Derbyshire County Cricket Club has been penalised with a two point deduction for the 2014 50-over competition due to a ‘poor’ pitch rating during the recent Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture with Durham Dynamos.
After consideration, an ECB Pitch Panel upheld the Umpires’ decision that the pitch, for the fixture held at the County Ground on August 15th was rated as ‘poor’.
There were no circumstances relating to the preparation of the pitch that negated any penalty being imposed and Karl Krikken’s men will start the 2014 competition on -2 points.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “Whilst we have to accept the verdict, the Pitch Panel’s review confirmed that there was nothing to indicate in advance that the pitch would behave as it did.
“There is no suggestion of an intention to produce a favourable playing surface for the home side. Indeed there was no way our Groundstaff could have predicted the resulting outcome.
“The fixture in question was played on the same pitch used for the Twenty20 game against Leicestershire at the end of July and it was prepared in the exactly the same way.
“Over the last 21 years, Head Groundsman Neil Godrich and his team have overseen the production of hundreds of high standard pitches more than suitable for county cricket at both Derby and our festival grounds.
The Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop is celebrating a second landmark after reaching its £2,000 sales target for the season; thanks to the hard work of volunteers – and the generosity of Members and supporters.
Sales have soared since the shop underwent a refurbishment prior to the start of the 2013 campaign, with all proceeds supporting the development of young Derbyshire cricketers.
The shop raced past its original £1,000 sales target for the whole season in June, and now a revised £2,500 target has been set after reaching the £2,000 mark during the recent four-day fixture with Middlesex.
Shop co-ordinator Phil Kirby is thanking members and supporters for their wonderful support, both in the purchase of books and in donating items for sale.
The ambition is now that the shop can help pay for an additional summer contracted player to be developed by the club.
Phil Kirby said: “We are delighted with the support we have received from Members and supporters throughout the season.
“We have a team of 18 volunteers who have worked tirelessly, giving up their own time to help make the shop a success – and without them it would not have happened.
“This really has been a sterling effort by all volunteers, thier help and support is very much appreciated.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club have had preliminary discussions with all-rounder Matt Coles about a possible move to Derbyshire.
The 23-year-old - who toured Australia with the England Lions this winter - has taken 133 wickets at 30.67 with a batting average of 20.66 in 50 first class appearances for Kent.
The right-arm seamer enjoyed his most successful season to date in 2012 claiming 59 wickets at 22.35 and obtaining a batting average of 20.66, including his maiden first-class century against Yorkshire in April.
Coles has also featured in 36 List A matches, claiming 55 wickets at 22.54 with career-best figures of 6-32 against Yorkshire in 2012.
Kent today confirmed that Coles has turned down a new contract and will be leaving the county.
Two late wickets - after an excellent half-century from Richard Johnson – completed a terrific day for Derbyshire against Middlesex at the County Ground.
Mark Footitt (3-69) claimed his 100th first-class wicket in the morning session, as the left-arm paceman, Matt Higginbottom (3-59) and Tim Groenewald (3-54) all claimed three apiece to dismiss Middlesex for 249 – trailing Derbyshire by 136 runs.
The hosts lost three early wickets in response, but a 52-run stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul (32) and Johnson (59) ignited the hosts’ fightback, before a late flurry from Groenewald (20) helped Derbyshire post 160 in their second innings.
Footitt added the late wicket of Joe Denly to his three in the first innings, before Groenewald dismissed night-watchman Steven Finn to reduce Middlesex to 25-2 at stumps, still requiring another 272 runs to win on the final day.
The hosts wasted little time in claiming the last four Middlesex wickets, as the visitors fell from 197-6 to 249 all out on the penultimate morning at Derby.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club Members are invited to bring two guests to the Yorkshire Bank 40 match versus Hampshire Royals on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August (1.45pm start) for FREE!
Karl Krikken’s young side go head-to-head with a Royals side likely to include Michael Carberry - who has been selected in England’s Twenty20 squad for their two-match series against Australia – plus fellow internationals Dimi Mascarenhas, Neil McKenzie and Danny Briggs.
Members can bring two guests into the ground for FREE simply by showing their card on the gate and introducing their guests.
