Derbyshire County Cricket Club has been awarded a major tour match against Australia at The 3aaa County Ground in 2015.
Graeme Welch's men will entertain Michael Clarke's side in a three-day fixture starting on Thursday 23 July, following the second Investec Ashes Test match at Lord's.
Darren Lehmann’s side – currently ranked the number one Test team in the world – boast an experienced and exciting line-up featuring paceman Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Shane Watson and hard-hitting opening batsman David Warner.
The fixture will be the fourth high-profile tour match in as many years at The 3aaa County Ground following the visits of South Africa in 2012, New Zealand in 2013 and India who will compete in a three-day fixture against Derbyshire in July.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “We are delighted to have been selected to host the touring Australia side during the midst of what should be an exciting and highly-competitive Ashes series.
“Tour matches at Derby have been popular over the last few years and supporters can now look forward to the visit of Australia in 2015.
Alex Hughes hit a career-best first-class score, but Derbyshire were dismissed for 118 on day two against Kent at The 3aaa County Ground.
In difficult batting conditions, Wayne Madsen’s side were dismissed for 118. Australia Test bowler Doug Bollinger (5-29) and Darren Stevens (5-24) claimed five wickets apiece to bowl the hosts out inside 50 overs.
Hughes, making his first appearance of the summer, top scored with an unbeaten 36, while Scott Elstone hit 23 on his first-class debut.
After rain washed out the opening day, play finally got underway at 2.30pm on the second afternoon - but Derbyshire struggled in tough batting conditions and entered the tea interval on 38-4.
Elstone began the recovery after the restart hitting a well-made 23 before he was trapped lbw by Stevens.
Alex Hughes was joined by Gareth Cross – who was making his debut for his new county – and together they added 46 for the sixth wicket before Cross edged Bollinger to keeper Sam Billings for 15.
Derbyshire Second XI’s Twenty20 Trophy fixture with Yorkshire on Thursday 15 May has been moved to The 3aaa County Ground.
The fixture, which was originally scheduled to take place at Ticknall, has been moved due to wet outfield and will now be held at Derby.
Derbyshire will compete in two Twenty20 matches against their Yorkshire counterparts on Thursday, with the first starting at 11.30am and the second scheduled to commence at 3pm.
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Persistent rain washed out the opening day of the LV= County Championship fixture against Kent at The 3aaa County Ground.
After a delayed start, the toss took place at 11.15am and Kent elected to field first.
Graeme Welch made four changes to the team that lost to Worcestershire last time out, with Paul Borrington, Alex Hughes, Gareth Cross and Scott Elstone – who will be making his first-class debut – all coming in.
Persistent rain throughout the day, however, prevented any play. Day two will begin at 11am tomorrow at The 3aaa County Ground.
DERBYSHIRE: Moore, Borrington, Madsen, Chanderpaul, Elstone, A.Hughes, Cross, Wainwright, Palladino, Groenewald, Footitt
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Derbyshire continue their LV= County Championship campaign against Kent at The 3aaaa County Ground, commencing Sunday 11 May; 11am start.
Wayne Madsen’s side entertain a Kent side who enter the fixture full of confidence after securing a convincing eight-wicket win over Surrey last week.
Graeme Welch has made five changes to his matchday squad with the inclusions of Scott Elstone, Tom Taylor, Alex Hughes, Paul Borrington and new signing Gareth Cross.
Jimmy Adams, meanwhile, has named an unchanged squad from their commanding victory over Surrey and will include Australia paceman Doug Bollinger.
Supporters are reminded that the Club will also be showing the Derby County play-off semi-final second leg against Brighton live on TVs around the ground on Day One on Sunday 11 May.
Derbyshire have eased their wicketkeeping dilemma with the signing of Gareth Cross until the end of the season.
The Club moved quickly to secure the signature of the former Lancashire man following Tom Poynton’s injury setback and the current unavailability of Richard Johnson.
Johnson remains unavailable for selection in order to focus on recovering from sports performance anxiety issues which caused him to miss the recent LV= County Championship match versus Worcestershire through illness.
Lancashire Academy graduate, Cross, made his first-class debut for the Red Rose County in 2005 and went on to feature in 62 first-class matches, hitting 2,196 runs including three centuries.
The 29-year-old was a member of the Lancashire side that clinched the LV= County Championship Division One title in 2011, hitting 611 runs including a career-best 125 against Sussex.
Derbyshire wicketkeeper Tom Poynton has been ruled out through injury for the rest of the season.
Investigations by medical specialists have revealed that the 24-year-old’s lower-limb injuries, sustained in the car accident that tragically killed his father Keith, are worse than originally thought and will require a longer period of rehabilitation.
Elite Performance Director, Graeme Welch said: “We are all bitterly disappointed for Tom. He’ll get the best possible support from our medical team during his rehab and will remain very much a part of the group.
“Whilst it’s a setback for the lad, but he’s a resilient character and a strong professional. He’ll throw himself into rehab and come back fitter, stronger and more determined than before.”
Tim Groenewald says the squad are expecting a tough challenge against an in-form Kent side this week, but believes there is no reason why they can’t get a positive.
Derbyshire welcome Rob Key’s side to The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday for the start of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash.
Groenewald says after a frustrating start to the season for Graeme Welch’s men, the squad are determined to put in a good team performance against a Kent side coming off the back of a convincing victory over Surrey.
“It’s been a bit of a frustrating start for us, but we’ve all been working hard and focused on getting a positive result,” Groenewald said.
“We’ve played good cricket at times this season and there’s been some good individual performances. We have just seemed to have struggled to put in a team performance to get the results we have been looking for.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has unveiled the official NatWest T20 Blast Summer Anthems Playlist following a nationwide search by cricket fans.
The final 10-track playlist - featuring our track (Avicii, Levels) - will be played at every NatWest T20 Blast game across England and Wales during this year’s competition, which blasts-off on Friday May 16.
Surrey’s submission, Happy by Pharrell Williams, topped the table followed closely by the Rolling Stones’ Start Me Up (Yorkshire Vikings) and Ashes’ Embrace (Notts Outlaws). Mungo Jerry’s In the Summertime scraped in at tenth to round up the playlist of ten tracks.
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