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.
David Wainwright (pictured above) and Mark Footitt have expressed their sadness after witnessing a fatal crash on the M1 yesterday as they made their way to the match against Leicestershire.
The game at Grace Road was delayed by an hour after the remainder of the Derbyshire squad were caught up in the subsequent traffic jam.
Wainwright said: “We feel so bad for the woman and her family. It puts a game of cricket into perspective when you have seen something as horrific as that."
Chief Executive Simon Storey added: “We are deeply saddened that the accident proved to be fatal and proud of the two players for the way they responded to a very difficult situation.
“The fact that Mark and David were then able to refocus on cricket is testament to their professionalism and we’ll support them appropriately.
Wayne Madsen scored his second century in two days and Mark Footitt took a five-wicket haul as Derbyshire cruised to a seven-wicket win over Leicestershire to secure successive victories in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Footitt (5-59) starred with the ball for the Falcons as they bowled economically throughout to keep Leicestershire’s run-rate below five an over as they posted 248-8 from their 50 overs, having chosen to bat first.
Derbyshire won with 29 balls to spare thanks to a second successive century for Madsen. There were also helpful contributions from Shivnarine Chanderpaul (52*) and Billy Godleman (43) as the Falcons secured victory by seven wickets.
The first wicket to fall for Leicestershire was opener Angus Robson, who edged Footitt to Durston at slip for 11 to give Derbyshire an early breakthrough.
The Foxes were effectively two down soon after when their captain Josh Cobb was forced to retire hurt on 20, having been hit on the hand by Footitt’s bouncer.
Derbyshire move onto Leicestershire after a victorious start to the Royal London One-Day Cup, having beaten Hampshire by 136 runs on Saturday at The 3aaa County Ground.
Wayne Madsen (138) and Wes Durston (134) shared a record-breaking third wicket stand, worth 222 runs, against the Royals to ensure the Falcons started the new 50-over campaign with a win.
Grace Road was the scene of Derbyshire’s first victory of the summer in all competitions, when they defeated Leicestershire by nine wickets in the LV= County Championship back in early June.
Leicestershire are likely to have New Zealand Scott Styris amongst their ranks which will also include hard-hitting batsman Joshua Cobb and former Derbyshire man Dan Redfern.
Wes Durston and Wayne Madsen shared a record third-wicket stand, both hitting centuries, as Derbyshire made a winning start to the Royal London One-Day Cup, beating Hampshire by 136 runs.
Durston scored 134 from 129 balls and Madsen 138 from 127 balls as the Falcons posted a formidable total of 340-5 after being asked to bat first by the visitors.
The record-breaking total proved far too high for Hampshire who fell 136 runs short, after being bowled out for 204 in the 35 over, with David Wainwright gaining figures of 4-34.
Durston and Billy Godleman opened for Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground but lost an early wicket when Godleman was caught at point by Glenn Maxwell off Chris Wood for five.
Scott Elstone made his return to the side after injury, coming in at three, but Matt Coles clean-bowled him without scoring.
Derbyshire Falcons begin their new Royal London One-Day Cup campaign against the Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground tomorrow (Saturday); 10.30am start – and kids go FREE!
Children can attend the game at Derby for FREE as part of the ‘Kids for FREE’ initiative. Adults wishing to come and enjoy the cricket can save £4 by buying their tickets in advance of the day of the game, just £13!
The Royal London One-Day Cup is a new-look 50-over domestic competition in which the 18 First Class Counties are divided into two groups of nine and compete for a place in a Lord’s final.
Derbyshire's first opponents are Hampshire who boast a strong one-day squad including the likes of England International Michael Carberry, big-hitting captain Jimmy Adams and exciting young spinner Danny Briggs.
Tickets will be available on the gate; however, the best value can be gained by purchasing tickets in advance of the day of the game. Kids go FREE!
Savings of up to £4 per adult ticket are available by purchasing online at derbyshireccc.com, over the phone on 0871 350 1870 or in person from The 3aaa County Ground.
Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen top-scored with 40, but Derbyshire Falcons fell short versus Worcestershire Rapids in their final NatWest T20 Blast fixture of the season.
Madsen scored 40 from just 21 balls, with four fours and two sixes, while Wes Durston (30), Gareth Cross (34) and Billy Godleman (26) all batted well alongside their skipper to put Derbyshire in the hunt of chasing down 210 for victory.
This after Worcestershire had posted 209-4 of their 20 overs, thanks to all-rounder Ross Whiteley top-scoring with an unbeaten 84.
The Falcons remained at the required run-rate for large portions of the chase, but lost late wickets and Derbyshire fell 28 runs short at New Road.
Derby College has signed a three-year partnership agreement with Derbyshire County Cricket Club as part of the Club’s first ever partnership with a college of further education.
Derby College - who have campuses located in Derby, Ilkeston and at Broomfield Hall in Morley – will be working in partnership with the Club to develop training opportunities for staff and partners, as well as creating the first ever Cricket Derbyshire Sports BTEC programme, launching in September 2014.
Working across the Cricket Derbyshire partnership, including Derbyshire Cricket Board and the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, the BTEC programme will offer a range of sport specific training and qualifications for young people from the age of 16.
As part of the agreement, Derby College will also receive branding at The 3aaa County Ground, including prominent branding around the scoreboard.
Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: “We are delighted to be working with Derby College across the Cricket Derbyshire partnership.
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