Paul Stirling struck 92 from 84 balls to guide Ireland to a famous World Cup victory over West Indies at Nelson, New Zealand.
Former England international Ed Joyce played aggressively for his 84 before Niall O’Brien finished unbeaten on 79. It was left to John Mooney to hit the winning runs with over four overs remaining as Ireland chased down 304 to claim a four-wicket win.
There have been five successful 300+ chases in World Cup history, three of which are by Ireland.
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Derbyshire's 2015 campaign is just 61 days away and excitement is building for the new season, which begins with the visit of Lancashire on Sunday 19 April at The 3aaa County Ground.
The Falcons also begin their home NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May (6.30pm start) and join us for an explosive evening of cricket.
Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate Will Davis has been selected for the England Under-19s tour of Australia in March and April.
Davis has been included in a 16-man squad to face Australia Under-19s for a four-day match taking place at the WACA from April 6 – 9, followed by one-day fixtures on April 13 and 15 in Bunbury, and 18, 21 and 24 at Murdoch University.
Head of the EDP, Andy Hurry will oversee the month-long tour from March 25 – April 25, with support from EDP Coaches Tim Boon and Ian Brunnschweiler.
The 19-year-old was named Academy Player of the Year at last seasons’ Awards Evening after captaining the Academy side in 2014 and impressing while in action for the Second XI. He was awarded with a summer contract for the 2015 season and has been training with the first-team squad over the winter.
Kevin Dean has pledged to sleep outside so others don’t have to at the YMCA Sleep Easy; Friday 6 March at The 3aaa County Ground.
Dean, who took 401 first-class wickets during his Derbyshire career from 1996 to 2008, serves the Club as Supervisory Director and has pledged to sleep in the car park on the night in aid of YMCA Derbyshire’s campaign to help disadvantaged young people in Derby.
The invitation is open to join the YMCA Derbyshire Sleep Easy event with all money raised going directly to local YMCA Derbyshire projects, helping vulnerable people in Derby and Derbyshire build a future.
Already signed up, alongside Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey, are Derby College Director of Enterprise Louise Curd, Bell & Co Managing Director Richard Salt and Ibox Security Managing Director Sean Price from the Club’s 1870 Business Club and other business and community leaders including:
Derbyshire’s Martin Guptill hit 49 as New Zealand made a winning start to the 2015 Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka by 98 runs in Christchurch.
Guptill struck five fours in his knock of 49 off 62 balls as the Blackcaps secured a convincing victory in the opening fixture of the tournament.
It was a special match for the powerful opener, as he competed in his 100th One Day International for his country, only the 23rd New Zealander to reach the milestone.
New Zealand are back in action on Monday evening (10pm GMT) as they face Scotland in Dunedin.
Head of Commercial Ryan Duckett says a 365-day-a-year Conference & Events model will aid in the Club’s quest to continue its ever increasing investment on the field.
The newly-redeveloped 3aaa Pavilion has been transformed into a state-of-the-art Conference & Events venue, capable of hosting 300 guests, and creating a new income streams for the Club.
Duckett said: “To drive our performance on the field, we need to create new income streams. The focus now over the next few years is to drive our non-cricket revenue to increase our overall income and invest in cricket.
“We want to have a successful team in Derbyshire and the more you invest, the more success you will get.
The 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand starts on Saturday as England begin their quest to win their first world 50-over title.
Derby Telegraph asked Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch and a selection of the Derbyshire players to give us their predictions ahead of the eagerly-anticipated tournament.
They asked them;
1 Who will win the World Cup?
2 If England are to do well, who will be their key player?
3 Which nation can cause an upset?
Chief Executive Simon Storey says that the £1million ground redevelopment will be a step-change for the Club offering improved facilities for Members and Conference & Events guests.
The top floor of the Lund Pavilion has been transformed to create a new state of the art Conference & Events facility capable of hosting up to 300 guests and will open at the start of April.
On matchdays the Pavilion will act as an exclusive venue for Members and Executive Members, offering better facilities than ever before to enjoy the cricket.
Storey is anticipating that the development will create up to 30 jobs for local residents and bring more business to the City of Derby.
Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton is convinced that the new and improved training and playing facilities at The 3aaa County Ground will aid Derbyshire’s quest to compete at the highest level.
A million pound has been spent to upgrade facilities, part of which involves moving the players into the redeveloped Cricket Derbyshire Elite Performance Centre, formerly known as the Gateway Centre.
Poynton believes the new training and dressing room facilities will help Derbyshire attract more big names to the county after the signings of Shiv Thakor, Wayne White and Martin Guptill this winter.
“We are lucky to be developing a new cricket facility as the Cricket Derbyshire Elite Performance Centre,” Poynton said.
Derbyshire 2nd XI will compete in three matches at the newly-renovated 3aaa County Ground this summer as part of a packed 2015 schedule.
Supporters will get their first opportunity to watch the 2nd XI in action at Derby in a three-day friendly against Glamorgan on Tuesday 28 April.
John Sadler’s side will compete in two more games at The 3aaa County Ground; a Twenty20 match versus the Unicorns on Thursday 21 May, before entertaining local rivals Nottinghamshire in a Championship fixture starting on Monday 29 June.
Supporters will gain FREE entry to all home 2nd XI fixtures at Derby this summer.
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