Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Chesterfield on 14 July: FLt20 North Division
By John Brown
On the hottest day of the year so far, in front of a full house, Derbyshire won the toss against near-neighbours Yorkshire and asked them to bat first. They started well so that, after nine overs, they had reached 70 for the loss of only one wicket, and that had come from a finely-judged catch on the square-leg boundary by Billy Godleman who was only playing because of Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s leg injury.
Dan Redfern bowled Jaques at this point and Albie Morkel followed with two wickets in three balls in the twelfth over. Now Yorkshire were 81 for 4 and they had to work hard, mainly through the efforts of Gary Ballance, to set a challenging target. The last two overs, bowled by Mark Turner and Tim Groenewald, cost only eight runs while three wickets fell. This was an excellent finish to the innings and, despite a few earlier incidents of careless fielding, Derbyshire had every reason to be optimistic as they set off on their run-chase.
Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston took thirteen off the first two overs, but Durston strained his back in turning for a run and had to retire hurt. Hughes and Wayne Madsen kept the score moving along at a comfortable pace until, with the score on 49 in the eight over, there was a double blow to Derbyshire’s hopes. First Madsen was run out after refusing an over-ambitious call for a single, and this was followed next ball when Hughes was well caught at short extra-cover from a firm drive.
Now it was Derbyshire’s turn to rebuild the innings, but Redfern and Godleman both fell to catches as they attempted attacking shots. The Yorkshire spinners, Rashid and Rafiq, had slowed Derbyshire’s run-chase as they conceded only 43 runs from their eight overs. Morkel had had little luck with the bat thus far in the competition, and a major contribution was called for now. He and Tom Poynton added 35 together in five overs, but after Poynton was caught on the long-off boundary, Derbyshire needed 41 more runs from only twenty balls.
Lancashire v Derbyshire at Old Trafford on 12 July: FLt20 North Division
By John Brown
After a tortuous three-plus hours’ journey for this return match with Lancashire, Derbyshire won the toss and chose to field first. The bowlers started well and restricted the home side to 38 runs for three wickets in the six overs of compulsory PowerPlay.
The aggressive Moore, with Croft acting as his foil, first consolidated and then accelerated as they added 75 in eight overs. Moore hit five sixes and five fours in his 42-ball 74. Mark Turner, returning from injury, played his first t20 match of the season and finished with four wickets for 35.
Lancashire’s final score of 165 for nine was a challenging one, but Wes Durston and Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored at a good rate in taking the score to 66 in t5he eighth over before Durston (29 balls – 6 fours and 3 sixes) fell for a powerful 48. With the introduction of Lancashire’s spinners to the attack, the rate slowed, and gradually the task became more difficult. Derbyshire were not helped when Chanderpaul injured his leg and had to finish his innings with a runner.
Chanderpaul was eventually run out for 39 (31 balls – 5 fours) when his runner failed to beat a direct hit at the bowler’s end. Wayne Madsen hit the ball hard and ran well between the wickets, but the task proved beyond Derbyshire’s later batsmen, so Lancashire emerged as winners by 12 runs.
Durham v Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street on 8th to 11th July: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
After playing four Friends Life t20 matches, Derbyshire drove north to play Durham in a return to the four-day stuff in the hottest spell of the season so far.
Derbyshire played both their wicketkeepers - Richard Johnson and Tom Poynton - with Johnson selected to open the batting in place of Billy Godleman while Poynton kept wicket.
They were pleased to win the toss and invite Durham to bat first in the hope that they might take early wickets on the fresh pitch. Mark Footitt took an early wicket in his second over, but comparative newcomer, Keaton Jennings and Borthwick added 48 in less than ten overs before the latter was another Footitt victim.
Durham went to lunch at 97 for two, and made good progress in the afternoon. Although they were 132 for four at one stage, Jennings and Mustard added 60 together before the interval. They continued after tea until Wes Durston took two wickets in one over; 222 for six. The first of these was Jennings for a well-crafted 93 from 222 balls.
