will allow the seam bowlers to take a normal length of run-up.

    The net areas would be managed and maintained by the groundsman and his volunteer helpers.

    The reclaimed space will in addition provide the opportunity for additional spectator seating.

    Sport England needed to know what the expected project outcomes were likely to be……

    Project Outcomes

    A Sports Development Plan was prepared with assistance of the Derby City Council Sports Development team which satisfied the requirements of Sport England.

    It is also considered that the wealth of support shown by supporters, parents of juniors, players, coaches etc helped convince Sport England to support this project. Examples of the consultation comments were attached to the application……….

    Public Consultation Exercise – Sample Comments

    David Owen Club President– ‘’the slope prevents fielders from successfully chasing balls to the boundary’’ and ‘’Facilities for boys and girls are inadequate for the development of their skills’’

    Cath Twigg Executive Member– ‘’fielding can be dangerous’’ and ‘’ Improve quality of coaching opportunities, more facilities for girls especially on training nights ‘’

    Dave Moore Executive Member and Chair of Girls and Ladies Cricket – ‘’for a number of years girls have not been able to have sufficient hardball training, this has impacted on our ability to field a full ladies team from Spondon CC’’

    Steve Baker Executive Member, Groundsman and Chair of the Grounds Committee – ‘’the steeply sloping area of the ground can become overgrown because it’s difficult to maintain’’ and ‘’providing 3 additional nets will solve this problem and enable players practice to improve’’

    Neil Kellogg Club Chairman and Coach – ‘’Fielding at the lower end of the ground is extremely difficult and at times can be dangerous to the extent that it could cause injury’’ and ‘’the development of young players into senior cricketers ensures the sustainability of the Club and the 3 additional grass nets this will assist our coaches in providing young players for the future and allow the club to fully develop its girls/ladies section’’

    Joe Ashdown 1st XI Captain/Coach – ‘’can be dangerous, bring it up to the level of the rest of the field’’

    Adam Coopey 3rd XI Captain – ‘’Dangerous to fielders’’

    Lee Fox 4th XI Captain/ Junior team manger - ‘’Hazardous’’

    Donna Kellogg MBE, Supporter and 3 times Olympian – ‘’ground needs to be levelled’’ and ‘’ the provision of 3 nets will enhance the opportunities for young players to play sport, maximize their talent and benefit socially’

    Gavin West 500 Club Member and Supporter – ‘’Additional practice facilities will allow the club to extend the number of sessions it can offer. Given the significant number of juniors attending practice sessions on the field there is a clear need for additional facilities for advanced training sessions (e.g. nets) to allow more juniors to progress to the teenage teams (e.g. U13, U15 etc.). The greater volume of teenagers who can be catered for would increase the numbers making the onward transition to the Senior teams’’ and ‘’Any slope can affect the quality of play and create significant differences in the type of play Spondon CC members become used to. This in turn can create difficulties when players are competing at away fixtures where the pitch conditions are likely to be different. Where conditions are difficult (eg sloping pitch) this can act as a barrier for technical development as playing styles have to be amended to cope with abnormal conditions. and ‘’Additional practice facilities will increase player retention, especially in the area of seeing a greater number of junior members transitioning through to the Senior team. It will also allow the club to provide a greater number of practice sessions and assist with the club’s objective of adding female teams and a social team therefore allowing casual members the opportunity to play in matches on a friendly basis. The increased membership and retained members will clearly assist with the clubs ability to generate income which in turn is regenerated into the community’’ and ‘’Additional spectator seating will help the club increase the average time spent at the ground by spectators which in turn should lead to an increased customer spend per head per visit. As above, additional funds are regenerated into the community creating wider benefits for all’’.

    Mick. Dunn 500 Club Member and Supporter – ‘’yes, ‘fill-in’ would really help to extend the playing and practice area and improve the standard of the facility’’ and ‘’the development of the club has been spectacular over the last few years. Hopefully the above will continue. The work on the project is essential’’

    John Mycroft 500 Club Member and Supporter – ‘’ will open up area for main pitch as at moment could be dangerous when fielding’’ and ‘’will help to bring on young talent and foster a great community spirit’’

    Mathew Hurst 500 Club Member and Parent – ‘’Health and safety risk’’

    Sian Hicks Supporter – ‘’ Dangerous for players and spectators’’

    Brian Crowther 500 Club Member and Supporter – ‘’fielding can be dangerous and to level it up will be a great help’’ and ‘’ Spondon CC is a progressive club and any support Sport England can provide it will help the club to continue with its achievements in recent years

    Lesley Ashdown 500 Club Member and Supporter – ‘’the excessive slope is dangerous to both players and spectators and it is imperative that this part of the field is levelled’’ and ‘’increasing the number of practice nets would greatly enhance the development of all players’’

    Richard Ashdown 500 Club Member and Supporter – on occasions players are unable to safely chase balls to the boundary due to slope this would be improved by the ground being level’’ and ‘’development of players of both genders and all age groups at this club is being hindered by inadequate facilities’’

