A fine 145-run partnership between Wayne Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul has put Derbyshire into a strong position after a rain-affected opening day against Nottinghamshire.
Madsen and Chanderpaul both completed half centuries in the afternoon session, ending the day unbeaten on 67 and 78 respectively, before rain at the start of the evening session forced an early closure to proceedings at Trent Bridge with the visitors on 245-2.
After losing the toss, Derbyshire were asked to bat first under overcast conditions – but the opening pair of Billy Godleman and Chesney Hughes made an excellent start, putting on 89 runs for the opening wicket.
Hughes played fluently throughout his 83-ball innings - hitting nine fours - to complete a brisk half century before falling shortly before the lunch interval for a well-made 59.
Derbyshire return to the four-day format this week, as Wayne Madsen’s side make the short trip to Trent Bridge to face Nottinghamshire in the LV= County Championship; beginning tomorrow at 11am.
Karl Krikken’s men will visit the Test venue in a Championship fixture for the first time since a Simon Katich led side claimed a draw in a rain-effected contest back in 2007.
The two sides met earlier this year when a Stuart Broad inspired Nottinghamshire claimed a nine-wicket win at the County Ground in April - despite an unbeaten 87 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Derbyshire will be hoping to claim their first win of the campaign against their cross-Trent rivals – and the will go into the fixture full of confidence after securing an impressive 63-run victory over Essex in the Yorkshire Bank 40 on Sunday.
Alex Hughes was delighted with his match-winning contribution against Essex at Leek on Sunday and believes the win can be a platform as they push for a semi-final berth.
The 21-year-old produced an excellent all-round performance, hitting 59 from 36 balls and taking three wickets as Derbyshire won by 63 runs in the Yorkshire Bank 40 Group B clash.
Hughes was pleased with his personal performance, but insists that it was a great team display that allowed the Falcons secure their second win of this year’s competition.
“It was a good win by the lads and everyone played their part,” Hughes said. “We were up against a strong Essex side but we all did our jobs and I think our performance deserved the win.
The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Friends Life t20 competition, including five matches at the County Ground and Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, starting on Tuesday, July 2nd against Lancashire at Derby.
To mark the launch, Friends Life t20 stars from each county have taken on a unique challenge for an entertaining new video released today. Illustrating the fast-paced, unpredictable and fun nature of the tournament, the players are shown being tasked with the ultimate test of their power and accuracy – a Clay Pigeon shoot with a cricketing twist.
Filmed at The Kia Oval and Edgbaston, 18 players including Derbyshire’s very own Peter Burgoyne attempt to knock a flying clay out of the sky, first with ball in hand and then with bat. After a succession of near and not so near misses, Glamorgan’s Chris Cooke sends the group into raptures with not one, but two incredible efforts.
Opener Wes Durston set the tone hitting 71 from 46 balls, before Chanderpaul hit an innings-high unbeaten 85 from 69 balls – including the century stand with Hughes who ended 59 not out – to help Derbyshire post their highest ever League List A score of 321.
The Falcons claimed wickets at regular intervals during the visitors reply - with Mark Footitt and Alex Hughes picking up three each, while Mark Turner and Tim Groenewald claimed two apiece, as Derbyshire bowled Essex out for 258, claiming a 63-run Yorkshire Bank 40 victory.
Despite losing the toss, Derbyshire made an excellent start courtesy of Chesney Hughes. The powerful opener hit the first three balls of the match for four, however, his short vigil was over shortly after as he was trapped lbw by David Masters for 17 from 11 balls.
Buxton and Leek College is reinforcing its support of the Leek community by supporting County Cricket’s return to Leek.
Anticipation is building for the Sunday 9th June showdown between Derbyshire Falcons and Essex Eagles with a 1.45pm start.
The Yorkshire Bank 40 one-day fixture at Leek Cricket Club is expected to feature star attractions such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Graham Napier and Ravi Bopara.
It is the first fixture at Leek since 2011 and the result of a partnership between Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Buxton and Leek College of Further Education and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
The college provides a range of courses to students from Leek and the surrounding area including A Levels, BTECs, and Access courses.
Derbyshire Falcons have named a 15-man squad for their Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture with Essex Eagles at Highfield, Leek, on Sunday; 1.45pm start.
Tim Groenewald and Jonathan Clare both return to Karl Krikken’s one-day squad after recovering from injury and could be in line to make their returns at Leek tomorrow.
The Falcons side will include world number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, as Wayne Madsen’s men aim to claim their second victory in this year’s competition against an in-form Essex side.
Former England intentionals Owais Shah and James Foster, New Zealand Test opener Hamish Rutherford, Ryan ten Doeschate and Graham Napier are all expected to feature for the Eagles at Derbyshire’s Staffordshire Moorlands out-ground.
Derbyshire’s squad in full is as follows: Chesney Hughes, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wes Durston, Wayne Madsen, Paul Borrington, Billy Godleman, Jonathan Clare, Alex Hughes, Richard Johnson, Peter Burgoyne, David Wainwright, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt, Mark Turner and Tom Knight.
Supporters who buy tickets in advance will benefit from discounted prices of £12 adults, £4 juniors and £4 car parking; available online here.
A further £2 discount is available per adult ticket for a group containing four or more adults and – new for 2013 – the Six Pack Ticket allows entry to six matches for just £55.
Junior Membership is priced at £10 – therefore; a parent and child can attend six matches this season for a total of just £65.
Tickets are also available on the gate priced at £16 adults, £5 juniors and £5 car parking.
Postcode for Leek Cricket Club is: ST13 8SG
Yorkshire Bank 40 cricket at Leek Cricket Club in association with Buxton and Leek College of Further Education and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
Durham MCCU produced an impressive batting display on the final day – but it was ultimately in vain as Derbyshire dismissed the visitors with 10 overs remaining to seal a 65-run victory at the County Ground.
Rishabh Shah, Chaitanya Bishnoi and Chris Purshouse all completed half-centuries, as the visitors moved towards their 432 victory target on day three.
But Durham MCCU lost wickets at crucial times throughout the day and three wickets from Wes Durston and two from Alex Hughes ensured the visitors fell 65 runs short, as Derbyshire claimed victory in an entertaining three-day fixture.
Durham MCCU began the final day on 28-1, after Alasdair Evans claimed the late wicket of Chris Jones with his third delivery of the innings the evening before.
Supporters who purchase tickets in advance for the eagerly-anticipated Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture with Essex Eagles at Highfield, Leek, on Sunday can reap the benefits of special discounted prices.
Karl Krikken’s men return to the one-day format against an explosive Essex side that will include Owais Shah, James Foster, Hamish Rutherford, Ryan ten Doeschate and Graham Napier this Sunday; 1.45pm start.
Fans who buy their tickets in advance online by midnight on Saturday will be able to enjoy special discounted prices; with adult tickets available for just £12 – saving £4 – and junior tickets can be purchased for only £4.
On a hot summer’s day, the Falcons enjoyed a six-wicket victory against Warwickshire on their last visit to Leek Cricket Club in 2011; and the forecast is for more good weather this Sunday - so don't forget your sun cream.
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