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.
Jack Brooks’ inspired spell of bowling helped Yorkshire claim an innings and 39-run victory at Headingley on Day 4 of their LV= County Championship Division One fixture.
The hosts declared on 677-7 after an hour’s play this morning, securing a 202 run lead. Wayne Madsen (52) and Wes Durston (50) both reached half centuries in reply, but five wickets from Brooks and two apiece from Rashid and Plunkett condemned Derbyshire to defeat in Leeds.
Yorkshire resumed Day 4 on 597-5, a lead of 122 runs, and they quickly built on their advantage in the morning session moving onto 613-6 within two overs after the restart.
Derbyshire would fightback, however, making two earlier breakthroughs removing both Gary Ballance (53) and Tim Bresnan (14) to reduce Yorkshire to 643-7. But Adil Rashid (36*) and Liam Plunkett (21*) continued the onslaught before the hosts finally declared on 677-7 after an hour’s play, securing a lead of 202 runs.
Derbyshire suffered a difficult day in the field, as a mammoth 231-run partnership between England duo Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow helped but Yorkshire in a strong position on Day 3 at Headingley.
Root became the second man in the match to complete his double century, after Chesney Hughes’ record-breaking 270 yesterday, as the England Lions Captain was finally dismissed for a superb 236 from 336 balls.
His partner Bairstow would hit 21 fours and four sixes in his knock of 186, as he shared a 117-run stand with Gary Balance (50*) that moved the hosts over 500 before closing the day on 597-5, a lead of 122 runs.
Chesney Hughes’ marathon innings at Headingley earned him one of the highest ever points totals in the FTI Most Valuable Player rankings.
The Anguillan-born 22-year-old just missed out on setting a new Derbyshire batting record with his unbeaten 270, but the 52.32 batting points he accumulated put him into the MVP top ten.
He is now sixth on the all-time innings list, less than eight points behind former Sussex star Murray Goodwin, whose 344* against Somerset in August 2009 remains the benchmark.
Hughes, who is the first Derbyshire player to carry his bat in a first-class match since Chris Rogers against Warwickshire in 2008, fell just four runs short of the 274 George Davidson hit against Lancashire in 1896.
He has 60 MVP points in total so far this season and sits in 12th position in the table, just three points off a top ten spot.
The FTI MVPs, which feature a £10,000 purse for the cricketer who scoops the top prize, are now in their seventh season.
The system analyses the performances of players around the country on a like-for-like basis and awards points for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held.
Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and for dismissing the top order, whilst batsmen are rewarded for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs they hit.
There are now more points across all formats for those notching 40 and 50 per cent of a team’s total, for top order batsmen, in recognition of their greater challenge against the new ball, and for those who hit big hundreds.
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Chesney Hughes carried his bat to complete the second highest first-class score in Derbyshire’s 143-year history as he was left unbeaten on 270, as the visitors posted 475 on Day 2 against Yorkshire at Headingley.
The 22-year-old’s incredible innings included 40 fours and three sixes, as the left handed batsman batted for just over nine hours facing 415 balls for his career-best score of 270, but he was let stranded just four runs short of Derbyshire’s all-time record as the visitors were dismissed for 475.
Yorkshire had 46 overs to face before stumps and on a placid Headingley pitch the hosts closed on 164-1, as Tim Groenewald claimed the visitors’ only wicket on a memorable day in Leeds.
Derbyshire Batting Coach Dave Houghton said: “Chesney batted beautifully. Karl [Krikken] showed faith in him and brought him back into the side and this gave him the confidence first of all – and it was a magnificence knock and well deserved.
Chesney Hughes’ magnificent unbeaten 171 has helped put Derbyshire in a commanding position after Day 1 of their LV= County Championship fixture with Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie.
The 22-year-old hit 25 fours and 3 sixes in his career-best innings, as the left-handed batsman shared a tremendous 258-run second-wicket stand with Wayne Madsen moving Derbyshire onto 268-1 after tea.
But the Derbyshire captain fell seven runs short of his century as the visitors lost three quick wickets in the final session, but Hughes and Dan Redfern (14*) guided Karl Krikken's side to 302-4 at the close on a excellent opening day.
Speaking after the close, Madsen said: "Chesney has been magnificent today. He has been very disciplined throughout the day and has had a steady head. He has played some tremendous shots and thoroughly deserves his career-best score.
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