Match Reports

LV=CC REPORT: Hampshire v Derbyshire

Hampshire v Derbyshire at Southampton on 1 to 4 June: LV= County Championship: Division Two
By John Brown

Derbyshire travelled south for the return match with Hampshire and, on winning the toss, Wayne Madsen asked Hampshire to bat first on a green-looking pitch.

Hampshire’s openers soon showed that the pitch was not going to be as helpful to the seam bowlers as had been expected as they took their team to 110 without loss before lunch.

Derbyshire were given fresh hope when Tony Palladino dismissed Adams with the first ball after the interval and then took two more wickets in his next two overs. Hampshire were now 118 for three, but Smith and Wheater, who was dropped behind the wicket when he had scored only six, steadied things as they added 109 for the fourth wicket. Although Palladino broke this partnership at 227, Hampshire continued to add runs, with useful contributions coming from Ervine and Bates.

The home team had reached 332 for seven by the close and they continued for just over an hour on the second morning to take their final total to 388. Derbyshire took their ninth wicket just in time to earn a third bowling point, although their over-rate had been such that they would need to improve that rate in the second innings if they were to avoid the frustration of being deducted two of those bowling points.

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2ND XI FRIENDLY: Northants v Derbyshire

Northamptonshire v Derbyshire at Stowe School on 27 May: Second XI 3-Day Friendly

Paul Borrington hit a century, but no result was possible after heavy rain washed out the majority of the three-day friendly against Northamptonshire at Stowe School.

Rain washed away the opening two days, but with an improved forecast for the final day, a 40-over match was agreed between the two sides.

Derbyshire posted 247 off their 40 overs, with Borrington top scoring with 100 while Ben Slater added 74.

Northamptonshire reached 127-3 in reply before rain returned and the match was abandoned with no result possible.

 

LV=CC REPORT: Derbyshire v Gloucestershire

Derbyshire v Gloucestershire at Derby on 25 to 28 May: LV= County Championship: Division Two
By John Brown

Heavy overnight rain delayed the start of this championship match, but conditions improved enough for play to begin at 1.45pm on the first day. Gloucestershire won the toss and chose to field first and they were rewarded with a wicket in the second over.  

Paul Borrington and Wayne Madsen then battled hard on a slow pitch to take Derbyshire to tea at 74 for one. In only three overs after the interval, however, both Borrington and Madsen had gone, Borrington to an unfortunate run out after he was sent back late while considering a third run. The battle for survival continued, but wickets fell regularly to reduce Derbyshire to 153 for six.  

Scott Elstone, playing only his second first-class match, looked more assured than most and he was still there at the close with Derbyshire on 166 for six.  

Elstone had been joined by David Wainwright and on the second morning this pair played very well together to take their partnership to seventy from twenty-seven overs before Elstone fell lbw after scoring his maiden first-class fifty from 122 balls.  

Read more: LV=CC REPORT: Derbyshire v Gloucestershire

ACADEMY REPORT: Derbyshire v Yorkshire (Friendly)

Cricket Derbyshire Academy secured a 42-run victory against Yorkshire Academy in a 50-over friendly at Staveley Cricket Club.

After electing to bat, the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby made an excellent start to their innings with Wood and Ball putting on an opening partnership of 73.

Wood was finally LBW to Karl Carver for 41. Stumper Ball then shared a partnership of 28 with Ali. Skipper Ryan Gibson introduced himself to the attack and clean bowled Greg Cork and one run later Brown played back to a low ball and was caught in front LBW.

This brought the score to 108 for 4. It meant that Gibson had taken three wickets in 11 balls. The Academy failed to consolidate their success. Ali and the experienced Tom Knight shared a partnership of 47, with Matt Waite ending the partnership clean bowling Ali. It was a patient innings which held Derbyshire’s batting together. Some lusty blows by Knight and Cotton pushed the score on to 223 for 6. At one stage it looked unlikely that Derbyshire would reach 200.

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T20 BLAST REPORT: Leicestershire v Derbyshire

Leicestershire v Derbyshire at Grace Road on 16 May: NatWest T20 Bash: North Division
By John Brown

Derbyshire started their T20 campaign on a fine evening at Leicester and they were pleased to welcome Marcus North as their overseas player as he arrived to take the place of Shivnarine Chanderpaul who is leaving for several weeks on international duty.  

Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first. Mark Footitt responded by taking a wicket with the second ball of the match, but Cobb and Smith played their shots to bring up Leicestershire’s fifty after five overs. The introduction of spinners Wes Durston and Chesney Hughes slowed the home team’s progress to some extent, but the run-rate was always likely to provide Derbyshire with a challenging total.  

Scott Styris, playing his first match of the season for Leicestershire, batted steadily at first, but once he had decided to launch his attack there was little that Derbyshire’s bowlers could do to stop him. He hit seven fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 63, with the last fifty-six of them coming from twenty-three balls.  

