Wayne Madsen has been pleased with his and the teams start in the Royal London One-Day Cup and hopes their good start can continue versus Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground next Thursday (7 August); 2pm start.
Derbyshire have begun the rebranded tournament in ideal fashion, having convincingly defeated both Hampshire and Leicestershire, by 136 runs and seven wickets respectively, in their opening two fixtures, before rain forced no result in the clash versus Worcestershire.
Captain Madsen has played a leading role in their early-competition success, hitting his maiden List A century in the opening match versus Hampshire, before backing it with a second the next day against Leicestershire.
"I feel great – not necessarily because of the hundreds but because we have played well," said Madsen.
"We have got ourselves into the habit of winning by taking the momentum we had from the last two Championship games and carrying it into the new competition.
"We set this up in Abu Dhabi in the pre-season – how we wanted to go about batting and bowling – and spoke about them again this week and have carried out our plans both times. It's extremely rewarding to do that.
Derbyshire and Worcestershire both took a point away from New Road after the weather washed out any hopes of a result after the Falcons had put themselves in a good position.
Four wickets from Mark Footitt had helped restrict the hosts to 261 all out from 49 overs, setting Derbyshire 262 to win their third successive Royal London One-Day Cup game.
The rain arrived 7.4 overs into Derbyshire’s chase, when the score was on 37-0 – 17 runs ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis score for that over – and sadly ended any hope of a result.
The Falcons got the early wicket they wanted when Tom Taylor (3-48) pitched one short to Richard Oliver who could only top-edge the ball to Wayne Madsen at point for an easy catch. The Pears’ leading run-scorer and fellow opener Daryl Mitchell was next to fall, caught down the leg-side by Gareth Cross for Footitt’s first wicket.
Tom Fell and Alexei Kervezee fell soon after, caught off the bowling of Footitt and Alex Hughes (2-46) respectively to leave Worcestershire struggling on 73-4 in the 22nd over.
The Cricket Derbyshire Foundation is offering teenagers in Derby a chance to participate in fun cricket activities, free of charge, during the school holidays as part of their Connecting Communities Project.
The foundation, in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner of Derbyshire, is giving boys and girls in the city an opportunity to get active and participate in fun and easy to play cricket activities.
Starting on Monday 4th August, the sessions - held at Normanton Park and Arboretum Park - are free and will run during the six-week school holidays, giving youngsters aged 14 to 19 a chance to receive coaching from qualified cricket coaches.
No advanced booking is required; participants can simply turn up and opt to take part on the day.
The Falcons have posted two emphatic wins at the start of the Royal London One-Day Cup with Wayne Madsen and Wes Durston jumping straight to the top of the competition’s Valuable Player (MVP) Rankings in the process.
Skipper Madsen has begun the competition with 138 off 127 balls against Hampshire and 105 of 99 against Leicestershire, a tally of 243 runs at better than a run-a-ball.
He’s scored 41.12% of the Falcon’s runs and also earns extra points under the MVP formula for winning games as captain.
He’s ranked top of the Royal London Cup (RLC) FTI MVP Rankings with 62 points and 17th in the overall FTI MVP - on course to finish higher than his 24th position of last season.
That was earned principally on the back of his strong showing in the LV= County Championship (15th) where he scored 1,221 runs including three hundreds and eight fifties.
It has been confirmed that Shivnarine Chanderpaul will return to the West Indies this week ahead of the Test Series versus Bangladesh.
The First Test in St Vincent commences on 5th September and is preceded by a training camp which begins in August.
The 39-year-old West Indian has played 23 first-class matches during two seasons at The 3aaa County Ground; scoring 1,471 runs, at an average of 43.26, with one century and 14 fifties.
He added a further 495 runs, with four half-centuries, in limited-overs competitions, the last of which was the unbeaten 52 that saw him strike the winning runs in the recent Royal London One-Day Cup victory over Leicestershire.
Former Australia international Marcus North is already part of the squad having played 18 matches and will replace Chanderpaul during the Royal London One-Day Cup run-in and – following that – the remainder of the county season.
David Wainwright (pictured above) and Mark Footitt have expressed their sadness after witnessing a fatal crash on the M1 yesterday as they made their way to the match against Leicestershire.
The game at Grace Road was delayed by an hour after the remainder of the Derbyshire squad were caught up in the subsequent traffic jam.
Wainwright said: “We feel so bad for the woman and her family. It puts a game of cricket into perspective when you have seen something as horrific as that."
Chief Executive Simon Storey added: “We are deeply saddened that the accident proved to be fatal and proud of the two players for the way they responded to a very difficult situation.
“The fact that Mark and David were then able to refocus on cricket is testament to their professionalism and we’ll support them appropriately.
Wayne Madsen scored his second century in two days and Mark Footitt took a five-wicket haul as Derbyshire cruised to a seven-wicket win over Leicestershire to secure successive victories in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Footitt (5-59) starred with the ball for the Falcons as they bowled economically throughout to keep Leicestershire’s run-rate below five an over as they posted 248-8 from their 50 overs, having chosen to bat first.
Derbyshire won with 29 balls to spare thanks to a second successive century for Madsen. There were also helpful contributions from Shivnarine Chanderpaul (52*) and Billy Godleman (43) as the Falcons secured victory by seven wickets.
The first wicket to fall for Leicestershire was opener Angus Robson, who edged Footitt to Durston at slip for 11 to give Derbyshire an early breakthrough.
The Foxes were effectively two down soon after when their captain Josh Cobb was forced to retire hurt on 20, having been hit on the hand by Footitt’s bouncer.
Derbyshire move onto Leicestershire after a victorious start to the Royal London One-Day Cup, having beaten Hampshire by 136 runs on Saturday at The 3aaa County Ground.
Wayne Madsen (138) and Wes Durston (134) shared a record-breaking third wicket stand, worth 222 runs, against the Royals to ensure the Falcons started the new 50-over campaign with a win.
Grace Road was the scene of Derbyshire’s first victory of the summer in all competitions, when they defeated Leicestershire by nine wickets in the LV= County Championship back in early June.
Leicestershire are likely to have New Zealand Scott Styris amongst their ranks which will also include hard-hitting batsman Joshua Cobb and former Derbyshire man Dan Redfern.
Wes Durston and Wayne Madsen shared a record third-wicket stand, both hitting centuries, as Derbyshire made a winning start to the Royal London One-Day Cup, beating Hampshire by 136 runs.
Durston scored 134 from 129 balls and Madsen 138 from 127 balls as the Falcons posted a formidable total of 340-5 after being asked to bat first by the visitors.
The record-breaking total proved far too high for Hampshire who fell 136 runs short, after being bowled out for 204 in the 35 over, with David Wainwright gaining figures of 4-34.
Durston and Billy Godleman opened for Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground but lost an early wicket when Godleman was caught at point by Glenn Maxwell off Chris Wood for five.
Scott Elstone made his return to the side after injury, coming in at three, but Matt Coles clean-bowled him without scoring.
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