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Derbyshire batsmen enjoy Day One vs India

WesDurstonFour Derbyshire batsmen hit half-centuries, including Wes Durston who top-scored with 95, as the hosts posted 326-5 on the opening day against India at The 3aaa County Ground, by Christabel Bancroft. 

Ben Slater (54), Billy Godleman (67*) and 17-year-old Harvey Hosein (53*) – making his senior debut – all hit scores above fifty on a good opening day for the Derbyshire batsmen.

Durston struck 14 fours and two sixes in his 90-ball 95, but he fell just short of three figures midway through the final session, before Godleman and Hosein saw out the day.

Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat first, but Paul Borrington was caught at slip by Pankaj Singh without scoring.

Slater and Chesney Hughes recovered to add 70 for the second wicket, before Hughes fell to the final ball before Lunch, bowled by Ravindra Jadeja, for 23 (4 fours), with Derbyshire 79-1.

Slater completed his half-century shortly after the restart, off 113 balls (8 fours), but he could only add four more runs before he was bowled by Jadeja for 54, with Derbyshire 112-3 after 35 overs.

Alex Hughes followed next, bowled by Ishwar Pandey for one. This brought the experienced Wes Durston to the crease and he quickly got into his rhythm. He hit the first six of the day, high over mid-wicket off Jadeja putting Derbyshire at 140-4 off 46 overs.

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Touring teams to compete for Royal Crown Derby Trophy

MSDhoniWayneMadsenDerbyshire and India, in the three day Test warm-up match – at The 3aaa County Ground - which continues tomorrow, are playing for the Royal Crown Derby Trophy.

Royal Crown Derby has donated a bespoke Trophy to commemorate matches between Derbyshire County Cricket Club and touring national teams, starting with the current fixture and continuing with the visit of Australia in 2015.

It will remain on display at The 3aaa County Ground but will be awarded to the winning side at each tourist match, or shared in the event of a draw.

The trophy is a unique and bespoke piece of fine bone china made especially for Derbyshire County Cricket Club, hand-made in the traditional pattern known as Imari and standing at a height of 34cm

Its oak plinth, meanwhile, was crafted by Mark Rhodes, carpenter at Chatsworth House. The oak originated from an oak tree off the Chatsworth Estate, felled in 1930 and seasoned ready for use.

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PREVIEW: India next up at The 3aaa County Ground

IndiaDerbyshire welcome India to The 3aaa County Ground on Tuesday for the start of the Test warm-up match; 11am start – and tickets will be available on the gate for all three days.

World Cup winning Captain, MS Dhoni, will lead the India Test side out at Derby as they go head-to-head with Wayne Madsen’s Derbyshire side.The India side will include some of the biggest names in world cricket, including Dhoni, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Test veteran Gautam Gambhir.

India’s middle-order will be led by explosive batsman Virat Kohli, who is enjoying a rich vein of form. The 25-year-old has already scored 1,721 runs in his short Test career, including six hundreds and a top score of 119. 

Tickets will be available on the gate (£18 Adults, £5 Juniors), but supporters can save £4 by purchasing their matchday tickets in advance of the day of the game. To buy tickets, please call 0871 350 1870 or click here>>

PLEASE NOTE: The Gateway Centre car park will be open for Hospitality guests and members of the Media only.

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Madsen looking forward to India test

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen says the three-day Test warm-up match against India – starting on Tuesday 1 July – will give the squad the perfect opportunity to test themselves against some of the best players in the world.

World Cup winning Captain, Dhoni, will lead the India Test side out at Derby next week as they go head-to-head with Madsen’s Derbyshire side. The India side will include some of the biggest names in world cricket, including Dhoni, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Test veteran Gautam Gambhir.

India’s middle-order will be led by explosive batsman Virat Kohli, who is enjoying a rich vein of form. The 25-year-old has already scored 1,721 runs in his short Test career, including six hundreds and a top score of 119. 

“Everyone is really excited and looking forward to the match against India,” Madsen said.

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International stars on show in Derby this week

PujaraMS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja are set to spearhead a star-studded international line-up for this week’s Test warm-up match versus India at The 3aaa County Ground; starting Tuesday 1 July.

