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PREVIEW: Derbyshire travel to New Road

#WORvDERDerbyshire continue their LV= County Championship Division Two campaign against Worcestershire at New Road, starting on Sunday at 11am.

Wayne Madsen’s face a Worcestershire side who will be hoping their young talented squad and the inclusion of Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal can spur them to a second straight four-day win.

Despite the retirement of veteran seam bowler Alan Richardson, Worcestershire will be hoping their side still hold the necessary firepower can improve on their fifth place finish in 2013.

The Pears will be led by England batsman Moeen Ali who enjoyed a standout 2013 LV= County Championship campaign, ending the season as Division Two’s leading run scorer with 1,375 runs.

Worcestershire will also be boosted by the arrival of Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal who will be making his first appearance of the summer.

Daryl Mitchell’s side enter the fixture full of confidence after defeating Kent by 125 runs n their last outing at New Road. Paceman Gareth Andrew was the star man for the hosts claiming eight wickets in the match.

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Derbyshire sign Hodgson on loan

DanHodgsonDerbyshire County Cricket Club has signed Yorkshire wicketkeeper Dan Hodgson on loan ahead of the LV= County Championship match versus Worcestershire starting on Sunday.

The 24-year-old arrives on a month-long deal to provide cover behind the stumps for Graeme Welch’s men. He goes straight into the squad for the match at New Road in the absence of Tom Poynton (injury) and Richard Johnson (illness).

Selected by Yorkshire in 17 limited-overs matches last season, Hodgson has also notched 11 first-class appearances during his career for a combination of Yorkshire, Leeds/Bradford MCCU and the Mountaineers franchise in Zimbabwe.

His finest hours of the 2014 campaign included an unbeaten Twenty20 half-century versus Leicestershire and 90 off 98 balls versus Glamorgan in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition.

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Madsen: We continue to make progress

WayneMadsenCaptain Wayne Madsen says the squad are continuing to make strides as they prepare to face Worcestershire at New Road, starting Sunday.

Derbyshire drew a rain-affected LV= County Championship home opener against Hampshire this week, with both counties claiming 11 points.

There were notable performances from Stephen Moore, who struck his first century for his new county and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who hit his third successive Championship half-century in as many innings.

Tim Groenewald also continued his impressive start to the season with both bat and ball, hitting his second straight Championship half-century.

Madsen says he was pleased with his side’s performance and signs are good as they prepare for their next four-day fixture against Worcestershire.

“With both bat and ball we are making strides and improving and we go into the next game against Worcestershire with a lot of confidence,” Madsen said.

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All-ticket matches selling fast

AllTicketMatchesWith the start of the new domestic season, tickets are already selling fast for Derbyshire’s three all ticket matches this summer.

Due to heavy demand, each of the three fixtures below were declared all ticket following the announcement of the fixture schedule in November.

Date                            Competition                 Opposition                   Venue              Start
Friday 6 June                 NatWest T20 Blast          Notts Outlaws                Derby                7pm
Tuesday 1st July             Tour Match Day 1           India                              Derby                11am
Wednesday 2nd July       Tour Match Day 2           India                              Derby                11am
Thursday 3rd July           Tour Match Day 3           India                              Derby                11am
Sunday 13th July           NatWest T20 Blast          Yorkshire Vikings            Chesterfield         2.30pm

Last season’s Twenty20 clash with Nottinghamshire was a complete sell-out, while the limited overs fixture with Yorkshire was attended by over 4,000 supporters at the picturesque Queen’s Park, Chesterfield. 

This summer also sees the visit of India as they face Derbyshire in an eagerly-anticipated three-day tour match at the County Ground, starting Tuesday 1st July. 

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Derbyshire draw four-day fixture with Hampshire

The3aaaCountyGroundDerbyshire drew their opening home LV= County Championship fixture of 2014 against Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground.

On a rain-affected final day, Hampshire had reached 236-3 mid-way through the evening session, a lead of 165, before bad light forced an early closure with both teams settling for a draw.