    Pete Drysdale Coach/Player – ‘’dangerous fielding close to the boundary when sliding and evening off the land and making a gradual slope up the boundary is needed’’ and ‘’increasing the number of nets from 2 to 5 would boost the ability for excess numbers to develop and train effectively producing more quality cricketers for Spondon CC’’

    Sam Kellogg Player/Coach – ‘’I don’t like fielding in that area – needs levelling’’ and ‘’3 new nets will improve playing abilities’’

    Ben Ashdown Player – ‘’very difficult fielding in that area – needs levelling’’ and ‘’ this is a much needed development’’

    Dean Vickers Player – ‘’dangerous to field at bottom end’’ and Sport England’s help would be much appreciated’’

    Simon Bassett Player – ‘’difficult fielding at the lower end of the ground – needs levelling’’ and ‘’ 3 nets will enable more opportunities for practice and improvement of performance’’

    The Club was notified by Sport England on 15th November 2013 of its success and initially works were frustratingly delayed because of inclement weather but finally the site was mobilized on 31st March 2014.

    After 06062014Remarkably the first phase was completed on Tuesday 2nd June 2014 when final leveling of the sub-soil was completed just below the top of the gabion walls. Post and rail fencing with warning signage to protect people from falling over the 3 metre drop has also been erected.

    The Contractor will return to site in September to install land drains, provide topsoil and finally lay around 2,000 sq metres of fine turf.

    A three lane net structure will be installed during the Spring of 2015 in readiness for the commencement of the new cricket season.

    Once complete, this will provide for many years and future generations a cricket ground that we can all be proud of.

     

    'The New Corner' Phase One Completed

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    The JCB digger left at 14.00 today.

    Phase 2 will commence in September at the end of the season.  Raising the level of the sleeper walls to match the Gabion Walls and top soil being imported to completely level the area.

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    Phase 3 will see the levelled area grassed and 3 grass practice nets and additional spectator seating installed ready for the 2015 season.

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    Week 6 Round Up

    Week 6 of the league season was completely washed out for SCC due to the rain that fell before and during Saturday. All teams therefore picked up 6 points. 

    On Monday the Premier League t20 group D was held at the SCG, mainly due to the great work of Groundsman Steve Baker to get the ground fit. Unfortunatly Spondon lost by 13 runs to rivals Ockbrook, thus ending our hopes of getting to the Derbyshire finals and beyond at the first hurdle.

    Despite the disappointing weekend, it realy highlighted what SCC is all about. On Saturday we were able to field 4 sides despite the fact over 30 players were unavailble due to the Derby match. Particular thanks must go to Chairman Neil Kellogg, and all of the chaps he got signed up in the week. Bakes work on the ground to get it fit for Monday was a superb effort, ours being the only ground fit to host group matches on the day. And special thanks must go to the army of volunteers who gave up their bank holiday to make it a success for the club including all the ladies in the kitchen, bbq chefs!!,bar staff, glass collectors, ground staff and everyone else who helped.

    This weekend really summed up why we have such a great club

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    'The New Corner' Gabion Wall Almost Complete

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    The gap in the Gabion Wall is closing.

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    Our contractor is hoping to have the gabion wall completed by the end of the week and all fencing in place.

    The huge mound of soil will be pulled back.  Still lots of work to do, with the final levelling and seeding taking place at the end of the season in September.

    Week 5 Round Up

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    Week 5 of the Derbyshire Premier and County Leagues sure the summer finally arrive and with it a much improved weekend for the club.

    The 1st XI made the long and tricky trip to Lullington Park. After electing to bat on a dry pitch, SCC finished on a decnt total at 228-8. This totla was built around a maiden Spondon and Premier league century for opener Josh Brear. Along with Joe Ashdown (55) the pair added 133 for the 3rd wicket. Lullington were soon in trouble as Tom Williams removed Lullington's overseas player first ball of the innings. Williams struck again to make it 34-2. From here the spinners took over with Chris Windmill taking 4-39 and Joe Ashdown 4-20. 

    The 2nd XI hosted Etwall at the SCG. Electing to bowl, SCC restricted Etwall to 188-9, mainly due to spinners Dean Vickers (4-49) and Matt Hind (4-50). The reply stared well with Matt Archer (26) and Steve Mountney (29) setting the base for Mani Saini who made an excellent 83 not out to see the side home.

    The 3rd XI hosted Walton on Trent on the lower ground at the SCG. Having lost the toss, and been put into bat, SCC made a challenging 220-4, with contributions coming from Simon Bassett (81), Captain Lee Fox (38) and Jamie Baker (38). After tea Walton were dispatched form just 90 Adam Coopey taking 4-16 and Simon Fern 4-17.

    The 4th XI made the trip up the m1 to Holmewood. Bowling first SCC restricted Homlewood to 210-7, with John Longden (3-69), and Will Parker (2-45) the stand out bowlers. In reply the chase proved to be to much, with the side holding out for a losing draw on 175-6, Steve Baines leading the way with 63 not out.

    On sunday the 2nd XI received a bye into the next round of the cup.

