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Essex on top after day three at Chelmsford

ChelmsfordAlastair Cook’s century and three wickets from paceman Tymal Mills has put Essex on top after day three at Chelmsford.

Derbyshire claimed four quick wickets after lunch on the penultimate day, but the damage had already been done as Essex posted 425 in their second innings, a lead of 365.

Wayne Madsen’s side had 52 overs to face and closed the day on 167-5, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul 41 not out, and Derbyshire requiring another 199 runs for victory on the final day.

England Captain Cook displayed his international quality batting for over seven hours to frustrate Derbyshire as the hosts built a commanding lead on the third day at Chelmsford.

Cook was the mainstay of the Essex innings, finally falling for 181 off 335 balls which included 19 fours, as Simon Grayson’s side were dismissed shortly after Lunch for 425.

Captain Foster, celebrating his 34th birthday, ably assisted Cook with an unbeaten 55 to take his side to 393-6 at lunch. But Derbyshire fought back immediately after the restart claiming the last four wickets for just 32 runs.

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Four-day cricket returns to Derby this Sunday

#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.

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. 

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Cook leads Essex revival on Day Two

AlastairCookEngland Captain Alastair Cook hit an unbeaten century as Essex fought back on day two at Chelmsford.

Paceman David Masters claimed three wickets on the second morning to take his innings tally to six, as the hosts claimed the last five Derbyshire wickets in quick succession to dismiss Wayne Madsen’s men for 154.

The Essex batsman flourished in the final two sessions of the day, led by Cook who remained undefeated on 139 at stumps. Ravi Bopara (48) and Tom Westley (56) both added half centuries as the hosts closed on 297-5, a lead of 237 runs.  

Resuming with a 45-run lead, Derbyshire lost their last five wickets for just 15 runs as Masters and Graham Napier (3-52) tore through the visitors’ lower order.

Masters claimed two wickets in the first over before removing Tim Groenewald (2) in his second over to return figures of 6 for 46 off his 22 overs. Napier ended the innings with two quick wickets, to take his innings tally to three, as Derbyshire were dismissed for 154.

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Follow the Action Live: #ESSvDER

#ESSvDERDerbyshire begin their new LV= County Championship Division Two campaign against Essex at Chelmsford; starting Sunday 13 April.

You can follow all the action live from Chelmsford with us, as we give you live updates on our Twitter page, regular updates on our Facebook page and a report of the day’s play on derbyshireccc.com.

Supporters can also listen to live ball-by-ball commentary with BBC Radio Derby online or on BBC Live Event 14 on the Tune-in App for iPad, iPhone and Android.

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TEAM NEWS

DERBYSHIRE: Moore, Godleman, Madsen, Chanderpaul, C.Hughes, Durston, Johnson, Wainwright, Groenewald, Turner, Footitt

ESSEX: Cook, Mickleburgh, Westley, Bopara, Foakes, Smith, Foster, Napier, Masters, Panesar, Mills 

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Groenewald hat-trick gives Derbyshire early advantage

TimGroenewaldTim Groenewald claimed a hat-trick as Derbyshire dismissed Essex for 94 to enjoy the better of the opening day at Chelmsford.

Groenewald (5-44 off 12 overs) dismissed Ravi Bopara (3), Greg Smith (0) and Ben Foakes (0) in successive deliveries to pick up his maiden first-class hat-trick as the hosts slumped from 44-1 to 94 all out.

Mark Footitt shared the wickets with Groenewald, finishing as the pick of the bowlers with impressive figures of 5 for 29 off his 14.3 economical overs.

West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul (66*) led the Derbyshire reply hitting an unbeaten half-century as Derbyshire closed the day with a 45-run lead with five wickets in hand.

After electing to bat first, Essex enjoyed a trouble-free start to the day with England Captain Alastair Cook playing freely to move the hosts to 44-1 after an hour’s play.

