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Durston hoping to secure place for Chesterfield Festival

WesDurstonWes Durston, who hit 95 off just 90 balls against India on Tuesday, hopes his performance was enough to earn a place back in the four-day side for the Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, writes Harry Foley.

Against a strong Indian bowling attack, Durston contributed 95 runs towards Derbyshire’s score of 326-5. Other major contributions came from Ben Slater (54), Billy Godleman (67*) and debutant Harvey Hosein (53*) on a good day for the Derbyshire batsmen.

Durston’s knock included 14 fours and 2 sixes, at more than a run a ball in an excellent cameo that came to an end midway through the evening session. Durston feels that he’s now back on track to returning to play his best cricket and gain the consistency needed to become a first team regular again.

“My form has come back week by week,” Durston said. “It was nice Friday night to show it in the NatWest T20 Blast fixture and to back it up today – that was important.

“I’m sure there were question marks over my red ball form and ability, but I showed yesterday against India that I’ve still got it.

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Old Speckled Hen sponsors the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket

OldSpeckledHenOld Speckled Hen has reinforced its support for cricket across Derbyshire by becoming official sponsors of the 2014 Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, held in association with Chesterfield Borough Council at Queen’s Park. 

Brewer of the beer and leading pub retailer, Greene King, has thrown its support behind the six-day festival, which starts on Sunday 6 July and includes NatWest T20 Blast clashes against local rivals Yorkshire Vikings and Leicestershire Foxes, and a LV= County Championship fixture versus Essex.

The Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket – in association with Chesterfield Borough Council - will represent the second successive year that title sponsorship has been attributed to a commercial partner for the annual event, which returned to the Derbyshire sporting calendar in 2006. 

Old Speckled Hen Sales Development Manager, Melanie Cropper, said: “It’s exciting to be affiliated with the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, which is one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar in the area.

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Derbyshire batsmen enjoy Day One vs India

WesDurstonFour Derbyshire batsmen hit half-centuries, including Wes Durston who top-scored with 95, as the hosts posted 326-5 on the opening day against India at The 3aaa County Ground, by Christabel Bancroft. 

Ben Slater (54), Billy Godleman (67*) and 17-year-old Harvey Hosein (53*) – making his senior debut – all hit scores above fifty on a good opening day for the Derbyshire batsmen.

Durston struck 14 fours and two sixes in his 90-ball 95, but he fell just short of three figures midway through the final session, before Godleman and Hosein saw out the day.

Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat first, but Paul Borrington was caught at slip by Pankaj Singh without scoring.

Slater and Chesney Hughes recovered to add 70 for the second wicket, before Hughes fell to the final ball before Lunch, bowled by Ravindra Jadeja, for 23 (4 fours), with Derbyshire 79-1.

Slater completed his half-century shortly after the restart, off 113 balls (8 fours), but he could only add four more runs before he was bowled by Jadeja for 54, with Derbyshire 112-3 after 35 overs.

Alex Hughes followed next, bowled by Ishwar Pandey for one. This brought the experienced Wes Durston to the crease and he quickly got into his rhythm. He hit the first six of the day, high over mid-wicket off Jadeja putting Derbyshire at 140-4 off 46 overs.

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Touring teams to compete for Royal Crown Derby Trophy

MSDhoniWayneMadsenDerbyshire and India, in the three day Test warm-up match – at The 3aaa County Ground - which continues tomorrow, are playing for the Royal Crown Derby Trophy.

Royal Crown Derby has donated a bespoke Trophy to commemorate matches between Derbyshire County Cricket Club and touring national teams, starting with the current fixture and continuing with the visit of Australia in 2015.

It will remain on display at The 3aaa County Ground but will be awarded to the winning side at each tourist match, or shared in the event of a draw.

The trophy is a unique and bespoke piece of fine bone china made especially for Derbyshire County Cricket Club, hand-made in the traditional pattern known as Imari and standing at a height of 34cm

Its oak plinth, meanwhile, was crafted by Mark Rhodes, carpenter at Chatsworth House. The oak originated from an oak tree off the Chatsworth Estate, felled in 1930 and seasoned ready for use.

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PREVIEW: India next up at The 3aaa County Ground

IndiaDerbyshire welcome India to The 3aaa County Ground on Tuesday for the start of the Test warm-up match; 11am start – and tickets will be available on the gate for all three days.

