Scott Elstone has signed a new two-year contract with Derbyshire committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season.
The 23-year-old, who joined the county during the winter on an initial one-year deal, has been awarded a new contract after making an impressive start to the 2014 campaign.
Elstone hit a career-best unbeaten 212 for the Second XI against Worcestershire in April, earning him a call-up to Graeme Welch’s four-day side where he made his first-class debut in the recent fixture against Kent.
During an extended trial period with the Club in 2013, the all-rounder scored 872 runs at an average of 35, including four fifties and one hundred, for the Second XI - as well as making his Derbyshire debut in the Yorkshire Bank 40 match versus Essex.
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Derbyshire Falcons begin their home NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Lancashire Lightning on Friday at The 3aaa County Ground; 7pm start.
Wayne Madsen’s side will be looking to bounceback from last week’s 27-run defeat against Leicestershire. Despite being on the losing side, Marcus North claimed the Man of the Match reward after his stylish knock of 90 off just 47 balls.
Graeme Welch has made one change to his matchday squad as Tony Palladino comes in to replace Shivnarine Chanderpaul who has returned to the West Indies to resume his international duty.
Supporters will be able to clock their bowling speed at The 3aaa County Ground as part of the family-fun on offer throughout the evening. Other family-fun activities will also be available including bouncy castles and entertainers. Supporters will also be able to collect autographs from their favourite Derbyshire players straight after the conclusion of the match.
Live band, The Fentones, will also be playing instantly recognisably catchy tunes immediately after the match in the Lund Pavilion for supporters to enjoy.
Derbyshire Falconettes, the Club’s NatWest T20 Blast cheerleaders, will be sponsored by leading programme designers for diet and fitness; Face2Face Nutrition.
James Rhodes-Doughty, owner of Face2Face Nutrition, said: “I’m really looking forward to NatWest T20 Blast this year. They are going to be absolutely fantastic. We think the Falconettes do a great job at keeping the crowds upbeat and we’re really excited to be working with them.”
Face2Face Nutrition provides tailored programme designs for diet and fitness to suit all ages and with focus on achieving personal goals.
They deliver sessions at home, outdoors or at fitness centres and offer advice on diet and fitness; setting achievable goals and maintaining motivation as well as advising on how to live a healthy life.
The Falconettes, meanwhile, have been recruiting for their 2014 squad and have new dancers from all over Derbyshire, as well as welcoming back some familiar favourites to the team.
Scott Elstone hit 43 as Derbyshire claimed victory in their Twenty20 friendly against a Kevin Dean Invitational XI at The 3aaa County Ground last night.
In a warm-up match ahead of Friday’s home NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Lancashire Lightning, Derbyshire batted first and posted 156-8 off their 20 overs.
Elstone top-scored with 43 off 26 balls, including four fours and one six, while Wes Durston added 22 and Tony Palladino hit 14 off just five balls to end the innings.
In reply, former Derbyshire all-rounder Gary Park hit 60 off 56 balls while Brad Davis added 26, but the Derbyshire bowlers did well to restrict their opponents who closed on 147-5, to hand the hosts victory by nine runs.
Mark Footitt returned figures of 1-27 off his four overs, while Alex Hughes (1-19 off two overs) and Jonathan Clare (1-6 off one over) also claimed a wicket apiece.
Tom Knight’s unbeaten 99 off just 55 balls helped Derbyshire Second XI claim victory in a Twenty20 contest against Durham at Brandon Cricket Club.
Knight's knock helped Derbyshire claim victory in the day's second T20 after Durham, led by England international Ben Stokes, had won the first game.
In Game One, Durham claimed a 21-run win thanks to the all-round performance from Stokes. Making his return from injury, Stokes hit 47 off just 23 balls before returning figures of 4 for 23 off his four overs.
David Wainwright (3 for 17 of four overs) claimed three wickets to restrict Durham to 166-7, but despite 33 from Tom Wood, Derbyshire closed their 20 overs on 145-5.
Game Two, however, belonged to Knight as his display of power hitting helped Derbyshire claim a seven-wicket win.
Batting first, Durham posted 205-6 off their 20 overs with Rammy Singh top-scoring with 75 off 43 balls, including seven fours and four sixes, while Stokes added 35 off 18 balls.
Wayne Madsen says the squad are ready to fire as Derbyshire welcome Lancashire Lighting to The 3aaa County Ground on Friday; 7pm start.
Graeme Welch’s men will entertain a heavily experienced Lancashire side which could include England Twenty20 wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, former South Africa Test batsman Ashwell Prince and Pakistan left-arm seamer Junaid Khan.
Madsen says the squad are determined to put in a good performance in front of the home crowd as Derbyshire look to return to winning ways after the defeat to Leicestershire last time out.
“We are obviously disappointed with the result at Leicestershire. There are quite a few different areas we could have improved on and we’ve chatted about this as a squad. We’re hoping to rectify that and put in a better performance in front of the home crowd on Friday,” Madsen said.
In this edition of A Match to Remember, derbyshireccc.com look back at last season’s home Twenty20 clash with Lancashire Lightning as a sensational Shivnarine Chanderpaul guided Derbyshire to a thrilling final-over victory.
After winning their opening two fixtures away at Yorkshire Vikings and Leicestershire Foxes, the Falcons returned to The 3aaa County Ground hoping to extend their unbeaten run and reclaim top spot in the North Group.
Derbyshire made an excellent start with the ball after Wayne Madsen had won the toss. It only took Tim Groenewald four deliveries to claim the first wicket of the match. Wickets continued to fall with Groenewald again leading the way dismissing Steven Croft (2) and Ashwell Prince (8) in successive overs to reduce the visitors to 19-3 in the fifth over.
It was a night to remember for Groenewald as the paceman returned career-best Twenty20 figures of 4 for 21 off his four overs.
But a half-century from Karl Brown and some late hitting from Gareth Cross (24 from just 14 balls) helped the visitors recover to post a respectable 151-8 off their 20 overs.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club would like to add their condolences to the family and friends of former player Philip Sharpe, who has died at the age of 77.
Although Philip's career was spent predominantly with Yorkshire, with whom he won seven County Championship titles, he joined Derbyshire in 1975 and spent two seasons with the Club.
In only his second game for Derbyshire he scored 228 against Oxford University in The Parks. He scored another three first class hundreds for Derbyshire and 10 fifties. He also scored one List A century plus 5 fifties. Philip played all of his 12 Test matches for England whilst playing for Yorkshire.
The Club’s thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
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