Groundstaff worked tireless throughout the day adding and removing the Edgbaston covers on several occasions, but it was ultimately in vain as only 144 balls were bowled on the penultimate day as Warwickshire closed on 90-0.
After an inspection, play began at 3.30pm and Tim Groenewald continued his spell alongside strike partner Tony Palladino, who was still on a high from his 68 on Day 1.
Groenewald almost claimed the wicket of Varun Chopra in the third over of the day, but his miss-timed shot was dropped by Ross Whiteley.
No play was possible on Day 2 of Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship Division One clash with Warwickshire due to rain.
Light rain fell throughout the day at Edgbaston and after a 4.10pm inspection the umpires declared that there would be no play on the second day.
Warwickshire will resume on 14-0 at 11am tomorrow morning, weather permitting, after safely navigating four overs at the end of Day 1 after the hosts had dismissed Derbyshire for 226, thanks to a rearguard 68 from Tony Palladino.
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As we countdown to the first LV= CC fixture at the County Ground against Nottinghamshire on April 24th, we look at some of the iconic images from Derbyshire’s triumphant 2012 campaign. Today is Paul Borrington and Martin Guptill – May 25th, v Essex.
Paul Borrington and Martin Guptill congratulate each other after securing Derbyshire’s first win in a Championship game at Chelmsford for 75 years.
A superb 116 from Wes Durston ensured that Derbys secured a healthy 141-run lead at the half-way mark. Three wickets apiece for Tim Groenewald and David Wainwright reduced Essex to 234 in their second innings, leaving the visitors chasing 94 for victory.
On Day 3, Derbyshire emphatically reach their target as opener Borrington and Guptill knocked off the required runs in 18 overs, with 30 and 66 respectively to claim a famous 10-wicket victory. It maintained Derbyshire unbeaten start to the new campaign, as Karl Krikken’s side set the early Division Two pace.
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Tony Palladino’s rearguard 68 helped Derbyshire put on 109 runs for the loss of their last three wickets as the visitors were dismissed for 226 at Edgbaston, before Warwickshire closed on 14-0 at the end of Day 1.
Wes Durston passed 4,000 career first-class runs in the morning session, developing a healthy partnership with Shivnarine Chanderpaul before lunch. After the interval, a quick-fire 34 from Dan Redfern pushed the score past 100 for the loss of three wickets.
But Jeetan Patel claimed three wickets in the afternoon session to reduce Derbyshire to 117-7, however, an excellent 68 from Palladino ensured that Karl Krikken’s side posted a respectable 226 before the close.
Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bowl first on a cold and overcast morning at Edgbaston, and the hosts made a solid start claiming two wickets inside the first hour.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club and The University of Derby have stepped up their established partnership ahead of the 2013 season.
The University, who sponsored the Club’s Friends Life t20 shirts in 2012, will sponsor the front of the white LV= County Championship shirt as Derbyshire tackle the top tier of English cricket for the first time since the year 2000.
The University of Derby, home to 21,000 students, has also become title sponsors of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy which is responsible for producing the first-class cricketers of the future.
The 12 young cricketers making up this year’s Academy will play under the Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy banner in the UK’s first University/Academy cricket partnership.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is looking forward to the challenge as Derbyshire embark on their first season back in the top flight for 13 years, and believes his experience can help a young Derbyshire squad flourish in Division One.
The 38-year-old arrived in the UK on Saturday and took part in Derbys recent two day friendly against Notts at the County Ground scoring an unbeaten 31, which included three sixes from the final over of the innings.
The world’s number two Test batsman is today travelling down to Birmingham as part of the matchday squad and he insists that he is fully prepared for the start of the new season, which begins tomorrow at Edgbaston against Warwickshire.
“I am looking forward to the first game of the season,” he said. “The squad have had a good pre-season and we enjoyed a good warm-up match against Notts yesterday.
Derbyshire have named their squad for the LV= County Championship 2013 season opener against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, beginning on Wednesday.
World number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who arrived in the UK on Saturday and scored an unbeaten 31 in the side’s friendly with Nottinghamshire on Monday, has been included in the 13-man squad.
All-rounder Ross Whiteley is looking forward to the challenge of Division One cricket, but is expecting a difficult opening game against the current LV= CC champions Warwickshire.
“I am really looking forward to the first game of the season and the new challenge of Division One cricket,” he said. “It is great to start the season at a Test venue and we as a squad are really excited about the new campaign.
“We are expecting a difficult opening game as we are facing the reigning champions, but we are looking forward to it. We had a good pre-season against them, beat them in the t20 in Barbados, and now hoping to take this forward and perform well in the four-day competition.
“The boys are itching to get out now and hit the ground running. Personally, I am hoping to have a positive effect with both bat and ball this season.
“My bowling is something that I have been working and it is something I can still improve on, but I think I can have an impact with ball in hand. I am also hoping to nail down my spot at number six in the batting line-up and help contribute as much as possible.”
Warwickshire XI: Chopra, Westwood, Porterfield, Troughton, Evans, Ambrose, Clarke, Milnes, Patel, Wright, Hannon-Dalby
Derbyshire’s 13-man squad: Madsen, Godleman, Hughes, Chanderpaul, Durston, Redfern, Whiteley, Wainwright, Poynton, Clare, Palladino, Groenewald, Turner
Chesney Hughes will play for Derbyshire in 2013 as an England Qualified cricketer after completing his residency.
Today’s news completes a double pre-season boost for the 22-year-old after recently signing a two-and-a-half year contract committing him to the Club until September 2015.
Hughes, born in Anguilla, made his List A debut for Derbyshire in 2009. He has since gone on to make 100 first team appearances in all competitions.
Voted the Club’s Player of the Year in 2010, Hughes has scored 1,553 first-class runs in a Derbyshire shirt with four centuries.
The heady days of mid-September 2012 will not be forgotten by those who played in, or watched, Derbyshire’s title-winning victory over Hampshire at the County Ground, and nor should they.
Winning a trophy should rightly be celebrated, cherished and remembered - and maybe because of the 20-year wait, we all quite rightly celebrated and cherished a little more and a little longer than some other counties might have done.
However 2012 has gone, the celebrations have now ended, and with the new season almost upon us it’s time to look at Derbyshire’s prospects in the top flight of county cricket.
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