Monday saw the playing staff given a day off in Barbados with an opportunity for relaxation and recreation. However, as the sun began to set just after 5pm, Derbyshire captain, Wayne Madsen was busy in the makeshift outdoor gym which Strength and Conditioning Coach, Luke Storey, has created in one of the communal seating areas beside the beach.
Speaking after a full week on the island, Madsen spoke in glowing terms about his squad, highlighting the efforts of the younger players in the t20 games at the weekend; “I thought we played pretty well – with several senior players out, others stepped in and it was great to see Ben Slater batting in that sort of environment, and Ross Whiteley batting so superlatively.”
“Both ‘keepers had a good innings too, plus we saw some really quick bowling from Turner and Footitt. The win over Warwickshire was a great effort against one of the leading sides in the country.”
Tuesday sees Derbyshire back at North Stars for a 2-day game against Nottinghamshire and Madsen and Karl Krikken have already agreed with their opponents’ Head Coach, Mick Newell that Derbyshire will start the first day in the field. The format for each day is fluid, with both sides bowling 90 overs each over the two days, but not necessarily all on one day.
The game will start at 10am local time (2pm UK time) and Madsen is hopeful of playing after a groin injury; “It’s been frustrating, but I’ve been working on fitness and I’m pretty sure I’ll be ok for tomorrow.”
Wes Durston is also likely to play, although Jon Clare is still doubtful with a knee injury.
Paul Borrington’s tour is over, however; he flies home in the next 24 hours after suffering a fractured cheekbone - which may require surgery - in the warm-up before the game against Warwickshire on Saturday in which he top-scored with 24.
Dan Redfern’s hand injury will also preclude him from taking any part in the game against Nottinghamshire but he will remain with the tour party.
A full report on the game against Nottinghamshire will appear here tomorrow.
Nottinghamshire proved too strong for Derbyshire in the Barbados t20 Cup Final on Sunday night.
Derbyshire earned their place in the final after their excellent victory earlier in the day against Warwickshire but were outplayed by their East Midlands rivals Nottinghamshire under the floodlights at the Kensington Oval.
In a balmy evening and in front of several hundred spectators – the majority holidaymakers from the UK – Derbyshire won the toss and decided to bat on a pitch that had already been used for three games.
Against Warwickshire the first innings score was 153; a couple of hours later Yorkshire mustered 128 in their first innings, and then in the Plate Final Northants couldn’t even reach three figures. The conclusion was that the pitch was getting slower and more difficult to score runs on.
Early wickets fell but 56 for 3 after ten overs was a reasonable platform for a challenging score, so it was frustrating when another 3 wickets fell in quick succession to leave Derbyshire on 60 for 6 after 12 overs.
However, Richard Johnson – inventive, quick feet and always looking to score off every ball – and Tony Palladino added 57 in the final 8 overs, actually doubling the score before the innings closed on 114-6.
Johnson made an energetic 35 not out while Palladino finished with an unbeaten 19.
Although low scores have been defended in t20 cricket – indeed, Derbyshire defended 111 at Northampton a couple of years ago - the feeling was that Derbyshire would probably have to take 10 wickets to prevent a Nottinghamshire win. And so it proved as Hales and Lumb put on 69 for the first wicket in 8 overs before the former was caught by Groenewald off Burgoyne and the latter removed by Hughes. James Taylor, however, quickly reminded Derbyshire of his prodigious talent.
Not for the first time, the diminutive batsman put Derbyshire’s bowlers to the sword with a quick fire 32 from 16 balls before Mullaney hit a huge six off Hughes to end the game with 39 balls and 7 wickets in hand.
Derbyshire were well beaten but the side was missing a handful of capped players and the experience of these 3 t20 games will not be lost on these young players as they enter the 2013 English season.
Come June, and Karl Krikken will expect to include Madsen, Durston, Redfern, Chanderpaul, Wainwright, Clare and another overseas player in his t20 side, but these trio of t20 games gave him an opportunity to see what the other players could do.
Borrington and Slater didn’t look out of place when they batted, and both wicket-keepers produced a useful innings at the Kensington Oval and both kept well, too. Whiteley demonstrated his awesome power and stroke play and all the bowlers had their moments.
Monday is the first and only rest day of the tour, then its back to North Stars for a two day game against Nottinghamshire. Full reports and photographs will be featured on the website.
Derbyshire’s progress to the final owes much to a fine all-round performance by Ross Whiteley against Warwickshire here this morning. The powerful left-hander scored a rapid 63, including 6 sixes and then took 2 wickets for 5 runs in the only over he bowled, removing both Jim Troughton and Rikki Clarke.
