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Academy start with win

The Derbyshire County Cricket Club Academy began their 2012 season with a 51-run victory over Ticknall in the Premier Challenge on Sunday.

Tom Hamilton (90) and Matt Fletcher (66) shared a century stand for the second wicket and – after a late cameo from Peter Burgoyne (32*) – the Academy posted 255-5 from their 50 overs; a total that proved to be out of reach for the home side.

In response, Ticknall started well as Luke Harvey and Jonny Thompstone posted 109 for the first wicket before the latter was bowled by Burgoyne, handing the under 19s international the first of his three wickets.

Greg Cork and Tom Knight took two wickets each as Ticknall were 204 all out.

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