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Foxes win despite Durston onslaught

WesDurstonWes Durston hit 89 off just 63 balls, but it's wasn't enough as five wickets for Anthony Ireland and 65 from Greg Smith guided Leicestershire Foxes to a five-wicket win at Queen's Park, Chesterfield, by Christabel Bancroft. 

Durston blazed 89, the fifth highest individual score for Derbyshire in the competition, but Marcus North was the only other batsman to reach double figures in a total of 143.

Leicestershire lost their openers cheaply but Smith settled any nerves with a unbeaten 65 from 56 balls to guide his team to their third victory of the season with four balls to spare.

Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bowl first with all-rounder’s Durston and Chesney Hughes opening the batting for the Falcons, but Chesney Hughes was first out in the second over for seven. 

The hosts lost a couple of cheap wickets, but Durston held the innings together reaching to an excellent half-century after just 31 balls.

Derbyshire reached the 15th over on 110-3 with Durston and North beginning to form a partnership, but North was out shortly after, superbly caught and bowled by Jigar Naik for 20 off 24 balls.

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Derbyshire doing it for the kids in Chesterfield

ChesterfieldThe Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket– at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield starting on Sunday (2.30pm start) - will be attended by over 450 local children.

The juniors will form a guard of honour as the players enter the field, receive a talk regarding the values and history of the game, play Kwik Cricket on the field during the interval and gain autograph opportunities with players.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant - Chesterfield Borough Council’s Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism - hopes attending the match will inspire the youngsters, from ten different schools and four local cricket clubs, to take up sport.

Councillor Serjeant, said: “I am pleased that school children in the borough will be given the opportunity to watch and take part in the festival.

“One of our aims is to develop a healthier and active community and giving children the opportunities to engage in sport is vital.

“Giving them the chance not only to play cricket but also meet their sporting heroes, get autographs and learn more about the game is very special.

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PREVIEW: Foxes first up at Chesterfield

#DERvLEIDerbyshire Falcons entertain Leicestershire Foxes on the opening day of the Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council, at the picturesque Queen’s Park on Sunday 6 July; 2.30pm start.

The Foxes are likely to have former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris, who hit an unbeaten 63 off 31 balls when the two sides met earlier this season, and explosive opening batsman Joshua Cobb in their line-up.

Derbyshire Falcons have added Tom Knight to its 13-man NatWest T20 Blast squad to face Leicestershire.

Tickets will be available on the gate (£18 Adults, £5 Juniors), but supporters can save £4 by purchasing their matchday tickets in advance of the day of the game. To buy tickets, please call 0871 350 1870 or click here>>

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Madsen: Chesterfield great place to play cricket

WayneMadsenCaptain Wayne Madsen is hoping the Queen’s Park crowd can get behind his side this week at the Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council.

The festival kicks-off witha NatWest T20 Blast clash against Leicestershire Foxes, featuring New Zealand international Scott Styris, on Sunday 6 July; 2.30pm start.

Madsen says Styris will be one the dander men his side will have to look out for as the Falcons seek revenge against the Foxes who claimed victory in the two side’s first meeting this season.

“It’s good to be back at Chesterfield and the guys can’t wait,” Madsen said. “It’s a great place to play cricket and the crowds are always fantastic and I’m looking forward to Sunday.

“Leicestershire have some real power hitters at the top of the order and they also do a tidy job with the ball. They are a team who, on their day, can be very dangerous. 

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Knight ton guides Second XI to Trophy win

TomKnightTom Knight’s magnificent century led Derbyshire Second XI to a 29-run victory against Yorkshire in the One-Day Trophy fixture at Swarkestone Cricket Club.

After electing to bat first, Derbyshire were going along steadily without scoring heavily to move to 157-3 after 40 overs. The last 10 overs, however, brought about 78 runs as the hosts finished their innings on 235-7.