    Empire Tandoori Batter of the Day: Josh Brear- 102

    Empire Tandoori Bowler of the Day: Simon Fern 4-17.

    World Cup 2014

    The club will be hosting a world cup party on the night of England's first game of the competition on Saturday 14th June.

    All members and non members are welcome to come in and join the fun

    The game will be screened on the clubs 50" flat screen TV, so you wont miss a minute of the action.

    All of Englands matches will be on at the club, aswell as many more world cupthroughout the tornament.

     

    Week 4 Round up

    With the wet weather around before and during the weekend only 2 of the clubs senior games survived, bringing close games which SCC could not quite come out of the right side.

    The 1st XI made the short trip to Ockbrook. Having decided to bat, the innings faulted at 6-56. Enter Chris Windmill. He and captain Joe Ashdown put on 101 for the 7th wicket. Ashdown departed for 35, leaving Windmill to again dispatch the bowling out of the park, making 80 not out off 60 balls, giving SCC a competitive 181-7. Ockbrook knocked off the total with 3 overs remaining 4 wickets down, but could quite easily have gone the other way.

    The 2nd XI had Ticknall 110-6 before the game was abandoned due to the weather, Ben Smith takng 3-57.

    The 3rd XI fell 6 short of their first win of the season, but managed to see the game out for a draw, Leah Kellogg and Joe Wood the heros at the end

    The 4th XI traveled across town to Allestree, but never bowled a ball as the outfield suffered from numerous downpours.

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    Week 3 round up

    The third round of league fixtures took place over the weekend, with things looking a bit brighter than the previous week. 

    The first xi took on Alfreton at the SCG. Having been put into bat Spondon made 246-7 of 50 overs, with Chris Windmill making a blistering 79no from just 41 balls including 6 sixes. Tom Williams soon had Alfreton on the back foot with a accurate opening spell taking 3-26, then 15 year leggie Jack Hurst almost took the side to victory with 4-28, Alfreton ending 150-9 off 50 overs.

    The second xi travelled across derby to play Quarndon. Having won the toss, the '2s' restricted their hosts to 208-5. In reply Ben Smith(45) and Mani Saini(38) set the innings up with James Rigg making 86no, it was not quite enough and the match ended a tie.

    The thirds and fourths both fell to defeats at the weekend, the thirds unabe to chase down Aston's 144 and the fourths unable to defend 160.

    Empire Tandoori Batter of the week:Chris Windmill 79no

    Empire Tandoori Bowler of the week:Jack Hurst 4-28

     

    'The New Corner' Week 1 Update

    corn1After a few delays due to the wet weather, work on the far corner of the 'SCG' got underway this Monday, with progress going at great pace. Hopefully with a reasonable weather forcast for the next week, work can continue and a large chunk of th project can be completed before the season. Here are a few photos of the work that has taken place.corn2

    Natwest Cricketforce 2014

    Sunday 6th April saw Natwest Cricketforce day at the Spondon Cricket Ground. Groundsman Steve Baker had identified all the jobs that needed doing at the ground, and a good turn out from club members insured all jobs on the list were completed.

    Jobs done on the day included painted of fences at the entrance and perimmeter of the ground, benches put into position, sightscreens up, nets cleared and perimmeter strimmed.nc1

    The club would like to give massive thanks to all volunteers that gave up some time to get the ground ready for the season.
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    Junior County/District Squads

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    The Derby City Cricket group and Derbyshire County Cricket Club have recently announced their junior squad for the upcoming summer, after winter training programs.

    The club would like to pass on its congratulations to the following players who have been selected.

    Matt Madeley-Derbyshire U15

    Archie Harrison-Derbyshire U10

    Issac Harrison- Derbyshire Development U13

    Jack Gorbert, Jack Hurst, Will Parker, Tom Rice, George Twigg, Kieron Wildgoose-District U15

    Rohit Patil, Ben French, Owen Lowe, Charlie Rigg, Isacc Harrison- District U13

    These selections show again that our coaching programs for juniors are continuing to move foward and great credit must be given to all junior coaches at the club.

    Best of luck lads for your representative cricket this summer, but remember to save your best for SCC!!!! 

    Fisher's Thoughts March Edition

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    After a months absence Adam Fisher returns to give his view on the cricketing world

     

    Hello to Everyone at Spondon Cricket Club, I apologise for the gap between my previous blog and this, I was meant to write it about a month ago but me be being me, I never got round to it!

    I have not been around much in the past couple of months due to my continuing studies at University in the great cricketing county of Yorkshire. Thankfully im hurtling towards my final year of studies! Due to my lack of work in the previous two years I’ve had to really get my head down this year and cut my nights out per week down to 3 or 4 which is extremely boring!!

     I have however had a couple of chinwags with Jonty and he assures me preparations for the new season are going swimmingly and winter nets at Trent College have been a real success for everyone involved, with the new members of the club fitting in really well with the usual set of lads! I have to admit I was back in Derby a couple of weeks ago but kept a low profile and decided not to participate in the nets because I had caught wind that it was again time for another Steve williams military style fitness session, I did not fancy it at all!

