Derbyshire’s Twenty20 showdown with Leicestershire at the County Ground – this coming Friday – has taken on a new significance following the recent victory over Nottinghamshire.
Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston wowed a SKY Sports television audience with their aggressive batting versus the Outlaws on Tuesday evening before an accomplished performance in the field secured a crucial 16 run victory.
Derbyshire’s hopes of quarter-final qualification, therefore, remain very much alive ahead of the visit of Leicestershire who have so far won two, lost four and tied one of their seven Friends Life t20 matches.
Albie Morkel has departed for the Caribbean Premier League while Shivnarine Chanderpaul remains doubtful with a hamstring injury.
Pupils from a Derby City Primary School drew inspiration from meeting Derbyshire first team players – and have gone on to remarkable achievements on the national ASDA Kwik Cricket stage.
The Dale Primary School Girls team won the National Championship at Headingley and the boys’ team finished runners-up, from a competition originally entered by over 5,000 schools from across the UK.
The two teams had to win tournaments at city and county level in order to qualify for the Headingley Finals Day, in which they competed versus teams from Yorkshire, Durham, Norfolk and Cheshire.
Back in April, after receiving expert coaching as part of the Cricket Derbyshire Chance to Shine Programme, the pupils enjoyed a visit to the County Ground. They formed a match-day guard of honour for the players of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and had the opportunity to meet first team players including Captain Wayne Madsen and star overseas batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that all 18 First Class Counties and Scotland will offer free tickets to children attending Yorkshire Bank 40 games during August.
A total of 31 games will be available free of charge - including the two Derbyshire Falcons home fixtures on Thursday 15th August and Bank Holiday Monday 26th August - for any child with a paying adult, as part of a ground-breaking ECB initiative which aims to attract more youngsters to watch live cricket at their local county during the school holidays.
David Collier, ECB Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to offer this unique opportunity to young cricket fans this summer as we look to take advantage of the increased interest cricket enjoys during an Ashes summer.
Durston scored 50 not out, off just 31 balls, as the Falcons posted 109-1 from their shortened innings of nine overs at Trent Bridge – with Chesney Hughes also on fire making 47 off 25 deliveries in a fine opening stand of 98 off 7.5 overs.
Peter Burgoyne then starred with exceptional figures of 1 for 13 from 2 overs as the Outlaws finished 16 runs short of Derbyshire’s imposing total, despite a remarkable 43 off just 15 balls from Michael Lumb.
Tim Groenewald took the crucial wickets of Alex Hales - clean bowled for a golden duck - and Samit Patel without scoring, while Alex Hughes took two wickets for four runs from his solitary over. Mark Turner took a trio of excellent catches, including a special pluck – diving full length – to gain the crucial wicket of Lumb at 44-3 after 3.2 overs, as Derbyshire defied the absence of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Albie Morkel through injury to record an against the odds victory.
Derbyshire Head Coach Karl Krikken has named an unchanged 15-man squad for the Friends Life t20 fixture versus Nottinghamshire on Tuesday, 6.30pm start at Trent Bridge.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul misses out again for the Falcons with a hamstring injury while the fitness of Albie Morkel, who left the field during Sunday’s four-wicket defeat to the Durham Dynamos with a groin injury, is being monitored ahead of the fixture.
The Derbyshire squad is as follows:
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has announced the first seven Members’ Regional Representatives following the recent change in the Club’s governance.
The previous committee of 15 was replaced by a Supervisory Board of six following a Members’ vote back in March when nine Regional Representative Positions were also inaugurated.
Each Regional Rep will serve a geographical section of the Club’s Membership and the first seven appointments are as follows:
England all-rounder Ben Stokes put an end to Derbyshire’s hopes of victory in the Friends Life t20 match versus Durham at Chesterfield.
The Falcons had begun impressively in their defence of 136-7 and had the Dynamos firmly on the rack at 36-4 after 7.1 overs.
Stokes, however, launched an explosive counter-offensive of 46 off 24 balls and – in a partnership of 77 with Gordon Muchall (37 off 27) – led the visitors to the brink of a four wicket victory with eight balls to spare.
Chesney Hughes (32 off 37), Wayne Madsen (32 off 23) and Albie Morkel (25 off 18) had earlier threatened to fire Derbyshire to a more competitive score, but none were able to cash in on their starts in the face of an accomplished bowling performance from the visitors.
Karl Krikken has named a 15-man squad for the match versus Durham Dynamos at Chesterfiel this afternoon which starts at 2.30pm.
Richard Johnson, Peter Burgoyne, Tom Knight, Alex Hughes and Mark Footitt are all in contention for recalls following the six-run defeat to Yorkshire Vikings a week ago.
South African international, Albie Morkel, faces his former team mates having starred with 4 for 25 and 51 off 31 balls last time out against the Yorkshire Vikings.
Alex Hughes could be in line for a first start since his man of the match performance in the Yorkshire Bank 40 victory over Essex, shortly after which he sustained a groin injury.
The Derbyshire skipper scored a fine second innings 141 as the home side were all out for 269 at Queen’s Park to lose by an innings and 113 runs.
Madsen’s men had earlier begun the third day with their first innings tottering at 94-5 - with Richard Johnson five not out alongside night watchman Mark Turner who had four.
Turner doubled his overnight tally before lobbing a Jack Brooks delivery to mid-off. Johnson, however, looked in impressive touch, reaching 46 in 72 balls before becoming the first of Adil Rashid’s two first innings victims, making the score 146-7.
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