Three wickets apiece for Richard Pyrah and Adil Rashid - and an unbroken century opening partnership - helped Yorkshire Vikings secure a 10-wicket win at Scarborough.
The hosts’ skipper Andrew Gale won an important toss and put Derbyshire into bat, a decision that was ratified as Derbyshire struggled to score freely throughout. The Falcons were eventually bowled out for 151 after 41 overs – Alex Hughes top-scoring with a valiant 43 and Billy Godleman (pictured above) hitting 36.
The relatively small target was reached inside 30 overs by the Vikings, thanks to the unbroken opening partnership of Alex Lees (69*) and Adam Lyth (67*).
Derbyshire's final Group A fixture versus Gloucestershire on Thursday 21 August (2pm start) at The 3aaa County Ground is now a must-win game, as only a victory will be enough to send the Falcons through to the quarter-final stage.
Greg Cork’s century helped Derbyshire Second XI recover to post 291 on the opening day of the Championship fixture versus Warwickshire at The 3aaa County Ground.
Cork, who recently signed a two-year professional contract with the Club, hit his maiden Second XI three-figure score, top scoring with 102, which included nine fours and one six.
The all-rounder shared useful partnerships with Matt Higginbottom (38) and Harry Killoran (32 not out) to help the hosts recover from 107-7 to 291 all out shortly before stumps on Day One.
Cork and Higginbottom, who hit eight fours in his knock of 38, added 77 for the eighth wicket to move their side from 107-7 to 184-8.
Another excellent partnership soon followed as Cork and Killoran added 100 runs for the final wicket to frustrate the visitors and help Derbyshire post a useful first innings score.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club will hand over a cheque for £1,571.78 to Heart Research UK at the Royal London One-Day Cup match versus Gloucestershire on Thursday 21 August.
The charity, meanwhile, said it was bowled over by the awareness created at the recent match versus Yorkshire at Chesterfield – and the education of local youngsters through the Heart of Cricket schools project
Funds were raised via the Cricket Derbyshire Helping Hearts wristbands at the recent NatWest T20 Blast fixture at Queen’s Park where many supporters turned out dressed in red to raise awareness for the cause.
By then, 900 youngsters had already benefited from the project by attending matches at The 3aaa County Ground, or receiving professional coaching in schools, whilst being educated on heart health and how to live more healthy and active lifestyles.
Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships Ryan Duckett said: “It was a great day for the charity at Queen’s Park, both in terms of money raised and awareness within a crowd in excess of 4,000.
The Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801) is scouring the county in search of photographic collections to add to the recently-launched Proud to be Derbyshire Heritage Project archive.
As part of the next phase of the landmark project, Cricket Derbyshire is asking members of the public to come forward and share images of the County Club as the process of building a pictorial archive begins.
The project, which is due to be complete in December 2015, will create a photographic archive celebrating the heritage of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and will bring together over 1,500 images.
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 Foundation is now appealing to members of the public to come forward with any photographic collections that will contribute to the archive. Furthermore, the Foundation will be holding Collection Days at cricket clubs across the county; full dates to be announced soon.
Derbyshire’s bid to reach the quarter-final stage of the Royal London One-Day Cup continues against Yorkshire at Scarborough on Wednesday 13 August; 10.30am start.
The Falcons currently occupy the final qualifying spot in Group A, having defeated Northamptonshire on Monday in a thrilling rain-affected game at Wantage Road.
Wes Durston hit his second century off the campaign, 108 off 94 balls, before Tony Palladino (3-51) claimed three wickets to complete a six-run win against the Steelbacks.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire have performed well in the tournament and currently sit top of the Group, despite losing their most recent match to Essex. The Vikings will be spearheaded by New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson, while England duo Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow are both available for the fixture.
Fresh from signing his first professional contract, Harvey Hosein top scored with 72 for Derbyshire Second XI, but Warwickshire came out on top in the Second XI Trophy match at The 3aaa County Ground.
After a long spell on the sidelines, Jonathan Clare made a welcome return to the squad for the matches versus Warwickshire this week and his fitness will be continue to be reviewed by medical staff.
Warwickshire seconds won the toss and decided to bat first, and managed to score 299-5 from their 50 overs, with Jonathan Webb scoring 68 and Sam Hain finishing unbeaten on 128.
In reply, Derbyshire fell 44 runs short, despite the impressive knock from wicket-keeper batsman Hosein.
Mark Footitt and Tony Palladino have signed two-year contract extensions with Derbyshire, committing them both to the Club until the end of the 2016 season.
Footitt, who joined the Club in 2010, has enjoyed his most successful season to date in 2014, claiming 54 first-class wickets at an average a shade over 20.
The left-arm paceman has also claimed 19 wickets in the one-day competitions this season, including career-best List A figures of 5-59 versus Leicestershire at Grace Road in July.
Palladino has also been an essential part of the Derbyshire seam bowling attack this year, claiming 33 first-class wickets at 26 apiece. He has also added valuable lower-order runs with the bat in 2014, hitting 258 first-class runs, with a top score of 60.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “We’re delighted that both Mark and Tony have committed themselves to Derbyshire for the foreseeable future.
Wes Durston struck his second century of the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign to help guide Derbyshire to a six-run victory versus Northamptonshire in a thrilling rain-affected game at Wantage Road.
Rain arrived in the ninth over of Derbyshire’s innings and forced a delay in proceedings of over two hours to reduce the game to 32 overs per side.
The delay did not seem to affect Durston, however, who advanced the score well as Derbyshire scored 211-6 from their 32 overs, thanks largely to Durston’s score of 108.
In accordance with the Duckworth/Lewis system, Northants’ target was revised to 227 because of the rain delay that had affected the Falcons’ innings.
The sizable total proved too much for the Steelbacks, who ended on 220-9, with Palladino the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 3-51, to give Derbyshire their third win of the campaign and the Falcons now sit fourth in Group A.
After Sunday’s washout, Derbyshire travel to Northampton to face the Steelbacks in the Royal London One-Day Cup tomorrow (Monday 10 August); 2pm start.
Graeme Welch's men will be looking to get their 50-over campaign back on track after two washouts and a defeat in their last three games. But, after starting the season with back-to-back wins, the Falcons sit fifth in Group A, a point off a top four place.
Northants’ have won only one of their four games to date and sit eighth in the table. They will be looking to return to winning ways at home, but they are likely to be without all-rounder David Willey as he continues his duty for the England Lions side.
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