Graeme Welch says the squad must improve on their first innings performances if they are going to turn their four-day fortunes around, writes Neil Bates.
Welch was, however, keen to highlight the positives after a spirited third day fightback. Alex Hughes hit a career-best 82 as part of a record-breaking 129-run eighth wicket stand with David Wainwright (60 not out), but it was ultimately in vain as Kent claimed victory at Canterbury.
“Alex Hughes is coming through and David Wainwright is also putting his hand up as well,” Welch said.
“But we need to improve our performances in the first innings. We have some quality players at the Club and I’m sure with hard work they’ll be back.
“We’ve been short in the first innings too many times this season. We need to knuckle down a little bit more and bat for time in the first innings.
The Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801) are looking to recruit volunteers to deliver its ‘Proud to be Derbyshire’ heritage project, delivered in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The volunteers, reporting to the Heritage Project Manager, will help create a pictorial history celebrating the heritage of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and bring together over 1,500 images spanning over 140 years.
As well as a permanent archive at The 3aaa County Ground, the project will also produce an extensive online resource to be accessible to all.
The heritage project will recruit help from members, volunteers, community clubs, schools and other stakeholders. It is due to be completed by December 2015.
Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: “We want Members, supporters and members of the local community to play their part in this landmark heritage project.
“The project will inspire, safeguard and promote the heritage of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and its intrinsic links with people across the county.
Alex Hughes and David Wainwright shared a record-breaking eighth wicket stand, but the rear-guard fightback wasn’t enough as Kent claimed victory on Day Three at Canterbury.
Derbyshire slipped to 102-7 on the penultimate morning, but a magnificent 129-run stand between Hughes and Wainwright wiped out the 218-run first-innings deficit to force Kent to bat again.
Hughes was finally the eighth man out for a first-class career-best 82 off 174 balls, including eight fours, to end the highest ever eighth-wicket partnership for Derbyshire versus Kent.
Wayne Madsen’s men lost their final two wickets soon after, but Wainwright remained undefeated on 60 off 125 balls (5 fours), with Derbyshire 256 all out.
Darren Stevens was the star man for the hosts, claiming figures of 6-64 off 30 overs in the innings, and finishing with nine wickets (9-89) in the match.
Wes Durston and Billy Godleman both made comebacks from injury for the Second XI today, but a strong Glamorgan side claimed a seven-wicket win in the One-Day Trophy fixture at Cardiff Cricket Club.
Wicketkeeper Richard Johnson also made his return after spending time away from the game to focus on recovering from sports performance anxiety issues which caused him to miss the last six weeks of the season.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Ben Slater top scored for John Sadler’s side, hitting 73 off 104 balls, including eight fours. Tom Knight added 45 off 66 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes) and Durston, on his return after missing last week’s NatWest T20 Blast clash with Nottinghamshire, struck 39 off just 38 balls (9 fours).
Matt Higginbottom (26 off 16 balls) and Ben Cotton (29 off 25 balls) added some valuable runs at the death, before Derbyshire were dismissed for 281 with nine balls remaining.
In reply, Mark Turner (3-50 off nine overs) claimed two wickets, both caught behind the wicket by Johnson, but an extraordinary 221-run stand between first team regulars Gareth Rees (111 not out) and Stewart Walters (105) guided the hosts to the victory target with 2.5 overs remaining with seven wickets remaining.
Kent, led by Darren Stevens and Adam Riley, blew Derbyshire away with the ball to dominate the second day of the LV= County Championship fixture at Canterbury.
The hosts began the day with the bat, adding 74 runs for the last two wickets on the second morning to frustrate the Derbyshire bowlers and push their first innings total past 300.
Adam Ball added 30 and Robbie Joseph hit an unbeaten to 29 to claim their side a third bonus batting point, before they were finally all out for 333. Tony Palladino was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5-62 off his 30 overs, while David Wainwright (3-94) finished with three scalps.
Derbyshire in reply, however, endured a nightmare afternoon session as they lost eight wickets to slip from 18-0 at Lunch to 83-8 at Tea.
Only Marcus North (18) and Tony Palladino (24) provided any resistance during the session as Riley (4-30) and Stevens (3-25) tore through the visitors’ batting line-up.
Award-winning Anoki restaurant will be the Club’s official Catering Partner for the three-day warm-up Test warm-up match against India at the 3aaa County Ground, starting on Tuesday 1 July.
The fine-dining Indian Restaurant has thrown its support behind the highly-anticipated Test warm-up match against India by providing the catering for the Indian Cricket Team and for corporate guests attending the Cricket Derbyshire India Club Dinner on Sunday 29 June.
Over the past decade, Anoki has established an unrivalled reputation for serving up indulgent cuisine in luxurious surroundings from its restaurants in Derby, Burton and Nottingham, and has just scooped the title of ‘Retail Business of the Year’ at the Derby Telegraph Business Awards.
Commenting on the partnership, Naveed Khaliq, owner of Anoki said: “We are thrilled to be Catering Partners for the Test warm-up match against India and are proud to be providing the catering for the forthcoming Cricket Derbyshire India Club Dinner.
Derbyshire continue their LV= County Championship campaign against Kent at Canterbury.
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Kent won the toss and elected to bat first.
Tony Palladino claimed his 150th first-class wicket for the county on his way to completing a five-wicket haul, as Derbyshire restricted Kent to 259-8 on the opening day at Canterbury.
Kent batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond marked his 30th first-class appearance with a patient hundred scored in a shade over five-and-a-half hours and with only 11 boundaries, as Kent posted two batting bonus points on a tinder-dry pitch.
The young right-hander fell for 101 late in the day, caught on the crease and palpably leg before, to become the last of Palladino’s deserved haul for five for 54 for the visitors.
Having helped post 48 for the first wicket Kent lost skipper Rob Key (34) in the game’s first over of spin when, in advancing down the pitch to David Wainwright (2-73), Key missed a turning delivery to be stumped by Gareth Cross.
Ben Harmison (17) lunged in defence at Wainwright to be caught behind and send Kent in to lunch on 89 for two and, soon after the resumption, Brendan Nash (21) was left to rue his late decision to shoulder arms to a Palladino in-swinger that trimmed off stump.
Derbyshire return to red ball action on Sunday as they continue their LV= County Championship campaign against Kent at Canterbury; 11am start.
The two sides had to settle for a draw in their first meeting earlier this season, as a rain-affected four days washed out any hopes of a result at The 3aaa County Ground.
Kent enter the fixture on the back of an innings defeat against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium, despite five wickets for young spinner Adam Riley.
Graeme Welch has named an unchanged side for the LV= County Championship clash at The Spitfire Ground.
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