The new ball was taken four overs later and, in his first over, Footitt took three wickets. Derbyshire had every reason to feel pleased with themselves after what had seemed an unpromising situation. Durham’s last pair lasted just four more overs before Footitt bowled the last man to record a career-best six for 53.
2nd XI One-Day Trophy - Leicestershire v Derbyshire, July 2nd 2013; Grace Road
Chris Durham’s 79 and four wickets from Ben Cotton helped Derbyshire Second XI to a convincing five-wicket victory over a strong Leicestershire side.
Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bowl first, and it didn’t take long for the visitors claimed their first wicket as Matt Higginbottom removed first-team regular Josh Cobb in the third over for just five runs.
Ned Eckersley responded with an excellent 112 from just 97 balls, but the rest of the Leicestershire batsman struggled against the Derbyshire attack. Cotton was the pick of the bowlers, returning figures of 4-47 from his eight overs, as the hosts were restricted to 241-9 from their 40 overs.
Stephen Stubbings’ side made a fine start in reply, as Ben Slater and Durham added 121-runs for the opening wicket, before Slater as run out for 46 off 57 balls.
Durham, however, continued his impressive innings top scoring with 79 from 93 balls moving the visitors onto 150-2 in the 27th over.
And it was left to Scott Elstone to guide Derbyshire over the line, as the all-rounder hit seven fours and a six in his knock of 60 from 35 balls, as the visitors reached their victory target with seven balls to spare and five wickets in hand.
Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire at Derby on 5th July: Friends Life t20: North Division
On a beautifully hot, sunny evening, the County Ground had a rare sellout for the visit of their neighbouring rivals from Trent Bridge. The visitors won the toss and chose to field first. Derbyshire had a bad start as they lost two wickets for nine runs in the first 2.1 overs.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Wayne Madsen effected a recovery of sorts, but, once Chanderpaul had gone at the end of the third over, further progress was a problem.
Madsen played some brave shots, but was run out by a direct hit by wicket-keeper Chris Read at the bowler’s end. Four more wickets fell all too quickly so the score had slumped to 84 for eight. Although David Wainwright and Tim Groenewald added a further 24 for the ninth wicket, Derbyshire’s final score of 115 for nine was never likely to present Nottinghamshire with much of a challenge.
The pitch was slower than expected, and it is likely that Derbyshire made the mistake of seeking to score too many runs for the conditions. A final score of about 140 might well have made life quite difficult for the visitors.
Derbyshire v Lancashire at Derby on 2nd July: FLt20 League: North Division
By John Brown
On another dull, damp evening, Derbyshire played their first home match of 2013 Friends Life competition. Fortunately the rain relented and the televised, floodlit match was able to start only five minutes later than the scheduled 7.10pm.
Wayne Madsen won an important toss and asked Lancashire to bat first. Tim Groenewald bowled an excellent three-over opening spell during which he took three top wickets in twelve balls before Simon Katich and Karl Brown steadied the visitors’ boat for a while.
Replays showed that Katich may have been lucky to survive a gloved catch at the wicket appeal from Mark Footitt’s first ball, and that he was probably unlucky to have been given lbw later; 48 for four after seven overs.
Brown and Tom Smith stayed together for nine overs to add 68 for the fifth wicket and Cross hit boldly to take Lancashire’s final score to 151 for eight. Groenewald finished with the fine figures of four for 21 from his four overs, and Albie Morkel had also been economical in conceding only thirteen runs from three overs.
The Sky television pundits were of the opinion that, in the conditions, Lancashire’s score was above par, and that it was probably more than Derbyshire would be able to chase. This opinion will have been strengthened after the first ball of Derbyshire’s reply when Hughes was caught at slip.
This brought in Shivnarine Chanderpaul and, after a brief reconnaissance (two runs from his first seven balls), he and Wes Durston brought up the fifty in less than six overs. Durston chopped on from the last ball of the Powerplay and this brought in Madsen. Together he and Chanderpaul consolidated so that, when the rain came after 12.3 overs, the score had advanced to 90 for three and Derbyshire were five runs ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis calculations.