    Just as I did in my previous blog I feel it is necessary to give our abysmal National team an honourary mention, after acquitting ourselves so well and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against a rampant Sri-Lanka side we go on to humiliate ourselves against a part time Netherlands team, bursting with pot bellied amateaurs, excuse the pun.  I think the usual saying is ‘we did not arrive at the party’ but I feel it is more fitting to say ‘we didn’t even know about the party’! Half of the Netherlands team made even big Eddie Fisher look somewhat athletic.

    With the new season fast approaching and the upcoming friendlies just round the corner, I am sure I can speak for everyone at the club when I say I am extremely excited for the coming season, the urge and burning desire to get out on the wicket is ever present as I speak due to the fact I am liasing nonchenantly here at Uni writing my dissertation about a topic I really could not care less about with a birdseye view of Leeds Mccu vs Yorkshire in which I have sat here all day and watched Gary Ballance get yet another hundred, impeccable viewing pleasure however a terrible distraction from work!

    I look forward to seeing you all soon, and have high hopes for the coming season! This could be our year……

    Fisher’s motivational quote- Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.  –Robert Frost

     

     

     

    Senior Training 2014

    Senior training will comence on Thursday 3rd April, starting at 6pm at the Spondon Cricket Ground. These sessions are aimed at everyone U13 and above who are interested in playing weekend cricket. Sessions will be geared to suit all abilities.

    As the season starts,weekend teams will be selected at 8pm on Thursday's. Teams will be posted on the selection board outside the pavilion and team captains will also notify you of selection. To make it easier to pick sides, will players please use the unavailble sheet which will be postioned on the office door.

    The clubrooms will be open after training, for a pint or two!!

    Please make your best efforts to make as many sessions as possible, good attendance makes for better sessions for all.traiing

    Spondon Neigbourhood Board Junior Sponsorship

    At yesterdays second junior registration night the club was proud to reveal the new coaching equipment purchased for the 2014 season. This money was donated to the club by the Spondon Neighbourhood Board, who will be sponsoring junior equipment at the club.

    Junior co ordinator Dave Moore has been carefully looking at what the club was short of and what would benefit our huge junior section, and now we have an extensive range of coaching equipment that will benefit junior players and coaches alike.

    Junior training has now started on wednesday evenings from 6pm. Anyone looking to get the children involved or hep out with coaching should contact Dave Moore(details in committee sction).

    The club wishes all juniors a great summer of cricket both at junior and senior levels, and encourages all junior players to make the most of the new equipment. Picture Left: Members of the Neighbourhood Board and junior players. Picture left: Junior co ordnator Dave Moore with a selection of kit.

    Picture Below: SCC and Neigbourhood Board Partnership

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    A look down 'Memory Lane'

    Royal Hill Road  In a new feature to the SCC website, we have a look back at some of the great games played  by the mighty Spondon Cricket Club. On this occasion we go back to 2000, when the Silver Link Cup was won on home soil.

     With the first attempt to play the 2000 Silver Link Cup Final cut short by rain, Spondon won the right to host the reply on a mid september Saturday afternoon. With the Royal Hill Road ground looking in great shape despite recent rain, the large crowd was hoping for a home win.

     On a slowish pitch, Spondon batted first and made a solid start with young Sam Kellogg scoring 29. Skipper Dave Thomas stood firm as wickets fell rapidly around him and Spondon found themselves 89-7, but there followed a vital 50 run stand between Thomas and Chris Colgate. Thomas finally fell for 66, helping Spondon reach 150-9 at the end of the innings. The large crowd were unsure at the interval weather this would be enough to bring the trophy home.

    Ticknall's innings started badly, losing their first wicket with one on the board. The prolific Rob Dumelow fell with the score on 26, but Melen and Tony Borrington took the score to 65 without futher mishap. Zac Hussain bowled Borrington for 23, then the innings crumbled, not help by 3 run outs by the athletic Spondon fielders. Within the blink of an eye Ticknall had been bundled out for 107, thus landing the first piece of silverware for the club in a number of years.

    1. SCORECARD
    2. SPONDON INNINGS
    3. S KELLOGG b Harding 29
    4. D HARROWING ct Melen b Bowen 10
    5. Z HUSSAIN LBW Chaberlain 16
    6. D TAINTON ct Hunter b Harding 1
    7. J RUSSELL ct Chamberlain b Harding 0
    8. D THOMAS(c) ct Hunter b Chamberlain 66
    9. J ASHDOWN ct Cadman b Hunter 3
    10. I LINDSEY ct Melen b Lucas 0
    11. C COLGATE ct Cowley b Bowen 10
    12. L FOX not out 4
    13. L LONGDEN not out 0
    14. TOTAL 150/9
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    16. TICKNALL INNINGS
    17. A Melen ct COLGATE b HUSSAIN 44
    18. D Woodburn RUN OUT 0
    19. R Dumelow LBW FOX 8
    20. G Chamberlain ct TAINTON b FOX 2
    21. A Borrington b HUSSAIN 23
    22. S Cadman RUN OUT 0
    23. M Bowen LBW COLGATE 3
    24. M Hunter b HUSSAIN 2
    25. R Cowley LBW HUSSAIN 2
    26. N Harding RUN OUT 4
    27. Z LUCAS not out 3 
    28. TOTAL 107 ALL OUT
    29. SPONDON BOWLING
    30. L LONGDEN 7-1-15-0
    31. L FOX 10-4-11-2
    32. C COLGATE 6-1-21-1
    33. I LINDSEY 10-1-28-0
    34. Z HUSSAIN 7-0-19-4                                                                                                                                                          

