Essex v Derbyshire at Chelmsford on 13 to 16 April: LV= County Championship: Division Two
By John Brown
Derbyshire got their new LV= County Championship campaign underway against a strong Essex team with three current England players in their line-up at Chelmsford.
The hosts won the toss and chose to bat first on what was expected to be a good batting pitch. Essex started well enough before Mark Footitt, bowling with pace and accuracy, beat the defensive shot of Mickleburgh, and Tim Groenewald soon followed with the prized wicket of Cook. The score had reached 54 for two when Groenewald completed a rare hat-trick, the first of his career, as he dismissed Bopara, Greg Smith and Foakes in three balls. This quickly became 60 for seven at which point lunch was taken: it had most definitely been Derbyshire’s morning.
After the interval Groenewald and Footitt took fewer than ten overs to finish off the Essex innings, although the last pair had added a frustrating twenty. These two bowlers had taken five wickets each.
Derbyshire lost two early wickets to the consistent David Masters, but Wayne Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul stayed together for twenty-three overs while 56 runs were added for the third wicket. At this point Madsen became Masters’ third victim and Napier bowled Hughes just before the Essex total was passed. Wes Durston helped Chanderpaul to add 44 runs in twelve overs, but Durston fell just before the close, taken at 139 for five.
Derbyshire v Durham MCCU at The 3aaa County Ground on 1st to 3rd April 2014
By John Brown
Derbyshire started their first-class season at The 3aaa County Ground against Durham MCCU on a warm and sunny spring day.
Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first, after which the Derbyshire bowlers made early inroads into the students’ batting line-up. The university team included eight players who were making their first-class debuts, and they struggled against the persistent Derbyshire pace attack.
Durham were bowled out shortly before lunch for 67 with Tim Groenewald having taken five wickets for 27 runs while Mark Footitt and Jonathan Clare claimed two victims apiece.
Stephen Moore, newly recruited from Lancashire, and Billy Godleman played well together and they had added 152 for the first wicket before Moore was caught at short-leg for 73. Godleman fell a few overs later for 74, the first time he had been dismissed in 2014, after making two undefeated hundreds in the warm-up games in March.
Wayne Madsen was joined by Shivnarine Chanderpaul, recently returned from the Caribbean, and together they added sixty-one before Madsen was defeated by a ball which moved into him from the off. Chanderpaul continued to bat in typical obdurate and watchful fashion in company with Chesney Hughes: they put on 141 for the fourth wicket before Hughes was caught on the square-leg boundary for a well-crafted 53.
Derbyshire v Warwickshire at Derby on 24 to 26th September: LV= County Championship: Division One
By John Brown
Derbyshire went into this match knowing that nothing less than a good win against Warwickshire would give them any chance of maintaining their First Division status.
All seemed to be going well when Wayne Madsen won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first on an overcast morning.
Mark Footitt took two early wickets, but Javid was dropped twice before the fifty was reached. Tim Groenewald, Derbyshire’s leading wicket-taker for the season, took four more wickets while Tony Palladino had another victim to reduce Warwickshire to 148 for seven in the fiftieth over.
By now the sun was out, the ball was softer and conditions for batting seemed to be easier. Patel joined Chris Woakes and together this pair added 69 for the eighth wicket. When Warwickshire’s eighth wicket fell at 217, Derbyshire still seemed to be nicely placed, especially as Warwickshire’s last two batsmen were considered to be genuine tail-enders.
But Chambers, on loan from Essex, concentrated on defence and he stayed with Woakes until the close, by which time Warwickshire had reached 285 for eight. Woakes was dropped from an easy chance when he had reached 83 with the score on 271, but it was not realised at the time how significant this lapse might be.
Derbyshire v Durham at Derby on 11 to 14th September: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
Derbyshire went into this match knowing that it was likely to prove crucial in whether or not they would remain in the First Division in 2014.
They fielded an unchanged team from that which had beaten Somerset so narrowly in their previous match. Durham, the championship leaders and favourites to take the title, won the toss and asked Derbyshire to bat first.
When Derbyshire reached lunch on the first day having lost only one wicket, Durham were probably having second thoughts about their decision to bowl first. There was only time for one over after the lunch interval before the rain came and finished play for the day with Derbyshire on 99 for one.
Paul Borrington and Wayne Madsen had added 67 together when Madsen was out to the first ball he faced on the second morning. Now Shivnarine Chanderpaul joined Borrington and they batted with good sense and control as they took Derbyshire to a position of some strength. With the score on 206 for two Chanderpaul (128 balls) edged a ball to slip, and this brought in Richard Johnson who stayed with Borrington until the new ball was taken after eighty overs at 236 for three.
Second XI Friendly - Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire, September 4th, 5th, 6th 2013; Lady Bay
By Trevor Cottam
Derbyshire Seconds concluded a successful 2013 season with a draw in their three-day friendly away at Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire won the Toss and chose to bat first at Notts Sports Club, Lady Bay.
The hosts batted comfortably throughout the first day before declaring on 329-7 shortly before stumps. Captain Paul Franks top scored with 117, while Tilcock added 64 and Cross chipped in with an unbeaten 50.
Jonathan Marsden was the most successful Derbyshire bowler returning figures of 3-76 off his 22 overs, while Ben Cotton (2-53) picked up two wickets.
Derbyshire were left with eight overs to bat on the first day and closed 19 without loss.
