Match Reports

2nd XI One-Day Report: Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire

2nd XI One-Day Trophy - Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire, June 11th 2013

Derbyshire Second XI were beaten by five wickets in their one-day Trophy fixture against Nottinghamshire at Trent College.  

Ben Slater top-scored for Derbyshire - but a brisk 77 from Riki Wessels guided Nottinghamshire to their 219 victory target with two overs to spare.

Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat first, but they lost regular wickets during the opening stages with Billy Godleman (15) and Tom Poynton (11) both falling after getting starts.

But opener Slater continued his fine form finally falling for an excellent 69 - and he was helped with timely contributions from Dan Redfern (34) and Paul Borrington (32) as Derbyshire posted 218-9 from their 40 overs.

Stephen Stubbings’ side made a solid start after the restart, as Matt Higginbottom (1-40) claimed an early wicket to reduce Nottinghamshire to 5-1 after the opening over.

But the experienced Wessels soon took the game away from Derbyshire hitting a quick-fire 77 from just 58 balls. Tom Knight claimed two wickets, to end with figures of 2-24 from his eight overs, but an unbeaten half century from Adam Tilcock helped Nottinghamshire to their victory target with just 12 balls remaining.  
 

Match Report: YB40: Derbyshire v Essex

Derbyshire v Essex at Leek on 9th June: Yorkshire Bank 40: Group B
By John Brown

On a beautiful sunny afternoon at Leek, Derbyshire were pleased to play host to group table-toppers Essex. The visitors won the toss and invited Derbyshire to bat first on what looked to be a batsman-friendly pitch.  

Chesney Hughes set Derbyshire on their way with three fours from the first three balls of the match.  He was out in the third over, however, but his partner, Wes Durston, was in fine aggressive form, and he reached his fifty from only 34 balls. He hit all the Essex bowlers to various parts of the ground so, when he was bowled in the fourteenth over, he had hit seven fours and five sixes in his 46-ball innings for 71.

Durston was well supported by Paul Borrington, and they provided just the platform from which Shivnarine Chanderpaul is so adept at taking advantage. Taking a series of singles at first, Chanderpaul timed his innings to perfection while Wayne Madsen, Richard Johnson and Alex Hughes took more chances at the other end.

Chanderpaul and Hughes made good use of their four powerplay overs as they scored 49 runs in that short time, as they finished with an unbroken partnership of 102 from just ten overs - helping Derbyshire to record their highest-ever League List A score of 321 for five.  

Read more: Match Report: YB40: Derbyshire v Essex

Match Report: Derbyshire v Durham MCCU

Derbyshire v Durham MCCU at Derby on 5th , 6th and 7th June: Non First-Class match
By John Brown

Derbyshire picked only three of the team which had played in the recent championship match with Surrey for this game. One of these was Wes Durston who captained Derbyshire – he lost the toss, but Derbyshire were asked to bat first on a mainly grey day.

Billy Godleman (45 balls) was unusually free-scoring and, together with Paul Borrington, set Derbyshire on their way to a large total. They were both out in quick succession – 72 for 2 – before Ben Slater, newly-promoted from the Second eleven, and Durston added 198 in forty-five overs before Durston retired, having faced 132 balls for his 117 (15 fours; 1 six). Slater was more circumspect but he too followed Durston to a century before retiring at the tea interval for 116 (206 balls; 12 fours).

Alex Hughes made an enterprising 73 (83 balls) to put Derbyshire in the comfortable position of being able to declare and leave the students forty-five minutes batting before the close.   Durham lost three wickets that evening and continued to lose more on the second morning, with Alasdair Evans looking especially awkward to face. When Durham reached 69 for seven, the game looked to be heading for an early finish – perhaps Derbyshire relaxed a bit, but the Durham tail provided more resistance than anyone expected.

Read more: Match Report: Derbyshire v Durham MCCU

2nd XI One-Day Report: Derbyshire v Lancashire

2nd XI One-Day Trophy - Derbyshire v Lancashire, June 3rd 2013

Derbyshire Second XI suffered a seven-wicket defeat in their one-day Trophy fixture with Lancashire at Glossop Cricket Club.

After losing the toss, Derbyshire produced a good batting display to post 235 on a slow wicket that contained plenty of moisture, with Tom Poynton top scoring with 63 from just 28 balls.

