Derbyshire’s Friends Life t20 preparations continue when they face a Chesterfield Invitational XI at Queen’s Park tomorrow; Wednesday, 26th June; 6pm start.
Supporters will get the first opportunity to see new signing Albie Morkel in action as Karl Krikken’s men go head-to-head with a Kevin Dean led invitational side featuring plenty of first-class experience.
The Chesterfield Invitational XI will include an array of overseas players from around the local league circuit.
The likes of James Smith (Matlock), Kyle Heyns (Eckington) and Nick Gill (South Wingfield) all play locally in the north of the county. Other prominent players are Cameron Bancroft (Denby), Martin Walters (Lullington Park) Peter Drysdale (Spondon) and Dan Wheeldon (Sandiacre) alongside former Derbyshire batsman Matt Lineker.
Jonathan Clare claimed five wickets on Day 4, but it was ultimately in vain as Somerset sealed a four-wicket victory at the County Ground.
Craig Meschede (3-17) and Steve Kirby (4-18) tore through the Derbyshire line-up to dismiss the hosts for just 94 on the final morning, setting Marcus Trescothick’s side 145 for victory.
After a 60-run opening stand, Clare produced an exceptional spell of bowling to bring Karl Krikken's side back into the game – finishing with 5 for 29 from eight overs – but 56 from Nick Compton guided Somerset to a narrow victory on Day 4.
Derbyshire struggled on the final morning losing the final eight wickets for just 58 runs, slumping from 36-2 to 94 all out inside an hour and a half.
Tim Groenewald blew away the Somerset tail to give Derbyshire the lead after a rain-affected third day at the County Ground.
Groenewald, who had to play second fiddle to new ball partner Tony Palladino on Day 2, took the leading role on Day 3 dislodging three Somerset batsman to pick up his first five-fer of the campaign - ending with impressive figures of 5 for 30 from 18 overs.
Not to miss out, Palladino claimed the final wicket of the day to complete a five-wicket haul of his own, as the hosts wasted little time in dismissing the visitors for 216, sealing a 50-run lead.
Bad light, however, forced an early closure to proceedings with Karl Krikken's side on 36-2 - a lead of 86 runs - to leave the match finely poised with one day remaining.
Palladino destroyed the Somerset middle-order on the second day, picking up four wickets, as the visitors resumed the penultimate day on 180-6 in reply to Derbyshire's 266 all out.
When play finally got underway at 3.45pm, it took only four balls for Marcus Trescothick's side to lose their first wicket as Craig Meschede nicked Groenewald through to Richard Johnson for one.
Peter Trego and Alfonso Thomas provided some late resistance adding 29 runs for the eighth wicket, but the South African-born paceman made short work of the Somerset tail, clean bowling Trego (28) before removing Kirby (0) to end the innings with five wickets.
Palladino (5-97) removed Overton in the following over to also end with five, as Derbyshire secured a 50-run first-innings lead - claiming the last four wickets for just 36 runs.
With 28 overs remaining in the day, the hosts made a quick start in an attempt to set Somerset a final-day total to chase. But any hopes of setting a competitive score were dashed when bad light stopped play after just 10 overs. Derbyshire closed the day on 36-2, with Billy Godleman unbeaten on 19 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul yet to score.
The 29-year-old added figures of 4 for 75 to his priceless knock of 49, as Somerset closed a rain-shortened day on 180-6 in reply to Derbyshire's 266 all out.
Marcus Trescothick notched a subdued half-century for the visitors who initially cruised to 101-1, before Palladino (pictured during his opening day 49) and Tim Groenewald (2 for 16) combined to ensure an excellent afternoon session for Karl Krikken’s men.
Overnight batsman Nick Compton was the subject of national media speculation on the morning of Day 2 regarding his place at the top of the England order ahead of the Ashes.
An 82-run partnership between Richard Johnson and Tony Palladino helped Derbyshire post a competitive total on the opening day against Somerset.
Johnson top-scored with 56, while Palladino, who was making his first Championship appearance since suffering a side strain against Yorkshire at the end of April, struck 49, to move the hosts from 173-7 to 266 all out.
Somerset safely navigated the final seven overs to move onto 16-0, with Marcus Trescothick unbeaten on 10 and Nick Compton six not out at the County Ground.
After losing the toss on a seamer-friendly wicket, Derbyshire made a solid start to the four-day fixture despite losing the early wicket of Billy Godleman for five.
Chesney Hughes and Wayne Madsen shared a 52-run second-wicket stand to move Karl Krikken’s side onto 67-1 after the opening 20 overs. Hughes led the way hitting three fours in his 25 from 60 balls, before the opener was the second man out, caught at second slip by Trescothick, to leave Derbyshire on 67-2.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has captured South Africa international Albie Morkel as their second overseas signing for this season’s Friends Life t20 competition.
The 32-year-old all-rounder, who recently participated in his sixth Indian Premier League campaign, will feature in nine of Derbyshire’s ten Twenty20 fixtures.
Since making his debut in 2005, the big-hitting middle-order batsman has featured in 42 Twenty20 Internationals, scoring over 500 runs at a strike rate of 142.73 and claiming 22 wickets.
Morkel will form an overseas duo with Shivnarine Chanderpaul during the tournament who has confirmed that he will remain with Derbyshire throughout the season and will not take part in the Caribbean Premier League.
With Derbyshire on 36-2, heavy rain forced the players off the field after just 40 minutes of play, and persistent rain forced an abandonment at 8.00pm as both sides had to settle for a point in the floodlit fixture.
After being asked to bat first, Derbyshire made a cautious start with former Warwickshire man Neil Carter leading the Scotland attack, conceding just seven runs in his opening five overs. But Chesney Hughes quickly found his feet and got off the mark with a big six over backward square-leg off Gordon Goudie.
The opener continued his power-hitting display, hitting four fours and a six in his brisk 30-ball innings, before he was the second man out for 30 after he was superbly ran out by Richie Bennington.
Mark Turner is looking forward to welcoming former Club Somerset to the County Ground this week, and says the squad are focused on claiming their first four-day victory of the campaign.
The 28-year-old spent four seasons at Taunton, playing alongside current first-team members Marcus Trescothick, Craig Kieswetter, Nick Compton and Peter Trego, before making the switch to the East Midlands in 2011.
The paceman is expecting another difficult four-day game against a strong Somerset outfit - beginning on Friday, 21st June; 11am start - but believes the side can take advantage of home conditions and claim the victory that will move them above this week’s opponents.
“For sure it will be a difficult game,” Turner said. “It's another important fixture for both teams. We both need to get a result and we will be making sure we do everything in our power to get the win.
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