Another Sunday another #groundhop and another cricket club in the Peak District…you know the drill by now. Although, I have to say, as pavilions go, this is up there with the best of them in Derbyshire.
413 – Duffield Cricket Club DE56 4BA is on the site of Eyes Meadows just on the edge of the village centre and is a 48 acre sport site that is also part of the World Heritage Site and has some fairly spectacular views of the Derwent Valley.
Throw into the mix the River Derwent running alongside it and it is almost a tranquil setting, but trains occasionally whistle past disturbing the calm.
Mind you, it’s been there since 1878 which is roughly how old the previous pavilion looked by all accounts so this new one was well received.
In particular by me as watching my daughter (who was only wearing a shirt) play cricket whilst wearing a fleece and coat with a biting wind and driving rain is a real test of character!
I would imagine this is what it is like for Duncan every time he watches cricket in Paisley and will only add to the growing army of transatlantic readers (well three) who say what is the point?
As CJ once said in The Fall And Rise of Reginald Perrin, “I didn’t get where I was today by watching and playing cricket in sunshine with no breeze,” or words to that effect.
(A bit of classic CJ)
Character building cricket is battling through sub-zero temperatures having forgotten your jumper and dodging the showers….of course, when you are watching cricket then there is always the option of retiring to the pavilion and I took the opportunity.
Bottles only behind the bar but that didn’t stop me from having a delightfully cold bottle of EPA (Marston’s) and spotting arguably the wittiest note on a toilet door this year.
A packed pavilion was helping the club coffers and with a Barbecue battling on manfully outside and a chat with a Sheffield Wednesday fan who was chef for the day and lamenting Sheffield United’s rise to the Premier League (in a similar vein to Villa), what’s there not to like?
(Owls fan spotted in Duffield)
If you were going to invent a game in 2019 you probably wouldn’t invent cricket but it is moving with the times and clubs like this are well worth a visit as they are valuable community assets.