    For the Record

    With the 2014 season less than a month away, the SCC 'Stats Man' has been hard at work. He has come up with a list of players nearing milestones for the 1st XI in premier league cricket:

    4500 PREMIER LEAGUE RUNS- Ben Ashdown 4121, Joe Ashdown 40131ST XI LEAGUE BATTING STATISTICS 2013

    2500 PREMIER LEAGUE RUNS- Dave Hartley 2134

    2000 PREMIER LEAGUE RUNS- Olly Baum 1779

    1500 PREMIER LEAGUE RUNS- Chris Windmill 1410

     

     

    300 PREMIER LEAGUE WICKETS- Joe Ashdown 2851ST XI LEAGUE BOWLING STATISTICS 2013

    250 PREMIER LEAGUE WICKETS- Chris Windmill 229

    200 PREMIER LEAGUE WICKETS- Ben Ashdown 169

    100 PREMIER LEAGUE WICKETS- Waseem Fazel 55

    50 PREMIER LEAGUE WICKETS- Tom Williams 42

    The 'Stats Man' will be producing club wide milestones, post play cricket in the coming weeks

    Captain's Blog March Edition

    Joe Vice Chairman

    In the blink of an eye, the season is another month closer. February has been and gone without the harsh weather of previous years which has made the cricket season seem a million miles away. It has been noticeable recently that the nights are starting to get lighter, its warming up (slowly!!!) and the sound of leather on willow at the SCG is just around the corner.
     
    Winter training continues at pace, as we look to get ourselves fully prepared for the 2014 season. The attendances have continued to be excellent from both senior and junior players, and all are putting their full effort into the winter training program. Hopefully this continues until the end of our time at Trent, then onto the outdoor sessions at the SCG.
     
    The player coach role has seen a few developments, we are just waiting for confirmation from the league of the transfer, then we will be in a position to make an announcement. Hopefully this will be sooner rather than later, but we are defiantly in front of the '8 ball' on this one.
     
    We are still looking to make a few additions throughout the club to ensure we are successful across the board this year. 4th team skipper 'KB' has been busy bringing in some very good experience for the fourths and I know 3rd team skipper Lee Fox and 2nd team skipper Rob Mountney are still hopefully of getting perhaps one more new recruit.
     
     Off the field there is a busy social calendar coming up in the next month or so. On the 23rd March the JJK Darts Classic is being held at the club. This has been a very busy and enjoyable event in the past few years, and hopefully this year will be no different. I for one have started putting in the hours on the practice board!! On the 28th March it the SCC Volunteers Night and Shirt presentation night. This is a great night to come and thank all the people who work so hard so we can play cricket at such a great facility. Rob Mountney is also hosting a quiz on the night, which I'm sure will be a belter. Finally on Sunday 6th April it’s NatWest Cricket Force Day at the SCG. This is the day when all the little odd jobs to get the ground ready are done, so the more we can get there the better.
     
    That's all from me in this instalment, hopefully next time there will be plenty of victories in the first few matches to comment on
     
    Cheers
    Jonty

     

    Captain's Blog

    With January all but done with, pre season preparations are well under way for the club. We have been training for a month now and the response and attitude from all the players towards the sessions has been very incouraging. I am a big believer in varying the sessions and not just netting week in, week out, and i think the players are on board with what we are trying to do. The turnout we have been getting is also very postive across all 4 squads with seniors and junior players all geting involved and being 'one club'. 'Fitness' Steve Williams has again been a great help at these sessions keeping us sharp with fielding drills and putting us through our paces fitness wise, most notiably last week when he devised a great fitness session which was also competitive and allowed all players across the board to intergrate with each other, again helping with the notion that we are 'one club'.

    The new signings we have made are settling in very well with the playing group and have already shown the qualities that they will bring to the club. Both Dave Tittersall and Josh Brear in my opinion will improve the club immensely both on and off the field. We have had one or two other new faces present at training and i am hopeful that we can pursuade them that Spondon is the place to be. If you know of any other lads whom might be interested please encourage them to come down to Trent College on Mondays to see what we are trying to do. Hopefully we will be able to annonce our new player-coach shortly, just waiting on a few bits and pieces to come through, so all in all its exciting times for the club.

