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Posted by Tim Rance on 11/06/2018 20:37

Welcome to your Chairman's weekly newswire OWIZZEEE, designed to keep you informed of the latest club issues. Please contact any member of your club committee if you have any queries or you can help in any small way. Remember it is your club! Why not start to share this newswire with family, friends and anyone you feel may be interested.
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Yet another wonderful week of Cricket for Mickleover Cricket Club, many ups and downs, twists and turns!
Back in Butterley Cup action at home to Ilkeston Rutland, winning the toss and batting first it was a skipper's innings of 67 n o from Freddie Matthews that caught the eye ably supported by Ollie Dimmick 33 n o putting on a 99 run partnership. It was Freddie who lead from the front taking the first two Ilkeston wickets as they commenced their response chasing 161 for victory. With some tight bowling from Kieran Preston and Archie Bennett, Ilkeston fell well short of their target being bowled out for 82. Onto the next round which is on Tuesday 19th June when we are at home to Shipley Hall in the quarter finals.
Onto Saturday 1st XI home to top of the league Rolls Royce, Invited to bat first Mickleover were in trouble at 38 for 3 and with runs hard to come by. A workman like stand between Daniel Walton and skipper George Selby saved the day and with a little cameo at the end from Craig Heaton Mickleover set a target of 169. Rolls Royce set about the run chase but with Ollie Cammidge dismissing the openers back to the pavilion, it was Jamie Sleigh's uncompromising spell of assertive bowling that won the day with 4 for 38 from 14 overs. Nice 27 points
2nd XI away to Burton, a first for them and a venture into the unknown as to the strength of the opposition. Asked to bat first Mickleover amassed 153 for 7 thanks to a gritty knock 62 n o from the fluent Greg Johnson. I am advised that he was supported by Sam Keenan during the innings scoring 23. However Sam is still looking for a pair of whites he borrowed, some say they are in Harry Logan's car. To save Sam further embarrassment see if you can help the poor chap. In reply Burton chased down the runs and knocked them off in the 27th over for the loss of 2 wickets
3rd XI were away to Belper Meadows so soon after only recently playing them at home. Skipper Tim Rance won the toss and elected to bowl having faith in his junior bowling attack. They did not let him down and should be proud of their achievement. Highlight was Max Thompson with 3 for 12 from 5 overs. Set 136 to win enter the arena Chris Lees, seen stoking the ball around the ground with consummate ease helping himself to another century in the process as victory came in 25th over putting our 3rd XI on top of the league
Concluding, senior cricket 1st XI in 2nd round of the Bailey Cup under the captaincy of Jack Hodgkinson making his debut as captain plus having to demonstrate his wicket keeping skills. Playing Darley Abbey who batted first, Mickleover restrict they to 106 from the 20 overs. In reply Mickleover batsmen could not get going and were all out for 87. 
Moving swiftly on to junior cricket. U15's were in action last Thursday night up at against a strong Derby Congs batting unit. This proved to be the case as they set a target of 156 for Mickleover. Lads, watching the match, it is very seldom do I criticise but I have to say you can all field a lot better, you know you can, as they say "on your toes and walking in". Always remember that and don't be afraid to tell each other when you are fielding. In reply Mickleover made a fight of it falling 30 runs short thanks to Nathan Lane and Issac Zia.
The U11 Colts lost to a well-drilled Darley Abbey team this Sunday. After we won the toss and asked them to bat, Darley Abbey amassed a formidable 295, the ball seeming to find the gaps and wickets hard to come by. Our best bowlers were Tom Blurton (10 for 0) and William Wright(14 for 2), and Jack Bullock did well on his first go at keeping. Hope you enjoyed Jack.  The scoreboard pressure meant the Colts needed boundaries and there were some great shots in our innings, but not enough runs and too many wickets to get close to the home team’s total. The Colts can be proud of their performance, though, and will come back fighting next week.
Last Friday night saw us host the kwik cricket festival. Walking through the gates met by an absolutely splendid sight of children and parents enjoying playing and watching. The ground was well full. With a bbq on the go with succulent beef burgers and hot dogs, thank you ladies, the children and parents from our All Stars Cricket staying and enjoying the atmosphere - I am sure they will be eager to get involved. One of the truly fantastic occasions during our junior cricketing calendar. So far as our Kwik Cricketers were concerned, it was a day of mixed fortunes wining one and losing one. I must say the enthusiasm of our youngest group is boundless. With some excellent, batting, bowling and fielding. The latter highlighted by a stupendous by Daniel Heaton.
Tonight our U13s and U17s were in action.  Our U13s batted first at Rose Hill getting a very respectable 96 runs with decent knocks from Pyush Joshi (20), Dan Blurton (25 - retired) and Cameron Lees (17).  In reply Rosehill were 52 all out with Finley Farrell the pick of the bowling with a very good 2-4 (2 wkts, 4 runs).  So a good win to U13s by 44 runs - well done lads. 
And finally to our U17s in the Cup vs Alfreton at home.  Alfreton batted first and got off to a fast start getting to 73 off just 7 overs.  Mickleover then fought back taking a few wickets so a chaseable score looked on the cards at 129-5 off 17 overs.  However Alfreton then picked up the run rate to reach 152-6.  In reply Mickleover lost early wickets reducing our young Lions to 58-4.  A valiant fight back from Nathan (20), George B (10) and Stuart (22) wasn't enough to catch Alfreton and we ended on 109 all out (on the last ball of the match).  Alfreton won by 43 runs.  Although its the end of the U17 cup, we are only just starting our U17 league season with a return match vs Alfreton in a couple of weeks time - and I've no doubt we'll be up for it!
Tickets selling well, they are available from Carol Rance, George Selby and myself. Don't leave it till the last minute!
With the summer upon us, why not treat yourself to a club poloshirt, club hat or maybe a pair of club shorts all embroidered with our club badge. Please contact Carol Rance with your order.
Our club clock needs a clean, the plastic covering has been exposed to the elements, any volunteers please
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Next round (quarter final) of the Butterley Cup home to Shipley Hall on Tuesday 19th June start 6.15 
Onwards and Upwards
Have a good week