Opener Knight’s good form with the bat continued as he starred with a terrific century, hitting 125 off as many balls, including 15 fours and one six, before he was finally dismissed in the final overs, run out by a direct hit from the boundary by Jack Leaning.

Tony Palladino as the next highest scorer with 22 as the hosts set the visitors a difficult chase.

Yorkshire started well with Dan Hodgson and Jack Leaning added 126 for the fourth wicket. In their stand, which covered 24 overs, they hit just seven boundaries and one six and ran the rest.

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Hosein: India fixture a great learning experience

HarveyHoseinAcademy graduate Harvey Hosein has hailed his first team debut as a great learning experience, after the wicketkeeper-batsman impressed while in action against India at The 3aaa County Ground this week.

The 17-year-old hit his first half-century for the first team on Tuesday, off 89 balls and including eight fours, as Hosein ended the Derbyshire innings unbeaten on 53 on debut.

The Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate says he has learnt a lot from competing against some of the best players in the world and hopes he can continue to push for a regular first-team spot.

“It was a great experience for me as a young lad coming into the team playing against world class players,” Hosein said.

“I’ve definitely learnt a lot over the last few days.

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Godleman hits fifty but India claim win at Derby

BillyGodlemanBilly Godleman hit his second successive half-century, but India claimed victory on the final day at The 3aaa County Ground to become the first winners of the Royal Crown Derby Trophy.

Godleman top scored with an unbeaten 56 and Alex Hughes hit a brisk 36, as Derbyshire declared on 156-3 to set the touring India side 142 to win off 45 overs.

Despite the loss of an early wicket, 41 from Murali Vijay and 39 from Ajinkya Rahane guided India to victory with eight overs remaining to end an entertaining three days of cricket.

After an early loss, Paul Borrington and Chesney Hughes replied with a 32-run stand to wipe out the 15-run first innings deficit as Derbyshire went about setting the tourists a total to chase during the morning session.

Chesney Hughes fell shortly before Lunch, however, caught behind by MS Dhoni off Stuart Binny, for 20 (4 fours). Borrington was still there, hitting 29 off 102 balls (1 four), as he added 46 with Godleman, with Derbyshire 78-3.

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All star line-up for Chesterfield Festival

ChesterfieldAaron Finch and Shivnarine Chanderpaul are set to spearhead a star-studded international line-up at this week's Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council

Australian opener Finch (Yorkshire) and West Indies legend Chanderpaul (Derbyshire) will feature alongside a host of international and first-class cricketing talent.

Finch hit a world-record 156 off just 63 balls in a Twenty20 international against England last year and has established a reputation as one of the most powerful hitters in the world game.

He is the number one batsman in the Twenty20 world rankings and will top the bill on the final day of the festival, Sunday 13 July, when Derbyshire Falcons face Yorkshire Vikings; a side that will also include the England duo of Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan.

Prior to that it’s a NatWest T20 Blast East Midlands Derby versus New Zealand international Scott Styris and the Leicestershire Foxes on Sunday 6 July, followed by a four day LV= County Championship visit from Ravi Bopara, Monty Panesar and Essex starting the following day.

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Chanderpaul back and raring to go

ShivChanderpaulShivnarine Chanderpaul has returned from international duty with the West Indies and will return to action with Derbyshire at the Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, which begins on Sunday, by Harry Foley

Chanderpaul returns to The 3aaa County Ground on the back of the West Indies’ three-match Test series against New Zealand in the Caribbean, in which the diminutive run-scorer hit 195 runs at an average just shy of 50.

The 39-year-old’s attention now turns to this week’s Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council and Chanderpaul hopes he can make a telling contribution on his return to the Derbyshire side.

“I was watching pretty much every Derbyshire game while I was in the West Indies. I’ve been following what’s happening and I’m happy to be back,” Chanderpaul said.

“We’ve got some big games coming up at Chesterfield. I have had a net today, trying to get some of the jetlag out of the system and getting ready to return to action.

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