Both counties pick up 11 points from the fixture and Derbyshire will now travel to New Road this weekend for their next four-day fixture against Worcestershire which starts on Sunday at 11am.

Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams went unbeaten throughout the morning at The 3aaa County Ground to end any hopes of a final-day victory for Graeme Welch's men.

England Opener Carberry was the first man out just after lunch as he was caught at cover by Chesney Hughes off Wes Durston for 47. The opening pair had, however, added 117 runs for the first wicket handing the visitors a 46-run lead shortly after the interval. 

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Vote for NatWest T20 Blast Summer Anthem

NatWest T20 BlastDerbyshire County Cricket Club is calling on supporters to vote for their favourite songs as part of the England & Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) search to create cricket’s soundtrack to the summer.

The Falcons supporters’ favourite tune has been included in an 18-song shortlist and Derbyshire is calling on fans to vote for their anthem to ensure it is included in the final 10-song NatWest T20 Blast Summer Anthems Playlist and played at games throughout the season.

With a majority of fixtures in the new NatWest T20 Blast season taking place on Friday nights throughout the summer, the ECB is searching for a playlist that best represents the summer for fans and reflects the atmosphere that will be experienced during the 133 fixtures in an action-packed season.

Fans now have until Tuesday 6 May to listen to the shortlist and cast their vote here: www.qobuz.com/t20summeranthems

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Derbyshire hold slim advantage after Day Three

ShivChanderpaulA third successive Championship half-century from Shivnarine Chanderpaul helped Derbyshire secure a useful lead after Day Three at The 3aaa County Ground.

Stephen Moore, who top scored with 128, and Chanderpaul (82) added 163 runs for the third wicket, before Tim Groenewald (56 not out) added some valuable late runs to hand Derbyshire a handy 71-run first innings lead.

Hampshire safely navigated nine overs in reply adding 20 runs before bad light forced an early closure, with the visitors trailing by 51 with 10 wickets in hand.

Rain delayed the start of the third day, which finally got underway at 1pm. Moore, who completed his first century for his new county on day two, and Chanderpaul added 70 more runs with relative ease at the start of the afternoon session.

The second new ball, however, turned the fortunes of the Hampshire bowlers as the hosts slipped from 273-2 to 312-7.

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Moore ton leads Derbyshire fightback

MooreStephen Moore’s unbeaten century – the first for his new county – helped Derbyshire fightback on day two against Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground.

Opener Moore (106 not out) hit a terrific unbeaten ton on his home LV= County Championship debut, his 18th first-class century, as Graeme Welch’s men closed the day on 203-2.

This after Derbyshire had dismissed Hampshire for 328 shortly after lunch despite a frustrating 59-run partnership between Michael Bates (31) and Joe Gatting (67) in the morning session.

It only took Mark Footitt (3-71) three deliveries at the start of the second day to remove nightwatchman Kyle Abbott as he was clean bowled without scoring.

New man Sean Ervine followed shortly after for six, this time to Tim Groenewald (2-57), with Hampshire 248-7 after half-an-hour of play.

But wicketkeeper Bates (31) and Gatting (67) responded with a 59-run stand before the latter finally fell just before lunch, caught on the long-on boundary by Chesney Hughes off Wes Durston (2-41). 

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Hampshire enjoy better of rain-shortened day

TurnerA half-century from Will Smith helped Hampshire post 231-5 on a rain-shortened opening day against Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground.

England opener Michael Carberry set the early tone hitting a brisk 45, before he was second man out to Tony Palladino (1-48) with the visitors 64-2 at lunch. 

Smith then carried the mantle for the visitors after lunch, batting throughout the afternoon and evening sessions before falling in the penultimate over of the day for 70 as Hampshire closed on 231-5 at stumps.

Early morning rain delayed the start by 30 minutes after Derbyshire had won the toss and elected to bowl first in their opening home four-day fixture of 2014. Hampshire made a solid start under gloomy conditions, with Captain Jimmy Adams and Carberry adding 46 runs for the first wicket.

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