Scott Elstone repelled the Gloucestershire onslaught and survived to fight another day as Derbyshire reached 166-6 on Day One in the LV= County Championship.
The 23-year-old closed unbeaten on 36, from 99 balls, as the home side fought hard in difficult conditions after losing the toss on a rain-reduced day at The 3aaa County Ground.
Elstone’s impressive rearguard came in the face of a clutter of wickets at the opposite end as Graeme Welch’s men collapsed from a position of strength at 78-1.
The fine start had come courtesy of an assured 77-run second wicket stand between Paul Borrington (42) and Wayne Madsen (33), only for a calamitous run out to turn the game in favour of the visitors.
Derbyshire continue their LV= County Championship campaign against Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday 25 May; 11am start.
Wayne Madsen’s side will be looking to claim their first four-day win of the season against Michael Klinger’s men.
Gloucestershire enter the fixture on the back of a convincing 290-run victory against Kent at Bristol. Paceman Will Gidman claimed seven wickets in the match while former New Zealand international Hamish Marshall compiled his first century of the campaign.
Sunday Lunch will once again be available for supporters in the Lund Pavilion for just £8.95 on day one against Gloucestershire.
Stephen Moore hit 40 against his former county, but Lancashire Lightning came out on top claiming a 20-run victory at The 3aaa County Ground.
Rain delayed the start of play and the match was reduced to 19 overs a side.
Steven Croft and Karl Brown shared Lancashire’s highest ever fourth-wicket stand in Twenty20 cricket, adding 131 runs together to help the visitors recover from 38-3 in the fifth over to 169-3.
Croft hit six fours and three sixes to top-score with 76 off 52 balls, while Brown added 67 off 50 balls including six fours and two sixes. Wes Durston was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts with figures of 1-27 off four overs.
Derbyshire made a steady start in reply adding 39 for the first wicket in 5.5 overs before Chesney Hughes was first man out for 16.
Former Lancashire man Moore and Marcus North added 38, but both fell in quick succession with Derbyshire 88-3. Moore was run out for 40 off 35 balls (4 fours) and North was caught behind 26 off 19 balls.
Scott Elstone has signed a new two-year contract with Derbyshire committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season.
The 23-year-old, who joined the county during the winter on an initial one-year deal, has been awarded a new contract after making an impressive start to the 2014 campaign.
Elstone hit a career-best unbeaten 212 for the Second XI against Worcestershire in April, earning him a call-up to Graeme Welch’s four-day side where he made his first-class debut in the recent fixture against Kent.
During an extended trial period with the Club in 2013, the all-rounder scored 872 runs at an average of 35, including four fifties and one hundred, for the Second XI - as well as making his Derbyshire debut in the Yorkshire Bank 40 match versus Essex.
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Derbyshire Falcons begin their home NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Lancashire Lightning on Friday at The 3aaa County Ground; 7pm start.
Wayne Madsen’s side will be looking to bounceback from last week’s 27-run defeat against Leicestershire. Despite being on the losing side, Marcus North claimed the Man of the Match reward after his stylish knock of 90 off just 47 balls.
Graeme Welch has made one change to his matchday squad as Tony Palladino comes in to replace Shivnarine Chanderpaul who has returned to the West Indies to resume his international duty.
Supporters will be able to clock their bowling speed at The 3aaa County Ground as part of the family-fun on offer throughout the evening. Other family-fun activities will also be available including bouncy castles and entertainers. Supporters will also be able to collect autographs from their favourite Derbyshire players straight after the conclusion of the match.
Live band, The Fentones, will also be playing instantly recognisably catchy tunes immediately after the match in the Lund Pavilion for supporters to enjoy.
Derbyshire Falconettes, the Club’s NatWest T20 Blast cheerleaders, will be sponsored by leading programme designers for diet and fitness; Face2Face Nutrition.
James Rhodes-Doughty, owner of Face2Face Nutrition, said: “I’m really looking forward to NatWest T20 Blast this year. They are going to be absolutely fantastic. We think the Falconettes do a great job at keeping the crowds upbeat and we’re really excited to be working with them.”
Face2Face Nutrition provides tailored programme designs for diet and fitness to suit all ages and with focus on achieving personal goals.
They deliver sessions at home, outdoors or at fitness centres and offer advice on diet and fitness; setting achievable goals and maintaining motivation as well as advising on how to live a healthy life.
The Falconettes, meanwhile, have been recruiting for their 2014 squad and have new dancers from all over Derbyshire, as well as welcoming back some familiar favourites to the team.
Scott Elstone hit 43 as Derbyshire claimed victory in their Twenty20 friendly against a Kevin Dean Invitational XI at The 3aaa County Ground last night.
In a warm-up match ahead of Friday’s home NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Lancashire Lightning, Derbyshire batted first and posted 156-8 off their 20 overs.
Elstone top-scored with 43 off 26 balls, including four fours and one six, while Wes Durston added 22 and Tony Palladino hit 14 off just five balls to end the innings.
In reply, former Derbyshire all-rounder Gary Park hit 60 off 56 balls while Brad Davis added 26, but the Derbyshire bowlers did well to restrict their opponents who closed on 147-5, to hand the hosts victory by nine runs.
Mark Footitt returned figures of 1-27 off his four overs, while Alex Hughes (1-19 off two overs) and Jonathan Clare (1-6 off one over) also claimed a wicket apiece.
Tom Knight’s unbeaten 99 off just 55 balls helped Derbyshire Second XI claim victory in a Twenty20 contest against Durham at Brandon Cricket Club.
Knight's knock helped Derbyshire claim victory in the day's second T20 after Durham, led by England international Ben Stokes, had won the first game.
In Game One, Durham claimed a 21-run win thanks to the all-round performance from Stokes. Making his return from injury, Stokes hit 47 off just 23 balls before returning figures of 4 for 23 off his four overs.
David Wainwright (3 for 17 of four overs) claimed three wickets to restrict Durham to 166-7, but despite 33 from Tom Wood, Derbyshire closed their 20 overs on 145-5.
Game Two, however, belonged to Knight as his display of power hitting helped Derbyshire claim a seven-wicket win.
Batting first, Durham posted 205-6 off their 20 overs with Rammy Singh top-scoring with 75 off 43 balls, including seven fours and four sixes, while Stokes added 35 off 18 balls.
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