Derbyshire County Cricket Club is pleased to announce that they have agreed terms with Cheteshwar Pujara that will see the Indian Test star join the county as their overseas player for the final run in of the 2014 LV= County Championship season.
Subject to final approvals and completion of paperwork, Pujara is set to return to England where he will gain valuable experience of English county cricket competing in the final four weeks of the Championship season.
Pujara has played 24 Test matches for India, scoring 1,872 runs at an average of 49.26 and a highest score of 206. The 26-year-old has a first-class average of 58, hitting 8,077 runs in 98 matches with a top score of 352.
In July this year, he scored 81 in the Indian tourist match against Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground.
Elite Performance Director, Graeme Welch said: "We're an ambitious team and have an exciting group of players who are developing fast.
David Wainwright was delighted to play an important role in Derbyshire progressing to the Quarter-Final stage of the Royal London One-Day Cup as he took 3-45 in a 53-run victory over Gloucestershire.
The left-arm spinner produced a moment of magic to remove Chris Dent for 70, bowling the Gloucestershire man with a baffling chinaman variation and putting the home side back in control of the fixture.
Derbyshire have earned a mouth-watering Quarter-Final tie with local rivals Nottinghamshire on Tuesday 26 August at Trent Bridge which Wainwright is looking forward to.
Wainwright said: “It was a great all-round team performance. Billy Godleman got us off to a great start alongside the skipper Wayne Madsen. They both played unbelievably well to create a good partnership and give us a good base to go hard at the end, which Tony Palladino certainly did and Scott Elstone chipped in.
Derbyshire Falcons will face Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final at Trent Bridge on Tuesday 26 August; 2pm start.
Graeme Welch’s men secured their place in the last eight of the new 50-over competition with victory over Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground on Thursday evening. Billy Godleman hit a List A career-best 96 and Wayne Madsen hit 57, before David Wainwright returned Man of the Match figures of 3-45 as Derbyshire secured a 53-run win.
The Falcons will now travel to Trent Bridge on Tuesday as they go in search of a semi-final spot. Tickets are now on general sale priced £10 for adults, £7 for over 65s and under 21s, and £2 for under-16s with informal hospitality on offer for £30.
Billy Godleman made his highest limited overs score as Derbyshire booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup with a 53-run victory over Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground.
Godleman scored 96 from 131 balls and with skipper Wayne Madsen, 57 off 65 balls, shared a third wicket stand of 116 in 22 overs which underpinned the Falcons 271-7 from their 50 overs.
Gloucestershire had already qualified and needed to win to have a chance of a home tie.
But despite Chris Dent’s 70 from 58 balls and Jack Taylor’s 53 off 36, they were all out for 218 with captain Michael Klinger forced to retire hurt with a damaged arm after he was struck by a lifting ball from Mark Footitt.
Derbyshire's victory, and Lancashire's win over Leicestershire, secured the Falcons a quarter-final spot and Graeme Welch's men will now face Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Tuesday; 2pm start.
Five-wicket hauls for Academy Member Will Davis and trialist Matthew Critchley helped Derbyshire Second XI completed a 10-wicket win in the three-day friendly versus Nottinghamshire at Denby Cricket Club.
Davis returned figures of 5-62 off his 19 overs in the first innings to help dismiss Nottinghamshire for 304 on the third and final morning; trailing Derbyshire by 171 runs.
Jonathan Marsden (2-98) and Greg Cork (2-42) both chipped in with two wickets, as Nottinghamshire were forced to follow-on.
The visitors got off to a good start in their efforts to save the match, moving to 80-1 in the 28th over, but two wickets each for Matthew Higginbottom (2-53) and Cork (2-42) helped sway the momentum towards the hosts.
It was then left to trialist Critchley, who finished with 5-50 off 15.3 overs, to finish Nottinghamshire off as they were dismissed for 197, setting Derbyshire 27 to win.
Derbyshire face Gloucestershire in the vital final Group A fixture, which Derbyshire must win if they are to progress to the quarter-final stage of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Graeme Welch’s men go into the match in fifth place, needing to beat Gloucestershire and hope that Leicestershire cannot overcome Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford tomorrow evening.
Meanwhile, Gloucestershire have already qualified for the next round, but will be aiming to win in order to achieve a home last eight tie. They have been boosted by the return of influential captain and overseas player Michael Klinger after his recent shoulder injury.
The all-important match begins at 2pm at The 3aaa County Ground and supporters can save £4 if they purchase their matchday ticket in advance of the day of the game.
As Derbyshire supporters settle down to enjoy tomorrow’s Royal London One-Day Cup showdown versus Gloucestershire, they will have one eye on events at Emirates Old Trafford.
The Falcons enter the floodlit fixture (2pm start) still in the hunt for a last eight spot, needing to win - and for Leicestershire to slip-up versus Lancashire – in order to progress.
And - although the Club will provide regular updates for spectators from across the Peak District – Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch insists he’ll be focusing solely on the performance of his team.
He said: “All our preparation has been about us. It’s not about what happens in Lancashire and not even about our opposition.
“It is sticking to our processes, our execution and how we are in the field.
Supporters will have the opportunity for photographs with the Royal London One-Day Cup trophy at Thursday’s televised showdown versus Gloucestershire.
With a quarter-final place at stake for the home side, the match has been selected for live coverage on Sky Sports and the trophy will be in attendance, with supporters able to purchase printed photographs on the day.
The Falcons enter the fixture still in the hunt for a last eight spot, needing to beat Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground (2pm start) - and for Leicestershire to slip-up versus Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford – in order to progress.
Captain Wayne Madsen said: “Thursday’s game is massive for us; it’s almost a last 16 match or a pre-quarter final.
“Obviously we have to rely on Lancashire beating Leicestershire or on a no-result, but we know if we win then we have a good chance of progressing.
“We didn’t get off to the greatest of starts this summer but in the last six weeks we have been much-improved in terms of results and performances.
Supporters can watch the second innings of Derbyshire’s crunch Royal London One-Day Cup group fixture versus Gloucestershire for just £10 as part of the Club’s Run Chase Ticket offer.
The second innings versus Gloucestershire - on Thursday 21 August - is scheduled to begin at 6.15pm, so supporters can visit The 3aaa County Ground after work and watch the drama of a run chase unfold for just £10 (Juniors £2). All tickets for juniors aged 0-5 are free of charge.
The fixture is Derbyshire’s final Royal London One-Day Cup group fixture, and the Falcons know only a win will see them through to the quarter-final stage.
The 50-over floodlit fixture commences at 2pm and the full price of entry on the gate – prior to 5.30pm - is £17 Adults, £5 Juniors (£13 Adults and £4 Juniors if purchased in advance of the day of the game).
Graeme Welch’s men currently occupy fifth spot in Group A after claiming three wins in the first seven group fixtures.
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