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Durham dominate on Day 3

ShivDerbyshire suffered another chastening day in their LV=County Championship match against Durham at Chester-Le-Street despite half-centuries for Shivnarine Chanderpaul (pictured) and Tom Poynton.

Set a monumental target of 472 for victory, Wayne Madsen’s men reached 181-7 by close of play.

Durham had earlier begun the second day on 208-2 with Keaton Jennings unbeaten on 65 and the Derbyshire attack had reason to be satisfied with their pre-lunch work, collecting five wickets for only 98 runs with the dismissals shared between Jonathan Clare, David Wainwright and Dan Redfern. Jennings reached his maiden championship century before he was 8th man out for 123.

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McGrath names team for Chesterfield charity fixture

ChesterfieldTurnsPinkGlenn McGrath has named a side packed with former Australia and England internationals for Monday’s Chesterfield Turns Pink Charity Twenty20 (6pm start).

While Damian Martyn. Ian Harvey, Phil Jacques and Jason Gillespie lead the Aussie contingent alongside captain McGrath, Yorkshire and England favourite Darren Gough will also be rolling back the years for the BuyMobiles.net McGrath Foundation XI.

Former Derbyshire favourite Chris Adams makes an emotional return to one of his favourite old stomping grounds. And there is a rare opportunity to see England one-day specialist Adam Hollioake in action on English shores.

Paul Nixon’s final competitive Twenty20 appearance saw him inspire Leicestershire to finals day glory. Former Nottinghamshire star Darren Bicknell last played at Queen’s Park, for Surrey, 22 years ago.

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Kim Barnett to lead Cricket Derbyshire XI at Chesterfield

KimBarnettKim Barnett will lead a Cricket Derbyshire side containing an array of club legends at Queen’s Park on Monday in the Chesterfield Turns Pink Charity Twenty20, with a 6pm start.

The Club’s all-time leading run scorer and former Captain will head-up the Old Speckled Hen Cricket Derbyshire XI featuring the likes of Devon Malcolm, Adrian Rollins, Stephen Stubbings and Kevin Dean.

Barnett, whose Derbyshire career brought an astonishing 23,854 first-class runs at an average of 41.12, will face his former team mate Chris Adams, who has been selected for the McGrath Foundation XI alongside the likes of Glenn McGrath, Darren Gough and Jason Gillespie.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul will also feature for Derbyshire in the charity fundraiser, as will England Women’s international wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor.

Darren Maddy – one of Twenty20 cricket’s great innovative batsmen during his fine career with Leicestershire and Warwickshire - will also guest for the Old Speckled Hen Cricket Derbyshire XI.

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Borthwick knock puts Durham on top

Chester-le-StreetChris Rushworth claimed six wickets, before Scott Borthwick compiled a career-best score with the bat to put Durham firmly in control after Day 2 at Chester-le-Street.

Derbyshire struggled on the second morning under overcast conditions, as Rushworth claimed six-wickets to rip through the visitors’ line-up and hand the hosts a convincing 140-run first innings lead.

David Wainwright top-scored with 18, while Tim Groenewald added 17 and Mark Footitt chipped in with a brisk 16 to help the visitors past the follow-on target before being dismissed for 113.

Borthwick - who was dismissed by Dan Redfern for 117 - and Keaton Jennings (65 not out) produced an outstanding partnership worth 168 runs to hand Durham a commanding 348-run lead at stumps.

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Alastair Cook holds batting masterclass at the County Ground

AlastairCookEngland Test and 50-over Captain Alastair Cook took some time out from his busy Ashes preparation schedule to hold a batting masterclass with young cricketers from Rolleston Cricket Club last week at the County Ground.

Cook, the youngest player in Test history to pass 7,000 runs, led a batting masterclass with 20 youngsters from the East Staffordshire-based club, teaching them to perfect their straight drive technique, as part of Yorkshire Bank’s Giving Bat to You campaign, on Thursday, 4th July. 

Even during the intense build-up to this summer’s Ashes series, Cook enjoyed passing on his pearls of wisdom to budding young cricketers during his visit to Derby.

“It’s part and parcel of becoming an England cricketer, but this is one of the big pleasures for me,” he said. “I enjoy coaching youngsters because of how much enthusiasm they have for the game.

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Ground development planning continues after business plan praise

DerbyThree months since Derbyshire Members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new streamlined Supervisory Board – behind the scenes discussions regarding plans to develop the County Ground are intensifying.

The Club’s business plan was praised by the ECB as one of the strongest submitted by any of the 18 First Class Counties as Derbyshire were granted the £1million ground development fund.

Some £300,000 of this funding has already been received and – after reviewing a number of submissions - architects Pick Everard have been appointed, alongside project managers Armsons, to oversee plans for the proposed development.

Both firms are long-established in Derbyshire with experience of working on a variety of schemes including projects in the sport and community sectors.

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Owzat for a great set of pink wheels!

AutoworldCarLocal Auto Retailer Autoworld Suzuki has entered into the spirit of the Chesterfield Turns Pink Twenty20 – by donating a pink car.

Chesterfield will turn pink on Monday 15 July as Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath spearheads a star-studded charity Twenty20 line-up in support of the McGrath Foundation, the Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation and Breast Cancer Care.

And supporters, both at the ground and during the build-up, now have an opportunity to win a brand new Pink Suzuki Alto with raffle tickets to be sold at £5 each both before and during the event.

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Footitt puts Durham to the sword on opening day

FootittMark Footitt claimed career-best figures of 6-53 to dismiss Durham on the opening day of the LV= County Championship fixture at Chester-le-Street.

Footitt enjoyed an exceptional day - setting the tone with two early wickets - before claiming three victims in one over late in the day, to complete a superb six-wicket haul.

Keaton Jennings top scored with 93 for the hosts, while keeper Phil Mustard added 52, but Footitt’s heroics ensured that Derbyshire ended the day the happier of the two sides. The visitors claimed the last six wickets for just 32 runs as Durham slumped from 221-4 to 253 all out.

Derbyshire had eight overs to navigate before the close, but lost Chesney Hughes in the opening over, to end the day on 15-1, still trailing by 238 runs but with nine wickets in hand.

Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bowl first, hoping to take advantage of the overcast conditions that covered Chester-le-Street throughout the morning session.

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Club records biggest home crowd for 23 years

DerbyThe sell-out fixture versus the Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday was the biggest for a home Derbyshire fixture in 23 years.

The Club received unprecedented demand for tickets, announcing an advanced sell-out and recording the biggest attendance since the Sunday League success of 1990.

Three wickets from Samit Patel and an impressive knock from Michael Lumb guided the visitors to a six-wicket win in-front of a crowd just shy of 5,000 spectators at the County Ground.

Derbyshire, however, remain second in the North Division after claiming three wins from their opening four fixtures and are in Twenty20 action again this Sunday when they welcome Yorkshire Vikings to Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, with a 2.30pm.

Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “The Club would like to thank all supporters who attended Friday’s sell-out fixture for their support. There was a great atmosphere within the ground and – despite the result that saw our visitors emerge with a well deserved win, and a few technical issues regarding the PA which will be addressed – we hope everybody enjoyed the occasion.

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