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A1 Comms renews partnership with Derbyshire CCC in landmark deal

A1CommsNational telecommunications giant A1 Comms has secured a groundbreaking new sponsorship deal with Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

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.

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Chanderpaul stars on rain-shortened second day

ShivnarineChanderpaulShivnarine 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.

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Derbyshire dominate day one with Durham MCCU

GroenewaldDerbyshire 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.

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Chanderpaul in squad to face Durham MCCU

ShivGraeme 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. 

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Welch: We're in good shape

GraemeWelchGraeme 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.

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Godleman pleased with pre-season preparations

BillyGodlemanBilly Godleman says he was pleased to get some valuable time in the middle after completing an unbeaten century against Warwickshire at the 3aaa County Ground.

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.

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Derbyshire batsmen dominate final day against Warwickshire

BillyGodlemanOpener Billy Godleman hit an unbeaten century as Derbyshire dominated the final day against Warwickshire at the 3aaa County Ground.

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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Chanderpaul set for 3aaa County Ground return

ShivnarineChanderpaulWest Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is returning to the 3aaa County Ground in time for Derbyshire’s University fixture against Durham MCCU; starting on Tuesday.

Chanderpaul - who scored over 1,298 runs across three competitions in his first season with the Club - will arrive back in the UK this weekend to begin his second stint with the county.

The 39-year-old returns after spending the winter on international duty with the West Indies and playing first-class cricket in the Caribbean.

During the winter, Chanderpaul became the sixth highest run-scorer in Test history after posting an unbeaten century against New Zealand in December.

His unbeaten 122 was Chanderpaul’s 17th unbeaten ton, one more than the recently retired Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar achieved in his illustrious career.

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Ball-by-ball commentary with BBC Radio Derby this summer

BBCRadioDerbyBBC Radio Derby will broadcast ball-by-ball commentary from every Derbyshire fixture for a second straight year this summer.

They will provide commentary on all Derbyshire matches, at The 3aaa County Ground and away from home in the LV= County Championship, Royal London One-Day Cup and NatWest T20 Blast competitions.

Former New Zealand international cricketer Iain O’Brien - who played 22 Tests for New Zealand between 2005 and 2009, taking 73 wickets, and has broadcast experience with Test Match Special – will be BBC Radio Derby’s new commentator in 2014.

Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “We are delighted with the plans and ambitions BBC Radio Derby have mapped out for the new season.

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