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.
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.
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