Derbyshire v Sussex at Derby on 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th May: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
Bad weather delayed the start of this match until 2.30pm on the first day, whereupon Wayne Madsen lost the toss, and for the fifth time this season Derbyshire were asked to bat first on a pitch which was expected to be helpful to the bowlers.
Billy Godleman and Chesney Hughes got the innings off to a brisk start before the first wicket fell on 36 in the eighth over. At tea Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul had taken Derbyshire to 94 for two from 26 overs.
There was a brief shower after the interval for which another three overs were lost from the day’s allocation. Madsen batted very well against some aggressive pace bowling, but from the last ball bowled by Jordan he was unable to avoid a brute of a delivery which he nicked to the wicketkeeper having made a fine 63 from 141 balls. Nightwatchman Alasdair Evans, making his championship debut, was out in the final over of the day, leaving Derbyshire on a disappointing 158 for six.
This quickly became 164 for seven on the second morning, so the 52 partnership for the seventh wicket between Richard Johnson and Jon Clare was very timely. Derbyshire were finally all out for 223, but Sussex made a shaky start: although they scored at almost five runs an over, they had lost five wickets for 109 before the end of the twenty-fifth over, three of them to the left-arm pace of Mark Footitt.
2nd XI Championship - Worcestershire v Derbyshire, 14th, 15th, 16th May 2013
Derbyshire Second XI claimed a comfortable 192-run victory in their Championship fixture against Worcestershire at Kidderminster this week.
In a rain affected match, Derbyshire won the toss and elected the bat first and the opening pair of Ben Slater and Paul Borrington didn’t disappoint putting on 150 for the first wicket.
The duo batted beautifully over the two day, after most of Day 1 was washed-out, before Slater finally fell for an excellent 78, which included 11 fours. His opening partner would be dismissed soon after for a magnificent 76, with 13 fours, as Derbyshire moved onto 185-2 at Tea on Day 2.
The visitors continued their batting onslaught, with AJ Norman adding 38 and Tom Knight with a quick-fire 34 from 24 balls, and were finally dismissed for a superb 320 on the morning of Day 3. Both teams agreed to forfeit an innings to try and force a result, so Worcestershire needed 321 runs to win on the final day.
2nd XI One-Day Trophy - Worcestershire v Derbyshire, May 13th 2013
Derbyshire Second XI were narrowly defeated by Worcestershire by two wickets in their opening one-day trophy fixture of the season at Kidderminster.
Ben Slater top scored with 64 as the visitors posted 244 from their 40 overs, but the hosts reached their target with two overs to spare thanks to 106 from Aneesh Kapil in an entertaining day’s cricket.
After a solid start between Billy Godleman (20) and Paul Borrington (11), Derbyshire lost a flurry of wickets to be reduced to 50-3 after 12 overs.
But an excellent 98-run stand between Tom Poynton (41) and Slater helped shift the initiative back in favour of the visitors moving the scores onto 148-4 in the 26th over.
Slater continued his excellent innings and completed his half-century shortly after before he finally fell for 64, which included six fours, to top score for Stephen Stubbings’ side.
Derbyshire v Lancashire at Derby on 12th May: Yorkshire Bank 40: Division B
By John Brown
All the other twenty teams in this competition had played at least one match and five had played as many three before Derbyshire had their first chance in this new campaign.
Lancashire won the toss, Wayne Madsen’s fifth loss in as many games, and skipper Simon Katich asked Derbyshire to bat first. A brief shower held the start up for five minutes, after which Chesney Hughes and Shivnarine Chanderpaul negotiated three overs with little difficulty.
The rain returned and settled in for the rest of the day, so, at 4.30pm, the umpires had little choice other than to abandon the match. Both teams took one point for their trouble. Derbyshire’s next matches in the Yorkshire Bank 40 are both away from home in two weeks’ time; against Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday 26th May and Durham on the following day.
Derbyshire 12 for 0 (3 overs) Hughes 4* and Chanderpaul 5*
Lancashire did not bat
Match Abandoned: Derbyshire (1 point) Lancashire (1)
2nd XI Championship - Derbyshire v Lancashire, May 8th, 9th and 10th 2013
Derbyshire Second XI’s opening Championship fixture of the season was abandoned in peculiar circumstances, as an explosion at a nearby factory forced an early closure to play at Belper.
Police advised players, umpires and staff to return indoors after the pursuing fire raised fears of a possible asbestos threat as Derbyshire’s first innings was closed on 237-6, with Ross Whiteley top scoring with an excellent 82.
A total of 122 overs were lost over the three days due to the adverse weather conditions and unscheduled premature ending to the final day.
