Welcome to Broadmeadow News,an occasional update for members, friends, parents and supporters by Roy Pearce. We want this information sheet to go beyond the usual club members: will all readers please pass to six others, who may be interested.  Broadmeadowis the original name of our ground where we’ve played since 1849. Each edition will include today’s news and bits from the past. What do you think?


Congratulations to


ZakSpendolove, our third generation cricketer following Ben and Lee.


Richard Tunnicliffe who represented Derbyshire U17s, opening the bowling.


MichaelWright: remarkable 2ndXI analysis: 5 for 3 in 6 overs of leg spin.


Remarkable 1stXI victory against Rolleston. We made 107, but our spinners, Joe & Ben bowled 30 overs for 52 and 6 wickets. Needing 2 to win Rory Overmeyer bowled his demon straight slower ball, hitting the last man’s stumps. Won by 1 run. Do you remember a one run victory before?


2ndXItop of the division with weekend victories, despite early collapses, over Buxton (Michael Wright made 50) & Duffield (Matt Leask 52 off 36 balls) and 54 points. Spin twins Wright & Brierley taking 16 wickets for 137 runs in the two games. James 7/46 v Duffield.


Mike Harwoodmade his second successive century for 3rd XI; a hundred before lunch with a 10.00am start at Middleton when a football match was held in Russia.


Welcometo the U19 XI who played their first ever match.


Charlie’s Inningsof 161* is the highest by a youth player.

For 2nd XI I have found two knocks by Neil Smedley in 1994, a golden year:  176* v Lullington and 163 v Saltergate; with Paul Baines making 163* in 2010 against Clowne.


The highest scores for 1st XI are Zahid Javed 205* v Denby 2ndXI  & Tim Tweats 201* v Ockbrook & Borrowash in 1998.


In ancient times, in 1998 Ernest Beestonscored 196, with an ancient bat. Amazing.


Neil Doxeymanaged to foil the laws of probability by losing nine tosses in a row for 3rd.


John Thompsoncelebrated the World Cup by recalling that he was at Wembley with a Gell school party in 1966, on the goal line when Hurst’s famous, but controversial goal went in.


The three new benchesat the KOP end provide a fine view behind the bowler’s arm.


Twenty Years ago in 1998 I found the following in Ken’s annual report.   


Ben Spendlove fielded as 12th man for England at Edgbaston, making two catches.

Mark Woodward reached 500 wickets for the club – more to come.

Neil Doxey, stumper, reached 145 dismissals, passing George Taylor’s record total.

Stephen Lowe took a hat-trick and headed the 1stXI bowling averages.

Tim Tweats, on the Derbyshire staff, hit three hundreds.

David Greatorex made most 1stXI runs, 731@56.23

Ken Wilson completed 30 years as match secretary.

2nd XI fielded 40 players in the season and  Andrew Redfern made 599 tuns @ 35.24.

3rdXI led by Anthony Hayward, played some games at Mugginton for the first time

In youth cricket U13s noted for the future included

Jack Allen, Paul Thompson, James Thompson and Adam Marshall.


Ken Wilsonspoke often of Wirksworth cricket and I felt I should record some of his fine words. He said in 1997. ‘Nobody could play through football, apathy and theme parks.’ More wisdom welcome.


A Photois attached of supporters at an historic match. Who? Where? When? Who won?

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