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Slater hits half-century but hosts edge Day Two

Ben SlaterBen Slater hit a half-century as part of a 101-run stand with Scott Elstone, but four wickets from on-loan seamer Andy Carter helped Glamorgan edge Day Two at Cardiff.

Slater, who hit his second half-century of the campaign, and Elstone, making his first appearance of 2015, moved Derbyshire’s overnight score of 47-2 to 132-2 shortly before lunch.

Both fell in the space of three balls, however, before the visitors slipped to 205 all out at tea. Slater top scored with 53 and Elstone added 48, but devastating spells from Carter (4-53), on loan from Nottinghamshire, and Wagg (3-56) limited Derbyshire to only one batting bonus point.  

In reply, Glamorgan closed on 84-2 with Jacques Rudolph, on his 34th birthday, top scoring with 43 before bad light cut the day short with a scheduled six overs still remaining. 

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Heavy rain cuts short Day One at Cardiff

SWALECHeavy overnight rain - in addition to afternoon showers - meant that only 15.5 overs could be bowled on Day One of Derbyshire's LV= County Championship match at Glamorgan.

Derbyshire will resume tomorrow on 47-2 with Ben Slater and Scott Elstone unbeaten on 25 and two respectively after it was confirmed that no further play would be possible at 5pm.

Several inspections took place in the morning session and, at the fourth time of asking, a start time was confirmed of 2.40pm, meaning that 40 overs had already been lost in the day

After an early lunch was taken, Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen lost the toss and was asked to bat in damp and overcast conditions at the SWALEC Stadium.

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Around the Grounds: LV=CC Week 4 Preview

#LVCCDerbyshire continue their LV= County Championship campaign this weekend against Glamorgan at Cardiff – we take a look around the grounds at this week’s Division Two fixtures.

Essex v Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire have not won a Championship match at Chelmsford since 1930, and will arrive as rank outsiders against an Essex team who remain on a roll despite being denied the chance to press for a seventh consecutive win by a washout of the last day of their game against Surrey at the Kia Oval.

They are still missing Tom Westley with a broken thumb, as well as Ravi Bopara at the Indian Premier League, but Nick Browne and Daniel Lawrence shone in Kennington in their absence, Lawrence becoming the third youngest player in history to score a Championship century.

Gloucestershire name an unchanged squad with Gareth Roderick, their Durban-born wicketkeeper, aiming to extend a run of making a half century in each of his four innings this season.

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Welch: Opportunity beckons at Glamorgan

GraemeWelchGraeme Welch says there are opportunities up for grabs for the new faces in the squad that will face Glamorgan at Cardiff this week.

Derbyshire head to Wales without the duo of Martin Guptill, who scored his maiden first-class double century against Gloucestershire last time out, and all-rounder Wes Durston due to minor injuries. 

Billy Godleman also misses the game through suspension, leaving the door open for fellow batsmen Chesney Hughes and Scott Elstone who are in line to feature in their first fixture in 2015.

Spinner David Wainwright could also feature after he was named in the squad following his return from injury, and Welch believes there is a chance for some players to stake a claim for a regular spot.

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PREVIEW: Welch names squad for Cardiff trip

Mark FootittGraeme Welch has named a 12-man squad to face Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium, starting on Sunday 3 May. 

Scott Elstone, fresh from a century for the Second XI this week, and David Wainwright have been added to the squad that beat Gloucestershire last week to replace Martin Guptill and Wes Durston who both miss out through injury.

Wainwright could make his first appearance this summer after recently returning from injury, while Chesney Hughes is set to replace Billy Godleman, who is suspended, at the top of order after impressing in the Second XI against Glamorgan Second XI this week, hitting 88 in the first innings.

Mark Footitt will be looking to continue his good form after he claimed nine wickets in the match against Gloucestershire, including 6-94 in the second innings.The same goes for youngsters Shiv Thakor (83) and Harvey Hosein (61) who both scored their maiden first-class half-centuries for Derbyshire in the seven-wicket win at Bristol.

Wayne White misses out through injury, but Jonathan Clare has stepped up his return after returning to light training with the squad.

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Godleman signs contract extension

BillyGodlemanDerbyshire opener Billy Godleman has signed a one-year contract extension committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season. 

Godleman has been rewarded a new deal following an impressive start to the new season which has seen the opener hit 235 runs in three fixtures at an average of 47, including three half-centuries.

The former England Under-19 international, who joined Derbyshire in 2013, has featured in 90 career first-class fixtures scoring 4,382 runs and hitting six centuries with a top score of 130.

The 26-year-old has also featured heavily in the one-day arena and enjoyed a standout 2014 Royal London One-Day Cup campaign with the Falcons, scoring 264 runs at an average of 38 with a high score of 96.

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NatWest T20 Blast begins this month

NatWest T20 BlastDerbyshire Falcons' home NatWest T20 Blast campaign begins this month, with the visit of Lancashire Lightning to The 3aaa County Ground on Friday 29 May; 7pm start. 

The fixture will be supporters' only opportunity to South African superstar Hashim Amla in action at Derby. The classy batsman, who is currently ranked as the number three Test and ODI batsman in the world, has scored a total of 2,550 runs in his T20 career, and brings with him a wealth of experience having played over 100 T20 matches.

Supporters can watch any six home NatWest T20 Blast fixtures this summer for just £72 with the popular Six Pack Ticket.

The team will be led this season by new T20 captain Wes Durston, allowing Wayne Madsen to concentrate on his role as captain of the side in the other two formats, while releasing him to focus solely on his batting in T20 cricket.

Durston, who has featured in 97 Twenty20 matches, is Derbyshire’s highest run-scorer in Twenty20 cricket, hitting 1,460 runs at an average of 28 with a top score of 111. He is also the Club’s third highest wicket taker in the format claiming 30 wickets.

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An appreciation of Guptill's 227 by David Griffin

MartinGuptillDerbyshire Vice President David Griffin looks back at Martin Guptill's 227 in the recent LV= County Championship win over Gloucestershire and ranks it amongst the best innings in Derbyshire history.

Just 29 players are responsible for the 48 double hundreds scored by Derbyshire players since the first – and highest – by George Davidson in 1896.

Having seen almost two thirds of those double hundreds, my mind wandered back over the course of watching Martin Guptill destroy the Gloucestershire attack last Monday at Bristol to some of the other great doubles and tried to gauge where Guptill’s innings would appear in some mythical roll of honour of Derbyshire double centurions.

One of the problems with sport – and, I guess, life in general, is that we all own a pair of rose-tinted spectacles which tend to see us favouring our youth, or our heroes, or both.

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Elstone century leads Seconds to victory

ScottElstoneScott Elstone scored 106 from 113 balls as Derbyshire Second XI ran out seven-wicket winners over Glamorgan in a three-day friendly at The 3aaa County Ground.

Glamorgan declared on 288-4 during the afternoon session to set their hosts 270 to win with only three-and-a-half hours of play remaining.

The fairly sizable total was met thanks largely to the efforts of Elstone who was captain for the day whilst there were also more than useful runs for trialist R Singh.

Derbyshire struggled somewhat in the morning session to take wickets but Harry White finished with 1-42, Ben Cotton with 1-52 and David Wainwright picked up 1-57.

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