After losing the toss, Lancashire put on 82 runs for the opening wicket on Day 1, before Matt Higginbottom claimed the hosts’ first wicket of the match when Stephen Moore was caught behind by Tom Poynton for 50.
Derbyshire v New Zealand at Derby on 4th, 5th and 6th May: Tourist Match – First-class
By John Brown
Derbyshire were pleased to welcome the New Zealand tourists for the opening fixture of their 2013 tour of England. Wayne Madsen won his first toss of the season but, as so often on these occasions, the visitors were invited to bat first. Derbyshire’s batting was almost at full strength, but the bowling was mostly second-string, partly as a result of injuries and partly due to the need to rest some senior players.
Alasdair Evans struck in the tenth over when he bowled Hamish Rutherford and his opening partner Peter Fulton followed less than four overs later when Mark Footitt trapped him lbw. When Footitt took two more wickets to leave New Zealand on 124 for four, Derbyshire had every reason to feel pleased with themselves.
But Brownlie and Watling, one of two wicket-keepers used during the match, stayed together for thirty overs and added 116 runs. New Zealand declared after 76 overs, thus leaving Derbyshire to survive twelve overs before the close. Billy Godleman and Chesney Hughes almost achieved that aim, but Hughes was bowled with only one ball remaining in the day.
Derbyshire struggled against the visitors’ seam attack and only Wes Durston managed to pass twenty in a disappointing response which saw the home team finish 135 runs behind on first innings. Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner proved the most effective of the tourists’ bowlers.
The Academy came away from their two consecutive one-day games against Northamptonshire with two wins, as the youngsters maintained their winning start to the new season.
Both games were played at Ticknall CC, a ground the Academy players know well and look to use to their advantage. Northants won the toss on the first day and elected to bowl first on a used pitch that still offered plenty for both bat and ball.
This decision looked to be a good one when they reduced Derbyshire to 30-3 after 7 overs. What followed was a simply magnificent partnership of 135 between Rahib Ali (66) and Harvey Hosein (80) that put the Academy side right back on track. Once they had been removed Greg Cork, with 52 not out, Callum Brodrick and Tom Taylor took the game away from Northants with aggressive hitting and excellent running between the wickets. Derbyshire finished their 50 overs on an impressive 313-6.
The Northants reply got off to a bad start, with them slumping to 29-4 from 12 overs thanks to superb opening spells from Greg Cork and Ben Cotton. Although Northants recovered briefly to 88-4, they then slipped to 93-7, and then shortly afterwards to 115 all out to give the Academy victory by a massive 198 runs.
Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Headingley on 29th April to 2nd May: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
This proved to be one of the more memorable matches in Derbyshire’s long history, although not necessarily for the best of reasons.
After a rain-delayed start of forty-five minutes, Wayne Madsen lost the toss for the fourth time in four matches and, for the fourth time, Derbyshire were asked to bat first. This did not seem such a bad thing when Chesney Hughes, just recalled to the 1st XI after impressing while on duty for the seconds, and Madsen took Derbyshire to Lunch at 89 for one.
The situation looked even better at Tea when the score had reached 204, still for the loss of only one wicket. Hughes had already passed his hundred (160 balls) while Madsen was on 70. It was not until this pair had added 258 for the second wicket that Madsen was dismissed seven runs short of his own century. Two more wickets fell before the close, but Hughes was still there unbeaten on 171.
A fifth wicket soon fell on the second morning, but David Wainwright stayed with Hughes to add 81. Hughes had now passed his own highest score and reached his double hundred from 328 balls. His driving had been a feature of his innings, as had his judgment in leaving balls passing his off-stump. Tom Poynton and Tony Palladino helped in partnerships of 53 and 33 but, by now, the main interest was to see whether Hughes could break the 117-year old record for the highest-ever score made by a Derbyshire batsman.
Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire at Derby on 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th April: LV=County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
Derbyshire hosted neighbouring Nottinghamshire in their first home match in the First Division for over a decade and a packed County Ground enjoyed four competitive days of cricket.
Wayne Madsen lost his third toss in three matches and Derbyshire were asked to bat first. Despite the loss of an early wicket they seemed quite nicely placed at 49 for one, but they had a bad spell during which they lost five wickets in fifteen overs to be reduced to 75 for six.
It was going to need something a bit special to bring Derbyshire back into the game. Jon Clare joined the seemingly immovable Shivnarine Chanderpaul and together they added 96 before Clare was caught at slip just one short of what would have been a well-deserved fifty.
Tony Palladino added to his growing reputation as a reliable batsman as he scored 39 to help Chanderpaul to add another 68 for the ninth wicket. Chanderpaul finished the innings unbeaten on 87 from153 balls (9 fours). Derbyshire were pleased to earn themselves a second batting point when even one had seemed most unlikely.
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