Derbyshire Falcons travel to the Emirates Old Trafford to face Lancashire Lightning in the county’s penultimate NatWest T20 Blast fixture tonight (6.30pm start).
Lancashire currently lead the way in the North Division having won eight out of their 12 Twenty20 games this season.
The Lightning will also have former England international Andrew Flintoff amongst their ranks for tonight’s fixture after the all-rounder made a comeback to the professional game for this year’s NatWest T20 Blast competition.
Derbyshire beat Lancashire in the 2013 competition in a thrilling contest at The 3aaa County Ground in front of the Sky Sports cameras. West Indies international Shivnarine Chanderpaul led his side to a six-wicket win with an unbeaten 87 off just 70 balls; and it was the diminutive run-scorer who hit the winning runs in the final over.
Graeme Welch is hoping the squad can build on the six-wicket victory versus Gloucestershire and continue to improve as they prepare for the visit of Glamorgan at The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday.
After dismissing Gloucestershire for 219 on the final morning, useful contributions from all the top order batsmen, including half-centuries for Billy Godleman (54) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (52 not out), saw their side to the second four-day win of the season.
Elite Performance Director Welch says there have been signs of improvements over recent weeks and now hopes the win at Cheltenham can spur his side on as they push for a strong finish to the campaign.
“There are definite improvements,” said Welch.
“We have seen it last week against Essex and in the India game before that. It’s good to see some people putting their hands up and getting us over the line.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul hailed a complete team performance as Derbyshire chased down 204 to claim a thrilling final-day victory versus Gloucestershire.
Chanderpaul (52 not out) hit an unbeaten half-century, after Billy Godleman (54), Wayne Madsen (35), Ben Slater (27) and Wes Durston (27) had all made useful contributions to see their side to a six-wicket win at Cheltenham.
This after the bowlers, led by David Wainwright (3-64), had bowled Gloucestershire out for 219 in the morning session to set up the chance for victory.
The West Indies international was pleased to play his part on a good day for Graeme Welch’s men, but he was also quick to praise what was an all-round team display.
“It was a terrific win for us,” Chanderpaul said. “We played well over the four days, stayed in the game and were able to get the win at the end.
“All the guys today came out and contributed. It was a total team effort.
Derbyshire chased down 204 inside two sessions to claim victory on the final day of a thrilling LV= County Championship fixture versus Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.
David Wainwright (3-64) picked up three wickets on the final morning as Derbyshire claimed the last five Gloucestershire wickets to dismiss the hosts for 219.
Requiring 204 to win in 67 overs, Billy Godleman (54) and Chanderpaul (52 not out) both hit half-centuries, while there were also useful contributions from Ben Slater (27), Wayne Madsen (35) and Wes Durston (27) as the visitors completed victory with 9.2 overs to spare.
Chanderpaul completed the win with a six, and to complete his second half-century of the match, as Derbyshire claimed their second four-day victory of the season, picking up 22 points.
Beginning the final day on 137-5, Gloucestershire started well with Hamish Marshall and Tom Smith adding 55 runs for the sixth wicket. But Smith (33) was the first wicket to fall, run out by Ben Slater after having slipped attempting a run.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s new Snazzy Socks were on sale for the first time on Sunday versus Yorkshire; and over 100 pairs have already been sold, raising £520 for the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation.
The Snazzy Socks have been produced in partnership with Briggs of Burton Plc as a dedication to Keith Poynton. Keith was a Director of Briggs with a career spanning 42 years. He had started as an apprentice on the manufacturing shop floor and is remembered fondly by everyone at the company.
All proceeds raised will go to the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801) which is a registered charity that delivers cricket programmes in addition to wider, more diverse community projects that benefit health, education and social inclusion across Derbyshire.
Keith Poynton was renowned for his colourful socks and the ‘Stripes and Brights’ campaign was inspired by Briggs of Burton CEO, Gareth Cure, following the success of Keith’s memorial event in the marquee and Snazzy Socks Sunday, which had raised over £3,000 for a Game Ready Machine to assist in player rehabilitation.
Wes Durston hit a half-century, before Mark Footitt claimed two early wickets to give Derbyshire the narrow advantage after the penultimate day versus Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.
Derbyshire gained a first innings lead of 16 runs after being bowled out for 372 with Ben Slater, Wayne Madsen, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Wes Durston all passing 50.
Gloucestershire lost four wickets for only 40 runs to give Derbyshire the impetus before closing on 137-5, leading by 121 runs with one day remaining.
Captain Wayne Madsen and overseas star Shivnarine Chanderpaul began Day Three on 77* and 50* respectively, but Madsen could only add three runs to his overnight score as he was caught off the bowling of Howell for 80.
Ben Slater is hoping a three-figure score isn’t too far away after the opening batsman hit a career-best for Derbyshire on Day Two versus Gloucestershire yesterday.
In only his second Championship appearance of the season, the 22-year-old followed his 60 against Essex last week with 70 at Cheltenham as Derbyshire closed the second day on 216-2, trailing Gloucestershire by 140.
The Chesterfield-born batsman was pleased to play his part in a good day for Graeme Welch’s men and he is hoping that it isn’t long until he is celebrating his first century.
“I thought yesterday might be the day once I got myself in but it wasn’t meant to be,” said Slater. “Hopefully, it’s not that far around the corner.
“I took a while to get myself in but it is that kind of wicket. I don’t think it’s as good as the score suggests.
Tom Taylor claimed his maiden first-class five-wicket haul and Ben Slater hit his highest first-class score for the county, as Derbyshire closed Day Two on 216-2, trailing Gloucestershire by 140.
Taylor took his maiden five-wicket haul as Derbyshire dismissed Gloucestershire for 356, adding only 52 runs to their overnight total for the loss of four wickets.
Slater (70), Wayne Madsen (77*) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (50*) all hit half-centuries in reply to put Derbyshire in a good position on 216-2 at stumps.
Derbyshire set about taking the final four Gloucestershire wickets in the morning session, after Gloucestershire resumed on 304-6, with Will Gidman 88 not out.
Will Gidman’s partner did not last long; Adam Rouse bowled by Tony Palladino (3-63) for two during another tight opening spell from the seam bowler.
With the score at 319-7, Will Gidman completed his century from 178 balls for the hosts. However, before Gloucestershire had added to that score, they were eight down as Tom Smith became Taylor’s fourth wicket of the innings, caught at slip by Wes Durston.
Tom Taylor claimed three wickets, but a century from William Tavare helped Gloucestershire close on 304-6 after Day One at Cheltenham, by Neil Bates.
Academy graduate Taylor returned impressive figures of 3-43 and Tony Palladino took two wickets for only 41 runs from his 22 overs, as Derbyshire claimed two wickets in each on a placid opening day pitch.
Tavare, who top-scored with 135, and Will Gidman, who ended the day on 88 not out, had shared a 175-run partnership for the fifth wicket, before Taylor fought back with two late wickets.
Derbyshire struck early in the morning session as Mark Footitt (1-60) dismissed Michael Klinger (2) in the fifth over of the match; caught diving forward by the returning Billy Godleman at cover.
Palladino bowled economically in the morning session without success and was replaced by Tom Taylor who did find the second wicket. Alex Gidman was the latest experienced batsmen to fall to the 19-year-old right-arm seamer, caught at second slip by Wes Durston.
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