Derbyshire v Somerset at Derby on 21st to 24th June: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
This eagerly-anticipated match with Somerset, who had not visited the County ground since 2007, was seen as a crucial one, one which was likely to have a bearing on the result of the relegation battle at the end of the season.
Somerset won the toss and, as so often these days, asked Derbyshire to take first innings. Despite the loss of a wicket in the sixth over, Chesney Hughes and Wayne Madsen looked to be taking Derbyshire to a position of some security as they added 52 together for the second wicket.
The pitch was always bowler-friendly and every batsman found batting a struggle: Madsen was dismissed soon after completing his sixth championship fifty of the season, and the middle-order all found the bounce and movement off the pitch a handful. At 173 for seven, there were even doubts as to whether Derbyshire would gain a single batting point. Richard Johnson and Tony Palladino, back after a seven-week break for injury, came together and worked really hard as they put on 82 for the eighth wicket.
2nd XI Twenty20 - Derbyshire v England Under-19s, 19th June 2013
Derbyshire Second XI claimed a 46-run victory in their Twenty20 clash against England Under-19s at Alvaston and Boulton Cricket Club.
Ben Slater top-scored with 70 from 59 balls and Scott Elstone added 22 as Derbyshire posted 134-8 from their 20 overs. England Under-19s’ reply never got going, with Callum Harding leading the hosts’ attack with excellent figures of 3 for 7 from his four overs.
Peter Burgoyne and Taylor both picked up two wickets apiece to remove the visitor’s middle-order, as the Under-19 outfit were all out for 88, handing Derbyshire victory in the day’s opening Twenty20 fixture.
England Under-19s elected to bat first in the second Twenty20 contest and 43 from Alsop helped the visitors post a strong total of 156-3 from their allotted overs, despite the best efforts of Elstone who returned figures of 3 for 23 from four overs.
Stephen Stubbings’ side, however, struggled in reply, with only Tom Poynton (35) and Harvey Hosein (26) posting notable scores, as Derbyshire were restricted to 128-9 in 20 overs handing England Under-19s a 28-run victory.
Hampshire v Derbyshire at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton on 18th June: YB40 League: Group B
By John Brown
Derbyshire made the long journey south to play Group B leaders Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl. Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first but, despite the loss of an early wicket off the bowling of Wes Durston, the runs came too quickly, especially off the seam bowlers. By the time the third wicket had fallen in the twentieth over, Hampshire had reached 114.
Derbyshire hopes were raised by two outstanding pieces of fielding by Mark Turner. First he dived at backward square-leg to stop the ball right-handed and return it from a prone position to leave Sean Ervine stranded in mid-pitch. He followed this with an outstanding low left-handed catch, taken at full stretch, at extra-cover off Jon Clare.
From 137 for five, Dawson and Wheater set about rebuilding the innings and managed this well with a stand of 84 in just under ten overs. Dan Redfern bowled his ten overs straight off, and excelled himself as he conceded only 35 runs without a boundary.
Mark Footitt was taken ill after bowling only three overs so Derbyshire bowled twenty-three overs of spin, and these proved more economical than the seamers (121 from 23 overs compared to 152 from 17 by their faster team-mates).
2nd XI Twenty20 - Lancashire v Derbyshire, 17th June 2013
Derbyshire Second XI suffered back-to-back Twenty20 defeats against an experienced Lancashire side at Ormskirk.
In the day’s first contest, 39 off 24 balls from Billy Godleman and 24 from Tony Palladino helped Stephen Stubbings’ side post 140-7 from their 20 overs.
But 59 from Alex Davies and 40 from Andrea Agathangelou guided the hosts to their victory target with an over to spare.
Derbyshire elected to bat first in the day’s second T20, but lost regular wickets to be dismissed for 148 in the final over, with Greg Cork top-scoring with an excellent unbeaten 40.
However, 49 off 37 balls from Luis Reece and a swift 31 from Luke Procter moved Lancashire to 150-5 with two overs still to spare, despite the best efforts of Cork who finished with figures of 3-18 from his four overs.
Derbyshire Second XI now entertain England Under-19s in two T20s at Alvaston & Boulton CC on Wednesday 19th June; 11.30am start.
Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Trent Bridge on 12th to 15th June: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
Derbyshire lost the toss and were asked to bat first at the start of a match which proved to be badly affected by rain interruptions.
Billy Godleman and Chesney Hughes started well with an opening stand of 89 before Hughes was caught at mid-off from a mis-timed pull after he had made a good 59 from 83 balls. When Godleman followed the score had reached 100 for two, whereupon Shivnarine Chanderpaul joined his captain, Wayne Madsen, and they stayed together until bad light and rain stopped play at 4.40pm with the score on 245 for two.
There was another short stoppage after only three balls on the second morning, and, when they resumed, after sixteen more overs of play, there was a longer interruption, but in that time Derbyshire lost four more wickets including both of those who had batted so well in adding 165 for the third wicket. Madsen had made a typically stubborn and determined 74 (146 balls), while Chanderpaul was unlucky to have seen the ball spin back onto his stumps from a defensive shot after he had made a fluent, yet unobtrusive, 87 from 118 balls.
