After two wins and a washout, Derbyshire are aiming to extend their unbeaten start to the Royal London One-Day Cup when they face Lancashire Lightning at The 3aaa County Ground on Thursday 7 August; 2pm start.
The Falcons convincingly defeated both Hampshire and Leicestershire on the opening weekend of the rebranded tournament, before rain brought a premature end to the match against Worcestershire last week.
Skipper Wayne Madsen hit his first and second List A centuries in the two victories, which also brought about a Wes Durston hundred and a five-wicket haul for Mark Footitt.
Lancashire, meanwhile, are aiming to bounce back from three straight defeats, the latest of which came against Essex at Chelmsford on Tuesday.
Greg Cork - a graduate of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy - in association with the University of Derby - has been awarded a two-year professional contract by Derbyshire.
The 19-year-old has been a regular in the Club’s Second XI this summer as well as making six NatWest T20 Blast appearances for the First XI, taking six wickets.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “We’re delighted the Academy is bringing through talented players who are worthy of professional deals, of which Greg is the latest and more will certainly follow.
“We’ve thrown him in at the deep end in Twenty20 cricket this summer and his performances have been improving with each game.
Opening batsman Paul Borrington has left Derbyshire after the Club elected not to offer a new contract for next season.
To date the 26-year-old has played 49 first-class matches and scored more than 2,000 runs.
He has opted to leave with immediate effect in order to look for opportunities elsewhere.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “Paul has been with the Club for a long time and is a popular player among the lads, so it’s sad to see him go.
“However, we have to move on and I speak for everyone at the Club when I wish the lad all the very best for the future.”
Derbyshire County Cricket Club will be marking the 100-year anniversary of World War One over the next week. We begin the commemoration with this article, written by John Shawcroft, which remembers the Derbyshire cricketers who served during the Great War.
Cricket – like all areas of life was touched greatly by the Great War of 1914-18.
To commemorate the 100-year anniversary since the start of World War 1 today, below is a role of honour that commemorates the lives of Derbyshire County Cricket Club players that served their country during the conflict.
Wayne Madsen has been pleased with his and the teams start in the Royal London One-Day Cup and hopes their good start can continue versus Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground next Thursday (7 August); 2pm start.
Derbyshire have begun the rebranded tournament in ideal fashion, having convincingly defeated both Hampshire and Leicestershire, by 136 runs and seven wickets respectively, in their opening two fixtures, before rain forced no result in the clash versus Worcestershire.
Captain Madsen has played a leading role in their early-competition success, hitting his maiden List A century in the opening match versus Hampshire, before backing it with a second the next day against Leicestershire.
"I feel great – not necessarily because of the hundreds but because we have played well," said Madsen.
"We have got ourselves into the habit of winning by taking the momentum we had from the last two Championship games and carrying it into the new competition.
"We set this up in Abu Dhabi in the pre-season – how we wanted to go about batting and bowling – and spoke about them again this week and have carried out our plans both times. It's extremely rewarding to do that.
Derbyshire and Worcestershire both took a point away from New Road after the weather washed out any hopes of a result after the Falcons had put themselves in a good position.
Four wickets from Mark Footitt had helped restrict the hosts to 261 all out from 49 overs, setting Derbyshire 262 to win their third successive Royal London One-Day Cup game.
The rain arrived 7.4 overs into Derbyshire’s chase, when the score was on 37-0 – 17 runs ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis score for that over – and sadly ended any hope of a result.
The Falcons got the early wicket they wanted when Tom Taylor (3-48) pitched one short to Richard Oliver who could only top-edge the ball to Wayne Madsen at point for an easy catch. The Pears’ leading run-scorer and fellow opener Daryl Mitchell was next to fall, caught down the leg-side by Gareth Cross for Footitt’s first wicket.
Tom Fell and Alexei Kervezee fell soon after, caught off the bowling of Footitt and Alex Hughes (2-46) respectively to leave Worcestershire struggling on 73-4 in the 22nd over.
The Cricket Derbyshire Foundation is offering teenagers in Derby a chance to participate in fun cricket activities, free of charge, during the school holidays as part of their Connecting Communities Project.
The foundation, in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner of Derbyshire, is giving boys and girls in the city an opportunity to get active and participate in fun and easy to play cricket activities.
Starting on Monday 4th August, the sessions - held at Normanton Park and Arboretum Park - are free and will run during the six-week school holidays, giving youngsters aged 14 to 19 a chance to receive coaching from qualified cricket coaches.
No advanced booking is required; participants can simply turn up and opt to take part on the day.
The Falcons have posted two emphatic wins at the start of the Royal London One-Day Cup with Wayne Madsen and Wes Durston jumping straight to the top of the competition’s Valuable Player (MVP) Rankings in the process.
Skipper Madsen has begun the competition with 138 off 127 balls against Hampshire and 105 of 99 against Leicestershire, a tally of 243 runs at better than a run-a-ball.
He’s scored 41.12% of the Falcon’s runs and also earns extra points under the MVP formula for winning games as captain.
He’s ranked top of the Royal London Cup (RLC) FTI MVP Rankings with 62 points and 17th in the overall FTI MVP - on course to finish higher than his 24th position of last season.
That was earned principally on the back of his strong showing in the LV= County Championship (15th) where he scored 1,221 runs including three hundreds and eight fifties.
It has been confirmed that Shivnarine Chanderpaul will return to the West Indies this week ahead of the Test Series versus Bangladesh.
The First Test in St Vincent commences on 5th September and is preceded by a training camp which begins in August.
The 39-year-old West Indian has played 23 first-class matches during two seasons at The 3aaa County Ground; scoring 1,471 runs, at an average of 43.26, with one century and 14 fifties.
He added a further 495 runs, with four half-centuries, in limited-overs competitions, the last of which was the unbeaten 52 that saw him strike the winning runs in the recent Royal London One-Day Cup victory over Leicestershire.
Former Australia international Marcus North is already part of the squad having played 18 matches and will replace Chanderpaul during the Royal London One-Day Cup run-in and – following that – the remainder of the county season.
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