As the game boiled to a thrilling conclusion, Mark Turner bowled a mightily impressive final over to ensure Derbyshire prevailed less than 16 hours after the same opponents had defeated them in a preliminary game at the 3C’s.
Their opponents in the final are still unknown at the time of writing as Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire are currently contesting their semi-final at the Kensington Oval whilst the Derbyshire party spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel complex.
However, regardless of who makes it to the final, they will certainly be familiar with them; Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire have been perennial opponents in the Northern Group ever since the UK t20 tournament began in 2003. Indeed, Derbyshire’s three highest ever t20 batting totals have all been against Yorkshire and many will remember Wes Durston’s spectacular hundred at Trent Bridge a couple of years ago.
Yorkshire are the reigning UK t20 champions and Nottinghamshire are frequent visitors to t20 Finals Day so whichever team Derbyshire face will represent a huge challenge.
Nonetheless, after a defeat last night, the young Derbyshire side – minus Durston, Redfern, Madsen, Clare and co – have still managed to defeat the mighty Warwickshire and rightfully take their place in the final.
There will be updates via Twitter and Facebook throughout the game which start at 7pm tonight (11pm UK time) – (please note that there are varying start times being suggested, but the earliest is 7pm), with a full match report to follow on the website on Monday.
After their defeat to Warwickshire at the 3C’s on Saturday night, the opportunity for revenge could not have come sooner. Once the final match had concluded at 11pm on Saturday it became clear that Derbyshire’s battling defeat had actually earned them a place in the Barbados t20 Cup semi-final against their opponents from the previous evening.
Again Warwickshire won the toss and inserted Derbyshire who found runs hard to come by in the opening overs. Godleman again opening the batting but with Durston absent his partner was Hughes.
After a couple of early wickets, Ben Slater came in at number 4 and batted well for 15 before Ross Whiteley took the game by the scruff off the neck smashing a wonderful 63 which included 6 massive sixes. His straight driving was magnificent and not many players hit more cleanly – or further – as Whiteley when he is in this sort of form.
Tom Poynton joined Whiteley in a vital 50 partnership scoring 35 not out to propel Derbyshire to a useful 153.
Warwickshire began steadily and Chopra and Troughton batted well for the 2nd wicket without every really accelerating and found themselves falling behind the required rate.
When Whiteley came into the attack the game was in the balance. However, he bowled one over and took 2 wickets for 5 runs removing Troughton and danger man Rikki Clarke.
Turner bowled a superb final over which included 3 dot balls to see Derbyshire to a 2 run victory and a place in the final at 7.30pm on Sunday night (11.30pm UK time).
Despite Derbyshire’s defeat to Warwickshire last night, their performance was enough to earn them a place in the Barbados t20 Cup semi final as the best loser – and another game against Warwickshire.
It was only late last night when news of Northamptonshire’s heavy defeat to Nottinghamshire was texted through to the Derbyshire management team that Karl Krikken and co was informed of their fate – and that their semi final would start at 9am (local time).
So having breakfasted early, the tour party were on the coach to the ground at 7.30am for the short journey to the Kensington Oval
All games today are taking place at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown and if Derbyshire win, the final will start at around 7.30pm (local time) 11.30pm (UK time)
There are two changes to the side that lost yesterday with Durston and Borrington replaced by Slater and Palladino. The side, therefore, is; Godleman, Slater, Hughes, Whiteley, Johnson, Poynton, Burgoyne, Groenewald, Turner, Footitt and Palladino. Tim Groenewald will captain the side.
Full updates will appear on Twitter and Facebook with a match report and images here on the Derbyshire website
Derbyshire’s opening t20 fixture was won by Warwickshire in a low-scoring game at the 3C’s ground on Saturday evening.
After Derbyshire scored just 128-9 from their 20 overs, it was always going to be difficult to restrict opponents who so comprehensively defeated them in their two limited overs CB40 clashes in 2012.
And when Karl Krikken sits down to select his first t20 team of the English summer, he will hope to have considerably more selection options than he had at the 3C’s ground here on Saturday evening.
Wayne Madsen, Dan Redfern, David Wainwright, Jon Clare (all injured), plus Chanderpaul and one additional overseas player would all expect to start in Derbyshire’s first choice t20 side.
Nonetheless, against a Warwickshire side themselves shorn of several regulars, Derbyshire gave Paul Borrington, Richard Johnson, Peter Burgoyne and Mark Footitt an opportunity to impress in the shortest form of the game.
Wickets fell at regular intervals as the Warwickshire spinners did the majority of the damage after Durston had fallen to the 2nd ball of the match and Chesney Hughes in the 4th over to leave Derbyshire on 22-2. These two batsmen have been Derbyshire’s leading t20 batting exponents in the last couple of years and with both out early on, it was left to Godleman and Whiteley to steady the ship with a partnership of 33 in 5 overs before the former was run out for 19.
