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DCCCDerbyshire County Cricket Club acknowledges the verdict of today’s inquest in relation to the tragic death of Keith Poynton on Friday 4 April.

Putting the inquest behind them is an important next stage for Tom Poynton and his family as they continue to adjust to life without Keith.

The Club continue to offer every support to Tom who, after an extensive period of injury rehabilitation, is now back in full training with Club in preparation for the new season.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club will make no further comment at this time and ask that the privacy of Keith’s family and friends is respected.

#CWC15 Report: Ireland edge out United Arab Emirates

IrelandIreland edged out United Arab Emirates by two wickets in the latest of a string of thrilling World Cup fixtures.

Wicket-keeper batsman Gary Wilson top-scored for the Irish with 80 and was ably assisted by Kevin O’Brien who struck a half-century from just 25 balls.

After being put in to bat, UAE set Ireland 279 to win in Brisbane thanks largely to a century by Shaiman Anwar at better than a-run-a-ball.

It was an engaging chase by Ireland and they eventually reached their target when George Dockrell hit the winning runs with just four balls to spare.

Read more: #CWC15 Report: Ireland edge out United Arab Emirates

#CWC15 Report: Record-breaking Gayle leads West Indies to victory

Chris GayleChris Gayle hit the highest World Cup score ever of 215 during a 372-run stand with Marlon Samuels – the highest partnership in a World Cup match – to help West Indies defeat Zimbabwe by 73 runs.

Gayle spearheaded the West Indies innings alongside Samuels who also struck three-figures to finish unbeaten on 133 as West Indies set Zimbabwe 373 to win in Canberra.

Despite the best efforts of Sean Williams (76 from 61 balls) Zimbabwe fell 73 runs short with Gayle also picking up figures of 2-35 to further cement his Man of the Match award.

Derbyshire's 2015 campaign is just 53 days away and excitement is building for the new season, which begins with the visit of Lancashire on Sunday 19 April at The 3aaa County Ground.

Read more: #CWC15 Report: Record-breaking Gayle leads West Indies to victory

Colin Graves elected ECB Chairman

Colin GravesColin Graves has been elected for the role of England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman following a successful proposal from Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has today announced that the 41 members of the ECB have formally approved the constitutional changes proposed by the Board earlier this month; and that Colin Graves has been elected as its next Chairman.

The Yorkshire Chairman and current ECB Deputy Chairman will succeed Giles Clarke who has been ECB Chairman since 2007. The change will take effect following the ECB Annual General Meeting in May.

Grant said: “Colin is the ideal candidate to take on the role of chairman of the ECB.

Read more: Colin Graves elected ECB Chairman

Club to host charity Twitter auction

Shirt SigningDerbyshire is hosting a charity auction on the Club’s Twitter account to raise money for the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation and the Abu Dhabi pre-season tour, sponsored by Briggs of Burton.

Beginning on Tuesday 24 February, the Club will be putting up a different piece of Derbyshire memorabilia each day until the Players’ Luncheon on Wednesday 4 March.

A selection of unique cricket and Derbyshire-specific items will be available, including a Mark Footitt signed England shirt and a bat autographed by England Captain Alastair Cook.

In addition to the item purchased, the winning bidder will also receive two tickets to Derbyshire’s first home NatWest T20 Blast fixture in 2015, versus Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May (6.30pm start).

Read more: Club to host charity Twitter auction

#CWC15 Report: Ali ton helps England down Scotland

EnglandScotlandMoeen Ali's century led England to a 119-run victory over Scotland and a first victory of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Moeen scored 128 and shared 172 for the first wicket with Ian Bell, who contributed 54. But, when they were parted, England could only manage 131 runs in the final 20 overs as they posted 303-8.

Still, it was too many for Scotland, who never threatened an upset, despite Kyle Coetzer's 71, and were bowled out for 184, with Steven Finn taking 3-26.

England now sit fifth in Pool A with two points and are back in action on Saturday evening (10pm GMT) versus Sri Lanka. 

Derbyshire's 2015 campaign is just 55 days away and excitement is building for the new season, which begins with the visit of Lancashire on Sunday 19 April at The 3aaa County Ground. 

The Falcons also begin their home NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May (7pm start) and join us for an explosive evening of cricket. 

Read more: #CWC15 Report: Ali ton helps England down Scotland

#CWC15 Report: India beat South Africa in front of 86,000 at MCG

#CWC15Shikhar Dhawan’s century helped defending champions India claim a dominant 130-run victory over South Africa in front of over 86,000 spectators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Dhawan struck 16 fours and two sixes in his innings of 137 off 146 deliveries. The opening batsman shared century stands with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, who made 79, during India’s 307 for six.  

Despite a fifty from Francois du Plessis, that total proved well beyond South Africa’s reach as they were dismissed for 177 in the 41st over, Ravichandran Ashwin taking 3-41. 

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, claimed their first victory of the 2015 Cricket World Cup with a four-wicket win against Afghanistan.

Chasing 233 to win, Mahela Jayawardene anchored the innings with 100 and, after Angelo Mathews made 44 in a 126-run fifth-wicket stand, Thisara Perera’s unbeaten 47 off 26 deliveries led Sri Lanka home with 10 balls to spare.

Read more: #CWC15 Report: India beat South Africa in front of 86,000 at MCG

Madsen targeting England call-up

Wayne MadsenWayne Madsen says he hopes to grab the attention of the England selectors after completing his residency in the United Kingdom.

Derbyshire’s South African-born Captain, who is now available for England selection, joined the Club in 2009 and has since featured in 193 games scoring over 8,500 runs.

Madsen says his focus is to score heavy runs for Derbyshire and hopes a successful summer will put him in the frame for an international call-up.

“I am really honoured and excited to be qualified for England,” Madsen said.

“This has always been on my mind since I moved here. I committed myself to playing cricket over here with Derbyshire and it’s exciting now to be available to play for England.

Read more: Madsen targeting England call-up

#CWC15 Report: New Zealand thrash England in Wellington

MartinGuptillDerbyshire’s Martin Guptill hit a run-a-ball 22 as New Zealand maintained their perfect start to the 2015 Cricket World Cup with victory over England in Wellington.

Tim Southee was the star man with the ball as he returned the best One-Day International figures ever by a Kiwi, claiming 7-33 to dismiss England for just 123 inside 34 overs.

It was only the fourth time a bowler has claimed seven wickets in a World Cup match.

Brendon McCullum (77 off 25 balls) then smashed an 18-ball half-century, the fastest in World Cup history, to propel New Zealand to their target in just 12.2 overs.

Guptill fell just before the winning runs were scored for a composed 22, which included three boundaries.

Read more: #CWC15 Report: New Zealand thrash England in Wellington

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