    Off the pitch the club continues to thrive, and is continually looking to improve and maintain its repretation of one if not the best club in the county. The bottom corner of the ground is due to be filled in, on the back of a successful grant application. This will really finish the ground off as well as creating more practise facilities. This would never have been possible without the hard work and deadication of Neil, Bob, Kath, Steve and everybody else involved on the committee. On behalf of the playing group i would like to thank you for your time and efforts you put in to make the club run so well. The new shirts have also just been ordered from our friends at Cricket-Box. Hopefully they will be with us mid feburary, and from what i've seen Simon Rice from our new main sponsor HSG UK will be delighted. Hopefully we can get the telegraph to the SCG on a few occasions in the summer to give the company some great exposure.

    Thats about it from me for now, just hoping we can continue to gather momentum throughout Febuary. If the player can continue to commit to training, and show the same attitude i have no doubt we will be in good shape come April 19th.

    One last thing, i'm celebrating my 30th birthday ( i know, hard to imagine with my dashing good looks!!!) on sat 8th feb at the club. Its a 80/90's themed fancy dress, i would like to extend an invitation to all involved at SCC. Hope to see you there

    Cheers Jonty

    SCC ' Adopted Sons' Part 2

     

     In the second instalment of S.C.C.’s 'Adopted Sons' feature, we look back at the 2006 and 2007 seasons and overseas player Colin Ingram.

    Colin Ingram

    The winter of 2005/06 was as busy an off-season as any on record for Spondon Cricket Club. The old ground at Royal Hill Road was now well on the way to becoming Spondon's newest housing development. The old pavilion had been put to bed on Bonfire Night, and anything that was needed at the new ground on Locko Road, had been boxed up and transported 300 yards down the road. On top of this the first team were preparing for their first campaign in the Derbyshire Premier League. Historic and exciting times were ahead.

     

    The club had recruited Dave Hartley and Darren Yeoman’s for the new season, and once again went to the Eastern Cape of South Africa in search of an overseas player that would ensure that premier league cricket would not be a step to far for the club. We managed to secure a lad by the name of Colin Ingram. Colin at this stage was making his first few steps into first class cricket, making a handful of appearances for Eastern Province. Colin arrived in Spondon with the reputation that he could be a future star, capable of making it to the very top.

     

    The first game of the new season saw the 1st team travel to Queens Park, Chesterfield, unsure of what to expect from the top league in Derbyshire. Ingram's first knock of 50 saw the side home to a comfortable 5 wicket victory, and gave his teammates a sense that we could more than compete at this level. Throughout the next month, Colin showed superb consistency scoring 46, 31, 40, 83no, 82, 48 and 47 as the side secured a place in the top 4.

     

    Colin's next innings, was surely his most memorable of the 2006 season. After bowling first on a flat A&B wicket, Colin strode out to open the batting in the second innings, with 303 needed for victory. By the time he had returned to the pavilion, Ingram had single-handed put Spondon in control, making 155. A&B, would again feel the wrath of Colin's batting.

     

    Colin continues to score runs on a consistent basis, and soon became the big wicket that the opposition were looking to take. A rare low score was a surprise to anyone on the ground. On the back of Colin's batting exploits, the club finished in the top 4 of the premier league in its first attempt at this level. Ingram passed 1000 league runs, and headed back to South Africa to try and take further steps into the first class game. The club was hopeful that Colin would return, to help the club mount a challenge for the title.

     

    During the winter, Colin became a regular member of the Eastern Province side, and was now on the verge of making it into the Warriors team, the highest standard of cricket in South Africa. Due to this, Colin's return to Spondon would see him miss the first weekend of fixtures. He more than made up for this a week later.

     

    His first game back saw Spondon up against  A&B, and Colin started as he left off, making 94 as SCC cruised to an 8-wicket victory. He followed this up on the Sunday making 177no v Elvaston, as the side took top spot after 3 games. The wins continued to flow, with Colin the backbone of these victories, and at the halfway point of the season, the club were clear at the top.

     

    Ingram's next 100 came when his old friends A&B arrived at the SCG. The 129no Colin made was an historic one, as it was the first by a Spondon player in the first team on the new Locko Road ground, and became the first entry onto the honours board at SCC.

     

    The wins kept on coming and the title was becoming a real possibility. Colin saved perhaps his most explosive innings on his penultimate appearance for the club, back where it all started at Queens Park, Chesterfield. Ingram blasted his way to 162no off 142 balls (11x4, 7x6). Colin displayed in this knock not only could he grind an attack down but could also smash any attack out of the park.

     

    Due to his pre season commitments with the Warriors, Colin had to return home, before the final weekend, with just a handful of points required to secure the league title. This was done in style at Dunstall on the Saturday with a 7-wicket victory, thus securing the Derbyshire Premier League title, with Colin on the phone at the end of the day's play.

     

    During his stay, Colin stayed with the Kellogg’s in Spondon. His commitment to his game was obvious for all to see. He would often by seen running the streets of Spondon, or doing laps of the local park. Rarely Colin would not be down at the SCG hitting balls, looking to perfect his game. He also got the a bit of a reputation of an eating machine!!!

