Heavy overnight rain on Wednesday continued up until 2pm on Thursday, with both matches officially abandoned at 2:30pm.
The abandonment means both sides take two points, a point for each match.
The visitors had started the day on 211-5 with Dan Redfern (64*) and David Wainwright (0*) occupying the crease.
With just a 12 run lead, the visitors were always up against it and their task became all the more difficult as Wainwright fell for just two.
Anticipation for the event has been steadily growing with plenty of interested parties signing up for the free afternoon and in doing so, getting their names in the hat for a £500 discount on a wedding at The County Ground.
As well as being able to view one of the region's most talked about wedding venues in all its splendour under the backdrop of a county cricket match, there are plenty of prestigious and popular wedding partners on display.
The 25-year-old all-rounder has joined the Media and Marketing department on a part time basis, ending his eight-season stint on the playing staff which began with a debut in 2005.
Needham became the first graduate of the Club’s Academy to sign a professional contract in 2006, going on to make 19 first-class appearances and a further 56 in the limited-overs forms of the game.
Wayne Madsen’s men are clear at the top of the LV= County Championship Second Division table after a ten-wicket victory at Chelmsford; their first on the ground for 75 years.
See how the visitors bowled Essex out for 234 in their second innings before racing to 96-0 and winning the match in just 18 overs with Martin Guptill scoring 66 from 52 balls and Paul Borrington 30 from 56.
The result represents Derbyshire’s first win at Chelmsford since 1937 and sees Derbyshire extends their lead at the top of the LV=County Championship Division Two table.
Chasing 94 to win, Martin Guptill (66*) and Paul Borrington (30*) made short work of the total, chasing down the target in the 19th over.
To celebrate, junior members – who can attend all Derbyshire home cricket throughout the season for FREE - can bring their parents, relatives, neighbours and any other guests to the Clydesdale Bank 40 match versus Warwickshire Bears on Bank Holiday Monday 4th June, also for FREE.
Pictured above: Derbyshire’s 999th and 1,000th Junior Members Bruce Glover (left) and Ole Madden right) pictured alongside Club Chairman Chris Grant.
It’s taken just two years to reach the remarkable landmark – and the Club will continue to recruit throughout the summer with more joining every day.
After the decision to make Junior Membership free ahead of the 2010 campaign, the Club was rewarded with the ECB Business of Cricket Award for Best Membership campaign in the promotion’s inaugural summer.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s much anticipated Wedding Open Day is now under three weeks away and as the interest in what is sure to be a terrific events increases, so does the number of wedding partners taking part.
The club is delighted that Virgin Active, HeavenV and Marmalade and Tea are three new Wedding Partners to come on board to add to an eclectic mix that will be present; all of whom can be viewed here.
The day itself takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, June 4th against a backdrop of Derbyshire Falcons v Warwickshire Bears in The County Ground’s renowned County Ground Marquee.
The visitors amassed 323 before reducing Essex to 46-2 at the close of play with both openers dismissed; the hosts still 95 runs behind with eight second wickets remaining.
Owais Shah (26*) and Mark Pettini (17*) will resume on Day Three looking thwart the Derbyshire dominance that has seen the visitors take a commanding position in the game.
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