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Groenewald reaches career milestone at Trent Bridge

GroenewaldTim Groenewald claimed his 200th career first-class wicket – but an unbeaten century from Michael Lumb frustrated the Derbyshire bowlers on another rain-affected day at Trent Bridge.

Mark Turner and Mark Footitt shared a 54-run final wicket stand to help Derbyshire post 391 in their first innings – before rain washed out the entire afternoon session.

Play resumed after tea and James Taylor and Lumb shared a 121-run partnership, but paceman Groenewald broke the stand to claim his second wicket and simultaneously reach the career landmark – before Nottinghamshire lost a late wicket off the bowling of Footitt to close the day on 204-3, still trailing by 187 runs.

After rain washed out most of the second day, Derbyshire began the third day on 306-6, with David Wainwright and Richard Johnson unbeaten on six and eight respectively.

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Cricket Derbyshire Prize Draw winners announced

PAKFoodsThe two lucky winners of the Cricket Derbyshire Prize Draw, in association with PAK Foods, have been announced as Mr Iqbal Zatir and Dr Mian Khurram Khurshid. 

By taking advantage of an exclusive ticket offer for upcoming Friends Life t20 matches at the County Ground - customers were automatically entered into a Prize Draw to win a pair of tickets for tomorrow’s eagerly awaited ICC Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston between India and Pakistan. 

Ryan Duckett, Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships said: “A large number of people from the local community who have never been to the County Ground before took advantage of this offer and we look forward to welcoming them to our first Friends Life t20 home game of 2013 against Lancashire Lightning.

“We are really grateful for the support we received from PAK Foods in hosting this initiative and I am sure the two winners will have a fantastic day at Edgbaston tomorrow.”

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Match finely poised after rain-affected second day

TrentBridgeHeavy rain washed out the final two sessions at Trent Bridge after Derbyshire lost quick wickets in the morning to leave the LV= County Championship fixture finely poised after the second day against Nottinghamshire.

Wayne Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul could only add 7 and 9 runs respectively to their overnight totals as an inspired spell from Andre Adams removed both batsman early-on.

Harry Gurney then claimed two wickets as Derbyshire lost four wickets in the only full session of the day, as the visitors closed on 306-6 after only 16.5 overs were possible on Day 2.

Thanks to an excellent 145-run partnership between Madsen and Chanderpaul, Derbyshire began the second day on 245-2 and the pair continued to take the attack to the Nottinghamshire seamers. Madsen struck the first ball to the mid-wicket boundary as the visitors quickly picked up their second batting point shortly after the start of play.

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Fans to vote for their favourite Twenty20 XI

DerbyToday marks the 10th anniversary of the first ever Twenty20 matches - and to celebrate the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are asking fans to vote for the Best XI of players to have played in the domestic competition, now known as the Friends Life t20.

We will be asking supporters to vote on the Club's official Twitter account for their favourite Derbyshire Twenty20 XI, starting on Monday 17th June when we ask fans to vote for their favourite Derbyshire batsman from the last 10 years.

The ECB revolutionised world cricket with the introduction of the Twenty20 Cup on 13th June 2003. The inaugural tie saw Hampshire host Sussex at the Ageas Bowl, with four further matches around the country on the opening day. To mark this milestone, the ECB has also launched a new video of some of its most explosive, exciting and memorable highlights to get the conversation started.

Headline grabbing moments such as Graham Napier’s stunning 152 not out in 2008, Scott Styris’ world-record 38 runs from a single over on the way to a 37-ball century, and Middlesex’s last-ball win in the 2008 final have provided some of cricket’s most unexpected and unforgettable memories of the last 10 years.

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Madsen and Chanderpaul remain defiant on rain-affected day

WayneMadsenA 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.

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Derbyshire squad all set for Trent Bridge return

TrentBridgeDerbyshire 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.

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Alex Hughes hails great team performance

AlexHughesAlex 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.

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Tickets on sale for 2013 Friends Life t20

DerbyThe 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.

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Record-breaking Derbyshire stun Essex at Leek

Hughes&ChanderpaulA fine all-round performance from Alex Hughes – including an unbeaten 102-run stand with Shivnarine Chanderpaul – sealed an impressive 63-run victory for Derbyshire against Essex at Highfield, Leek.

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.

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