Surrey v Derbyshire Falcons at The Kia Oval on 11th August: Yorkshire Bank 40 League: Group B
By John Brown
Derbyshire resumed their campaign in this competition, after a break of almost eight weeks, with a trip to London. Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to have first use of a good batting pitch at the Oval. Vikram Solanki captained Surrey instead of Gareth Batty who was rested.
Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston started quickly with the latter being the early aggressor. Although only four runs came from the first two overs the fifty came up from fewer than another five overs. Durston was caught by the wicket-keeper from a skyer at the end of his nineteen-ball innings. Now Paul Borrington joined Hughes and this pair added 123 from the next eighteen overs. Hughes hit six fours and four sixes in his run-a-ball innings of eighty before he was caught at long-on.
Borrington batted busily, placing the ball well and running quickly between the wickets. He and Shivnarine Chanderpaul put on 45 in six more overs, but now wickets began to fall as Derbyshire pushed for an acceleration in the last ten overs.
They lost three wickets in one over, bowled by de Bruyn, as the score slipped from 258 for five to 262 for eight. Fortunately Tim Groenewald was seeing the ball well and he was able to club thirteen off the last four balls of the innings to take his own score to an unbeaten 27 from only thirteen balls and thus help Derbyshire to a formidable 294 for nine.
Surrey also started well but, when their second wicket fell at 69 from twelve overs, Derbyshire had reason to feel satisfied with their early progress although, if a straightforward skyer from Harinath had been held before he had reached twenty, their progress might well have been checked still further.
Second XI Championship - Derbyshire v MCC Young Cricketer's, August 7th, 8th, 9th 2013; Belper Cricket Club
Derbyshire Seconds remain in top spot in the Second XI Championship North table after securing a convincing victory over MCC Young Cricketer’s at Belper Cricket Club.
Four-wickets apiece from Mark Turner and Alasdair Evans - and an excellent 97 from Wes Durston - set up a comfortable eight wicket win for Stephen Stubbings’ side who claimed their fourth successive Championship victory.
Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bowl first on a surface the offered some considerable help for the seamers. The MCC struggled throughout their first innings and lost regular wickets to be dismissed for 112.
Turner was the pick of the bowlers, bowling with good pace and accuracy, the paceman returned figures of 4-41 in 15 overs, while Evans (2-24) and David Wainwright (2-7) both chipped in with two wickets apiece.
Derbyshire also struggled to combat the testing conditions in their first innings, losing their first four wickets with just 66 runs on the board. However, an excellent 101-run partnership between Durston and Scott Elstone left the hosts in a strong position on 167-4 at the close on Day One.
Second XI One-Day Trophy - Derbyshire v MCC Young Cricketer's, August 6th 2013; Denby Cricket Club
Despite a spirited effort in the field, Derbyshire Seconds suffered defeat in their one-day Trophy fixture against MCC Young Cricketer’s at Denby Cricket Club.
After losing the toss, Paul Borrington’s side were asked to bowl first and thanks to two wickets apiece from Alasdair Evans (2-50) and Tom Knight (2-43), the hosts restricted their visitors to 214-7 from their 40 overs.
Wes Durston (2-18), Ben Cotton (1-27) and Jonathan Marsden (1-35) all chipped in with a wicket to set the match up nicely at the halfway stage.
Derbyshire made a solid start in their pursuit of the 215-run victory target as Durston (19), Billy Godleman (14) and Paul Borrington (25) moved the hosts onto 63-2 after 11 overs.
But Derbyshire lost regular wickets to slump to 107 all out inside 27 overs. The two sides now go head-to-head in a three-day contest at Belper Cricket Club, as Derbyshire look to extend their lead at the top of the 2nd XI Championship.
Sussex v Derbyshire at Hove on 2nd, 3rd and 4th August: LV= County Championship: Division One
By John Brown
An outstanding all-round performance helped Derbyshire overturn a 40-run deficit at the halfway stage to claim a stunning nine-wicket win inside three days against Sussex at Hove.
Derbyshire, and a good number of their supporters, travelled down to the south coast on the hottest day of the year to play championship-challengers, Sussex. This was the first time that Derbyshire had played a four-day match at Hove since 1996.
On a hot sticky day, Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first. Derbyshire had one of the youngest, less-experienced teams they had turned out in recent years; Matt Higginbottom was making his Championship debut, while all-rounder Alex Hughes was making his first-class debut.
Tim Groenewald and Mark Footitt made the Sussex openers work hard with some lively and accurate bowling, but it was Higginbottom who made the first breakthrough when he had Chris Nash caught at slip. Alex Hughes took the second wicket before Footitt got the home team’s Captain, Ed Joyce, to edge one to Tom Poynton, keeping wicket. Even so, with the score on 144 for three, questions might have been asked as to whether the decision to give Sussex first innings was a wise one.
Second XI Championship - Derbyshire v Glamorgan, July 30th, 31st and August 1st 2013
Five wickets on the final day from Wes Durston helped Derbyshire Seconds claim a thrilling 10-run victory against Glamorgan at the County Ground – moving Stephen Stubbings’ side top of the Second XI Championship table.
Captain Paul Borrington won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch that was expected to help the spin bowlers as the game progressed.
The hosts received good contributions from Borrington (29) and Durston (33), before an outstanding 118-run stand between Dan Redfern (44) and Scott Elstone (61) helped Derbyshire on their way to a competitive total at 221-5 in the 60th over.
Three quick wickets fell in quick succession to reduce the hosts to 275-8, however, some lusty hitting from Tom Knight – who ended unbeaten on 54 – and Jonathan Marsden (26 off 27 balls) held a 56-run stand for the ninth wicket to allow Derbyshire to retire on 331-9 in the 99th over.