On the second day, Derbyshire lost wickets at regular intervals and only scores of 37 by Scott Elstone, a timely 36 from Greg Cork and a stubborn 22 from Ben Cotton managed to raise the visitors’ total to 193 in 77 overs.
Second XI Friendly - Derbyshire v Leicestershire, August 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th 2013; The County Ground
By Trevor Cottam
After finishing second in the 2nd XI Championship North table, Derbyshire Second XI secure a 238-run victory against Leicestershire in a four-day friendly at the County Ground.
Derbyshire won the toss and chose to bat first on a Pitch that had been used before and would assist the bowlers in the later stages of the Game.
Despite useful contributions by Billy Godleman (40), Scott Elstone (39) and Wes Durston (33), the score stood at 155-6 and Derbys looked as though they would not achieve a competitive total. However, at this point Tom Knight came in to bat and hit his best score of the season with an excellent innings of 78, as the hosts posted 277 in their first innings.
The Leicestershire first innings rested on their opener Robson who made 115 out of a total of 265, giving Derbyshire a lead of 12 runs.
For Derbyshire all 10 wickets were taken by the Seam Bowlers (Jonathan Marsden 5-29, Alasdair Evans 3-65, and Ben Cotton 2-65).
Surrey v Derbyshire; 29th, 30th, 31st August, 1st September: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
Derbyshire traveled to London knowing that this match with bottom club Surrey was likely to be one of the most crucial of the season.
Wayne Madsen won the toss on a hot sunny day and chose to bat first. It was soon clear that run-scoring was not going to be easy on this pitch and Derbyshire’s batsmen were made to battle hard after the loss of a wicket in the first over.
Paul Borrington and Shivnarine Chanderpaul added 49 together for the third wicket and, although seven players reached double figures,no-one was able to go on and make a telling contribution. Tom Poynton and David Wainwright worked hard to ensure that Derbyshire achieved one batting point, but an all-out total of 219 was probably about a hundred runs short of what they might realistically have expected to score.
Surrey faced four overs before the close and Burns was lucky to survive a catch at the wicket appeal off Mark Footitt. Next morning Footitt bowled with pace and fire and he thoroughly deserved his two wickets including the prize one of Hashim Amla who had been signed by Surrey for the last few games of the season. A third wicket fell before lunch which Surrey took at 97 for three.
There followed a spell after lunch when Vikram Solanki and Zander de Bruyn scored much more freely than at any other time during the match, but accurate spells from Wainwright and Peter Burgoyne brought things under control again. Wainwright dismissed both the batsmen who were scoring runs and followed with a third to leave Surrey on 240 for six. There followed an irritating partnership of 47 with Batty the dominant partner, but the new ball saw the last four wickets fall to Footitt and Matt Higginbottom in thirteen balls while two runs were added.
Derbyshire Falcons v Hampshire Royals at Derby on 26th August: YB40 League: Group B
By John Brown
Derbyshire played their last match in this competition against last year’s winners on a warm, sunny day. Hampshire won the toss and decided to bat against an unchanged Derbyshire team.
They got off to the expected brisk start and, after the compulsory first eight overs of Powerplay, Hampshire had reached 57 for the loss of only one wicket.
They continued to make good progress although a couple of very tidy overs from Ali Evans and the spin of David Wainwright, and later Tom Knight, gradually reduced the run-rate. With five overs remaining Derbyshire had restricted the visitors to a very creditable 167 for five. Hampshire took their second Powerplay and Dawson and Mascarenhas hit boldly and added a further fifty-two runs before they closed on 219 for seven.
Although Derbyshire lost Durston at the end of the sixth over, Chesney Hughes and Paul Borrington played very well in adding sixty runs from just over ten overs. Billy Godleman joined Hughes and the runs kept coming at the desired rate. It now seemed only a matter of time before Derbyshire reached their target, but Hampshire introduced the very slow occasional spin of Carberry and the batsmen did not deal as well with this or the left-arm spin of Dawson at the other end as well as they and their supporters would have liked.
Essex Eagles v Derbyshire Falcons at Colchester on 25th August: Yorkshire Bank 40: Group B
With their main concern now resting on the Championship programme, Derbyshire rested several of their leading players for this 40-over match.
Following very heavy rain on the previous day, the sun shone at Colchester and captain Wes Durston invited Essex to bat first. Tony Palladino led the attack and bowled his eight overs straight through for an economical 27 runs.
When he had finished his spell after sixteen overs Essex had reached 66 for two, and Derbyshire had every reason to feel satisfied with their efforts thus far. Gradually, however, the lack of experience amongst the more junior Derbyshire bowlers became evident and the strong Essex hitters were able to take advantage during the last six overs when they added 78 runs to take the final total to a daunting 259. Ravi Bopara top-scored for Essex as he hit a dominant 88 (87 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes).
If Derbyshire were to challenge this target, they would need a good start, but both openers fell during the first four overs. Billy Godleman played what was probably his best innings of the season so far, but he lost three partners before the end of the thirteenth over. Alex Hughes joined Godleman and they doubled the score from 52 for five, but by now any realistic chance of overtaking the Essex score had gone.
David Wainwright also played a useful innings in helping to add another 37, but the innings folded almost as soon as Derbyshire took their batting Powerplay with the last three wickets falling in six balls. Godleman had batted for 74 balls in compiling his encouragingly responsible sixty.
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