Derbyshire County Cricket Club has captured South Africa international Albie Morkel as their second overseas signing for this season’s Friends Life t20 competition.
The 32-year-old all-rounder, who recently participated in his sixth Indian Premier League campaign, will feature in nine of Derbyshire’s ten Twenty20 fixtures.
Since making his debut in 2005, the big-hitting middle-order batsman has featured in 42 Twenty20 Internationals, scoring over 500 runs at a strike rate of 142.73 and claiming 22 wickets.
Morkel will form an overseas duo with Shivnarine Chanderpaul during the tournament who has confirmed that he will remain with Derbyshire throughout the season and will not take part in the Caribbean Premier League.
With Derbyshire on 36-2, heavy rain forced the players off the field after just 40 minutes of play, and persistent rain forced an abandonment at 8.00pm as both sides had to settle for a point in the floodlit fixture.
After being asked to bat first, Derbyshire made a cautious start with former Warwickshire man Neil Carter leading the Scotland attack, conceding just seven runs in his opening five overs. But Chesney Hughes quickly found his feet and got off the mark with a big six over backward square-leg off Gordon Goudie.
The opener continued his power-hitting display, hitting four fours and a six in his brisk 30-ball innings, before he was the second man out for 30 after he was superbly ran out by Richie Bennington.
Mark Turner is looking forward to welcoming former Club Somerset to the County Ground this week, and says the squad are focused on claiming their first four-day victory of the campaign.
The 28-year-old spent four seasons at Taunton, playing alongside current first-team members Marcus Trescothick, Craig Kieswetter, Nick Compton and Peter Trego, before making the switch to the East Midlands in 2011.
The paceman is expecting another difficult four-day game against a strong Somerset outfit - beginning on Friday, 21st June; 11am start - but believes the side can take advantage of home conditions and claim the victory that will move them above this week’s opponents.
“For sure it will be a difficult game,” Turner said. “It's another important fixture for both teams. We both need to get a result and we will be making sure we do everything in our power to get the win.
The Members' Lounge will be open to the general public for lunch on Day 3 against Somerset; on Sunday, 23rd June.
Supporters can enjoy a traditional Sunday Roast - available to purchase - during the Lunch interval on the penultimate day against Marcus Trescothick's side.
Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship fixture with Somerset begins on Friday, 21st June; 11am start.
England internationals Trescothick, Craig Kieswetter and Nick Compton are all expected to feature for the visitors, who go head-to-head with Karl Krikken’s side, featuring world number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, in a four-day contest at Derby for the first time since 2007.
Somerset enter the contest on the back of successive draws against Durham and Yorkshire, but the Taunton-based Club have struggled this season and are yet to claim a win in this season’s competition, sitting just 12 points above Derbyshire.
Derbyshire have named an unchanged squad for their Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture against the Scottish Saltires at the County Ground tonight (Thursday, 20th June); 4.40pm start.
The Falcons will be looking to get their Group B campaign back on track, after they suffered a 46-run defeat against Hampshire on Tuesday night - despite the best efforts of Dan Redfern, who top-scored with 53, and Paul Borrington, who hit a List A career-best 42.
The fixture will be the second one-day encounter between the two sides this season - after Derbyshire claimed a convincing six-wicket victory at Edinburgh in May thanks to Mark Footitt‘s five wickets and 74 off 73 balls from Chesney Hughes.
Scotland will visit Derby for the first time since May 2008, when a Chris Rogers inspired Falcons claimed a six-wicket victory in a rain-affected 50-over contest.
Derbyshire slipped to a 46-run defeat – thanks to a quick-fire 70 from wicketkeeper Adam Wheater – against Hampshire in the Yorkshire Bank 40.
David Wainwright, Jonathan Clare and Mark Turner all claimed two wickets apiece, but half centuries from Michael Carberry and Wheater helped the home side post 277-8 from their 40 overs.
Paul Borrington hit a career-best 42 and Dan Redfern hit 53 off 48 balls in reply, but three wickets from Sohail Tanvir restricted the Falcons to 231-8 at the Ageas Bowl.
Wayne Madsen elected to bowl first after winning the toss for the first time in this season’s competition – and the Falcons got the perfect start as James Vince was caught by Turner in the deep off Wes Durston without scoring in the third over.
Derbyshire have named a 14-man squad for their Yorkshire Bank 40 clash with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl tomorrow; 4.40pm start.
Alex Hughes, who produced a fine all-round performance in the Falcons’ recent one-day victory over Essex, will miss the game due to a minor injury and Dan Redfern will replace him in the matchday squad.
Derbyshire will travel to Hampshire for a one-day contest for the first time since 2006, when the Royals came out on top by one wicket in a thrilling 40-over match, despite the best efforts of Stephen Stubbings and Gary Ballance who struck 72 and 73 respectively.
The Falcons will go into tomorrow’s contest full of confidence after securing a convincing 63-run win over Essex at Leek in their last Yorkshire Bank 40 match, leaving the county fifth in Group B, only two points off the top with two games in hand.
Michael Lumb struck a career-best 221 not out as Nottinghamshire versus Derbyshire ended in a rain-affected draw at Trent Bridge.
Much like the previous three days, the final day’s play was shortened by the weather as the home side took their score from 204-3 to 436-8 in reply to Derbyshire’s 391 all out, with Mark Turner taking three wickets for the visitors.
Derbyshire knew that Lumb, who was 115 not out overnight, would prove difficult to dislodge on a placid surface.
Luke Fletcher, however, proved to be equally immovable for much of the opening session as the Nottinghamshire Night Watchman scored 64, including a half-century from 79 balls, in a fourth wicket stand of 123.
Tim Groenewald claimed his 200th career first-class wicket – but an unbeaten century from Michael Lumb frustrated the Derbyshire bowlers on another rain-affected day at Trent Bridge.
Mark Turner and Mark Footitt shared a 54-run final wicket stand to help Derbyshire post 391 in their first innings – before rain washed out the entire afternoon session.
Play resumed after tea and James Taylor and Lumb shared a 121-run partnership, but paceman Groenewald broke the stand to claim his second wicket and simultaneously reach the career landmark – before Nottinghamshire lost a late wicket off the bowling of Footitt to close the day on 204-3, still trailing by 187 runs.
After rain washed out most of the second day, Derbyshire began the third day on 306-6, with David Wainwright and Richard Johnson unbeaten on six and eight respectively.
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