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[VIDEO] Madsen stars on Day One against Middlesex

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen became the first man to reach 1,000 LV= County Championship runs this season on Day One against Middlesex at the County Ground.

The Derbyshire Captain compiled a superb century, his third century of the campaign, to pass the personal feat on an evenly-contested opening day. 

The 29-year-old shared useful partnerships with Ben Slater (53) – who completed his second successive Championship half-century – Richard Johnson (33) and Alex Hughes (33) – who hit his career-best first class score - to put the hosts in a strong position.

Despite the loss of two late wickets, Madsen remained firm to end unbeaten on 105 and, alongside Peter Burgoyne (19 not out), helped his side close on 279-6 at stumps.

After losing the toss, Derbyshire made a promising start thanks to openers Chesney Hughes and Slater who added 37 runs for the first-wicket, before Chesney Hughes - who struck three fours - was the first man out for 16.

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Derbyshire Falcons v Hampshire Royals: Yorkshire Bank 40 Preview

HampshireYB40Derbyshire Falcons welcome defending Yorkshire Bank 40 champions Hampshire Royals to the County Ground on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August (1.45pm start).

Karl Krikken’s young side enter their final 40-over fixture looking to build on their convincing 107-run victory against Durham at the County Ground earlier this month. Richard Johnson led the way with 58 as part of a 103-run stand with Wayne Madsen (37), before three wickets apiece from Madsen (3-27) and Knight (3-36), and four from David Wainwright (4-11) secured a comprehensive win.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Wes Durston could return to the Falcons’ one-day squad to face the Royals after missing the win against the Dynamos, the side's third of the competition. 

The Royals, meanwhile, currently sit top of Group B a point clear of second placed Lancashire. They are likely to include Michael Carberry - who has been selected in England’s Twenty20 squad for their two-match series against Australia – and fellow internationals Dimi Mascarenhas, Neil McKenzie and Danny Briggs.

Youngsters will gain free entry, if accompanied by a paying adult, to the Bank Holiday Monday fixture versus Hampshire. And Captain Wayne Madsen is calling for a performance to inspire youngsters.

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ECB invites entries for the County Cricket Journalism Awards 2013

MediaCentreECB is inviting entries from young journalists and regional newspapers for the County Cricket Journalism Awards 2013 supported by The Times.

The awards, now in their third year, are designed to recognise outstanding contributions towards the coverage of domestic cricket during the 2013 county season.

A new award has been introduced for 2013 – the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Young Broadcaster of the Year award – to recognize broadcasting excellence within the domestic county game.

The Young County Journalist of the Year award will also be re-named after ‘CMJ’ – the former BBC Radio Test Match Special commentator and The Times cricket correspondent who died earlier this year.

From this year, The Times will also fund the £5,000 scholarship which is awarded to the Young Journalist of the Year to report on an overseas cricket event involving English county teams.

The three other categories in which awards are made to recognise outstanding coverage of County cricket are: National Newspaper of the Year, Regional Newspaper of the Year and Best Online coverage of the Year.

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ECB to stream Tuesday's Women's Ashes match live online

EnglandWomenThe ECB will stream tomorrow’s Women’s Ashes NatWest ODI fixture at Lord’s live on its website and official YouTube channel – the first time that the governing body has streamed a non-televised fixture live on its digital platforms.

Commentary will be provided by former England players turned broadcasters Isa Guha and Mark Butcher, alongside broadcaster and journalist Alison Mitchell.

This summer, the ECB has been streaming the Investec Ashes Series live on its YouTube channel to more than 50 countries across mainland Europe and North America. In 2013, the channel has received over 5 million views of its video content worldwide, 2.4 million of these being Investec Ashes Series content. The governing body’s channel also offers highlights of every Investec Test, NatWest ODI & T20, LV= County Championship and Yorkshire Bank 40 matches, as well as behind-the-scenes features and player interviews.

The Women’s Ashes Series comprises one Test match (which was drawn last week), three NatWest Women’s One-Day Internationals, and three NatWest Women’s International Twenty20 matches. Points are allocated to each format – two points go to the winners of each limited overs matches, with the teams earning two points each from the drawn Test. The team that accrues the most points across all formats will win the Women’s Ashes Series and be presented with the Women’s Ashes trophy.

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Chanderpaul and Durston return to face Middlesex

ChanderpaulShivnarine Chanderpaul and Wes Durston are in Derbyshire’s 13-man squad for the LV= County Championship clash against Middlesex at the County Ground; beginning on Tuesday, 20th August (11am start).