Fortunately the rain relented after only ten minutes and the game was able to continue without further interruption. Madsen was out soon after the resumption and Derbyshire slipped behind the required run-rate. With five overs remaining they needed a further fifty-two runs to win. It was now that Chanderpaul decided that drastic measures were required; he took seventeen from the next over, and Morkel hit nine of the eleven runs coming from the seventeenth over.
Now 24 were needed from the last three overs, and the balance had tilted slightly in Derbyshire’s favour; only seven runs came from Kabir Ali’s next over before Mitch McClenaghan conceded nine from the nineteenth. McClenaghan had taken eight wickets in his previous two matches, but on this night he proved Lancashire’s most expensive bowler, and he remained wicketless.
Chanderpaul’s batting had been a mixture of outrageous inventiveness and sublime orthodoxy, his drive to the extra-cover boundary from the second ball of the final over being one of the shots of the day. This four virtually settled the match in Derbyshire’s favour, and Chanderpaul (70 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes) clinched it with another firm drive to long-on. He was deservedly made Man of the Match.
It had been a remarkable victory, and it gave Derbyshire their third win in the competition with seven matches still to play. The first of these will be held at Derby on Fridaywhen our neighbouring rivals, Nottinghamshire, also unbeaten, will be visiting the County Ground. It is expected that there will be a rare sell-out at the ground for this fixture, and supporters are advised to buy their tickets in advance to ensure they are not disappointed.
Lancashire 151 for 8 (20 overs) (KR Brown 50, SM Katich 28, TC Smith 27, GD Cross 24*; TD Groenewald 4 for 21)
Derbyshire 154 for 3 (19.3 overs) (S Chanderpaul 87*, WL Madsen 23, WJ Durston 20)
Derbyshire (2 points) beat Lancashire by 7 wickets
Leicestershire v Derbyshire at Grace Road on 29th June: Friends Life t20: North Division
By John Brown
Derbyshire travelled for the second consecutive day to play their second match in this shortest version of the competitions played by the first-class counties.
This time they visited Leicestershire where the home team won the toss and asked Derbyshire to bat first. After his Man of the Match performance of the previous evening, Jon Clare failed to pass a fitness test, but he is not expected to be out for long.
As is their usual pattern Wes Durston played the supporting role while Chesney Hughes hit freely at the other end. When Hughes was caught in the fifth over he had scored 34 (20 balls – 4 fours and 2 sixes) of his team’s 48. Shivnarine Chanderpaul took his time at first, but raised his personal strike-rate with apparent ease. Durston and Chanderpaul stayed together for eleven overs and added 94 in that time before the latter was bowled for a 29-ball 38. Durston (62 balls – 5 fours and 2 sixes) was bowled from the fifth ball of the twentieth over having constructed an invaluable 83.
173 was a good total, but Derbyshire were very aware of how dangerous the Leicestershire top order could be. If they had any doubts, Cobb soon reminded them of his strength as he took advantage of the fielding restrictions to take his team to fifty from only twenty-seven balls. When he was well caught by Billy Godleman from a swirling skyer at extra-cover, Burns continued the run-chase at comfortably more than the required rate.
Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Headingley on 28th June: Friends Life t20: North Division
By John Brown
Derbyshire travelled up the M1 to start a new Twenty20 campaign in a match with Yorkshire. Wayne Madsen started well by winning the toss and asking Yorkshire to bat first.
He received immediate support from new signing, Albie Morkel, who dismissed both the home team’s openers in his first eight balls. Dan Redfern brought about a fine run out with a direct hit at the bowler’s end, and Mark Footitt was the second bowler to take a wicket in each of his first two overs.
54 for five after ten overs was probably better than the most enthusiastic Derbyshire supporter would have dared hope for. Richard Pyrah stayed with Gary Ballance for five overs, but two more wickets fell to leave Yorkshire on 85 for seven. Spin bowlers Wes Durston and David Wainwright, playing against his old county, conceded only 41 runs from their eight overs, a joint-contribution which was to prove crucial.
Azeem Rafiq joined Ballance and helped to add twenty in just over two overs and, after Ballance was caught by Redfern on the cover boundary, the ninth-wicket pair took the Yorkshire total to 119 for eight.
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.
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