Whiteley scored 23 off 20 balls including 2 sixes, but it was Paul Borrington who finished as top scorer with a well-compiled 24 from 27 balls. He batted sensibly and scored his runs all around the wicket, using his feet nicely.
For Warwickshire, Evans with 3-24, and Javed with 1-16 from his 4 overs bowled their spinners effectively on what looked like a fairly slow pitch.
Warwickshire’s opening pair, Maddy and Chopra gave their side an excellent start, finding gaps in the field from the off, and when Troughton joined Maddy both batsmen found their range hitting sixes off Turner, Footitt and Durston.
When Maddy was dismissed by Durston he was replaced by former Derbyshire captain, Rikki Clarke, who announced his intentions by hitting a Hughes delivery straight down the ground for 6, although Clarke fell shortly afterwards to Durston, stumped by Poynton.
Poynton then stumped Ambrose off Hughes and Evans was smartly caught in the gloom on the long off boundary by Groenewald off Durston to give the off-spinner his 3rd wicket and leave Warwickshire on 78-5.
The experienced Troughton continued to frustrate Derbyshire, compiling his runs all around the wicket and maintaining his composure despite the loss of wickets at the other end. Arguably the shot of the day was his straight drive off Burgoyne which dissected long on and long off. He was out in the next over, however, trapped plumb in front by Chesney Hughes.
Derbyshire fielded tigerishly and Footitt bowled a superb 17th over of the innings which conceded just 3 runs before Turner did likewise in the next over.
A misfield at the start of the 19th over eased the pressure on Warwickshire as Best and Javed were able to run 3, and Javed then pulled a Footitt delivery to the mid-wicket boundary before a wide brought the scores level.
Javed square drove the next ball for 4 and the game was won by Warwickshire with an over to spare.
In truth, 128 was probably a dozen runs or so too few, but Derbyshire battled their way back into the game in a manner familiar to anyone who witnessed their Championship campaign in 2012 and they certainly weren't disgraced by the Edgbaston outfit..
Derbyshire will play Warwickshire in an eagerly anticipated t20 game this afternoon at the 3W’s Cricket Ground at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Barbados. The match starts at 4pm (8pm UK time) and there will regular score updates on Twitter. As darkness is complete well before the scheduled finish time, the 2nd innings will be played under floodlights.
The side has yet to be announced, although both Wayne Madsen (groin) and Dan Redfern (hand) are unavailable for selection and continue to receive treatment for their injuries. In Madsen’s absence, Wes Durston will again captain the side.
T20 action continues on Sunday although the schedule is uncertain; win or lose today, however, and Derbyshire will play more t20 cricket tomorrow but their opponents and the venue will not be known until after this fixture – and others – are concluded.
A full report and gallery will be available later.
Derbyshire’s Head Coach and Captain met up with new overseas signing, Shivnarine ‘Shiv’ Chanderpaul last night in Barbados.
The recent Test Match between West Indies and Zimbabwe took place at the Kensington Oval so Karl Krikken and Wayne Madsen plus Chairman Chris Grant and Honorary Secretary David Griffin took the opportunity to meet up with the left-handed batsman once the game had concluded.
The meeting lasted around 90 minutes and offered the Head Coach and Captain the perfect opportunity to meet Shiv before his scheduled arrival ahead of the Media Day on 4th April.
The Chairman outlined the Club’s strategy for both cricket and business – including ground development, while Krikken and Madsen discussed the make-up of the squad and chatted about the cricketing and fitness facilities available to the players.
Afterwards, Krikken commented; “Even though the meeting was brief, Shiv gave me the clearest indication that he will be hugely beneficial to Derbyshire. His record, his reputation and his work ethic will be a significant factor not only in terms of the runs we expect him to score, but also in terms of his influence on our still-developing squad.”
Chanderpaul still has other cricketing commitments ahead of him, including a Test Match in Dominica next week, but Derbyshire followers can expect him to take his place in the Derbyshire side for the first Championship game of the season at Edgbaston on 10th April.
Following negotiations, the Council has confirmed all current cricket pitches will be maintained for the 2013 season and discussions will continue with cricket representatives about how to ensure cricket provision is sustained in the future.
Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture said: “I am delighted that we have been able to find a way to maintain cricket provision across the City and I look forward to working with representatives and cricket clubs to create a strong future for the sport in the City.”
In order to cover the costs of sustaining cricket ground maintenance in 2013, the fees for cricket pitch hire will increase. However these represent only small increases per player per game and will ensure all current provision is maintained.
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