Derbyshire have eased their wicketkeeping dilemma with the signing of Gareth Cross until the end of the season.
The Club moved quickly to secure the signature of the former Lancashire man following Tom Poynton’s injury setback and the current unavailability of Richard Johnson.
Johnson remains unavailable for selection in order to focus on recovering from sports performance anxiety issues which caused him to miss the recent LV= County Championship match versus Worcestershire through illness.
Lancashire Academy graduate, Cross, made his first-class debut for the Red Rose County in 2005 and went on to feature in 62 first-class matches, hitting 2,196 runs including three centuries.
The 29-year-old was a member of the Lancashire side that clinched the LV= County Championship Division One title in 2011, hitting 611 runs including a career-best 125 against Sussex.
Derbyshire wicketkeeper Tom Poynton has been ruled out through injury for the rest of the season.
Investigations by medical specialists have revealed that the 24-year-old’s lower-limb injuries, sustained in the car accident that tragically killed his father Keith, are worse than originally thought and will require a longer period of rehabilitation.
Elite Performance Director, Graeme Welch said: “We are all bitterly disappointed for Tom. He’ll get the best possible support from our medical team during his rehab and will remain very much a part of the group.
“Whilst it’s a setback for the lad, but he’s a resilient character and a strong professional. He’ll throw himself into rehab and come back fitter, stronger and more determined than before.”
Tim Groenewald says the squad are expecting a tough challenge against an in-form Kent side this week, but believes there is no reason why they can’t get a positive.
Derbyshire welcome Rob Key’s side to The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday for the start of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash.
Groenewald says after a frustrating start to the season for Graeme Welch’s men, the squad are determined to put in a good team performance against a Kent side coming off the back of a convincing victory over Surrey.
“It’s been a bit of a frustrating start for us, but we’ve all been working hard and focused on getting a positive result,” Groenewald said.
“We’ve played good cricket at times this season and there’s been some good individual performances. We have just seemed to have struggled to put in a team performance to get the results we have been looking for.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has unveiled the official NatWest T20 Blast Summer Anthems Playlist following a nationwide search by cricket fans.
The final 10-track playlist - featuring our track (Avicii, Levels) - will be played at every NatWest T20 Blast game across England and Wales during this year’s competition, which blasts-off on Friday May 16.
Surrey’s submission, Happy by Pharrell Williams, topped the table followed closely by the Rolling Stones’ Start Me Up (Yorkshire Vikings) and Ashes’ Embrace (Notts Outlaws). Mungo Jerry’s In the Summertime scraped in at tenth to round up the playlist of ten tracks.
Derbyshire’s first home NatWest T20 Blast fixture of 2014 is just three weeks away, and tickets are selling fast for the new-look Twenty20 competition.
Ticket sales are already up for all Twenty20 fixtures compared to this time last year as supporters flock to The 3aaa County Ground for the explosive Friday night Twenty20 cricket.
Four of five home fixtures at The 3aaa County Ground are on a Friday night, including the highly-anticipated local derby versus Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday 6 June; 7pm start.
Derbyshire Falcons begin their home campaign on Friday 23 May (7pm start) against Lancashire Lightning, as we begin the half-term holiday with a Blast! Family Fun entertainment will be available throughout the evening; while there will also be an opportunity for supporters to get autographs from their favourite players at the close of play.
Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen is officially a World Record holder after he broke the record for the most 'bat touches' in a minute.
Madsen completed the feat at the official launch of the new nationwide sponsor of One-Day Cricket, Royal London, held at the Royal Opera House in London.
Madsen competed against England internationals Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes at the event to see who could bounce a ball on their bat the most times in the minute, with Madsen coming out on top with a massive 282 bat touches.
Watch Madsen take part in the World Record challenge>>
The event launched the new One-Day Cup competition which run throughout the summer school holiday - between Saturday 26 July and Thursday 21 August – allowing school children and families to enjoy a day out at the cricket during their summer break.
Derbyshire Falcons will host Hampshire Royals on Saturday 26 July (10.30am start) in their first home 50-over fixture in 2014 at The 3aaa County Ground. Full list of fixtures available here>>
The Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby maintained their unbeaten start to the season, beating Chesterfield by 19 runs to claim the Mayor’s Cup.
In the 20-over contest held at the picturesque Queen’s Park, the Academy batted first and posted 161-6 off their 20 overs.
Rahib Ali top scored with 61 off 41 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes) as he shared a 56-run second-wicket stand with Callum Brodrick who added 19 off 15 balls.
Tom Ball added 15 before Wicketkeeper-batsman Harvey Hosein struck some late blows, hitting an unbeaten 39 off just 25 balls (3 fours, 2 sixes), as Derbyshire finished their allotted overs on 161-6.
In reply, Derbyshire’s Ben Slater top-scored for Chesterfield with 68 off 50 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes), but the hosts lot regular wickets and closed their innings on 142-6 to fall 19 runs short.
Derbyshire Second XI made a winning start to their Second XI Championship campaign with an innings and 70-run victory over Worcestershire at The 3aaa County Ground.
Resuming on 132-2 following-on, still trailing by 119 runs, Worcestershire were dismissed for 181 shortly before lunch on the final day.
Mark Turner (3-39 off 13 overs) claimed the early wicket of Leach for 23, before Tom Taylor (pictured above) tore through the visitors’ lower order to complete a five-wicket haul. Taylor finished with impressive figures of 5-24 off 9.2 overs.
Alex Hughes (2-23 off 11 overs) picked up a wicket to go with the one he claimed the day previous, as Worcestershire were dismissed inside 68 overs and John Sadler's side secured a convincing win.
Graeme Welch says the squad are determined to come back strong against Kent next weekend after the defeat against Worcestershire.
Daryl Mitchell’s side claimed victory on the final day at New Road on Wednesday despite a defiant half-century from Captain Wayne Madsen.
Elite Performance Director Welch says the squad played some good cricket, but they were always up against it after posting a below-par first innings total.
“We didn’t get enough runs in the first innings,” he said. “We spoke a lot before the season about first innings scores and in two of our three first innings we haven’t got enough.
“This is something we need to rectify. We’ve identified that and spoke about it.
“We bowled well in the first two sessions on day three, but it just got away from us in the final session and that turned the match.
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