Derbyshire Merlins make it to Super 9s final

Monday 12th August 2019
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Written by Stephen Martin

Derbyshire Disabled Cricket Club has reached the final of the Super 9s after beating Somerset by 115 runs. 

Having finished top of the Super 9s National League – Midlands, where they went unbeaten across six games, the Derbyshire Merlins faced a Somerset side with an identical record in the semi-final.

Half-centuries from Chamath Wickramarachichi (53) and Mick Hopkins (50) saw Derbyshire post a total of 207-3, before they dismissed Somerset for 92 to secure the victory and a place in the final. 

They will face either the Isle of White or Yorkshire in the final, which will take place on Sunday 1 September at Kidderminster Cricket Club. 

Nigel Theobald, Chairman of Derbyshire Disabled Cricket Club, said: “As Chairman of Derbyshire Disabled CC, I am incredibly proud and delighted for everybody involved at the club in qualifying for the National Finals of the ECB-run Super 9s tournament for disabled cricketers for the fourth time in the last five years. 

“All of this is achieved by the hard efforts of players and volunteers with minimal local funding and support so raising the awareness of DDCC’s considerable achievements is something I am passionate about.”

Derbyshire Disabled Cricket Club was formed in 2005 and tasted success in the National League within a decade. . The club is aimed at individuals of any gender with either a physical or learning disability in Derbyshire and the surrounding area.

Anybody wanting to take part themselves or know of anybody with a physical or learning disability who would like to play should contact Nigel Theobald on [email protected] , or Philip Lucas at [email protected]

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