Derbyshire Falcons' Royal London One-Day Cup showdown versus Gloucestershire this coming Thursday, with a quarter-final place at stake for the home side, has been selected for live coverage on Sky Sports.
Wayne Madsen’s men enter the fixture still in the hunt for a last eight spot, needing to beat Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground (2pm start) - and for Leicestershire to slip-up versus Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford – in order to progress.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: "There's no question that this is a massive game for us. To reach the quarter-finals would be a really good achievement.
"The lads have played some good cricket to put us in this position. Now we have to finish the job on Thursday.
"We have been working hard and are focused on the getting the result we need.
“Hopefully supporters will turn up in real numbers and get behind us. That would be a boost for the lads and a great advert for the Club with the game being televised on Sky.
Chesney Hughes' century helped Derbyshire Second XI dominate the opening day of the three-day friendly versus Nottinghamshire at Denby Cricket Club.
Hughes batted for over four hours, striking 28 boundaries including three maximums, as the left-handed batsman top-scored with 178 to help his side post 419-5 at stumps.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Ben Slater (43) and Academy member Tom Wood (24) added 59 runs for the first wicket, before both fell in quick succession.
Hughes and Scott Elstone, however, recovered by sharing a 266-run partnership for the third wicket, as the pair moved the hosts from 81-2 to 347-3 midway through the evening session.
Elstone hit 10 fours in his 213-ball innings, but the right-handed batsman fell five runs short of a deserved century, dismissed for 95.
Wayne Madsen says this Thursday’s all-important Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Gloucestershire is in essence a last-16 tie, with a quarter-final place up for grabs for the hosts.
The Falcons must defeat Gloucestershire – who have already qualified for the next round – and hope Leicestershire fail to win at Lancashire in order to qualify for the last eight.
The match will commence at 2pm and Sky Sports have selected the match for live television coverage.
Wayne Madsen said: “Thursday’s game on Sky is massive for us; it’s almost a last 16 match or a pre-quarter final.
“Obviously we have to rely on Lancashire beating Leicestershire or on a no result, but we know if we win then we have a good chance of progressing.
“We didn’t get off to the greatest of starts this summer but in the last six weeks we have been much-improved in terms of results and performances.
Derbyshire entertain Gloucestershire in their final Royal London One-Day Cup fixture on Thursday 21 August (2pm start) – with the Falcons still in the hunt for a quarter-final berth.
Graeme Welch’s men currently occupy the final qualifying spot in Group A, having defeated Northamptonshire on Monday in a rain-affected game at Wantage Road.
Wes Durston hit his second century off the campaign, 108 off 94 balls, before Tony Palladino (3-51) claimed three wickets to complete a six-run win against the Steelbacks.
After the defeat to Yorkshire on Wednesday, however, Derbyshire's final Group A fixture versus Gloucestershire is now a must-win game, as only a victory will be enough to send the Falcons through to the quarter-final stage.
The Connecting Communities project, offering free summer holiday cricket coaching for young people, is proving to be a popular initiative – with over 30 attracted to each of the seven sessions to date.
The Normanton and Arboretum Park sessions are being delivered by the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Charity Reg No. 1155801), in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner of Derbyshire.
Mondays: 18th, 25th August; and 1st September.
Wednesdays: 20th, 27th August; and 3rd September
1pm to 3pm
Tuesdays: 19th, 26th August; and 2nd September
Thursdays: 21st, 28th August; and Thursday 4th September
1pm to 3pm
No advanced booking is required; participants can simply turn up and opt to take part on the day.
Three wickets apiece for Richard Pyrah and Adil Rashid - and an unbroken century opening partnership - helped Yorkshire Vikings secure a 10-wicket win at Scarborough.
The hosts’ skipper Andrew Gale won an important toss and put Derbyshire into bat, a decision that was ratified as Derbyshire struggled to score freely throughout. The Falcons were eventually bowled out for 151 after 41 overs – Alex Hughes top-scoring with a valiant 43 and Billy Godleman (pictured above) hitting 36.
The relatively small target was reached inside 30 overs by the Vikings, thanks to the unbroken opening partnership of Alex Lees (69*) and Adam Lyth (67*).
Derbyshire's final Group A fixture versus Gloucestershire on Thursday 21 August (2pm start) at The 3aaa County Ground is now a must-win game, as only a victory will be enough to send the Falcons through to the quarter-final stage.
Greg Cork’s century helped Derbyshire Second XI recover to post 291 on the opening day of the Championship fixture versus Warwickshire at The 3aaa County Ground.
Cork, who recently signed a two-year professional contract with the Club, hit his maiden Second XI three-figure score, top scoring with 102, which included nine fours and one six.
The all-rounder shared useful partnerships with Matt Higginbottom (38) and Harry Killoran (32 not out) to help the hosts recover from 107-7 to 291 all out shortly before stumps on Day One.
Cork and Higginbottom, who hit eight fours in his knock of 38, added 77 for the eighth wicket to move their side from 107-7 to 184-8.
Another excellent partnership soon followed as Cork and Killoran added 100 runs for the final wicket to frustrate the visitors and help Derbyshire post a useful first innings score.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club will hand over a cheque for £1,571.78 to Heart Research UK at the Royal London One-Day Cup match versus Gloucestershire on Thursday 21 August.
The charity, meanwhile, said it was bowled over by the awareness created at the recent match versus Yorkshire at Chesterfield – and the education of local youngsters through the Heart of Cricket schools project
Funds were raised via the Cricket Derbyshire Helping Hearts wristbands at the recent NatWest T20 Blast fixture at Queen’s Park where many supporters turned out dressed in red to raise awareness for the cause.
By then, 900 youngsters had already benefited from the project by attending matches at The 3aaa County Ground, or receiving professional coaching in schools, whilst being educated on heart health and how to live more healthy and active lifestyles.
Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships Ryan Duckett said: “It was a great day for the charity at Queen’s Park, both in terms of money raised and awareness within a crowd in excess of 4,000.
The Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801) is scouring the county in search of photographic collections to add to the recently-launched Proud to be Derbyshire Heritage Project archive.
As part of the next phase of the landmark project, Cricket Derbyshire is asking members of the public to come forward and share images of the County Club as the process of building a pictorial archive begins.
The project, which is due to be complete in December 2015, will create a photographic archive celebrating the heritage of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and will bring together over 1,500 images.
As well as a permanent archive at The 3aaa County Ground, the project will also produce an extensive online resource to be accessible to all.
The Foundation is now appealing to members of the public to come forward with any photographic collections that will contribute to the archive. Furthermore, the Foundation will be holding Collection Days at cricket clubs across the county; full dates to be announced soon.
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