World Cup winning Captain, Dhoni, will lead the India Test side out at Derby next week as they go head-to-head with Wayne Madsen’s Derbyshire side, likely to include Australia international batsman Marcus North and world number three Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

The India side will include some of the biggest names in world cricket, including Dhoni, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Test veteran Gautam Gambhir.

India’s middle-order will be led by explosive batsman Virat Kohli, who is enjoying a rich vein of form. The 25-year-old has already scored 1,721 runs in his short Test career, including six hundreds and a top score of 119.

He is, however, a vastly experienced one day player, featuring in 134 ODIs and scoring 5,634 runs at a strike-rate of just shy of 90. His top score, 183 versus Pakistan in 2012, is the 14th highest individual score in ODI history, coming off just 148 balls (22 fours, 1 six).

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Jets claim victory at Chester-le-Street

AlexHughesPhil Mustard’s 24-ball half-century and four wickets for John Hastings guided Durham Jets to an eight-wicket win in the NatWest T20 Blast fixture at Emirates Durham ICG.

Alex Hughes hit a career-best unbeaten 43 to help the visitors recover from 83-8 to 125 all out. But the Falcons’ total was always below par, especially when Mustard smashed 11 fours and one six in his match-winning 54.

Chesney Hughes hit 30 off just 16 balls (4 fours, 1 six) get his side off to a solid start, onto 47-2 in the sixth over. But when the powerful opener fell to pick of the bowlers Hastings, Derbyshire lost six wickets for 36 runs to slip to 83-8 in the 14th over.

Australia international Hastings returned career-best figures of 4-26 off four overs, while Paul Collingwood, who also took three catches, finished with 2-17 from his four overs to rip through the Falcons’ middle-order on a pitch that seamed and moved around.

Alex Hughes, however, produced a controlled innings to compile his highest score in Twenty20 cricket to help his side up and over three figures. The 22-year-old hit two fours and one six to end the innings unbeaten on 43 off 36 balls.

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PREVIEW: Falcons name unchanged squad for Jets fixture

#DURvDERGraeme Welch has named an unchanged squad to face Durham Jets in NatWest T20 Blast at Emirates Durham ICG tomorrow; 2.30pm start.

Derbyshire Falcons enter the fixture off the back of a record-breaking victory against Birmingham Bears at The 3aaa County Ground.

A brutal 21-ball half-century from Wes Durston (53), 42 off 27 balls from Wayne Madsen and Alex Hughes’ 24 off 10 balls helped the Falcons chase down 190, the county’s highest ever successful run chase in Twenty20 cricket.

The fixture against the Jets at Chester-le-Street is the two sides’ only clash this season.

Durham boast an experienced line-up featuring England powerful all-rounder Ben Stokes, former England Twenty20 Captain Paul Collingwood and Australia international John Hastings.

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Welch: It was a complete performance

GraemeWelchGraeme Welch says last night’s thrilling NatWest T20 Blast victory over Birmingham Bears was a complete team performance and just what the squad deserved.

Wes Durston (53) hit a 21-ball half-century and Captain Wayne Madsen struck 42 off 27 balls as Derbyshire chased down a record-breaking 190 to seal victory at The 3aaa County Ground.

It was Derbyshire’s highest ever successful run-chase in Twenty20 cricket.

Welch was delighted to finally notch up the county’s first NatWest T20 Blast win of the campaign and hopes the squad can now build on the exceptional team performance against the Bears.

“It was a great team performance and the lads played very well,” Elite Performance Director Welch said.

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Durston half-century sees Derbyshire to T20 win

WesDurstonA brutal 21-ball half-century from Wes Durston helped Derbyshire chase down 190 with an over to spare to beat Birmingham Bears by three wickets at The 3aaa County Ground.

Opener Durston hit five fours and two sixes to top-score with 53, while Wayne Madsen added 42 and Alex Hughes hit 24 off 10 balls to seal the Falcons’ first NatWest T20 Blast victory of the season.

William Porterfield set the tone for the Birmingham innings, smashing seven fours and three sixes in his 74 off just 41 balls, as the visitors got off to a flyer, moving to 102-0 in the 10th over.

Varun Chopra was the first man out for 35, to that man Durston (1-23), but Jonathan Webb took over the mantle adding 50 off 33 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes). But Webb fell to one of three run outs in a final over that only went for four runs, as the Bears closed their 20 overs on 189-5.

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