Derbyshire Falcons continue their new Royal London One-Day Cup campaign versus Worcestershire at New Road today; 10.30am start.
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Derbyshire Falcons are aiming to extend their 100% start to the Royal London One-Day Cup when they face Worcestershire at New Road on Thursday 31 July.
Graeme Welch’s men have begun the rebranded tournament in perfect fashion, having convincingly defeated both Hampshire and Leicestershire, by 136 runs and seven wickets respectively, in their opening two fixtures.
Skipper Wayne Madsen hit his first and second List A centuries in the two matches, which also brought about a Wes Durston hundred and a five-wicket haul for Mark Footitt.
Worcestershire currently lead the way in the LV= County Championship Division Two, spearheaded by their captain and opening batsman Daryl Mitchell who is the leading run-scorer in the league.
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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