A record-breaking 2,200 cricket clubs nationwide have registered for this weekend’s NatWest CricketForce event.
The three day event, which will see facilities rejuvenated and prepared across the country for the forthcoming cricket season, will see tens of thousands of club members and volunteers coming together to clean, tidy, repair and revitalise clubhouses and cricket grounds.
Derbyshire cricket clubs have really got behind the initiative with a staggering 90 clubs registered to take part.
It is anticipated that between two and three thousand volunteers will be involved at clubs over the weekend and the Derbyshire Cricket Board is providing some additional support by working with a small number of clubs to help them make the most of the event.
Wirksworth & Middleton Cricket Club has been selected as Derbyshire’s showcase club for 2014 as they continue to rebuild after their wooden pavilion at their Middleton ground completely destroyed by a fire last July.
The club has been working tirelessly since the fire to ensure that cricket could be played on the ground in 2014 thanks to support from club sponsor Tapton Estates, the generosity of a local farmer and a grant from the ECB.
Tony Palladino claimed his 250th first-class wicket but bad light prevented Derbyshire from claiming victory on the final day against Durham MCCU at The 3aaa County Ground.
The University students enjoyed the better of the opening session moving the overnight score of 33-1 to 112-2 just after lunch.
Chaitanya Bishnoi and Cameron Steel shared a 112-run stand for the second wicket to frustrate the Derbyshire bowlers who went wicketless during the morning session.
The breakthrough finally came shortly after lunch as Steel played no shot and was bowled by Chesney Hughes (2-37 off 13 overs), who picked up his first of two wickets.
This signalled the start of a prosperous period for the hosts as five wickets fell for just 25 runs.
The Alfreton based specialist in mobile phones, 4G contracts and unified communications for businesses have become sponsors of Derbyshire’s new elite performance training kit ahead of the 2014 season.
The new attire will be sported by the squad during the build-up to all matches - and in training - as well as kitting-out the newly assembled elite performance coaching team as their mission begins to bring sustainable success to Derbyshire on the field.
With the Club's close links with the community through Derbyshire Cricket Board and the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, as well as over 70 local Derbyshire businesses via the 1870 Business Club, the partnership provides A1 Comms with a platform to extend brand awareness throughout the region’s cricket and business communities.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul top scored with 91 on a rain-shorted second day against Durham MCCU at The 3aaa County Ground.
Chanderpaul and Chesney Hughes (53) shared a 141-run fourth wicket stand on the second morning to put the hosts in a commanding position against their University opponents as Derbyshire posted 428 in their first innings.
Durham MCCU began their second innings with a 361-run deficit and lost an early wicket to Tim Groenewald – his sixth of the match – before rain stopped play with the visitors 33-1 after 14 overs.
Derbyshire, therefore, require nine wickets for victory on the final day which begins tomorrow at 11am.
Resuming on 283-3, Chanderpaul and Chesney Hughes added 93 runs together on the second morning to complete a 141-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Derbyshire dismissed Durham MCCU for just 67 as the hosts dominated the opening day at The 3aaa County Ground.
Derbyshire’s seam attack – led by Tim Groenewald who returned figures of 5 for 27 off his eight overs – blew away the University side bowling them out shortly before the lunch break.
In response, Graeme Welch’s men posted 283-3 at the close after Billy Godleman (67) and Stephen Moore (73) had shared a 152-run opening stand.
Derbyshire will resume day two with a lead of 216 runs with West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul (31 not out) and Chesney Hughes (17 not out) at the crease.
Graeme Welch has named West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul in Derbyshire’s 13-man squad to face Durham MCCU at the 3aaa County Ground; starting Tuesday at 11am.
The 39-year-old - who scored 1,298 runs across three competitions in his first season with the Club - arrived back in the UK on Sunday and will go straight into Welch’s line-up for their 2014 season opener against Durham University.
Pace bowling trio Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt and Tony Palladino are making their first home appearances of the summer after being rested for Derbyshire’s two-day friendly against Warwickshire last week.
Richard Johnson, meanwhile, returns to Welch’s side and Mark Turner keeps his place in the squad after claiming six wickets in the friendly against the Bears.
Graeme Welch says the squad are in good shape as they prepare for their first-class fixture against Durham MCCU at the 3aaa County Ground; starting Tuesday.
Elite Performance Director Welch was speaking after Derbyshire’s two-day friendly with Warwickshire in which his side produced a dominant display against his former Club.
Billy Godleman (100 retired), Wayne Madsen (63 not out) and Stephen Moore (50) all gained valuable time in the middle, while Mark Turner put a frustrating pre-season behind him by claiming six wickets in the match.
Welch says this week’s match against Durham MCCU is now the next step in the squad’s progression as they build towards the opening LV= County Championship fixture of the season at Leicestershire on April 6th.
“The fixture with Durham MCCU is the next progression,” Welch said.
The 25-year-old top scored on the final day against Warwickshire striking 12 fours and a six on his way to an unbeaten century, before retiring on exactly a hundred.
Wayne Madsen (63 not out) and Stephen Moore (50) both also chipped in with half-centuries on what was a good day for the Derbyshire batsmen.
“It was a good day as was gained plenty of time in the middle,” Godleman said.
“We had a tricky session on Thursday evening to navigate and we did well to value our wickets. Then on the second morning I managed to get myself in against the new ball and I played my shots after lunch.
“As an opening batsman, pre-season is vital as we try and get as much time as possible out in the middle. Netting is good but there’s nothing like time in the middle.
Godleman and opening partner Stephen Moore (50) shared a 107-run stand for the first wicket, before Moore was the first and only Derbyshire wicket to fall on day two.
Left-handed batsman Godleman (100) produced a fine innings striking 12 fours and a six on his way to an unbeaten century, before retiring on exactly a hundred. Wayne Madsen (63 not out) also chipped in with a half-century as Derbyshire posted 236-2 from their 60 overs.
Warwickshire faced 12 overs in reply, in which Mark Turner - who claimed four wickets on day one – picked up two wickets to round off two good days for the hosts.
Resuming on 23-0, Moore and Godleman added 84-runs together on the second morning to complete a 107-run opening stand.
Moore contributed 50 runs, which included 10 fours, before he was the first man out falling foul to a good piece of fielding to be run just before lunch.
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