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Tickets for all-ticket matches available for collection

AllTicketFixturesTickets for Derbyshire’s three all-ticket matches - versus Nottinghamshire, India and Yorkshire - are now available for Members and Six Pack Ticket Holders to collect from The 3aaa County Ground. 

Dues to heavy demand, Members and Six Pack Ticket Holders are asked to claim tickets from the ticket office by Friday 9th May for the following fixtures:

Date                            Competition                 Opposition                   Venue              Start
Friday 6 June                 NatWest T20 Blast          Notts Outlaws                Derby                7pm
Tuesday 1st July             Tour Match Day 1           India                              Derby                11am
Wednesday 2nd July       Tour Match Day 2           India                              Derby                11am
Thursday 3rd July           Tour Match Day 3           India                              Derby                11am
Sunday 13th July           NatWest T20 Blast          Yorkshire Vikings            Chesterfield         2.30pm

Last season’s Twenty20 clash with Nottinghamshire Outlaws was a complete sell-out, while the limited overs fixture with Yorkshire Vikings was attended by over 4,000 supporters at the picturesque Queen’s Park, Chesterfield.

This summer also sees the visit of India as they face Derbyshire in an eagerly-anticipated three-day tour match at the County Ground, starting Tuesday 1st July.

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Welch names squad for Championship opener

#ESSvDERGraeme Welch has named a 13-man squad for Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship opener against Essex at Chelmsford; starting on Sunday at 11am. 

Elite Performance Director Welch has named an unchanged squad which drew against Durham MCCU at The 3aaa County Ground at the start of April.

Tim Groenewald starred against the University students claiming five wickets to blow the visitors away for just 67 in the first innings. West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul top-scored with 91 in reply, after Stephen Moore (73) and Billy Godleman (67) had shared a 152-run opening stand.

Essex enter the fixture after securing a convincing 335-run victory against Cambridge MCCU. Veteran Graham Napier led the seam attack claiming impressive figures of 7 for 21 in the first innings before returning match figures of 9 for 32.

Napier is expected to lead the Essex attack this weekend alongside David Masters, young paceman Tymal Mills and England spinner Monty Panesar.

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Match to Remember: Essex v Derbyshire 2012

ChelmsfordDerbyshire travel to Chelmsford on Sunday to begin their new LV= County Championship Division Two campaign against Essex.

It’s a ground the county last visited in 2012 when Derbyshire claimed their fourth victory of the campaign, their second successive inside three days, to move 26 points at the top of the table – and set the Club firmly on their way to the Division Two title.

Despite losing the toss and being asked to bowl first, Wayne Madsen’s side flourished in the first innings dismissing their hosts for 182 inside 80 overs on the opening day.

Tim Groenewald (2 for 26 off 16 overs) claimed an early breakthrough removing South Africa international Alviro Petersen, before David Wainwright took centre stage to blow away the Essex top and middle order.

The left-arm spinner finished with impressive figures of 5 for 51 off his 22.2 overs, including two in the same over, to put Derbyshire one the front foot after day one.

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Madsen: We're determined to make a good start

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen says the squad are determined to get the new four-day season off to a strong start against Essex at Chelmsford, commencing on Sunday.  

The squad and coaching team returned to The 3aaa County Ground yesterday to begin preparations for the LV= County Championship opener after spending time away in the Peak District.

Madsen says it's important that Derbyshire make a good start to the new campaign as the county push for an immediate return to Division One. 

“After speaking with Tom and the Poynton family, they are keen for us to turn our attention to Sunday’s fixture,” Captain Madsen said.

“We have spent Tuesday away from The 3aaa County Ground and decided to trek around the Peak District. We walked for about 13-14 km and I can ensure you it wasn’t flat. It was a good chance to switch off, relax and reflect on the last few days. The trip was exactly what we needed. 

“After a while the conversation turned to the processes of moving forward together and getting in the right frame of mind for the match against Essex.

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