     

    Colin's exploits after his two years at Spondon CC are well documented. He is now a senior player with the Warriors in all forms of the games. His success at domestic level has led to international t20 and odi call ups, with Colin making a debut hundred against Zimbabwe and following this up with one against Pakistan. Colin has also appeared in the IPL for the Delhi Daredevils. It was clear for all to see at Spondon that not only did Colin have the ability to make it to the top but also the work ethic, so no one at Spondon will be surprised by his successes.

     

    Colin is still based in the Eastern Cape and is married to Megan, who visited the club in 2007. A top bloke on and off the field, who made a stand out contribution to the Premier League winning side of 2007.

     

    SCC ' Adopted Sons'

    FP051 Ruan Nel bottom row, first on rght

    In a new feature to the SCC website, that we are calling SCC 'Adopted Sons' we have a look back at previous overseas players the club has had. The first installment takes us back to 2005, and SCC's South African wicketkeeper batsman, Ruan Nel.

    2005 promised to be an exciting and as important season for SCC as any in the recent past. The 1st team had just missed out on promotion in 2004, had made a couple of recruits in the winter with the experiance of Steve Attenbough coming in, and former captain and big run getter Dave Thomas back availble after work committments. The construction of the new ground on Locko Road was underway and taking shape, so promotion to the premier league was a must.

    Ruan was signed from the Port Elizabeth area of SA, which had and was a happy hunting ground for former and future overseas players for the club. Coming over with the repretation as a hard hitting batsman, who was capable of going on to make big, big scores, it was hoped that he could kick start the clubs promotion campaign. We werent dissappointed.

    It was immediatly obvious that Ruan was going to be a force to be reckoned with, taking 5 catches behind the stumps, then making 28 in just 12 balls in a comprehensive 7 wicket win against Elvaston. This result really set the marker down for an attacking brand of cricket, and gave the team the feeling that promotion was definatly on the cards. Ruan folowed this up with scores of 70,80* and 89 in 4 of his next 5 innings to insure SCC were top of the league 6 games in.

    After a small run of lower scores, but with the team continuing on its winning ways, Nel saved possibly his most explosive innings for the top of the table clash against Alfreton at Royal Hill Road. After being put into bat, coming in at 12-1, Ruan precided to dismantle the Alfreton attack to end up 202 not out off 136 balls with 28 fours and 7 sixes. Surely one of the greatest innings played at Royal Hill Road. He then followed this a week later in the cup with 155 not out off 73 balls (15x4, 10x6) against Tutbury. Another special knock which lit up the ground which was soon to make way for the future home of SCC at Locko Road.

    The wins kept on coming with Ruan making a big contribution on and off the pitch, with the lead at the top being extended on a weekly basis. A cup run was also gaining momentum, and this is where Ruan made possibly his most important knock of the season. A tricky tie away at Lullington Park stood between us and a place in the final. After being put in on a typically tricky wicket, Ruan produced a disaplined and guttsy knock of 108 off 130 balls, in an innings where second top score was 17. The total of 177, proved to be enough, Nel showed that he was capable of grinding out an innings as well as smashing the ball out of the park.

    Promotion was confirmed with a game to spare, with Ruan not out when the winning run was struck. The silver link cup was also won, so the club had landed an historic double, which was a fitting tribute to the old Royal Hill Road ground and a great springboard for club moving foward to the new ground at Locko Road and premier league cricket.

    Off the pitch Ruan lived with the Fishers in Mickleover. There was hardly a day when Ruan's Toyota Yaris was not seen tootaling down the A52 towards SCC., wheather to practise, coach or get involved with whatever needed doing. Bar takings were certainly up in 2005 with many huge nights at the club, Ruan being at the centre of the action. A top player on the pitch, great bloke off it, a huge contribution to the double winning side of 2005.   

    2005 Stats Inns 26 N.O 4 Runs 1234 H.S 202* Ave 56.09 50's 6 100's 3 S.R 103.11 Catches 43 Stumpings 12

     

     

     

     

     

    Bungalow's effort in vain

    Indoor cricket: Nutbrook edge thriller with Spondon in Derbyshire Indoor Cricket League

    By Derby Telegraph  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

    By INDOOR CRICKET BY JOSH MURRAY

    Captain James Rigg got 36 for Spondon but they lost to Nutbrook

    Captain??? James'Bungalow' Rigg got 36 for Spondon but they lost to Nutbrook

    Comments (0)  How did Woody make 26??!!!

    NUTBROOK edged a thrilling game with Spondon in Division One of the Derbyshire Indoor Cricket League, claiming a last-ball victory by virtue of having lost fewer wickets.

    Captain?? James'Bungalow' Rigg scored 36 and Joe Wood ended up 26 not out to help Spondon post a total of 115-5.

    Nutbrook kept pace and were only two wickets down ahead of the final delivery, needing six to tie. Michael Chambers hit that six to finish 35 not out and ensure his side won by three wickets.

    Taken from Saturday's Telegraph, one for the scrapbook mate!!!

