Derbyshire Falcons begin their new NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road on Friday; 5.30pm start.
Graeme Welch has named his first limited overs squad of the year and includes both West Indies international Shivnarine Chanderpaul and ex-Australia Test batsman Marcus North, who arrived back at Derbyshire on Thursday.
The Falcons will travel to Leicestershire with hopes of repeating last year's Twenty20 result at Grace Road, when 83 from Wes Durston and three wickets from David Wainwright guided Wayne Madsen's side to a 24-run victory.
Derbyshire Second XI claimed back-to-back Twenty20 victories against Yorkshire Second XI at The 3aaa County Ground.
A number of first team players featured in both fixtures as the squad completed their final preparations ahead of the new NatWest T20 Blast campaign, which begins on Friday against Leicestershire at Grace Road.
In Game 1, Tom Knight top scored with an unbeaten 32, while Ben Slater added 21 as Derbyshire posted 117-8 off their 20 overs.
In reply, Yorkshire slipped to 20-6 thanks to some superb bowling from the Derbyshire seamers. Mark Turner began the rot before returning figures of 2 for 16 off his four overs, while Matt Higginbottom was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 11 off four overs.
Andrew Hodd added 36 to give his side hope of reaching their victory target, but two wickets from Tony Palladino (2 for 19 off 3.3 overs) helped dismissed the visitors for just 91 to hand Derbyshire a 26-run victory.
Chesney Hughes cannot wait for rocking Friday nights at The 3aaa County Ground as NatWest T20 Blast fever sets in this summer.
There is excitement aplenty around the county as the Falcons gear up for the reformatted competition, with the first home game on Friday 23 May versus Lancashire Lightning.
We have a fun-filled evening planned with family-fun entertainment – including a Bowling Challenge as you found out how fast you can bowl! Supporters will also be able to collect autographs from Derbyshire players at the end of the match.
One of the main innovations is Friday night games, when it is hopes spectators will turn out in droves and create the kind of carnival atmosphere the shortest form craves. Hughes, Derbyshire’s big-hitting left-hander, is one of those readying himself for what should be a cracking campaign.
Marcus North has arrived to begin his second spell with Derbyshire and provide cover for Shivnarine Chanderpaul who will return to the West Indies this weekend.
North’s arrival comes as a boost for Graeme Welch who will have both international batsmen available for the Falcons’ opening NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Leicestershire at Grace Road on Friday.
Chanderpaul will then leave Derbyshire on Sunday 18 May to join up with his West Indies teammates for a training camp ahead of their Test series with New Zealand.
He will return to The 3aaa County Ground at the beginning of July and will be available alongside North for the county’s final five group Twenty20 fixtures.
Former Australia Test batsman North will play in four LV= County Championship fixtures in Chanderpaul’s absence, beginning with the visit of Gloucestershire on Sunday 25 May.
Stephen Moore hit an unbeaten half-century as Derbyshire secured a draw against Kent on the final day at The 3aaa County Ground.
Kent declared on 235-6 midway through the afternoon session - with Brendan Nash 95 not out – to secure a 117 first-innings lead, leaving Derbyshire 49 overs to bat.
The hosts made a good start in reply led by Moore who ended the day unbeaten on 73. Opening partner Borrington was also undefeated on 31 as Derbyshire reached 106-0 when the two sides shook hands. Derbyshire take seven points from the fixture while Kent pick up nine.
Resuming the day on 10-0, the Kent batsmen played positively as they attempted to force an unlikely final day win.
Nash was the star man for the visitors, hitting seven fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 95 off just 98 balls. He was assisted by Darren Stevens (33 off 27 balls), Ben Harmison (27) and Bell Drummond (24) as Kent declared on 235-6 shortly before Tea. Tim Groenewald (2-59) and Mark Footitt (2-66) claimed two wickets apiece.
No play was possible on day three against Kent due to persistent rain at The 3aaa County Ground.
Rain, which had washed out the entire opening day and parts of day two, returned on the penultimate day to wash out any hopes of play.
Kent will now begin the final day on 10-0 (Rob Key 1* and Sam Northeast 9*) in response to Derbyshire's 118 all out.
Forecast is much approved for day four and play will begin at 11am at The 3aaa County Ground.
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Derbyshire County Cricket Club has been awarded a major tour match against Australia at The 3aaa County Ground in 2015.
Graeme Welch's men will entertain Michael Clarke's side in a three-day fixture starting on Thursday 23 July, following the second Investec Ashes Test match at Lord's.
Darren Lehmann’s side – currently ranked the number one Test team in the world – boast an experienced and exciting line-up featuring paceman Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Shane Watson and hard-hitting opening batsman David Warner.
The fixture will be the fourth high-profile tour match in as many years at The 3aaa County Ground following the visits of South Africa in 2012, New Zealand in 2013 and India who will compete in a three-day fixture against Derbyshire in July.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “We are delighted to have been selected to host the touring Australia side during the midst of what should be an exciting and highly-competitive Ashes series.
“Tour matches at Derby have been popular over the last few years and supporters can now look forward to the visit of Australia in 2015.
Alex Hughes hit a career-best first-class score, but Derbyshire were dismissed for 118 on day two against Kent at The 3aaa County Ground.
In difficult batting conditions, Wayne Madsen’s side were dismissed for 118. Australia Test bowler Doug Bollinger (5-29) and Darren Stevens (5-24) claimed five wickets apiece to bowl the hosts out inside 50 overs.
Hughes, making his first appearance of the summer, top scored with an unbeaten 36, while Scott Elstone hit 23 on his first-class debut.
After rain washed out the opening day, play finally got underway at 2.30pm on the second afternoon - but Derbyshire struggled in tough batting conditions and entered the tea interval on 38-4.
Elstone began the recovery after the restart hitting a well-made 23 before he was trapped lbw by Stevens.
Alex Hughes was joined by Gareth Cross – who was making his debut for his new county – and together they added 46 for the sixth wicket before Cross edged Bollinger to keeper Sam Billings for 15.
Derbyshire Second XI’s Twenty20 Trophy fixture with Yorkshire on Thursday 15 May has been moved to The 3aaa County Ground.
The fixture, which was originally scheduled to take place at Ticknall, has been moved due to wet outfield and will now be held at Derby.
Derbyshire will compete in two Twenty20 matches against their Yorkshire counterparts on Thursday, with the first starting at 11.30am and the second scheduled to commence at 3pm.
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