Derbyshire Second XI succumbed to a 186-run defeat on the final day of their three-day friendly against Leicestershire Second XI at Grace Road.
Leicestershire declared midway through the morning session on 297-2 with Greg Smith top-scoring with an unbeaten 158.
In reply, Derbyshire reached 46-2 at lunch with Paul Borrington 21 not out, but the visitors lost a flurry of wickets after the restart to fall to 67-5.
But a 98-run stand between Jonathan Clare (48) and former Lancashire wicketkeeper Gareth Cross (52), who is on trial with the Club, moved the visitors onto 165-5 just before tea.
The pair, however, both fell after the resumption and despite some lower order runs from the tail, Derbyshire were dismissed for 242 as Leicestershire claimed victory.
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Wayne Madsen’s side will be looking to bounceback against a Hampshire side who have high hopes of transferring their sparkling limited-overs form into the four-day format.
Derbyshire begin their new home LV= County Championship campaign against Hampshire this Easter Sunday, 20 April, at The 3aaa County Ground.
Wayne Madsen’s side entertain a Hampshire side who have high hopes of transferring their sparkling limited-overs form into the four-day format.
Jimmy Adams’ side made their intentions for a serious push at the Division Two title clear this winter with the signing of experienced trio Will Smith, Matt Coles and Joe Gatting for the 2014 campaign. Smith was part of the successful Durham side that claimed the Division One title, while Coles was part of the England Lions side a little over 12 months ago.
The trio will augment the international talent already on display which will include England opener Michael Carberry and South Africa paceman Kyle Abbott.
A half-century from Tony Palladino helped Derbyshire Second XI post 197 on day two of their three-day friendly against Leicestershire Second XI at Grace Road.
A strong Leicestershire side posted 328 on day one, with Rob Taylor (134 not out) top scoring with an unbeaten century.
Paul Borrington (46) and Captain Scott Elstone (22) began the Derbyshire reply with a 41-run stand for the second wicket, after Ben Slater had earlier been dismissed for 6.
After the pair were dismissed in quick succession, Alex Hughes picked up the mantle adding 31 before Palladino, who had travelled back from Essex to feature in the three-day friendly, top scored with a very good 52 as the Derbyshire batsman received valuable time in the middle.
In response, Leicestershire closed on 243-2 with Michael Thornely (91) falling just nine runs short of his century and Greg Smith ending the day unbeaten on 123.
Wayne Madsen says his side were disappointed to fall short against Essex but take lots of positives into their home fixture against Hampshire, starting on Sunday.
Derbyshire produced a spirited final day performance but succumbed to a 53-run defeat in a thrilling LV= County Championship opener at Chelmsford.
Madsen says despite the result, his side can take confidence from their display as they look to bounceback at the first attempt against Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground.
“We are clearly disappointed to lose our first match but we showed fight all the way until the end,” Madsen said.
“We were up against it once we had lost a couple of wickets on the final morning, but Wainwright and Groenewald played positively and really put Essex under pressure at one stage. It was a good fightback from the position we were in.
“But unfortunately losing those five quick wickets at the end of our first wickets cost us and that shifted the momentum a little bit.
Derbyshire produced a spirited final day performance but fell 53 runs short as Essex claimed victory at Chelmsford.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit 52 and a brisk 89-run stand between Tim Groenewald (52 off 35 balls) and David Wainwright (45 not out) kept the visitors in the hunt, but Derbyshire were all out for 312 just before lunch.
Wayne Madsen’s side now return to The 3aaa County Ground to begin their first home LV= County Championship fixture of the season against Hampshire, starting Sunday.
Richard Johnson and Chanderpaul safely navigated the first half-hour of play without alarm, but the introduction of Graham Napier (3-49) brought the breakthrough as Johnson failed to play a shot and was bowled for 21.
An unbeaten century by Rob Taylor helped Leicestershire Second XI post 328 on day one of their three-day friendly with Derbyshire Second XI at Grace Road.
Leicestershire recovered from 72-4 – with wickets for Ben Cotton, Tom Taylor and trialist Adam Shepherd - to make 328 with Taylor (134 not out) and Ollie Freckingham (28) sharing the highest partnership of the innings for the eighth wicket.
Derbyshire closed on 57-1 in reply, with Paul Borrington (29*) and Captain Scott Elstone (22*) both unbeaten at stumps.
Derbyshire Second XI named 12 players for their first game of the season which featured former Lancashire wicketkeeper Gareth Cross and ex-Nottinghamshire Academy member Shepherd, both on trial with the Club.
Leicestershire elected to bat first and opener Angus Robson made a hard-working 43 before being unfortunately run out at the non-striker’s end.
Alastair Cook’s century and three wickets from paceman Tymal Mills has put Essex on top after day three at Chelmsford.
Derbyshire claimed four quick wickets after lunch on the penultimate day, but the damage had already been done as Essex posted 425 in their second innings, a lead of 365.
Wayne Madsen’s side had 52 overs to face and closed the day on 167-5, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul 41 not out, and Derbyshire requiring another 199 runs for victory on the final day.
England Captain Cook displayed his international quality batting for over seven hours to frustrate Derbyshire as the hosts built a commanding lead on the third day at Chelmsford.
Cook was the mainstay of the Essex innings, finally falling for 181 off 335 balls which included 19 fours, as Simon Grayson’s side were dismissed shortly after Lunch for 425.
Captain Foster, celebrating his 34th birthday, ably assisted Cook with an unbeaten 55 to take his side to 393-6 at lunch. But Derbyshire fought back immediately after the restart claiming the last four wickets for just 32 runs.
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