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LV=CC REPORT: Derbyshire v Kent

Derbyshire v Kent at Derby on 11 to 14 May: LV=County Championship: Division Two
By John Brown 

Play was due to start on time on the first day of Derbyshire’s fourth championship match of the season but, after Kent had won the toss and chosen to field first, the rain started and the start was delayed.  

There were several attempts to play during the day, but regular showers ruled that possibility out and at 3.45pm the umpires decided that there could be no play on the first day.

The miserable weather continued on the second day so it came as something of a surprise when play was able to get under way at 2.35pm. Derbyshire had made four changes from their previous team which had failed to perform as expected against Worcestershire: Scott Elstone came in for his first-class debut after scoring a double-hundred in his previous second XI match; Alex Hughes came in for his namesake, Chesney; Paul Borrington had made two hundreds recently so came in to open the batting, while Gareth Cross, recently of Lancashire, was selected as Derbyshire’s third wicket-keeper of the season.

They started badly against the seam attack of Australian Doug Bollinger and later the consistent medium-pace of Darren Stevens.   After twenty-two overs they had reached 38 for the loss of the top four batsmen in the order.

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2ND XI T20 REPORT: Derbyshire v Lancashire (Friendly)

Second XI T20 (2) Friendly: Derbyshire v Durham: Monday 5 May 2014 at Glossop Cricket Club

Derbyshire Second XI claimed a victory and a narrow defeat in their two Twenty20 friendlies against Lancashire at Glossop Cricket Club.

Derbyshire again fielded a strong side with a majority of the First Team bowlers featuring in the two Twenty20 fixtures.

In Game One, Derbyshire batted first and posted 124-7 off their 20 overs, with Tony Palladino top-scoring with 30 while Ben Slater added 28 and Paul Borrington chipped in with 24.

In reply, Lancashire reached the victory target with two balls to spare. David Wainwright was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-17 off four overs, while Tim Groenewald (2-37 off four overs) picked up two wickets.

In Game Two, Derbyshire posted 161-7 off their allotted overs thanks to an unbeaten half-century from opener Ben Slater (52 not out) and a quick-fire 36 from Palladino.

In reply, Lancashire closed on 157-7 as Derbyshire sealed a four-run win. Palladino (1-15 off three overs), Groenewald (1-24 off three overs), Wainwright (1-26 off three) and Matt Higginbottom (1-16 off three overs) all claimed a wicket apiece as part a fine all-round fielding performance.

2ND XI T20 REPORT: Derbyshire v Durham (Friendly)

Second XI T20 (2) Friendly: Derbyshire v Durham: Monday 5 May 2014 at Glossop Cricket Club

Derbyshire Second XI claimed back-to-back victories against Durham in two Twenty20 friendlies at Glossop Cricket Club.

Derbyshire selected a strong line-up for both fixtures with a number of first team players featuring for John Sadler’s side.

In Game One, Derbyshire posted 203-5 off their 20 overs with Stephen Moore (54), Wes Durston (27), Chesney Hughes (44) and Billy Godleman (35) all making useful contributions.

In reply, Durham closed on 190-7 as Derbyshire claimed a 13-run victory. Alex Hughes was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 3-30 off his four overs, while Ben Cotton (2-33 off four overs) picked up two wickets.

In Game Two, Derbyshire were dismissed for 143 with Chesney Hughes top scoring with 39 while Jonathan Clare added 33.

The Derbyshire bowlers were outstanding in reply, dismissing their visitors for just 95 to hand Derbyshire a 48-run win.

All-rounder Durston was the pick of the bowlers finishing with impressive figures of 3-18 off four overs, while Tom Knight also claimed three wickets with figures of 3-7 off 1.4 overs. Cotton (1-11 off two overs), Chesney Hughes (1-25 off four overs) and Alex Hughes (1-25 off three overs) all claimed a wicket apiece. 

LV=CC REPORT: Worcestershire v Derbyshire

Worcestershire v Derbyshire at New Road, on 27 to 30 April: LV=County Championship: Division Two
By John Brown

The start of this match was delayed by rain and a wet outfield on the first day until 4.30pm when thirty-two overs remained to be bowled.  

Wayne Madsen won the toss for Derbyshire and chose to bat first: frustratingly for Derbyshire the two openers were bowled just before more rain fell so play was suspended for the day after only 3.5 overs had been bowled.

On the second morning Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul set about recovering Derbyshire’s position as they added a painstaking 75 in just over thirty overs. At this point Chanderpaul seemed unlucky to be adjudged lbw for 32. Lunch was taken at 78 for three, and within six overs of the interval another three wickets had fallen, all of them resulting from decisions which it was generally agreed might well have gone in the batsmen’s favour on another day.

While Derbyshire were suffering these misfortunes, Madsen was resisting all that the Worcestershire bowlers could produce and he was well supported at first by David Wainwright and Tony Palladino, but more especially by the in-form Tim Groenewald batting at number ten.

Read more: LV=CC REPORT: Worcestershire v Derbyshire

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