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Hampshire enjoy better of rain-shortened day

TimGroenewaldA half-century from Will Smith helped Hampshire enjoy the better of a rain-shortened opening day against Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground.

England opener Michael Carberry set the early tone hitting a brisk 45, before he was second man out to Tony Palladino (1-48) with the visitors 64-2 at lunch. 

Smith then carried the mantle for the visitors after lunch, batting throughout the afternoon and evening sessions before falling in the penultimate over of the day for 70 as Hampshire closed on 231-5 at stumps.

Early morning rain delayed the start by 30 minutes after Derbyshire had won the toss and elected to bowl first in their opening home four-day fixture of 2014. Hampshire made a solid start under gloomy conditions, with Captain Jimmy Adams and Carberry adding 46 runs for the first wicket.

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Follow the Action Live: #DERvHAM

#DERvHAMDerbyshire begin their new home LV= County Championship Division Two campaign against Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground; starting Sunday 20 April.

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PREVIEW: Hampshire first up at The 3aaa County Ground

#DERvHAMDerbyshire begin their new home LV= County Championship campaign against Hampshire this Easter Sunday, 20 April, at The 3aaa County Ground. 

Wayne Madsen’s side entertain a Hampshire side who have high hopes of transferring their sparkling limited-overs form into the four-day format and after two rounds sit top of Division Two.

Jimmy Adams’ side made their intentions for a serious push at the Division Two title clear this winter with the signing of experienced trio Will Smith, Matt Coles and Joe Gatting for the 2014 campaign.

Smith was part of the successful Durham side that claimed the Division One title, while Coles was part of the England Lions side a little over 12 months ago. 

The trio will augment the international talent already on display which will include England opener Michael Carberry and South Africa paceman Kyle Abbott. 

Hampshire enter the fixture full of confidence after securing victory over Gloucestershire last time out. James Vince and Michael Carberry both his centuries to help Hampshire secure their first victory of the season, while seamers James Tomlinson and Kyle Abbott both impressed with the ball, taking six & seven wickets respectively. 

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Derbyshire launch Snazzy Socks Sunday

SnazzySocksSundayDerbyshire County Cricket Club launches Snazzy Socks Sunday in aid of the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation.

The Club is asking Members and supporters to wear a pair of brightly coloured or striped socks on the opening day of Derbyshire’s new home four-day campaign, which starts on Sunday against Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground.

A group of anonymous donors have offered to give £1 to the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation - Cricket Derbyshire’s dedicated charity that delivers sport projects to communities across the county - for every pair of snazzy socks worn by supporters on Sunday. Members and supporters will also have an opportunity to donate to the charity on the day.

The initiative is inspired by Thursday’s Celebration of the Life of Derbyshire wicketkeeper Tom Poynton’s father, Keith.

Over 400 people gathered in The 3aaa County Ground Marquee for the Celebration which was attended by family, friends, colleagues, coaches and players. Tom, who continues to make good progress under the guidance of the Club medical team, was able to attend the event alongside his family.

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Godleman looking forward to home four-day opener

BillyGodlemanBilly Godleman says the squad are looking forward to this week’s opening home fixture of the season and are focused on securing a positive result against Hampshire.

Derbyshire welcome Jimmy Adams’ Hampshire side to The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday, 11am start, in the county’s second LV= County Championship fixture of the season.

After the defeat to Essex last week, Godleman says the squad are determined to bounce back strongly against Hampshire in front of their home crowd.

“It was disappointing to fall just short against Essex but played some very good cricket and we go into Sunday with confidence that we can get a good result,” Godleman said.

“I’m looking forward to the first game of the season at The 3aaa County Ground against Hampshire.

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Madsen: We showed fight all the way

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen says his side were disappointed to fall short against Essex but take lots of positives into their home fixture against Hampshire, starting on Sunday.

Derbyshire produced a spirited final day performance but succumbed to a 53-run defeat in a thrilling LV= County Championship opener at Chelmsford.

Madsen says despite the result, his side can take confidence from their display as they look to bounceback at the first attempt against Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground.

“We are clearly disappointed to lose our first match but we showed fight all the way until the end,” Madsen said.

“We were up against it once we had lost a couple of wickets on the final morning, but Wainwright and Groenewald played positively and really put Essex under pressure at one stage. It was a good fightback from the position we were in.

“But unfortunately losing those five quick wickets at the end of our first wickets cost us and that shifted the momentum a little bit.

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Members can bring guest for FREE on Sunday

The3aaaCountyGroundDerbyshire Members can bring a guest FREE of charge to the opening day of the LV= County Championship match against Hampshire.

Members can introduce a friend courtesy of the Club to day one of the four-day match versus Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday 20 April.

Simply introduce your guest on the gate when you display your Membership Card to gain entry for one guest.

Wayne Madsen’s side will be looking to bounceback against a Hampshire side who have high hopes of transferring their sparkling limited-overs form into the four-day format.

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Leicestershire Second XI claim victory at Grace Road

GraceRoadDerbyshire Second XI succumbed to a 186-run defeat on the final day of their three-day friendly against Leicestershire Second XI at Grace Road.

Leicestershire declared midway through the morning session on 297-2 with Greg Smith top-scoring with an unbeaten 158.

In reply, Derbyshire reached 46-2 at lunch with Paul Borrington 21 not out, but the visitors lost a flurry of wickets after the restart to fall to 67-5.

But a 98-run stand between Jonathan Clare (48) and former Lancashire wicketkeeper Gareth Cross (52), who is on trial with the Club, moved the visitors onto 165-5 just before tea.

The pair, however, both fell after the resumption and despite some lower order runs from the tail, Derbyshire were dismissed for 242 as Leicestershire claimed victory.

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ECB launch new Twenty20 Fantasy Game

NatWest T20 BlastTwenty20 cricket fans will be able to join the action and excitement of the new NatWest T20 Blast by playing a new Fantasy Game launched by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today. 

The free-to-play Fantasy Game challenges fans to pick and manage their “dream team” of county cricket’s T20 stars within a budget to stand the chance of winning a great selection of prizes.

Participants will automatically enter the main competition – the winner of which will win £2020 and four tickets for a day’s play of the Investec Ashes Series in 2015. Players will also compete with their fellow county fans in one of 18 mini-leagues – one for each county. The winners of these 18 mini-leagues will each win £500.

Players can also create up to 15 private mini-leagues to compete against friends, family and colleagues.

Fans are advised to enter before Gameweek 1 begins on Friday May 16 by picking their team at fantasy.ecb.co.uk, and are invited to share their team on twitter using #FBL.

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