Chesney Hughes struck an explosive 74 – but Hampshire Royals defeated the Derbyshire Falcons by 41 runs at the County Ground, Derby.
Royals’ Captain Jimmy Adams led the way hitting 64, but two wickets apiece from David Wainwright (2-33), Alasdair Evans (2-38) and Alex Hughes (2-33) help restrict the visitors to 219-7.
The Falcons made a solid start in reply courtesy of Chesney Hughes - who struck five fours and two sixes in his 79-ball innings - but the hosts lost a flurry of wickets to be dismissed for 178 in 35.5 overs.
After a flying start thanks to Michael Carberry (20) and James Vince (40), Hampshire Captain Adams led by example striking four fours to top score with 64 off 78 balls. Derbyshire, however, fought back in the middle overs with some disciplined bowling.
Wainwright was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 2-33 off his eight overs, while Alex Hughes (2-33) and Evans (2-38) bowled superbly at the death to restrict the visitors to just 70 runs off the final 10 overs.
Dyfed-Powys will face Nottinghamshire in the Police National Knockout Final at the County Ground on Wednesday, 4th September (12noon start) – and entry is FREE!
Dyfed-Powys sealed their place in the final after securing a 70-run win over Lancashire – and the 2010 and 2011 champions will appeared in their fifth straight final.
Nottinghamshire claimed their spot with a 68-run victory over Greater Manchester Police and the five-time winners will compete in their first final since 2008.
Entry is FREE so please come along and show your support on the day.
Peter Evans, CEO of Police Credit Union, said: “Our second association with Police Sport UK cricket in 2012 built on our inaugural year in 2011 and was again a great success, helping raise the profile of Police Credit Union across the UK Police family.
“We believe the whole event was very well organised, culminating in an excellent Final at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Billy Godleman’s defiant 59 was in vain, as Essex Eagles claimed victory at Castle Park Cricket Ground, Colchester.
An outstanding 88 from Ravi Bopara led the way for the home side, before timely contributions from James Foster (41) and Graham Napier (23) helped the Eagles post 259 off 40 overs.
The Falcons lost five early wickets in reply, with only Godleman and Alex Hughes (28) hitting scores worthy of note, as Karl Krikken’s side were dismissed for 151 in the 32nd over.
Essex’s total was built around an excellent innings from England all-rounder Bopara. The 28-year-old smashed six fours and three sixes in his run a ball 88, to guide the hosts from 33-1 to 187-5 in the 35th over.
The Eagles then added 72 runs in their final five overs thanks to the hitting power of Napier (23) and Foster (41). Napier blasted two fours and two sixes in his 10-ball vigil, while Foster stuck five fours and a six in his 24-ball innings to help Essex post 259 from their allotted overs.
All-rounder Scott Elstone has been included in Derbyshire Falcons’ 13-man squad to face Essex Eagles in a Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture at Colchester tomorrow (1.45pm start).
The 23-year-old has previously appeared in 23 List A and 18 Twenty20 games for Nottinghamshire, but he is yet to play a first class fixture. Elstone has been a regular feature in the 2nd XI this season and will now get his chance in Karl Krikken's side, making his Derbyshire debut on Sunday.
The Falcons - buoyed by this week’s thrilling LV= County Championship win over Middlesex - enter their penultimate 40-over fixture looking to build on their convincing 107-run victory against Durham at the County Ground earlier this month.
Wes Durston, who missed the victory against the Dynamos with injury, will return to Derbyshire’s one-day side. Captain Wayne Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, meanwhile, are rested and will not travel.
Derbyshire have been occasional visitors to the Castle Park Cricket Ground in Colchester since 1948 and last visited the venue in 2010 when an unbeaten 72 from Durston and three wickets apiece for Jake Needham and Robin Peterson guided Falcons to an 85-run victory over Essex.
Peter Burgoyne hailed a fantastic team performance after Derbyshire secured their second straight LV= County Championship win with victory over Middlesex at the County Ground.
The 19-year-old claimed the match’s final wicket to seal a thrilling 56-run win on Day Four, moving Karl Krikken’s side out of the bottom two in Division One.
Burgoyne was thrilled to play his part in a famous win and looked ahead to the upcoming fixtures against the two lower placed sides, Somerset and Surrey.
"It's been a fantastic team performance,” Burgoyne said. “We are now no longer in the relegation zone and everyone is over the moon. There were a few nerves at one stage especially during the Ollie Rayner and Gareth Berg stand, but everyone stayed calm enough and the result came at the end.
"The dressing room is more upbeat now. We went through a tough spell at the start of the season, but now after gaining more Division One experience we are getting a lot better and getting the results.
"It's now good to see that we have gone above both Surrey and Somerset, and we are now looking forward to the next two Championship games against them both. Everyone will be looking forward to them. It will be a good experience to play at the Kia Oval and Taunton and if we get a positive result at either place then we will have a very good chance of staying up.”
Derbyshire claimed their second consecutive LV= County Championship Division One victory and move out of the bottom two after thrilling 56-run win against Middlesex at the County Ground.
Mark Footitt claimed two wickets within three balls as the hosts enjoyed a tremendous morning session picking up five wickets to leave the visitors on 121-7 at the break, in pursuit of their 297 run victory target.
Gareth Berg and Ollie Rayner, however, shared an 85-run stand to frustrate the hosts, but a wicket apiece from Footitt (4-65), Matt Higginbottom (1-40) and Peter Burgoyne (3-66) sealed a famous victory at Derby.
Derbyshire now move above both Somerset and Surrey into seventh place in the Division One table.
Peter Burgoyne said: "It's been a fantastic team performance. We are now no longer in the relegation zone and everyone is over the moon. There were a few nerves at one stage, but everyone stayed calm enough and the result came at the end.
"It's now good to see that we have gone above of Surrey and Somerset, and we are now looking forward to the next two Championship games against them both."
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.
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