DERBYSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIER T20 POOL B
@ STAVELEY LANE ECKINGTON
30 MAY 2016 11AM/2PM/5PM
Summer is here and so must be cricket. Great opening delivery but as anybody who knows the English climate it was a chilly start! Upon arrival in Eckington on this Bank Holiday Monday morning the streets were pretty quiet, with some people clearly just waking. But just a 1/4 of a mile away from the town centre the hustle and bustle of 20/20 cricket was about to begin.
The blog as ever arrived by public transport and this Sunday service meant a comfortable arrival for a little look around the centre and then spotting a superbly named tanning studio that also offered toning plate machines are you ready for it? 'Tan an Tone io', you couldn't make it up except somebody did. After an early chuckle the rather sad site of the former Royal Hotel, which was looking anything like, was now unloved and closed. The walk along Southgate soon found us at the gates to Renishaw Hall which is the home of the Sitwell family the landowners of the area and who are landlords to the Eckington Cricket Club our ultimate destination.
|RENISHAW HALL ENTRANCE GATES|
|ECKINGTON CRICKET CLUB.....WELCOME|
|THE VINEYARD BOUNDARY|
|SCOREBOARD AT ECKINGTON|
|ECKINGTON C C YAERBOOX|
Cutthorpe have South African Josh Savage who I believe is carrying a shoulder injury at present, with Eckington welcoming a fellow countryman in Johan Davell. The latter is a 21 year old right hand bat and right arm off break bowler back home he plays for Sinoville, plus he drives a mighty heavy roller! Eckington also have a Derbyshire County Cricket Club player allocated to them in Billy Godleman. The other side in todays encounter are Denby and they have New Zealander Brett Randell and with Denby not due to start until the 2pm game we had a chance to catch up with him later.
Having retired into the clubhouse for a refreshment break I can tell you that of course the club want to renew the facilities but it has a warm and welcoming feel to it with a small bar area and snack hatch and kitchen alongside some toilets, which were nice and clean. While inside I managed to take a look at Eckington's impressive little yearbook/magazine its always good to see teams make the effort this way.
|JOHN BALFOUR ON HIS WAY TO A CENTURY|
|BALFOUR TAKES THE APPLAUSE|
During the first game it was good to catch up with Nigel Smith Football League assistant referee who had popped along to watch one of his mates playing for Cutthorpe. It was also good to spot former Derbyshire wicketkeeper and Chesterfield goalkeeper Chris Marples who was also in attendance.
|BRETT RANDELL DENBYS N.Z. PRO|
|DENBYS FORMER DERBYSHIRE PLAYER BURGOYNE IN ACTION|
|TO RUN OR NOT TO RUN|
|CHAIRMAN/HEAD CHEF ANDY VAUGHAN WITH CHRIS MARPLES BEHIND|
While discussing the overseas players Vaughan tells the blog that their overseas player for the last 8 years have been South African and that current player Davel came well recommended and so far he has taken on coaching roles throughout the club alongside ground work to assist the club, indeed before the final game he jumped aboard the heavy roller to back up this observation.
To sum up Chairman Vaughan commented his 2 principles "the club will and have worked hard with the juniors" and the overriding unique selling point of Eckington Cricket Club "we are all in it together"
Thanks to Andy for his time and our interesting conversation was full of his interest, commitment and dedication to the club but for now his dedication was needed as head chef at the BBQ!
An entertaining day with a welcoming club who have some excellent plans in place which hopefully their merry band of followers will be able to enjoy even more next season when the new clubhouse is in place for now though the on field success will keep them well fed.
|PETER BURGOYNE AWAITS AT THE NON STRIKERS END|