Glamorgan safely navigated the last four overs without incident, closing Day One on eight without loss.
Second XI One-Day Trophy - Derbyshire v Glamorgan, July 29th 2013; The County Ground
Derbyshire Second XI suffered defeat in a rain-affected one-day Trophy fixture against Glamorgan at the County Ground.
Losing the toss and asked to bat first, Derbyshire posted 174-5 from 35 overs in a rain-shortened innings. Jonathan Clare - who got the opportunity to bat at the top of the order - hit seven fours in his knock of 41, while opening partner Billy Godleman carried his bat to top score with an unbeaten 75, which included five fours and a six.
Paul Borrington chipped in with 25 and Ben Slater added 16, as the hosts posted a competitive total despite the rain interruptions, as Glamorgan were set a revised total of 195 to win in 35 overs according to Duckworth/Lewis.
And, with rain in the air, the visitors made a quick start with Lancefield (53 not out) and Walters (22) sharing a 73-run opening stand. More rain forced another delay, resulting in Glamorgan now requiring 114 runs in 20 overs to win. But Glamorgan duly reached their victory target with eight balls to spare, thanks to the explosive hitting of Lancefield and an unbeaten 34 from Lloyd, as the visitors sealed a nine-wicket win by D/L.
Second XI Friendly - Derbyshire v Northamptonshire, July 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th 2013
Centuries from Peter Burgoyne and Ben Slater helped Derbyshire Second XI claim a convincing 232-run victory against Northamptonshire in their four-day friendly at the County Ground.
After winning the toss, Derbyshire posted 269 in their first innings after they received healthy contributions from Scott Elstone (82) and Burgoyne (72). Tom Taylor’s economical figures of 4 for 19 from his 13 overs, and 3 for 37 from Greg Cork, ensured that the hosts secured a nine-run lead after the two first innings.
The game was ultimately won in the second innings thanks to a mammoth fourth wicket partnership worth 293 runs between Slater and Burgoyne. Slater hit 18 fours and a six in his season-high unbeaten 153, while Burgoyne smashed 16 fours and five sixes in his 150 off 194 balls. This allowed Captain Paul Borrington to declare on 407-4, setting Northants 417 for victory in 108 overs.
Second XI Championship - Leicestershire v Derbyshire, July 3rd, 4th and 5th 2013
Derbyshire Second XI had to settle for a draw in their three-day Championship fixture against Leicestershire at Hastings Cricket Club.
Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat first but lost three early wickets including experienced batsmen Billy Godleman (1), Ben Slater (18) and Paul Borrington (33), to be reduced to 59-3. But partnerships between Richard Johnson (87) and Scott Elstone (28), then between the former and Chris Durham (70 not out) helped Stephen Stubbings’ side post 309 and claim maximum batting bonus points in their first innings.
Leicestershire’s left arm spinner James Sykes ended the innings with impressive figures of 7 for 80 from his 82 overs, suggesting that Derbyshire spinner Tom Knight could be very handy on this pitch. Leicestershire lost regular wickets in their reply, and only Ben Raine managed a score worthy of note with 55, as the hosts were dismissed for 179, narrowly avoiding the follow on, and giving Derbyshire a 130-run lead.
Cal Harding returned exceptional figures of 5 for 37 from his 14 overs, while Knight finished with 4 for 32 after his 14 overs, but Derbyshire suffered a setback between innings as new ball bowler Matt Higginbottom suffered a re-occurrence of a groin injury and was able to bowl again in the match.
With a 130-run lead, Derbyshire’s object was to score as quick as possible and build a large enough Total to be in a position to declare. At the close of the second day’s play, Derbyshire were 154-3, an overall lead of 284.
2nd XI Championship - Warwickshire v Derbyshire, July 24th, 25th and 26th 2013
A century from Paul Borrington – and a five-wicket haul from trialist Nathan Waller – handed the Second XI victory against Warwickshire in their three-day fixture.
After being asked to bat first, Ben Slater (33) and Borrington (27) put on 65 runs for the opening wicket at Knowle and Dorridge Cricket Club. But the visitors lost a succession of wickets after the lunch interval to be reduced to 139-9 after 46 overs on Day 1. A last-wicket stand, however, between Harvey Hosein (28 not out) and Ben Cotton (19) lifted Stephen Stubbings’ side up to 191 all out in 63 overs.
Warwickshire’s first innings followed a similar pattern as Derbyshire, as openers Best (34) and Ian Westwood (37) added 70 for the first wicket, before the hosts collapsed to 167-9 in the 56th over. Jonathan Clare picked up two wickets, but it was Zimbabwe-born trialist Waller who returned the stand out figures of 5-31 from his 15 overs to dismiss the hosts for 213 – a lead of 22 runs.
Derbyshire enjoyed an improved batting display in their second innings – and it was 25-year-old Borrington who led the way with a magnificent 107, including 14 fours, that set the visitors up for victory.
Borrington was ably assisted by Billy Godleman (36), Scott Elstone (39 not out), Clare (42 not out) and an unbeaten 68 from Alex Hughes, who retired to join up with the first team, as Derbyshire declared on 333-3 in 87 overs, setting Warwickshire 312 for victory in 82 overs.
The hosts had another impressive opening stand adding 64 runs, but then wickets began to fall at fairly regular intervals. Alasdair Evans (2-22) and Tom Taylor (2-30) both picked up two wickets apiece, while David Wainwright (3-48) finished with three wickets to help dismiss Warwickshire for 260 in 72 overs.
It was an excellent victory over a fairly strong Warwickshire side and the 21 Points gained took Derbyshire into third position in the league table.
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