    Anyone wanting a game on Sunday nights, please contact James or Rob Mountney

    ALL THINGS SCC

    Keep up to date with everything going on at SCC by following our facebook and twitter pages. Find us on twitter @spondoncc and  facebook at spondon cricket-club, or just click on the links at the bottom of the home page at www.spondoncricketclub.co.uk

    SCC Winter Training 2014

    With the 2014 season slowly creeping towards us, pre season training will be at Trent College mondays 7.30-9 starting 6th jan. These training sessions are open to all who are looking to play senior cricket for SCC in 2014. It is important that we get regular good attendances in order for the sessions to run smoothly. Go to the senior cricket section to see januarys training timetable.

    Any new players looking for a great club in the derby area get in touch

    Lets start the hard work early, and make 2014 our year

     

    CHRISTMAS PARTY

    SCC is hosting its annual christmas party this friday in the clubroom. The fun starts at 6 with a junior party then carries on throughout the night. Food will be availble on the night. Hope to see you there to kick off the festive season in style.

    SPONDON CRICKET CLUB ACHIEVES CLUBMARK REACCREDITATION

     

    On 16th October 2013 Spondon C.C. was awarded Clubmark Reaccreditation.

    This award demonstrates the Club's ongoing commitment to being ‘safe effective and child friendly’ cricket club.

    Congratulations to all members for their hard work in the re-accreditation process during the past few months

     

    Clubmark Reaccreditation Certificate 2013

     

    JK Quiz

    Thankyou to all who attended the JK Quiz in aid of 'Cardiac Risk In The Young' charity, over all £250 was raised over the cause of the evening.

     

    Thankyou to Leah for organising the event & to all who donated an hope to see you in future events.

    Honour Boards

    The photographs show the latest honour boards displayed in the clubhouse lounge.

     Spondon C C 5 Wkts Spondon CC Centurions 

    There is already recognition of the hard work and commitment of Past Presidents and Club Captains at both Royal Hill Road and Locko Road cricket grounds with honour boards displayed behind the bar.

    We now have recognition of high quality performances for 1st XI players who have either scored a century or taken 5 wickets or more at the Locko Road ground.
    The research via the Play Cricket website has been undertaken by wicketkeeper Adam Finlay to compile the players names and records and the superb boards have again been hand-crafted by Paul Green to compliment the other honour boards, also made by Paul.

    The opportunity is now available for all of our players to work hard, improve their technique, play 1st team cricket and have their name recorded on the board for generations to come.

    Further Additions To Honour Boards.

    After recent research on 'The British Newspaper Archive' website, articles referring to Spondon Cricket Club were found and this has enabled us to verify and add 17 new names to the 'Captains At Royal Hill Road' and 'Presidents' honour boards. These boards can be seen on the wall in the lounge at the pavilion. If you have any old documents/photographs that will enable us to fill in any gaps please do get in touch with us.

    Captains At Locko Road 2013 Presidents
     
    Captains At Royal Hill Road

    Junior Registration 2015 Now Closed


    Junior sponsor 2014
     

    Junior Registration 2015 is now closed

    Regrettably due to high demand and to ensure appropriate ratio of coaches to children Spondon Cricket Club is temporarily closing registration for all under12s i.e. year 6 and below. Any further children wanting to register can be put on our waiting list and we will review the situation regularly. Any enquiries re registration can be made through our email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through messaging our Facebook page

    Thank You

    Spondon cricket club goes greener

    September 2011 - 18 Solar PV panels installed on the roof

    Spondon C.C.The Benefits of Solar Electricity
    • Cut your carbon footprint: solar electricity is green, a renewable energy and doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) or other pollutants. A typical PV system could save around 1tonne of CO2 per year - that's around 25 tonnes over its lifetime.
    • Cut your electricity bills: sunlight is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be greatly reduced. An average PV system can produce around 40% of the electricity that you use in a year.
    • Sell electricity back to the Grid: if your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can't use it, someone else can.

    April 2012 - 3 Solar Thermal panels installed on the roof

    The Benefits of Thermal
    • Hot water: throughout the year
    • Reduced bills: sunlight is free
    • Reduce carbon emissions: solar hot water is a green renewable heating system.

    Digital Displays

    Solar PV Solar Thermal DisplayWe have 2 digital displays in the pavilion.
    The Solar PV display shows the following data
    • How many watts the system is yielding at that particular time per hour
    • The Carbon Dioxide savings in kilograms.
    • The accumulative total units of electricity created.
    The Solar Thermal display shows the following data
    • The temperature of the fluid in the panels on the roof
    • The temperature of the water in the hot water tank

     

    April 2012 - 20,000L underground rainwater harvesting tank installed

    The Benefits Of Rainwater Harvesting
    • Harvesting and collecting: water that would otherwise go down the drain.
    • Reduce bills: rain water is free !
    • Reduce pollution: reduces the pumping of mains water, reduces energy use, pollution and CO2 emissions that go with it
    • Collect and store rain water: Our 20,000L underground rain water harvesting tank will collect rain water from the roof which will be used to flush all the loo's in the building and water the wicket during the summer.
    • Plants love rainwater

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