Sandiacre Town Cricket Club are Royal London Club Championship National champions, after skipper Dan Wheeldon led his side to a two-wicket victory over Sunbury in the final at Bristol on Sunday.
In a dramatic finish, Wheeldon struck a boundary to win the game with only three balls to spare, as the Derbyshire Premier League outfit chased down 198 to win, having bowled Sunbury out for 197, to claim their second national title since 2003.
John Jordison hit 25 from 20 balls, and returned 2-21, to claim the man of the match award, whilst Marius Conway-Jones (4-32) also made a vital contribution to secure a two-wicket victory.
Star India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara joined pupils at Dale Primary School as well as the Mayor of Derby City, Cllr Shiraz Khan and the Leader of Derby City Council, Ranjit Banwait, to launch the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation and endorse the Heart of Cricket Project.
The Heart of Cricket project, funded by a Healthy Heart grant from national charity Heart Research UK and sandwich franchise SUBWAY® stores, uses the power of cricket to show how diet choices and being active contribute to having a healthy heart.
Pujara and was joined by Derbyshire Captain and Heart of Cricket project ambassador Wayne Madsen at Dale Primary. Following a classroom session focusing on Heart Health, both players were able to join in a fun cricket session to demonstrate the effect of physical activity on the body.
The project, which has taken place between April and September this year, has reached out to 20 primary schools across Derby City promoting healthy heart living.
It has reached over 1,200 children to help them recognise that bad lifestyle choices can result in heart disease, and convince get youngsters and their families across the city to improve their diets and get more active.
Young wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein will make his first-class debut as Derbyshire face Surrey in their penultimate LV= County Championship fixture of the season; starting on Monday.
Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby – graduate Hosein, who made his Derbyshire debut versus India in July, replaces Gareth Cross in Derbyshire's Championship squad to travel to The Kia Oval.
Pace bowler Tom Taylor also returns to the four-day squad to face Surrey after missing the last month due to injury.
Graeme Welch’s men suffered their first LV= County Championship defeat since June last time out, as Glamorgan sealed a 106-run win at Cardiff to end Derbyshire’s three-match winning streak.
Surrey, meanwhile, who will be without Kevin Pietersen after the Club elected not to select him for four-day action, enter the fixture of the back of a 27-run defeat against Worcestershire, who secured promotion to Division One.
Wicketkeeper Gareth Cross has left Derbyshire after being informed his contract will not be extended.
Cross made 32 appearances for Derbyshire, with a top score of 54 in the NatWest T20 Blast fixture versus Nottinghamshire in June.
Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby – graduate Harvey Hosein will now replace Cross in the squad for the county’s final two LV= County Championship fixtures and will make his first-class debut against Surrey starting on Monday.
Elite Performance Director, Graeme Welch said: “Gareth stepped in at a difficult time for the Club and has been a regular in all formats this season.
“He's fitted in to the team really well and we wish him all the very best for the future.
The private funeral of former Derbyshire County Cricket Club Chairman and President, Trevor Bowring, took place today.
Trevor had been a member of the club for many decades and after being elected to the general committee in 1998, was elected Chairman in 1999.
Upon his retirement from the committee in March 2005, he was elected President for a two-year period. The Chesterfield Cricket Lovers' Society also appointed Trevor to the post of President.
The funeral was well attended by Club officials.
Donations in memory of Trevor will benefit Macmillan Cancer Support and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Alldonations can be forwarded to the Funeral Directors; J W & J Mettam Ltd, Ambrose House, Granby Croft, DE45 1ET; Tel: 01629 812114
A memorial service will be held at Kelso North Parish Church on Saturday 8th November; 11am. All are very welcome to attend.
Derbyshire’s winning run in the LV= County Championship came to an end as Michael Hogan claimed four wickets to help Glamorgan to victory at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff.
Wes Durston top scored with a well made 72, while Captain Wayne Madsen added 26, but Derbyshire lost regular wickets to be dismissed for 154 and hand Glamorgan a 106-run win inside three days.
This after five Glamorgan wickets had fallen in the morning session, as the hosts were all out for 181 in their second innings. But the 261 run victory target was too much as Graeme Welch’s men slipped to their first four-day defeat since June.
Mark Footitt (3-46) and Tony Palladino (2-38) took all five of the remaining Glamorgan wickets on Day Three, after Wayne White had returned figures of 4-27 the previous day, to dismiss the hosts inside the first session of the day.
The Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop is hosting a Collectors’ Sale on Tuesday 23 September, Day One versus Leicestershire, at The 3aaa County Ground.
The Book Shop, which is run by a team of dedicated volunteers, are selling a huge collection of books, programmes and other memorabilia donated by supporters during the season which are seen as of particular interest to collectors.
Over 150 items have been selected for the special end of season sale, which will take place in the Viewing Area on the first floor of the Gateway Centre.
Every penny raised from the Collectors’ Sale will help the Book shop in its target to fund a young cricketer for the Derbyshire County Cricket Club staff in 2015.
Items will be available to view from 11.30am and the sale will commence at 12.30pm.
ESPN Cricinfo's Alan Gardner looks at the arrival of India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara to county cricket with Derbyshire County Cricket Club. To read full article, click here>>
Those perusing the scorecard from Cardiff might pass quickly over the contribution of CA Pujara, who fell lbw to J Allenby on the second morning.
Plenty of batsmen have suffered similar fates: Jim Allenby has taken almost 200 first-class wickets for Glamorgan with his niggardly medium pace. Pujara's seven runs, coming from 26 balls in 27 minutes, constituted his first outing for Derbyshire, having been given dispensation by the BCCI to play the final few weeks of the season. Welcome to county cricket, son.
Perhaps it was to be expected. Cheteshwar Pujara, one of only nine men to have scored three first-class triple-hundreds, has not played for three weeks and that was when rounding off India's miserable 3-1 Test series defeat, during which he averaged 22.20 with one fifty. His response to failure, having come to England feted as the successor to Rahul Dravid at No. 3, was also no surprise: practice.
Growing up in Rajkot, Pujara's technique was honed facing thousands of under-arm throwdowns from his father, Arvind. In James Astill's book, The Great Tamasha, Arvind relates how he identified his son's talent at only a few years of age, simply from the way in which he watched the ball. He also describes the temperament that brought Cheteshwar a Test debut at the age of 22 and an average of 66.25 by the start of 2014: "If he scores runs, he thanks God. If he fails to score runs, he says it is God's will."
Wayne White produced a fine all-round display, scoring a quick-fire 38 before taking four wickets, but it was Glamorgan who enjoyed the better of Day Two at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff.
Graeme Welch's men lost regular wickets to be dismissed for 203, a first-innings deficit of 79. Number nine White top-scored with 38 off just 22 balls, while Gareth Cross added 30.
White then took four wickets in an extended final session of the day to reduce Glamorgan to 145-5 at stumps, a lead of 224.
Derbyshire began Day Two on eight without loss, having only faced three overs the previous night. That score was advanced to 16 with two Billy Godleman boundaries before he was adjudged lbw to Graham Wagg (3-56) for eight.
Fellow opener Ben Slater had begun well but also fell when Dean Cosker caught him off Wagg's bowling for 18 to bring Cheteshwar Pujara to the middle, the India Test batsman's first innings for the county.
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