Derbyshire Falcons entertain Leicestershire Foxes on the opening day of the Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council, at the picturesque Queen’s Park on Sunday 6 July; 2.30pm start.
The Foxes are likely to have former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris, who hit an unbeaten 63 off 31 balls when the two sides met earlier this season, and explosive opening batsman Joshua Cobb in their line-up.
Derbyshire Falcons have added Tom Knight to its 13-man NatWest T20 Blast squad to face Leicestershire.
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Captain Wayne Madsen is hoping the Queen’s Park crowd can get behind his side this week at the Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council.
The festival kicks-off witha NatWest T20 Blast clash against Leicestershire Foxes, featuring New Zealand international Scott Styris, on Sunday 6 July; 2.30pm start.
Madsen says Styris will be one the dander men his side will have to look out for as the Falcons seek revenge against the Foxes who claimed victory in the two side’s first meeting this season.
“It’s good to be back at Chesterfield and the guys can’t wait,” Madsen said. “It’s a great place to play cricket and the crowds are always fantastic and I’m looking forward to Sunday.
“Leicestershire have some real power hitters at the top of the order and they also do a tidy job with the ball. They are a team who, on their day, can be very dangerous.
Tom Knight’s magnificent century led Derbyshire Second XI to a 29-run victory against Yorkshire in the One-Day Trophy fixture at Swarkestone Cricket Club.
After electing to bat first, Derbyshire were going along steadily without scoring heavily to move to 157-3 after 40 overs. The last 10 overs, however, brought about 78 runs as the hosts finished their innings on 235-7.
Opener Knight’s good form with the bat continued as he starred with a terrific century, hitting 125 off as many balls, including 15 fours and one six, before he was finally dismissed in the final overs, run out by a direct hit from the boundary by Jack Leaning.
Tony Palladino as the next highest scorer with 22 as the hosts set the visitors a difficult chase.
Yorkshire started well with Dan Hodgson and Jack Leaning added 126 for the fourth wicket. In their stand, which covered 24 overs, they hit just seven boundaries and one six and ran the rest.
Academy graduate Harvey Hosein has hailed his first team debut as a great learning experience, after the wicketkeeper-batsman impressed while in action against India at The 3aaa County Ground this week.
The 17-year-old hit his first half-century for the first team on Tuesday, off 89 balls and including eight fours, as Hosein ended the Derbyshire innings unbeaten on 53 on debut.
The Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate says he has learnt a lot from competing against some of the best players in the world and hopes he can continue to push for a regular first-team spot.
“It was a great experience for me as a young lad coming into the team playing against world class players,” Hosein said.
“I’ve definitely learnt a lot over the last few days.
Billy Godleman hit his second successive half-century, but India claimed victory on the final day at The 3aaa County Ground to become the first winners of the Royal Crown Derby Trophy.
Godleman top scored with an unbeaten 56 and Alex Hughes hit a brisk 36, as Derbyshire declared on 156-3 to set the touring India side 142 to win off 45 overs.
Despite the loss of an early wicket, 41 from Murali Vijay and 39 from Ajinkya Rahane guided India to victory with eight overs remaining to end an entertaining three days of cricket.
After an early loss, Paul Borrington and Chesney Hughes replied with a 32-run stand to wipe out the 15-run first innings deficit as Derbyshire went about setting the tourists a total to chase during the morning session.
Chesney Hughes fell shortly before Lunch, however, caught behind by MS Dhoni off Stuart Binny, for 20 (4 fours). Borrington was still there, hitting 29 off 102 balls (1 four), as he added 46 with Godleman, with Derbyshire 78-3.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul has returned from international duty with the West Indies and will return to action with Derbyshire at the Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, which begins on Sunday, by Harry Foley
Chanderpaul returns to The 3aaa County Ground on the back of the West Indies’ three-match Test series against New Zealand in the Caribbean, in which the diminutive run-scorer hit 195 runs at an average just shy of 50.
The 39-year-old’s attention now turns to this week’s Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council and Chanderpaul hopes he can make a telling contribution on his return to the Derbyshire side.
“I was watching pretty much every Derbyshire game while I was in the West Indies. I’ve been following what’s happening and I’m happy to be back,” Chanderpaul said.
“We’ve got some big games coming up at Chesterfield. I have had a net today, trying to get some of the jetlag out of the system and getting ready to return to action.
Ben Cotton was the pick of the Derbyshire bowlers, but India, led by Cheteshwar Pujara, claimed a first-innings lead on an entertaining Day Two at The 3aaa County Ground.
Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate Cotton claimed two wickets, removing Shikhar Dhawan (6) and Virat Kohli (36), to end with figures of 2-25 off his 15 overs.
Cheteshwar Pujara joint top-scored for the touring side with 81, before he retired out midway through the afternoon session, before Stuart Binny closed the day unbeaten on 81, with India 341-6 declared at the close, a lead of 15.
Both teams will now bat 45 overs on the final day, with Derbyshire batting first, as we determine the first winner of the Royal Crown Derby Trophy.
Derbyshire claimed two early wickets to enjoy the better of the opening stages of Day Two at The 3aaa County Ground.
Mark Turner (1-53 off 11 overs) had Murali Vijay lbw for six in the ninth over of the day, to a delivery that came back in to the right-hander.
Wes Durston, who hit 95 off just 90 balls against India on Tuesday, hopes his performance was enough to earn a place back in the four-day side for the Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, writes Harry Foley.
Against a strong Indian bowling attack, Durston contributed 95 runs towards Derbyshire’s score of 326-5. Other major contributions came from Ben Slater (54), Billy Godleman (67*) and debutant Harvey Hosein (53*) on a good day for the Derbyshire batsmen.
Durston’s knock included 14 fours and 2 sixes, at more than a run a ball in an excellent cameo that came to an end midway through the evening session. Durston feels that he’s now back on track to returning to play his best cricket and gain the consistency needed to become a first team regular again.
“My form has come back week by week,” Durston said. “It was nice Friday night to show it in the NatWest T20 Blast fixture and to back it up today – that was important.
“I’m sure there were question marks over my red ball form and ability, but I showed yesterday against India that I’ve still got it.
Old Speckled Hen has reinforced its support for cricket across Derbyshire by becoming official sponsors of the 2014 Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, held in association with Chesterfield Borough Council at Queen’s Park.
Brewer of the beer and leading pub retailer, Greene King, has thrown its support behind the six-day festival, which starts on Sunday 6 July and includes NatWest T20 Blast clashes against local rivals Yorkshire Vikings and Leicestershire Foxes, and a LV= County Championship fixture versus Essex.
The Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket – in association with Chesterfield Borough Council - will represent the second successive year that title sponsorship has been attributed to a commercial partner for the annual event, which returned to the Derbyshire sporting calendar in 2006.
Old Speckled Hen Sales Development Manager, Melanie Cropper, said: “It’s exciting to be affiliated with the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, which is one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar in the area.
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