Wayne Madsen led by example hitting a superb 97, as together with Peter Burgoyne the pair helped kick-start the Derbyshire fightback on Day Two against Sussex at Hove.
The visitors seemed to be in trouble on 139-6, but an excellent Captain's knock from Madsen - lasting 270 balls and including 10 fours - and an unbeaten 62 from Academy graduate Burgoyne helped Karl Krikken's side recover to 274 all out.
Tim Groenewald capped off a good day by claiming the late wicket of Chris Nash, as Sussex closed on 11-1, an overall lead of 51 runs with nine wickets remaining.
Derbyshire made a solid start in reply to Sussex’s 314 all out at the beginning of the second day, as Ben Slater and Chesney Hughes added 36 runs for the opening wicket and in good time. But the promising partnership was ended when Chesney Hughes fell for 13 before Slater followed shortly after for 16.
Around 300 members of the Derbyshire business community turned out for the Hospitality event in the beautiful County Ground Marquee as the Club demonstrated its support to Marketing Derby in its continuing quest to establish Derby as a brilliant place to live, work, invest and visit.
Academy graduate Alex Hughes enjoyed a dream first-class debut claiming three wickets to help dismiss Sussex for 314 on the opening day at Hove.
Alex Hughes (3-49) produced an inspired spell of bowling in the afternoon session, securing two wickets within three balls at one stage, to restrict the Sussex batsman on Day One.
Matt Higginbottom (1-69) - who was making his first Championship appearance - picked up his maiden wicket in his opening spell, while Wayne Madsen (2-9) claimed two wickets and Tim Groenewald (3-74) picked up three late in the day.
Luke Wells was the stand out performer for the home side, completing an excellent 238-ball century, before Chris Jordan added 48 to leave the LV= County Championship match finely poised at stumps.
After winning the toss, Derbyshire prized two wickets in a tight morning session courtesy of debutants Higginbottom and Alex Hughes. It was paceman Higginbottom who struck first, forcing an error out of Chris Nash who was well caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at slip for 20.
Karl Krikken admits it has been a difficult season so far – but he believes the Club is on the up and has asked for patience from members and supporters as the five-year-plan for sustainable success continues.
Derbyshire’s interest in the Friends Life t20 competition is over after a campaign that started with three successive victories, but delivered only one more win from the final six matches.
But Krikken’s men have 11 matches still to play in all competitions this season with LV= County Championship survival – and a place in the Yorkshire Bank semi final – the ambitious targets.
Krikken (pictured above alongside Albie Morkel) admits it will be tough, but insists that the players are still fighting.
David Griffin takes a look back at a brief history of Derbyshire County Cricket Club at the home of Sussex Cricket, Hove.
When Derbyshire take on Sussex at Hove in their LV= County Championship Division One match - beginning tomorrow (2nd August) at 11am - it will be the first time the two sides have met at the seafront location in first-class cricket since that blessed summer of 1996, when Derbyshire came close to winning the County Championship.
This will be the 123rd scheduled meeting between Derbyshire and Sussex in Championship cricket, although two of those games were abandoned without a ball being bowled. In the remaining 120 matches, Derbyshire triumphed on 34 occasions to Sussex’s 38 with 48 draws.
Derbyshire’s last visit to Sussex to play red ball cricket was at Horsham in 2010 and before that to the delightful ground at Arundel in 2001 – on both occasions Sussex prevailed.
However, that game in 1996 saw Derbyshire claim a 47-run victory with Adrian Rollins, Kim Barnett and Tim O’Gorman all scoring half centuries and Karl Krikken adding 48, while Devon Malcolm was the destroyer-in-chief with five wickets in each innings.
Head Coach, Krikken, has a special association with the ground – in 1987 he made his maiden first-team appearance for Derbyshire in a John Player League match, and in 2011 his first game in charge of the side was also at Hove in the 40-over competition.
Academy graduates Alex Hughes and Matt Higginbottom have both been named in Derbyshire’s 12-man squad for the LV= County Championship fixture against Sussex at Hove; beginning on Friday at 11am.
Hughes, who has impressed in recent showings in the one-day competitions, is in line to make his first-class debut this week, while Higginbottom, who represented Derbyshire in a first-class fixture against New Zealand earlier this season, is set to make his first Championship appearance for the county.
World number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul also returns to the four-day squad to bolster the side’s batting line-up, but paceman Tony Palladino is still unavailable due to injury. Tom Poynton will continue his role as wicketkeeper, while Richard Johnson will be deployed specifically as a batsman.
Wes Durston and Dan Redfern both miss out on selection, but are featuring in the three-day Second XI Championship fixture against Glamorgan at the County Ground, which began on Tuesday.
Sussex will be looking to secure their fifth win of the season, as Ed Joyce’s side attempt to regain top spot in Division One. The county boasts the two highest wicket takers in the league in the shape of Chris Jordan and Steve Magoffin who have both claimed 47 wickets apiece.
Derbyshire Second XI’s three-day Championship match against Glamorgan - beginning tomorrow at 11am - has been switched to the County Ground.
The fixture was scheduled to take place at Repton School, Derby, but due to a waterlogged pitch the game has been moved to the County Ground. The fixture begins tomorrow (Tuesday, 30th July) at 11am and entry is free for all supporters.
Gordon Muchall’s explosive half-century helped Durham Dynamos secure a 37-run victory against Derbyshire Falcons at Chester-le-Street.
Muchall produced a brutal display of hitting to end unbeaten on 66 from just 36 balls, as Durham posted 187-3 from their 20 overs - the Dynamos' highest ever Twenty20 total against the Falcons.
Chesney Hughes got the visitors off to a solid start in reply, before Dan Redfern top-scored with 43 off 34 balls, but it was ultimately in vain as Karl Krikken’s side lost wickets at regular intervals to be dismissed for 150 with seven balls remaining.
After losing the toss, the Dynamos made a quick start with the bat courtesy of Captain Mark Stoneman who led the way with 47 off 34 balls. He was duly assisted by Phil Mustard who chipped in with 24 as Durham moved onto 78-1 after 10 overs.
It was, however, the 79-run partnership between Muchall and Scott Borthwick that put the hosts on top. Borthwick hit two sixes in his knock of 31, while Muchall struck four fours and three sixes in his stand out performance to help Durham set Derbyshire 188 for victory at the Emirates ICG.
The Falcons - who can still mathematically qualify for the knockout stage - are now relying on several results to go their way if they are to seal a last eight spot.
This follows last night's defeat against Leicestershire, as four wickets from Anthony Ireland guided the Foxes to a 79-run win at the County Ground - leaving Karl Krikken's men in fourth place and 1.75 points behind Durham.
To have any chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals for the first time since 2005, Wayne Madsen's side must first secure victory against the Dynamos on Sunday.
Mark Stoneman’s side, who have won their last three Friends Life t20 matches, are also in the hunt for a place in the last eight after claiming a five-wicket win against Leicestershire in their last outing at the Emirates ICG on Thursday.
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