Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen top-scored with 40, but Derbyshire Falcons fell short versus Worcestershire Rapids in their final NatWest T20 Blast fixture of the season.
Madsen scored 40 from just 21 balls, with four fours and two sixes, while Wes Durston (30), Gareth Cross (34) and Billy Godleman (26) all batted well alongside their skipper to put Derbyshire in the hunt of chasing down 210 for victory.
This after Worcestershire had posted 209-4 of their 20 overs, thanks to all-rounder Ross Whiteley top-scoring with an unbeaten 84.
The Falcons remained at the required run-rate for large portions of the chase, but lost late wickets and Derbyshire fell 28 runs short at New Road.
Derby College has signed a three-year partnership agreement with Derbyshire County Cricket Club as part of the Club’s first ever partnership with a college of further education.
Derby College - who have campuses located in Derby, Ilkeston and at Broomfield Hall in Morley – will be working in partnership with the Club to develop training opportunities for staff and partners, as well as creating the first ever Cricket Derbyshire Sports BTEC programme, launching in September 2014.
Working across the Cricket Derbyshire partnership, including Derbyshire Cricket Board and the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, the BTEC programme will offer a range of sport specific training and qualifications for young people from the age of 16.
As part of the agreement, Derby College will also receive branding at The 3aaa County Ground, including prominent branding around the scoreboard.
Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: “We are delighted to be working with Derby College across the Cricket Derbyshire partnership.
Trialist Michael Cranmer scored 171 on debut as Derbyshire Second XI drew their Championship fixture with Lancashire Second XI at Liverpool Cricket Club.
Cranmer, a professional for Hoylandswaine Cricket Club in the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League, made a stunning 171 from 221 balls as his side replied to Lancashire's 252 all out.
All-rounder Tom Knight made 46 and young wicketkeeper batsman Harvey Hosein, who recently signed his first professional contract with the Club, made 56, whilst Matt Higginbottom also impressed with the bat, scoring 40 not out from only 49 balls.
But it was all-rounder Cranmer, who also bowls fast-medium, who caught the eye with a stunning display as Derbyshire posted 436 all out, a first innings lead of 184.
Academy Graduate Ben Cotton had starred with the ball on Day One, taking 4-45 from 20 overs, ably assisted by Greg Cork (2-20) and Mark Turner (2-35). Liam Livingstone top-scored Lancashire with 111 from 195 balls, before Cotton enticed his edge through to Hosein behind the stumps. The hosts were eventually bowled out for 252 after deciding to bat first.
Graeme Welch says the new 50-over Royal London One-Day Cup competition will suit the Falcons as they look to get their campaign off to a winning start tomorrow (Saturday) versus Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground; 10.30am start.
The new 50-over competition replaces the 40-over tournament of last season to reflect the international game, with the same power play rules and the use of two new balls per innings, one from either end.
Welch says the squad enter the competition in a positive frame of mind after back-to-back LV= County Championship victories and hopes the side can have a good cup run.
"Naturally, we have to go into every competition in a positive frame of mind," he said.
"I think we probably have a better idea of a team that can compete in that and I think the longer game will suit us.
"We are improving in Championship cricket and there are a lot of disciplines in 50-over that are similar to Championship cricket – bowling line and lengths, seeing off a good spell.
Derbyshire Falcons travel to Worcester on Friday night for their final NatWest T20 Blast fixture of the season against Worcestershire Rapids (5.30pm start).
The Rapids will be aiming to confirm their place in the Quarter-Finals and possibly secure a home tie for the next round.
The hosts will, however, be without Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal as he resumes his international duty, but New Zealand duo Colin Munro and Mitchell McClenaghan are both available.
In the match between the two sides earlier in the summer at The 3aaa County Ground, skipper Wayne Madsen top-scored with 65, but the Falcons fell just short of Worcestershire’s total in a thrilling NatWest T20 Blast clash.
Wayne Madsen is hoping the Falcons can turn red-ball form into white-ball cricket as Derbyshire begin their new Royal London One-Day Cup campaign against Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground on Saturday (10.30am start).
Derbyshire enter the new domestic 50-over competition off the back of successive LV= County Championship victories, against Gloucestershire and Glamorgan.
Madsen says the tournament will give the squad a chance for a fresh start in the one-day format - and he’s hoping that plenty of youngsters can attend the fixture, as kids go FREE this Saturday.
“The kids go FREE offer for Saturday is great. I remember watching one-day cricket when I was a youngster and it was always brilliant to come down and watch great cricket,” Madsen said.
“We are really looking forward to the Royal London One-Day Cup starting on Saturday.
“We’ll go into Saturday with a lot of confidence on the back of the wins against Glamorgan and Gloucestershire.
Mark Footitt and Shivnarine Chanderpaul have been awarded with their Derbyshire County Cricket Club County Caps after the LV= County Championship victory against Glamorgan at The 3aaa County Ground.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch presented the Derbyshire pair with their County Caps shortly after the hosts claimed victory on the third morning.
Footitt joined the Club in 2010 and has claimed 144 first-class wickets, at 28 apiece, in 44 matches for Derbyshire. He yesterday reached 50 first-class in a season for the first time in his career.
West Indies batsman Chanderpaul, who joined the Club at the start of the 2013 season, has hit 1463 first-class runs for Derbyshire in 24 matches, averaging 45 and including one century and 14 half-centuries.
Derbyshire completed their second successive LV= County Championship victory with a six-wicket win over Glamorgan at The 3aaa County Ground.
Mark Footitt yesterday took career-best figures of 6-48, and claimed his 50th first-class wicket of the season, as Glamorgan were bowled out for 175 to leave Derbyshire with target of 73 to win.
Ben Slater (20), Wayne Madsen (19*) and Wes Durston (13*) saw their side to victory with six wickets to spare on the morning of Day Three, with Graeme Welch's men claiming 20 points.
The Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop has hit the first £1,000 of sales for the season; thanks to the hard work of volunteers - and the generosity of members and supporters.
The shop, which raised over £3,500 last season, has enjoyed a successful year despite the adverse weather conditions.
The shop has reached its first landmark of the season and with plans for an end of season sale, containing some of the rarer yearbooks and other Club related items, hopes are that sales will exceed £2,000 for the year.
Shop co-ordinator Phil Kirby is thanking members and supporters for their wonderful support, both in the purchase of books and in donating items for sale.
Phil Kirby said: “Whilst not as quickly achieved as in 2013, I think against a backdrop of very poor weather early season we have done really well to reach £1,000 so far.
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