Derbyshire produced a spirited performance and pushed their international opponents all the way, but fell just short against New Zealand at the Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Former Derbyshire man Martin Guptill starred with the bat for the Black Caps, adding 57 off 42 balls, as New Zealand posted 177-5 from their 20 overs.
Graeme Welch’s side made a good start in reply with Wes Durston and Stephen Moore both adding 37 runs against the international Twenty20 outfit, but despite a defiant performance fell just 26 runs short.
New Zealand made a solid start after winning the toss at the Zayed Stadium.
Guptill and Kane Williamson (32) shared a 68-run opening stand in 9.5 overs before David Wainwright (1-26 off four) found the breakthrough courtesy of a smart catch from Mark Footitt on the boundary.
Scott Elstone says the squad are looking forward to testing themselves against international outfit New Zealand in Abu Dhabi tomorrow; 10.30am start (UK time).
Elstone - who claimed four wickets and added 29 with the bat in the six-wicket win against Worcestershire on Tuesday – is expecting a tough contest but says the squad go into the fixture full of confidence.
“It’s a big game tomorrow,” he said. “I think all the boys are excited and it’s a massive opportunity to play against an international side. Everyone is looking forward to it.
“It will obviously be a tough challenge. We watched them against Worcestershire today and they showed why they are a top international team.
“But we go into the match full of confidence after making a good start to pre-season.
Nick Kesingland, who previously worked at fellow first-class county Essex, has been appointed as the Club’s new analyst and will join Welch's coaching set-up in time to prepare for the new LV= County Championship season.
As well as holding a Masters degree in Sport Performance Analysis from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Kesingland is a fully qualified ECB Level 2 Coach and will be working closely with the rest of the elite coaching team, analysing the squad’s performance while also studying opposing teams via video analysis and statistics.
Elite Performance Director Welch says Kesingland will be a valuable support to the coaches and will help get the most out of Derbyshire’s cricketers.
Derbyshire maintained their winning start to pre-season with a six-wicket win over Worcestershire in a Twenty20 fixture in Abu Dhabi.
Scott Elstone bowled an inspired spell of bowling, claiming four wickets, to turn the tide after Worcestershire had made a good start. Elstone was ably assisted by Tom Knight and Tony Palladino as Daryl Mitchell’s side posted 126-9 from their 20 overs.
Derbyshire cruised to their victory target with relative ease, with Chesney Hughes top-scoring with 48 off 35 balls and Elstone adding 29 to make it two wins out of two for Graeme Welch's men.
Worcestershire made a quick start after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Tom Kohler-Cadmore (38) and Daryl Mitchell (37) shared a 79-run opening stand inside the opening 10 overs, before new recruit Scott Elstone - bowling his first over for the county – dismissed both batsmen in successive balls.
Elstone was the pick of the bowlers, completing his four-over spell with impressive figures of 4-15, as Derbyshire turned the screw in the last 10 overs.
Wes Durston spoke to derbyshireccc.com after Derbyshire’s 126-run victory against Worcestershire in Abu Dhabi yesterday.
Durston top-scored with an excellent 94 off 74 balls as Graeme Welch’s men claimed a comfortable victory in the county’s opening match of the tour.
Derbyshire posted 342-8 off their 50 overs, with Stephen Moore - making his first outing for the Club - adding 74 off 78 balls and Billy Godleman chipping in with 47 off 40 balls.
Wayne Madsen’s side men then claimed regular wickets with the ball, with Mark Footitt the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 51 off eight overs, as Worcestershire were all out for 216 in 42 overs.
“To post 342 was a really good effort and we backed it up in the field,” Durston said. “We’ve very happy with the way we played.
Derbyshire made a winning start to their pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi, defeating Worcestershire by 126 runs in a 50-over contest.
Wes Durston top-scored with an excellent 94 off 74 balls, while Stephen Moore - making his first outing for the Club - added 74 off 78 balls as Derbyshire posted 342-8 off their 50 overs.
Graeme Welch’s men then claimed regular wickets with the ball, with Mark Footitt the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 51 off eight overs, as Worcestershire were all out for 216 in 42 overs.
Derbyshire started positively after winning the toss at the Zayed Stadium.
Chesney Hughes and Moore shared a 57-run opening stand with both men enjoying success particularly through the off-side.
Derbyshire will begin their pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi with a 50-over clash versus Worcestershire tomorrow (Sunday); 6.30am start (UK time).
The squad flew to the United Arab Emirates earlier today and will spend nine days based at the state of the art Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
They will compete in fixtures against the Pears and international outfit New Zealand, who have chosen Abu Dhabi as their base ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, before returning on Sunday 16th March.
Following four consecutive visits to Barbados, Derbyshire were originally planning to spend their entire pre-season in the UK.
However, following the introduction of the new Elite Performance model, Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch and his team are keen to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running when the new season commences in April.
Derbyshire will compete in three fixtures against fellow first-class county Worcestershire, beginning with a 50-over fixture on Sunday and concluding with a two-day match starting on Thursday 13th March.
The fixtures against Daryl Mitchell’s side will bookend to days of Twenty20 cricket featuring Derbyshire, the Kiwis, Worcestershire and an ECB XI with Welch’s men facing Brendan McCullum and co on Wednesday 12th March.
As well as the matches themselves, Abu Dhabi will also provide a warm weather backdrop to the intense regime of Elite Performance Training that is already preparing Derbyshire for the 2014 campaign.
Derbyshire (from): W Madsen (capt), B Godleman, S Moore, W Durston, M Footitt, M Turner, S Elstone, T Groenewald, J Clare, P Borrington, A Hughes, M Higginbottom, D Wainwright, C Hughes, T Poynton, R Johnson, B Slater, T Knight, T Palladino, B Cotton.
Worcestershire (from): D K H Mitchell (capt), G M Andrew, G Cessford, S H Choudhry, O B Cox, T C Fell, N L Harrison, A Hepburn, A N Kervezee, T Kohler-Cadmore, J Leach, C A J Morris, M G Pardoe, C J Russell, J D Shantry, R A Whiteley, B L D'Oliveira.
Abu Dhabi Itinerary in full:
Friday 7th March Fly out
Saturday 8th Practice
Sunday 9th 50 over match v Worcestershire
Monday 10th Practice
Tuesday 11th Practice followed by T20 v Worcestershire
Wednesday 12th T20 v New Zealand & T20 v Worcestershire/ECB Select XI
Thursday 13th 2 day game v Worcestershire
Friday 14th 2 day game v Worcestershire
Saturday 15th Practice
Sunday 16th Fly home
Peter has been struggling with stress-related issues for some time and the Club, the PCA and Peter have agreed that he should be allowed to have time away from the professional game to focus on his recovery.
The Club will continue to work closely with the PCA in order to support Peter through this period and will review the situation once his recovery is complete.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: "We are obviously disappointed that Peter won't be actively involved with final preparations for the new season. He is an exciting young cricketer with bags of potential and a promising future ahead of him.
Chesney Hughes says he is looking forward to returning to action this week when the squad jet off to Abu Dhabi for their pre-season tour.
The powerful all-rounder has spent the winter recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent at the close of the 2013 campaign.
The injury prevented him from bowling last season, but after five months of rehabilitation, the 23-year-old says he is now fully fit again and is looking forward to returning to action during Derbyshire’s trip to the United Arab Emirates.
“I’m really looking forward to the tour and getting back outside playing cricket,” Hughes said.
“It’s been a weird winter for me not playing cricket, but I am now fit again and ready to get back out there.
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