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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Persistent rain washed out the opening day of the LV= County Championship fixture against Kent at The 3aaa County Ground.
After a delayed start, the toss took place at 11.15am and Kent elected to field first.
Graeme Welch made four changes to the team that lost to Worcestershire last time out, with Paul Borrington, Alex Hughes, Gareth Cross and Scott Elstone – who will be making his first-class debut – all coming in.
Persistent rain throughout the day, however, prevented any play. Day two will begin at 11am tomorrow at The 3aaa County Ground.
DERBYSHIRE: Moore, Borrington, Madsen, Chanderpaul, Elstone, A.Hughes, Cross, Wainwright, Palladino, Groenewald, Footitt
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Derbyshire continue their LV= County Championship campaign against Kent at The 3aaaa County Ground, commencing Sunday 11 May; 11am start.
Wayne Madsen’s side entertain a Kent side who enter the fixture full of confidence after securing a convincing eight-wicket win over Surrey last week.
Graeme Welch has made five changes to his matchday squad with the inclusions of Scott Elstone, Tom Taylor, Alex Hughes, Paul Borrington and new signing Gareth Cross.
Jimmy Adams, meanwhile, has named an unchanged squad from their commanding victory over Surrey and will include Australia paceman Doug Bollinger.
Supporters are reminded that the Club will also be showing the Derby County play-off semi-final second leg against Brighton live on TVs around the ground on Day One on Sunday 11 May.
Derbyshire have eased their wicketkeeping dilemma with the signing of Gareth Cross until the end of the season.
The Club moved quickly to secure the signature of the former Lancashire man following Tom Poynton’s injury setback and the current unavailability of Richard Johnson.
Johnson remains unavailable for selection in order to focus on recovering from sports performance anxiety issues which caused him to miss the recent LV= County Championship match versus Worcestershire through illness.
Lancashire Academy graduate, Cross, made his first-class debut for the Red Rose County in 2005 and went on to feature in 62 first-class matches, hitting 2,196 runs including three centuries.
The 29-year-old was a member of the Lancashire side that clinched the LV= County Championship Division One title in 2011, hitting 611 runs including a career-best 125 against Sussex.
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