The Marquee will be open exclusively for Members and their guests where food and drink will be available from 1pm and a question and answer session with a current Derbyshire player will take place during the interval.
Accompanied kids can also come to the fixture for FREE thanks to a nationwide promotion from the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Some late hitting from Tim Groenewald and career-best bowling figures from Matt Higginbottom has put Derbyshire in a strong position after Day Two against Middlesex at the County Ground.
Derbyshire enjoyed a terrific morning session adding 106 runs to post 385. Groenewald struck a brisk 49 alongside his Captain Wayne Madsen who ended the innings unbeaten on a magnificent 138.
Groenewald (2-40) then claimed two early wickets, before three quick wickets from Matt Higginbottom (3-51) in the evening session tore through the visitors' middle-order reducing Middlesex to 197-6 at stumps - still trailing by 188 runs.
After losing two early wickets on the second morning, Wayne Madsen - who resumed unbeaten on 105 – enjoyed a timely 66-run ninth-wicket stand with Groenewald.
The 29-year-old paceman took the lead smashing 49 off just 48 balls – including nine fours – to move his side from 284-8 to 350-9 in the 110th over, claiming a fourth batting point.
Mark Footitt (19) joined his Captain to add a further 35 runs before Derbyshire were finally dismissed for 385 in the 115th over. Madsen ended the innings unbeaten on 138 off 264 balls – including 14 fours – to conclude a memorable knock for the Club Captain.
Wayne Madsen became the first man to reach 1,000 LV= County Championship runs this season on Day One against Middlesex at the County Ground.
The Derbyshire Captain compiled a superb century, his third century of the campaign, to pass the personal feat on an evenly-contested opening day.
The 29-year-old shared useful partnerships with Ben Slater (53) – who completed his second successive Championship half-century – Richard Johnson (33) and Alex Hughes (33) – who hit his career-best first class score - to put the hosts in a strong position.
Despite the loss of two late wickets, Madsen remained firm to end unbeaten on 105 and, alongside Peter Burgoyne (19 not out), helped his side close on 279-6 at stumps.
After losing the toss, Derbyshire made a promising start thanks to openers Chesney Hughes and Slater who added 37 runs for the first-wicket, before Chesney Hughes - who struck three fours - was the first man out for 16.
Derbyshire Falcons welcome defending Yorkshire Bank 40 champions Hampshire Royals to the County Ground on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August (1.45pm start).
Karl Krikken’s young side enter their final 40-over fixture looking to build on their convincing 107-run victory against Durham at the County Ground earlier this month. Richard Johnson led the way with 58 as part of a 103-run stand with Wayne Madsen (37), before three wickets apiece from Madsen (3-27) and Knight (3-36), and four from David Wainwright (4-11) secured a comprehensive win.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Wes Durston could return to the Falcons’ one-day squad to face the Royals after missing the win against the Dynamos, the side's third of the competition.
The Royals, meanwhile, currently sit top of Group B a point clear of second placed Lancashire. They are likely to include Michael Carberry - who has been selected in England’s Twenty20 squad for their two-match series against Australia – and fellow internationals Dimi Mascarenhas, Neil McKenzie and Danny Briggs.
Youngsters will gain free entry, if accompanied by a paying adult, to the Bank Holiday Monday fixture versus Hampshire. And Captain Wayne Madsen is calling for a performance to inspire youngsters.
ECB is inviting entries from young journalists and regional newspapers for the County Cricket Journalism Awards 2013 supported by The Times.
The awards, now in their third year, are designed to recognise outstanding contributions towards the coverage of domestic cricket during the 2013 county season.
A new award has been introduced for 2013 – the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Young Broadcaster of the Year award – to recognize broadcasting excellence within the domestic county game.
The Young County Journalist of the Year award will also be re-named after ‘CMJ’ – the former BBC Radio Test Match Special commentator and The Times cricket correspondent who died earlier this year.
From this year, The Times will also fund the £5,000 scholarship which is awarded to the Young Journalist of the Year to report on an overseas cricket event involving English county teams.
The three other categories in which awards are made to recognise outstanding coverage of County cricket are: National Newspaper of the Year, Regional Newspaper of the Year and Best Online coverage of the Year.
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