Wayne Madsen and Gareth Cross both hit half-centuries, but it was Nottinghamshire Outlaws who came out on top in a high-scoring NatWest T20 Blast clash at Trent Bridge.
After being invited to bat first, the Outlaws scored 206-5, as Riki Wessels hit the second highest score ever by a Nottinghamshire batsman in Twenty20 cricket, 95 not out off 51 balls (10 fours, 4 sixes),
The visitors could only reach 179-7 in reply, with Madsen making 65 and Cross 54 as part of a 103-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Fittingly, Wessels hit his highest score of his T20 career in his 100th innings in the format. The 28-year old raced to his 50 from just 29 balls and paced himself with an innings that eventually became match-defining, after Notts had lost both openers.
Phil Jaques had been bowled by Mark Footitt in the third over and then Alex Hales soon followed to Chesney Hughes' slow left arm spin and a good catch at long-off by Tony Palladino.
Tim Groenewald has joined Somerset on loan for the rest of the season.
Groenewald recently advised Derbyshire of his intention to leave the Club when his contract expires at the end of the current campaign.
Having declined the offer of a contract extension, Derbyshire have agreed for the 30-year-old to join Somerset on loan for the remainder of the season and subsequently on a permanent deal.
Groenewald played 72 first-class matches for Derbyshire and took 229 wickets, at an average of 29. He also took 103 wickets in limited-overs formats and was capped by the Club in 2011.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: "Tim has been a terrific player for Derbyshire and we respect his decision to move on. We wish him and his family all the best for the future.
As we continue to improve communications between the Club and Members, we are launching an Injury Update page.
This will give Derbyshire supporters the chance to keep up to date with any injuries to players, as well as how they are recovering and when they are expected to return.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “We have an excellent medical team at the Club, led by Head of Sports Science and Medicine Jamie Pipe.
“Most of their work goes on with players behind the scenes so this will also highlight the good work they are doing.
“Of course we will always consider player and medical confidentiality and the need sometimes to retain the element of surprise on injury returns - as unfortunately we have seen Uruguay do in the World Cup with Suarez to great effect - but we hope that the extra information and greater understanding will help our fans feel more part of the Club”.
Derbyshire Falcons continue their NatWest T20 Blast campaign against local rivals Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge on Friday 20 June; 6pm start.
Chesney Hughes, Mark Footitt and David Wainwright all return to the NatWest T20 Blast matchday squad, but all-rounder Wes Durston will miss the fixture against Nottinghamshire due to injury.
The Falcons travel to Trent Bridge with the hopes of repeating last season’s result as a 25-ball unbeaten half-century from Wes Durston (5 fours, 2 sixes) and 46 off 25 balls from Chesney Hughes (6 fours, 2 sixes) guided Derbyshire to a 16-run win.
Nottinghamshire will be without England Twenty20 opener Michael Lumb due to injury, but their line-up will still contain a plethora of international talent including Alex Hales, James Taylor and Chris Read.
Wayne Madsen says the squad are fired up as they travel to Trent Bridge tomorrow for the NatWest T20 Blast fixture against local rivals Nottinghamshire; 6pm start.
The Falcons enter the fixture of the back of a narrow eight-run defeat against Worcestershire Rapids in a thrilling Twenty20 clash at The 3aaa County Ground.
And Captain Madsen says the squad will take a lot of confidence from the improved performance and hopes they can get over the line against Notts tomorrow evening.
“We’re excited and pretty high on confidence after the way we played against Worcestershire last time out,” Madsen said.
“After the match against Worcestershire it was a weird feeling. We had taken big strides and played a lot better but we weren’t quite able to get over the line.
Derbyshire supporters have until midnight on Thursday to secure discounted tickets for Friday’s NatWest T20 Blast match against Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge (play starts 6pm).
Adult tickets cost £14 in advance while under 16s can watch for £7. Under 21s and over 65s can buy for £10.
Notts expect a crowd in excess of 8,000 for the fixture as both sides seek to find form for a late surge towards qualification.
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The Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801) has received £60,600 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to launch the Proud to be Derbyshire Project, designed to safeguard and promote the heritage of cricket across the county.
The project will form a Cricket Derbyshire photographic archive and bring together 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.
Commenting on the Award, Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: “We are delighted to have received this award from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Surrey wrapped up a 10-wicket victory on the final day of the LV= County Championship match against Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground.
Surrey needed only 21 runs and ,with no threat of rain, it was just a question of how quickly they scored the runs and whether Derbyshire could take a couple of wickets.
Mark Footitt opened from the Racecourse End and beat Rory Burns with his first ball, squared him up with his second and a diving take down the leg side by Gareth Cross off the last delivery prevented four leg byes.
After Zafar Ansari squeezed Tony Palladino behind square for the first run, Burns clipped him through mid-wicket for an all-run three and Ansari steered Footitt to the third man boundary in the next over.
Ansari straight-drove Palladino for three more before a an edge between third slip and gully off Footitt brought him a streaky four and Burns completed victory when he turned the 35th ball of the day past square leg.
Graeme Welch says Tim Groenewald’s decision to leave at the end of the season will give young players at the Club a great opportunity to show what they can do.
Groenewald advised Derbyshire last week of his intention to leave the Club at the end of the season.
Welch says, if required, Groenewald is still available for selection, but his thoughts have moved towards the future of the Club and offering young players experience with the senior side.
“Tim came to me last Friday and said he was moving on at the end of the season,” he said.
“I was happy for Tim. He’s been a great player for the Club and we will miss him. But as soon as he mentioned that, my mind clicked into the future.
“We have got four or five young seamers here who I believe will probably end up better than Tim. It’s a massive call but that’s what we’re here for.
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