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Johnson leaves Derbyshire

JohnsonRichard Johnson has been released from his contract at his own request.

The 25-year-old wicketkeeper signed for Derbyshire on a permanent deal ahead of the 2013 season.

He has played 18 first-class matches, averaging 21.64 with a highest score of 72, as well as a further 17 appearances in Limited Overs formats.

Johnson took timeout from the game earlier in the season and - having successfully applied to commence a degree course at university - has decided that a release from his full-time professional contract would enable him to focus on his forthcoming studies.

Johnson has been easing himself back into cricket playing for Knowle & Dorridge Cricket Club in the Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League.

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Burgoyne leaves Derbyshire

BurgoyneDerbyshire County Cricket Club has confirmed that after an extended period of absence, Peter Burgoyne's contract has been cancelled by mutual consent.

The 20-year-old Academy graduate signed his first professional contract in 2012, going on to play five first-class and 13 limited-overs matches for the county.

Recently, in a move supported by the Club and the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA), Peter announced that he was taking a break from professional cricket for stress-related issues.

Burgoyne said: "I am grateful to the Club for the support provided to me throughout my career with Derbyshire and I wish the management team and players every success in the future.

"It's been a tough few months and a tough decision but I am really looking forward to playing club cricket again for a few months before making a decision about my future.

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Turner and Hughes star in Second XI win

MarkTurnerMark Turner claimed nine wickets in the match and Chesney Hughes hit back-to-back half centuries as Derbyshire Second XI secured an eight-wicket win in their Championship clash against Glamorgan.

After winning the toss and electing the bat first, Glamorgan were pegged back by Turner who starred with the ball taking 6-79 off his 19 overs. He was aided well by Ben Cotton who took 4-65 including the wicket of Glamorgan century man Murray Goodwin (108).

Turner and Cotton managed to restrict Glamorgan to 289 all out, with help from Matt Higginbottom (0-41 off 14 overs) who bowled very economically.

Billy Godleman opened the innings for Derbyshire alongside Ben Slater (12) having recently returned from an injury lay-off. Godleman made a quick-fire 41 (45 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) before Hughes took over the reins from the openers, smashing the top score of 59 (97 balls, 11 fours, 1 six).

After a few wickets fell cheaply, Greg Cork and Rehan Hassan boosted Derbyshire’s to secure a 21-run first innings lead. Cork fell for exactly 50 (off 103 balls, 8 fours) while Hassan was unbeaten on 51 (67 balls, 10 fours, 1 six).

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PREVIEW: Falcons name squad for Bears clash

#DERvBIRBirmingham Bears are the visitors to The 3aaa County Ground on Friday 27 June as the Falcons continue their NatWest T20 Blast 2014 campaign.

Derbyshire will be hoping for a repeat of the last T20 game between the two sides in 2011 where the Falcons won by 33 runs, thanks in no small part to a brilliant 64 from Man of the Match Wes Durston and three wickets from Tom Knight. The Falcons did the double over the Bears that season, winning by six wickets in the home game at Highfield, Leek.

The Bears have big names such as Boyd Rankin, Jonathan Trott and Chris Woakes in their T20 squad which makes for an exciting game for Ladies Night at The 3aaa County Ground.

The Fan of the Match competition, usually two tickets to the next match, has been upgraded to include a bottle of pink champagne and a £100 gift voucher for the Breadsall Priory Health and Beauty Spa. It will go to the best dressed lady, as adjudicated by the Club’s cheerleading squad, the Falconettes.

The Pimm’s will be flowing; there will be live music before and after the game and the explosive summer entertainment will be provided by an all-star cast of international and top county cricketers.

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Welch rues first innings after fight back is in vain

GraemeWelchGraeme 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. 

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Cricket Derbyshire Foundation seeking volunteers for Heritage project

HeritageLogoThe 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. 

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Hughes and Wainwright show fight in Kent defeat

AlexHughesAlex 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.

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Durston, Godleman and Johnson make comebacks for Second XI

Durston, Godleman and JohnsonWes 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.

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Stevens and Riley put Derbyshire to the sword

TonyPalladinoKent, 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.

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