Stephen Stubbings' side hit some powerful shots in the final overs, going at ten an over for the last ten overs to post a competitive total in their third one-day Trophy fixture of the season.

But unfortunately the above par total wasn't enough and as the sun dried and flattened the wicket - helping Lancashire who got their innings off to a flyer, moving onto 56-0 after the opening seven overs. 

Derbyshire fought back through the middle overs and begun to claw the momentum back a bit, but in the end the hosts had enough batting to reach the total with just two overs to spare. 

Match Report: Derbyshire v Surrey

Derbyshire v Surrey at Derby on 30th May to 2nd June: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown

Following heavy overnight rain, play was delayed until 3.15pm on the first day, but thereafter the weather was dry, with almost continuous sunshine on the last three days so the match could continue until after 5pm on the fourth day.

Wayne Madsen won his third toss of the week and then surprised many people by choosing to bat first. Even though Derbyshire lost their openers early, Madsen showed that his decision had been the right one as he and Shivnarine Chanderpaul batted through until the close of play, by which time they had added 203 runs together, remarkably the first time a Derbyshire pair had produced a double-century partnership in 143 matches with Surrey.

This pair continued on the second day until they had added 265 together. Chanderpaul, despite suffering with a heavy cold, had batted beautifully as he timed a succession of drives, straight or through the covers, before he was caught in the gully for 129 from 189 balls. Madsen also reached his hundred and went on to score 152 from 259 balls - yet another good captain’s knock.  

Three wickets fell quickly to put Derbyshire on 336 for 6, so it needed some strong resistance from Richard Johnson, playing only his second match of the season, and David Wainwright, who added a vital 59 between them. The 37 runs which Mark Footitt helped Johnson to add for the last wicket also helped Derbyshire to a position from which they could look forward with greater confidence. Johnson was last out for 72, thus equalling his career-best score. Chris Tremlett finished the innings with his fifth wicket, coincidentally his 400th in first-class cricket.

Read more: Match Report: Derbyshire v Surrey

2nd XI Match Report: Yorkshire v Derbyshire

2nd XI Championship - Yorkshire v Derbyshire, 29th, 30th and 31st May 2013

Derbyshire Second XI withstood a late Yorkshire fightback to hold on for a hard-fought draw against the White Rose county at Stamford Bridge, York.

In a rain-affected Championship fixture, Stephen Stubbings’ side bowled the hosts out on the final day, leaving Derbyshire a session and a half to chase 210 for victory. The visitors, however, lost regular wickets to end the day on 137-9 – holding on for a respectable draw on an entertaining Day 3.

Persistent rain ruled out most of Day 1, but when play did finally begin, Derbyshire claimed three early wickets courtesy of Alasdair Evans (1-17), Matt Higginbottom and Harding (1-47).

No play was possible on the second day – and when play resumed on the final morning the hosts moved comfortable onto 173-3 at lunch.

Read more: 2nd XI Match Report: Yorkshire v Derbyshire

Match Report: YB40: Derbyshire v Surrey

Derbyshire v Surrey at Derby on 29th May: Yorkshire Bank 40 League: Group B
By John Brown

Derbyshire played their third 40-over match in four days when they hosted this floodlit televised match with Surrey. With rain in the air the start was delayed by more than three hours with the match reduced to nineteen overs per side.

Wayne Madsen won his second toss of the season and invited Surrey to bat first. Steven Davies and Jason Roy took an instant liking to the bowling and scored at comfortably over ten runs an over.

Surrey had reached fifty after 4.2 overs and both their openers continued to score freely until Davies - from 22 balls - was very well caught by Madsen running back at deep extra cover. There was just time for Surrey to bring up their hundred before the rain started to fall again.

The rain persisted beyond nine o’clock, but it relented enough for the umpires to allow the match to be completed over ten overs a side. This would have meant that Surrey would have had one more over’s batting before Derbyshire had their turn. Using the Duckworth Lewis method Derbyshire would have had an adjusted target, probably about ten more runs than Surrey had scored from their ten overs.

Read more: Match Report: YB40: Derbyshire v Surrey

Match Report: Derbyshire v Sussex

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.  

Read more: Match Report: Derbyshire v Sussex

2nd XI Match Report: Worcestershire v Derbyshire

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.

Read more: 2nd XI Match Report: Worcestershire v Derbyshire

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