Belper Amateurs Cricket Club have expressed huge sadness and regret at the tragic death of Neil Dalton – and his university colleague Aidan Bunger - in Malaysia yesterday.
Neil, 22, was a player at Belper Amateurs since childhood, a stalwart of over 100 matches and a great friend of everybody at the Club.
Secretary Pip Nightingale said: “Words can’t describe the devastation this tragedy has caused to everybody within our club.
“Neil and many of our players grew up together - through school and cricket - and have such a strong friendship unit.
“He was a gentleman and a scholar whose trademark red hair was accompanied by a sense of humour second to none.
“He represented the club over 100 times, opening the batting at every level from under 15s right up to First XI, until his academic career took precedence over his amateur cricket.
Graeme Welch says Derbyshire are playing good cricket and are therefore in confident mood ahead of the Royal London One-Day Cup clash versus Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground today (Thursday); 2pm start.
Derbyshire sit second in Group A, a point behind early leaders Gloucestershire, after securing victories in their opening two fixtures – against Hampshire and Leicestershire – before rain prevented hopes of making it three from three last Thursday away at Worcestershire.
"We were bitterly disappointed," Welch said speaking after the no result at New Road.
"We played some good cricket again and restricted them to probably 10-15 under par on a decent wicket. We thought the wicket was worse than it was but the lads said it was actually a good pitch.
"I would have fancied us chasing that down.
"We said before the game we owed Worcestershire one because they beat us twice in the t20 and in the Championship, when we weren't playing our best cricket. We have come here and we were the better team on the day.
Fancy an evening of exciting Royal London One-Day Cup action after work? The Club is offering a Run Chase Ticket allowing supporters to watch the second innings, after 5.30pm, of the match against Lancashire on Thursday for just £10 (Juniors £2).
The second innings is scheduled to begin at 6.15pm, so supporters can come to The 3aaa County Ground after work to enjoy what will, hopefully, be an exciting run chase.
Run Chase Tickets (after 5.30pm) are priced at only £10 for adults and £2 for juniors. All tickets for juniors aged 0-5 are free of charge.
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).
After two wins and a washout, Derbyshire are aiming to extend their unbeaten start to the Royal London One-Day Cup when they face Lancashire Lightning at The 3aaa County Ground on Thursday 7 August; 2pm start.
The Falcons convincingly defeated both Hampshire and Leicestershire on the opening weekend of the rebranded tournament, before rain brought a premature end to the match against Worcestershire last week.
Skipper Wayne Madsen hit his first and second List A centuries in the two victories, which also brought about a Wes Durston hundred and a five-wicket haul for Mark Footitt.
Lancashire, meanwhile, are aiming to bounce back from three straight defeats, the latest of which came against Essex at Chelmsford on Tuesday.
Greg Cork - a graduate of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy - in association with the University of Derby - has been awarded a two-year professional contract by Derbyshire.
The 19-year-old has been a regular in the Club’s Second XI this summer as well as making six NatWest T20 Blast appearances for the First XI, taking six wickets.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “We’re delighted the Academy is bringing through talented players who are worthy of professional deals, of which Greg is the latest and more will certainly follow.
“We’ve thrown him in at the deep end in Twenty20 cricket this summer and his performances have been improving with each game.
Opening batsman Paul Borrington has left Derbyshire after the Club elected not to offer a new contract for next season.
To date the 26-year-old has played 49 first-class matches and scored more than 2,000 runs.
He has opted to leave with immediate effect in order to look for opportunities elsewhere.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “Paul has been with the Club for a long time and is a popular player among the lads, so it’s sad to see him go.
“However, we have to move on and I speak for everyone at the Club when I wish the lad all the very best for the future.”
Wayne Madsen has been pleased with his and the teams start in the Royal London One-Day Cup and hopes their good start can continue versus Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground next Thursday (7 August); 2pm start.
Derbyshire have begun the rebranded tournament in ideal fashion, having convincingly defeated both Hampshire and Leicestershire, by 136 runs and seven wickets respectively, in their opening two fixtures, before rain forced no result in the clash versus Worcestershire.
Captain Madsen has played a leading role in their early-competition success, hitting his maiden List A century in the opening match versus Hampshire, before backing it with a second the next day against Leicestershire.
"I feel great – not necessarily because of the hundreds but because we have played well," said Madsen.
"We have got ourselves into the habit of winning by taking the momentum we had from the last two Championship games and carrying it into the new competition.
"We set this up in Abu Dhabi in the pre-season – how we wanted to go about batting and bowling – and spoke about them again this week and have carried out our plans both times. It's extremely rewarding to do that.
Derbyshire and Worcestershire both took a point away from New Road after the weather washed out any hopes of a result after the Falcons had put themselves in a good position.
Four wickets from Mark Footitt had helped restrict the hosts to 261 all out from 49 overs, setting Derbyshire 262 to win their third successive Royal London One-Day Cup game.
The rain arrived 7.4 overs into Derbyshire’s chase, when the score was on 37-0 – 17 runs ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis score for that over – and sadly ended any hope of a result.
The Falcons got the early wicket they wanted when Tom Taylor (3-48) pitched one short to Richard Oliver who could only top-edge the ball to Wayne Madsen at point for an easy catch. The Pears’ leading run-scorer and fellow opener Daryl Mitchell was next to fall, caught down the leg-side by Gareth Cross for Footitt’s first wicket.
Tom Fell and Alexei Kervezee fell soon after, caught off the bowling of Footitt and Alex Hughes (2-46) respectively to leave Worcestershire struggling on 73-4 in the 22nd over.
The Cricket Derbyshire Foundation is offering teenagers in Derby a chance to participate in fun cricket activities, free of charge, during the school holidays as part of their Connecting Communities Project.
The foundation, in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner of Derbyshire, is giving boys and girls in the city an opportunity to get active and participate in fun and easy to play cricket activities.
Starting on Monday 4th August, the sessions - held at Normanton Park and Arboretum Park - are free and will run during the six-week school holidays, giving youngsters aged 14 to 19 a chance to receive coaching from qualified cricket coaches.
No advanced booking is required; participants can simply turn up and opt to take part on the day.
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