World Cup winning Captain, MS Dhoni, will lead the India Test side out at Derby as they go head-to-head with Wayne Madsen’s Derbyshire side.The India side will include some of the biggest names in world cricket, including Dhoni, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Test veteran Gautam Gambhir.

India’s middle-order will be led by explosive batsman Virat Kohli, who is enjoying a rich vein of form. The 25-year-old has already scored 1,721 runs in his short Test career, including six hundreds and a top score of 119. 

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>>

PLEASE NOTE: The Gateway Centre car park will be open for Hospitality guests and members of the Media only.

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Madsen looking forward to India test

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen says the three-day Test warm-up match against India – starting on Tuesday 1 July – will give the squad the perfect opportunity to test themselves against some of the best players in the world.

World Cup winning Captain, Dhoni, will lead the India Test side out at Derby next week as they go head-to-head with Madsen’s Derbyshire side. The India side will include some of the biggest names in world cricket, including Dhoni, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Test veteran Gautam Gambhir.

India’s middle-order will be led by explosive batsman Virat Kohli, who is enjoying a rich vein of form. The 25-year-old has already scored 1,721 runs in his short Test career, including six hundreds and a top score of 119. 

“Everyone is really excited and looking forward to the match against India,” Madsen said.

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International stars on show in Derby this week

PujaraMS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja are set to spearhead a star-studded international line-up for this week’s Test warm-up match versus India at The 3aaa County Ground; starting Tuesday 1 July.

World Cup winning Captain, Dhoni, will lead the India Test side out at Derby next week as they go head-to-head with Wayne Madsen’s Derbyshire side, likely to include Australia international batsman Marcus North and world number three Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

The India side will include some of the biggest names in world cricket, including Dhoni, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Test veteran Gautam Gambhir.

India’s middle-order will be led by explosive batsman Virat Kohli, who is enjoying a rich vein of form. The 25-year-old has already scored 1,721 runs in his short Test career, including six hundreds and a top score of 119.

He is, however, a vastly experienced one day player, featuring in 134 ODIs and scoring 5,634 runs at a strike-rate of just shy of 90. His top score, 183 versus Pakistan in 2012, is the 14th highest individual score in ODI history, coming off just 148 balls (22 fours, 1 six).

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Jets claim victory at Chester-le-Street

AlexHughesPhil Mustard’s 24-ball half-century and four wickets for John Hastings guided Durham Jets to an eight-wicket win in the NatWest T20 Blast fixture at Emirates Durham ICG.

Alex Hughes hit a career-best unbeaten 43 to help the visitors recover from 83-8 to 125 all out. But the Falcons’ total was always below par, especially when Mustard smashed 11 fours and one six in his match-winning 54.

Chesney Hughes hit 30 off just 16 balls (4 fours, 1 six) get his side off to a solid start, onto 47-2 in the sixth over. But when the powerful opener fell to pick of the bowlers Hastings, Derbyshire lost six wickets for 36 runs to slip to 83-8 in the 14th over.

Australia international Hastings returned career-best figures of 4-26 off four overs, while Paul Collingwood, who also took three catches, finished with 2-17 from his four overs to rip through the Falcons’ middle-order on a pitch that seamed and moved around.

Alex Hughes, however, produced a controlled innings to compile his highest score in Twenty20 cricket to help his side up and over three figures. The 22-year-old hit two fours and one six to end the innings unbeaten on 43 off 36 balls.

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PREVIEW: Falcons name unchanged squad for Jets fixture

#DURvDERGraeme Welch has named an unchanged squad to face Durham Jets in NatWest T20 Blast at Emirates Durham ICG tomorrow; 2.30pm start.

Derbyshire Falcons enter the fixture off the back of a record-breaking victory against Birmingham Bears at The 3aaa County Ground.

A brutal 21-ball half-century from Wes Durston (53), 42 off 27 balls from Wayne Madsen and Alex Hughes’ 24 off 10 balls helped the Falcons chase down 190, the county’s highest ever successful run chase in Twenty20 cricket.

The fixture against the Jets at Chester-le-Street is the two sides’ only clash this season.

Durham boast an experienced line-up featuring England powerful all-rounder Ben Stokes, former England Twenty20 Captain Paul Collingwood and Australia international John Hastings.

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