Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen proudly presented New Zealand captain Kane Williamson with a Royal Crown Derby 22ct gold English Fine Bone China salad bowl as the two sides met in a three day fixture throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.
The nationally renowned local porcelain brand donated the hand-crafted gift to the touring Kiwis ahead of the three day match at the County Ground which acted as preparation for their Test series against England.
The presentation to the Black Caps skipper commemorated their first visit to the city of Derby for four years, the last occasion being when they took on Ireland in a warm-up match before the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in 2009.
The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company has traded in Derby since opening their first factory on Nottingham Road in 1750.
Stylish Dan Redfern provided fun in the Bank Holiday sun – but it was New Zealand that emerged victorious on the final day.
Redfern counter-attacked from 98-5 and breezed to an impressive half-century, only to become the third of Neil Wagner’s 5 for 45 as, chasing 335 to win, Derbyshire were all out for 227 and beaten by 107 runs.
The hosts’ batting line-up was hoping for much needed time in the middle after New Zealand’s overnight declaration at 199-5 with only one of the top six, Chesney Hughes, averaging upwards of 40 during the first-class season so far.
Derbyshire produced a disciplined bowling performance in the afternoon, but New Zealand had comprised a 334-run lead at the close after the hosts had earlier been dismissed for 154 at the County Ground.
Neil Wagner and Bruce Martin both claimed three wickets apiece, while Doug Bracewell picked up four to bowl the hosts out 135 runs short of the tourists’ first innings total, with Wes Durston top scoring with a fluent 46.
But Derbyshire would claim three quick innings in reply, five in total in the day, with Mark Footitt again the pick of the bowlers as New Zealand closed on 199-5, a lead of 334 runs.
Speaking after the game Chesney Hughes said: "I think we did well today. We were superb at the end of the day to claim five wickets. The batting was a little disappointing as it fell away, but I think the bowlers picked it up when we came out and we had them five down for 90 which was an excellent effort.
In the eighties and nineties, Derbyshire boasted one of the most fearsome bowling attacks in county cricket. Under the guidance of Captain Kim Barnett, the side ripped through batting line-ups like knife through butter as the county secured their first silverware in over nine years in 1990.
Heading up the ever reliable attack was the moustachioed 6ft 4in Dane Ole ‘Stan’ Mortensen. The paceman enjoyed 12 fruitful seasons with Derbyshire towards the end of the 20th century in what was one the county’s most successful periods in its modern history and it is a time Stan has claimed as the ‘best of his life’.
The Dane would often hold up one end alongside legendary West Indian bowler Michael Holding as the county built a formidable and highly-ambitious side that brought high recognition back to the County Ground.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Club,” Mortensen said. “It was a very successful period and I was privileged to play alongside some great players. We began to gain a reputation and we developed a side that were proud to be Derbyshire.
“I gave Derby my best 12 years of my career and also those 12 years were probably the best of my life, and that is a big statement.
Mark Footitt claimed four wickets to help restrict New Zealand to 289-5 declared on Day 1 at the County Ground, as Derbyshire closed on 24-1 in reply.
Footitt was the pick of the bowlers on Day 1 finishing the with figures of 4-65 from his 18 overs, but an unbeaten 77 from BJ Watling and 71 from Dean Brownlie ensured that the tourists could declare with 12 overs remaining in the day.
The hosts' reply got off to a solid start but they lost Chesney Hughes for nine in the last over of the day and Derbyshire will now resume Day 2 on 24-1, trailing by 265 runs.
Wayne Madsen won the toss and elected to field first in overcast conditions at the County Ground and his opening pair wouldn’t disappoint claiming two early breakthroughs.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club and the UK’s leading online cricket retailer owzat-cricket.co.uk have stepped up their partnership for the 2013 season.
The South Normanton based cricket equipment specialist will sponsor the back of Derbyshire’s Yorkshire Bank 40 shirts as Karl Krikken’s men target semi-final qualification.
Owzat-cricket.co.uk are the latest addition to Derbyshire’s 1870 Business Club which has already attracted a half-century of companies for the 2013 season and is continuing to grow.
Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “Owzat-cricket.co.uk is a huge national cricket brand, tremendously well respected within the sport, while Managing Director Andy Mitchell is a born and bred Derbyshire man and a supporter for many years.
After playing an integral role in Derbyshire’s successful 2012 LV= County Championship campaign, Martin Guptill will return to Derby for the first time tomorrow as Derbyshire welcome New Zealand to the County Ground.
Guptill scored 594 runs in 14 innings at an average just under 50 during the first half of the 2012 season for Derbyshire, setting Wayne Madsen’s team well on their way to the Division Two crown.
Now the powerful opener will return to his old stomping ground for the first time, as New Zealand begin their preparations for the two Test series against England with a three-day friendly against Karl Krikken’s men, beginning tomorrow at 11am.
Kane Williamson will Captain the Black Caps tomorrow in what is expected to be a highly-contested fixture, and Guptill is chomping at the bit to make his return against some familiar faces.
The Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop is urging Members to spend just £5 each during the course of the season to help continue the shop’s excellent support for the Club’s youth and academy development.
The shop enjoyed an outstanding opening week raising almost £400 during the recent home fixture against Nottinghamshire, with all proceeds donated towards helping the production line of developing young cricketers in Derbyshire.
The Shop, which is kindly operated by a team of dedicated volunteers, is now appealing to Members to spend a small amount each throughout the season to help raise enough funds to accommodate a summer contract for an upcoming young professional hoping to make their way into the senior side.
The same type of contract retained the likes of current first team squad members Paul Borrington, Peter Burgoyne, Jonathan Clare, Alex Hughes, Chesney Hughes, Tom Knight, Tom Poynton, Dan Redfern and Ross Whiteley during their formative years with the Club.
This weekend’s three-day friendly with New Zealand will be played as a first-class fixture, as Derbyshire aim to claim an international scalp at the County Ground.
The New Zealand squad travel to Derby on Saturday, 4th May as they begin their preparations for their two-Test series against England, which begins later this month.
It will be the second first-class game at the County Ground in as many years after Derbyshire welcomed Australia A to Derby in July 2012 when Tony Palladino completed his maiden first-class century against the old enemy.
Kane Williamson will captain the side in this weekend’s encounter, as supporters will also get the opportunity to welcome back Martin Guptill after the powerful opening batsman played an integral part in the county’s successful 2012 LV= County Championship campaign.
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