World number two Test batsman Chanderpaul and all-rounder Durston return after missing the Falcons’ mid-week Yorkshire Bank 40 victory over Durham due to injury. The pair is joined in Karl Krikken’s matchday squad by paceman Tony Palladino who is set to feature in his first four-day fixture since mid-June.  

Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates Ben Slater, Peter Burgoyne, Alex Hughes and Matt Higginbottom, meanwhile, are all included in the squad to face Middlesex after playing leading roles in the recent victory over Sussex.

Dan Redfern, however, has been ruled out with a long-term injury and is set to miss the remainder of the season.

Middlesex will be without former Derbyshire Captain Chris Rogers due to his participation in the 5th Investec Ashes Test at the Kia Oval. But Steven Finn, who is in England's 14-man squad, will be available to play at Derby on Day Two, Three and Four if released.

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Derbyshire v Middlesex: LV= County Championship Preview

RichardJohnsonRichard Johnson says Derbyshire can build on recent victories against Durham and Sussex when they welcome Middlesex to the County Ground on Tuesday, 20th August (11am start).

Johnson played a leading role in the Falcons’ Yorkshire Bank 40 victory over Durham Dynamos on Thursday, striking 58 as part of a 103-run partnership with Captain Wayne Madsen (37).

The wicketkeeper-batsman now believes Karl Krikken’s side can take the positives from the 40-over victory against Durham and nine-wicket LV= County Championship win over Sussex into this week’s crucial four-day fixture with Middlesex.

Speaking after the Durham fixture, Johnson said: “The boys did really well. It’s an exceptional win and the lads are full of confidence. Hopefully we can take this momentum into the four-day game against Middlesex on Tuesday.

“I am really pleased with my performance against Durham - but I am just happy to be playing. I’m happy to be out there with the boys and to contribute. We were excellent in the field, we remained vocal, we stayed upbeat and the bowlers did the job with the ball.

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Kids go FREE to Hampshire fixture this Bank Holiday Monday

TheCountyGroundKids can enjoy Derbyshire Falcons' Yorkshire Bank 40 clash against reigning champions Hampshire Royals for FREE this Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August (1.45pm start). 

The England and Wales Cricket Board launched their first ever national promotion to allow school children to attend one-day fixtures at all 18 First Class Counties free of charge throughout August.

Karl Krikken’s men, featuring world number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, will go head-to-head with a Royals side likely to include internationals Dimi Mascarenhas, Neil Mckenzie, Michael Carberry and Danny Briggs. 

Youngsters will gain free entry, if accompanied by a paying adult, to Derbyshire's 40-over fixture versus Hampshire - and Family Fun entertainment will be available. And Captain Wayne Madsen is calling for a performance to inspire youngsters.

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Pakistan claim thrilling win at the County Ground, Derby

DerbyPakistan claimed a four-run victory against England in a thrilling Under-19s One Day International at the County Ground, Derby.

A 124-run partnership between Imam-ul-Haq (64) and Hasan Raza (71) helped Pakistan recover from 16-3 to close on a competitive 227-8 form their 50 overs. Jack Winslade (3-37) and Will Rhodes (3-45) claimed three wickets apiece, while Matthew Fisher picked up one to help restrict Azam Khan’s side.

England made an excellent start in reply with Jonathan Tattersall (53) and Harry Finch (53) adding 111 runs for the opening wicket. Ryan Higgins top scored with 54, before Captain Ben Duckett chipped in with a quick-fire 22 to leave England needing 12 runs from as many balls for win.

But two wickets in the penultimate over from the tournament’s leading wicket taker Zafar Gohar (3-24) help Pakistan seal a dramatic victory by four runs.

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England Under-19s and Pakistan Under-19s will meet again in the International Tri-Series Final on Monday, 19th August at Trent Bridge, Nottingham (10.45am start).

Falcons seal convincing win over Durham

MadsenBy Josh Murray

Derbyshire Falcons produced a dominant performance in the field to seal a convincing 107-run victory against Durham Dynamos at the County Ground.


Richard Johnson (58) and Captain Wayne Madsen (37) shared an impressive 103-run stand to help Derbyshire recover from 36-3 to close on 217-8.

In reply, Durham lost regular wickets thanks to the spin trio of Madsen (3-27), David Wainwright (4-11) and Tom Knight (3-36) to dismiss the visitors for just 110 in the 29th over, sealing a comfortable victory for Karl Krikken’s side.

The hosts lost the toss and were put in to bat by Durham captain Mark Stoneman. Chesney Hughes seized the initiative immediately, working the ball around well to add 24 off 26 balls, before the hosts lost three quick wickets to leave them in trouble on 36-3 in the eighth over.

It was at this stage that Madsen was joined at the crease by Johnson and the two enjoyed a century partnership under the setting sun at Derby.

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