Derbyshire Falcons’ Royal London One-Day Cup fixture against Essex Eagles at The 3aaa County Ground has been abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain.
Umpires Nigel Cowley and Peter Willey carried out an inspection and deemed that no play would be possible.
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Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “It would have been nice to get on and try and get two points but it’s been raining here since 7am this morning and speaking to the groundsman, this band of rain wasn't going away so I think the umpires Peter Willey and Nigel Cowley were sensible to call it off.
“But we’ve got three games left and I think we need to win two of them. We’ve been playing good cricket in this competition and although we had one setback [the defeat to Lancashire], hopefully we can win a few more games to go through.
Mark Turner has left Derbyshire after the Club elected not to offer him a new contract for next season.
The 29-year-old arrived at The 3aaa County Ground in 2011 and has since played 21 first-class matches, taking 43 wickets at an average of 44.25.
The former Durham and Somerset fast-bowler made 41 appearances in limited-overs formats, adding a further 49 dismissals.
Confirmation was received this morning of Turner’s decision to leave with immediate effect and he has joined Northamptonshire for the remainder of the season.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “It’s sad to see Mark go because he’s been a terrific character to have around and a really positive influence on the field and in the dressing room.
Derbyshire Falcons conclude their Royal London One-Day Cup Group A campaign against Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground on Thursday 21 August (2pm start).
Derbyshire host Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground with both sides still in the hunt for a quarter-final spot in the new-look 50-over competition.
Graeme Welch's men claim a thrilling six-run win versus Northants on Monday, thanks largely to a century from Wes Durston, which moved the Falcons into fourth place in Group A - with the top four qualifying for a last eight berth.
Glamorgan have also enjoyed a successful 50-over campaign to date, claiming three victories in their first five games to leave them third in Group A.
Join us at The 3aaa County Ground as the Falcons attempt to claim a quarter-final place in the new-look competition.
Derbyshire Falcons' Royal London One-Day Cup campaign continues against Essex Eagles at The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday 10 August; 10.30am start.
The Falcons tasted defeat for the first time in the new tournament against Lancashire on Thursday night so will be determined to get back on track when they host Essex, who currently sit third in Group A having won two out the three games they have played to date.
The Eagles boast a heavily experienced one-day side featuring England international Ravi Bopara, New Zealand hard-hitting batsman Jesse Ryder and led by Captain Ryan ten Doeschate.
Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen is currently the highest run-scorer in the tournament with 292 runs, at an average of 146, after hitting successive centuries in Derbyshire’s first two fixtures, while paceman Mark Footitt has claimed 10 wickets to date in the tournament.
Tony Palladino says the squad are determined to get back on track in the Royal London One-Day Cup when they face Essex at The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday 10 August; 10.30am start.
Palladino returned career-best figures of 5-49 yesterday, but Derbyshire fell short against Lancashire at Derby, their first loss in the new rebranded tournament.
“Obviously I’m very happy with my own personal performance but I think as a team we are disappointed as how many we let them get to," Palladino said. "If we had been at our best, we would have been able to restrict them to around 280.
“We didn’t quite get the rub of the green early on when a few balls went just wide or just above our fielders so on another day we might have had a few early breakthroughs.
Tony Palladino claimed a maiden List A five-wicket haul, but it was in vein as Lancashire claimed victory at The 3aaa County Ground.
Derbyshire were unbeaten in three matches but a target of 301 proved beyond them as Wayne White took 4 for 33 to bowl out the hosts for 199, with skipper Wayne Madsen top-scoring with 49.
Lancashire’s total of 300 for 8, which was their highest against Derbyshire in one-day cricket, was built around half-centuries from Ashwell Prince, Karl Brown, Alex Davies and Steven Croft with Palladino returning his best limited overs figures of 5 for 49.
The Falcons lost early wickets and when Madsen was fifth out to White with 200 still needed, the game was up.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has submitted a planning application to Derby City Council ahead of proposed ground development.
The Club shared its vision for a multi-million ground development scheme at The 3aaa County Ground to members at the March AGM and providing permission is obtained, is aiming to commence work on this first phase during the close season.
Phase one of the development will see the Gateway Centre renovated into a state of the art cricket centre of excellence and pavilion, whilst also renovating the Lund Pavilion to create better facilities for members, supporters, sponsors and conference & events customers.
The vision remains to also improve seating facilities around the boundary to create an amphitheatre capable of hosting various levels of international and tourist cricket as well as concerts and community events.
The Club has already secured grant funding of £1.7million following the introduction of the Supervisory Board at the AGM in 2013 and the subsequent approval of the Club’s business plan by the ECB.
There is also potential for additional funding, derived from projected commercial income through ICC global events, which could substantially increase the available pot of money during forthcoming years, to the region of £4million.
Tom Taylor has been awarded a two-year professional contract, committing him to Derbyshire until the end of the 2016 season.
The 19-year-old has progressed to the first team from the Cricket Derbyshire Academy, in partnership with the University of Derby, making his first-class debut against Leicestershire back in June.
He has since taken 15 first-class wickets at an average of 30.06, including a maiden five-wicket haul to help setup victory over Gloucestershire.
The Staffordshire-born paceman has also performed a pivotal role in the Falcons’ flying start to the Royal London One-Day Cup with five wickets, in three matches, at an average of 29.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “Our plan for bringing future success revolves around proven match-winners alongside home-grown talent such as Tom Taylor.
Belper Amateurs Cricket Club have expressed huge sadness and regret at the tragic death of Neil Dalton – and his university colleague Aidan Bunger - in Malaysia yesterday.
Neil, 22, was a player at Belper Amateurs since childhood, a stalwart of over 100 matches and a great friend of everybody at the Club.
Secretary Pip Nightingale said: “Words can’t describe the devastation this tragedy has caused to everybody within our club.
“Neil and many of our players grew up together - through school and cricket - and have such a strong friendship unit.
“He was a gentleman and a scholar whose trademark red hair was accompanied by a sense of humour second to none.
“He represented the club over 100 times, opening the batting at every level from under 15s right up to First XI, until his academic career took precedence over his amateur cricket.
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