291 for six was disappointing after the more than solid start, but Richard Johnson and David Wainwright stayed until the close – 306 for six – and then stopped the slide with a slow, but important stand of forty in seventeen overs.
2nd XI Championship - Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire, June 12th, 13th and 14th 2013
Derbyshire Second XI’s Championship fixture against Nottinghamshire ended in a draw after persistent rain washed out the final day at Denby.
In a low-scoring match, the hosts secured a 21-run lead after their first innings thanks to 34 from Dan Redfern and 35 from Paul Borrington. But heavy rain on Day 3 meant that no result was possible, as Nottinghamshire ended on 131-5, a lead of 110 runs before play was abandoned.
After winning the toss, Derbyshire elected to bowl first and enjoyed plenty of success on the opening morning claiming regular wickets - including that of the experienced Alex Hales as he was caught behind by Tom Poynton off Matt Higginbottom (2-39) without scoring.
Nottinghamshire were reduced to 37-3 and then 61-5, with Tony Palladino – making a return from injury – finishing with innings-best figures of 3-30 from his 14 overs.
Academy graduate Ben Cotton also claimed three wickets, while Tom Knight produced an impressive spell of bowling to end with figures of 2-10 from his nine overs, as the visitors were dismissed for 144.
2nd XI One-Day Trophy - Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire, June 11th 2013
Derbyshire Second XI were beaten by five wickets in their one-day Trophy fixture against Nottinghamshire at Trent College.
Ben Slater top-scored for Derbyshire - but a brisk 77 from Riki Wessels guided Nottinghamshire to their 219 victory target with two overs to spare.
Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat first, but they lost regular wickets during the opening stages with Billy Godleman (15) and Tom Poynton (11) both falling after getting starts.
But opener Slater continued his fine form finally falling for an excellent 69 - and he was helped with timely contributions from Dan Redfern (34) and Paul Borrington (32) as Derbyshire posted 218-9 from their 40 overs.
Stephen Stubbings’ side made a solid start after the restart, as Matt Higginbottom (1-40) claimed an early wicket to reduce Nottinghamshire to 5-1 after the opening over.
But the experienced Wessels soon took the game away from Derbyshire hitting a quick-fire 77 from just 58 balls. Tom Knight claimed two wickets, to end with figures of 2-24 from his eight overs, but an unbeaten half century from Adam Tilcock helped Nottinghamshire to their victory target with just 12 balls remaining.
Derbyshire v Essex at Leek on 9th June: Yorkshire Bank 40: Group B
By John Brown
On a beautiful sunny afternoon at Leek, Derbyshire were pleased to play host to group table-toppers Essex. The visitors won the toss and invited Derbyshire to bat first on what looked to be a batsman-friendly pitch.
Chesney Hughes set Derbyshire on their way with three fours from the first three balls of the match. He was out in the third over, however, but his partner, Wes Durston, was in fine aggressive form, and he reached his fifty from only 34 balls. He hit all the Essex bowlers to various parts of the ground so, when he was bowled in the fourteenth over, he had hit seven fours and five sixes in his 46-ball innings for 71.
Durston was well supported by Paul Borrington, and they provided just the platform from which Shivnarine Chanderpaul is so adept at taking advantage. Taking a series of singles at first, Chanderpaul timed his innings to perfection while Wayne Madsen, Richard Johnson and Alex Hughes took more chances at the other end.
Chanderpaul and Hughes made good use of their four powerplay overs as they scored 49 runs in that short time, as they finished with an unbroken partnership of 102 from just ten overs - helping Derbyshire to record their highest-ever League List A score of 321 for five.
Derbyshire v Durham MCCU at Derby on 5th , 6th and 7th June: Non First-Class match
By John Brown
Derbyshire picked only three of the team which had played in the recent championship match with Surrey for this game. One of these was Wes Durston who captained Derbyshire – he lost the toss, but Derbyshire were asked to bat first on a mainly grey day.
Billy Godleman (45 balls) was unusually free-scoring and, together with Paul Borrington, set Derbyshire on their way to a large total. They were both out in quick succession – 72 for 2 – before Ben Slater, newly-promoted from the Second eleven, and Durston added 198 in forty-five overs before Durston retired, having faced 132 balls for his 117 (15 fours; 1 six). Slater was more circumspect but he too followed Durston to a century before retiring at the tea interval for 116 (206 balls; 12 fours).
Alex Hughes made an enterprising 73 (83 balls) to put Derbyshire in the comfortable position of being able to declare and leave the students forty-five minutes batting before the close. Durham lost three wickets that evening and continued to lose more on the second morning, with Alasdair Evans looking especially awkward to face. When Durham reached 69 for seven, the game looked to be heading for an early finish – perhaps Derbyshire relaxed a bit, but the Durham tail provided more resistance than anyone expected.
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