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Ole 'Stan' Mortensen - Best times of my life

StanMortensenIn the eighties and nineties, Derbyshire boasted one of the most fearsome bowling attacks in county cricket. Under the guidance of Captain Kim Barnett, the side ripped through batting line-ups like knife through butter as the county secured their first silverware in over nine years in 1990.

Heading up the ever reliable attack was the moustachioed 6ft 4in Dane Ole ‘Stan’ Mortensen.  The paceman enjoyed 12 fruitful seasons with Derbyshire towards the end of the 20th century in what was one the county’s most successful periods in its modern history and it is a time Stan has claimed as the ‘best of his life’.

The Dane would often hold up one end alongside legendary West Indian bowler Michael Holding as the county built a formidable and highly-ambitious side that brought high recognition back to the County Ground.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Club,” Mortensen said.  “It was a very successful period and I was privileged to play alongside some great players.  We began to gain a reputation and we developed a side that were proud to be Derbyshire.

“I gave Derby my best 12 years of my career and also those 12 years were probably the best of my life, and that is a big statement.

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Footitt takes four against New Zealand

MarkFootittMark Footitt claimed four wickets to help restrict New Zealand to 289-5 declared on Day 1 at the County Ground, as Derbyshire closed on 24-1 in reply. 

Footitt was the pick of the bowlers on Day 1 finishing the with figures of 4-65 from his 18 overs, but an unbeaten 77 from BJ Watling and 71 from Dean Brownlie ensured that the tourists could declare with 12 overs remaining in the day.

The hosts' reply got off to a solid start but they lost Chesney Hughes for nine in the last over of the day and Derbyshire will now resume Day 2 on 24-1, trailing by 265 runs.

Wayne Madsen won the toss and elected to field first in overcast conditions at the County Ground and his opening pair wouldn’t disappoint claiming two early breakthroughs.

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Derbyshire extend partnership with owzat-cricket.co.uk

owzatchanderpaulDerbyshire County Cricket Club and the UK’s leading online cricket retailer owzat-cricket.co.uk have stepped up their partnership for the 2013 season.

The South Normanton based cricket equipment specialist will sponsor the back of Derbyshire’s Yorkshire Bank 40 shirts as Karl Krikken’s men target semi-final qualification.

Owzat-cricket.co.uk are the latest addition to Derbyshire’s 1870 Business Club which has already attracted a half-century of companies for the 2013 season and is continuing to grow.

Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “Owzat-cricket.co.uk is a huge national cricket brand, tremendously well respected within the sport, while Managing Director Andy Mitchell is a born and bred Derbyshire man and a supporter for many years.

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Guptill relishing County Ground return

GuptillAfter playing an integral role in Derbyshire’s successful 2012 LV= County Championship campaign, Martin Guptill will return to Derby for the first time tomorrow as Derbyshire welcome New Zealand to the County Ground.

Guptill scored 594 runs in 14 innings at an average just under 50 during the first half of the 2012 season for Derbyshire, setting Wayne Madsen’s team well on their way to the Division Two crown.

Now the powerful opener will return to his old stomping ground for the first time, as New Zealand begin their preparations for the two Test series against England with a three-day friendly against Karl Krikken’s men, beginning tomorrow at 11am.

Kane Williamson will Captain the Black Caps tomorrow in what is expected to be a highly-contested fixture, and Guptill is chomping at the bit to make his return against some familiar faces.

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Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop appeals to Members

CricketDerbyshireBookShopThe Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop is urging Members to spend just £5 each during the course of the season to help continue the shop’s excellent support for the Club’s youth and academy development.

The shop enjoyed an outstanding opening week raising almost £400 during the recent home fixture against Nottinghamshire, with all proceeds donated towards helping the production line of developing young cricketers in Derbyshire.

The Shop, which is kindly operated by a team of dedicated volunteers, is now appealing to Members to spend a small amount each throughout the season to help raise enough funds to accommodate a summer contract for an upcoming young professional hoping to make their way into the senior side.

The same type of contract retained the likes of current first team squad members Paul Borrington, Peter Burgoyne, Jonathan Clare, Alex Hughes, Chesney Hughes, Tom Knight, Tom Poynton, Dan Redfern and Ross Whiteley during their formative years with the Club.

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New Zealand fixture given first-class status

NewZealandThis weekend’s three-day friendly with New Zealand will be played as a first-class fixture, as Derbyshire aim to claim an international scalp at the County Ground. 

The New Zealand squad travel to Derby on Saturday, 4th May as they begin their preparations for their two-Test series against England, which begins later this month.

It will be the second first-class game at the County Ground in as many years after Derbyshire welcomed Australia A to Derby in July 2012 when Tony Palladino completed his maiden first-class century against the old enemy.

Kane Williamson will captain the side in this weekend’s encounter, as supporters will also get the opportunity to welcome back Martin Guptill after the powerful opening batsman played an integral part in the county’s successful 2012 LV= County Championship campaign.

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Brilliant Brooks seals Yorkshire victory

HeadingleyJack Brooks’ inspired spell of bowling helped Yorkshire claim an innings and 39-run victory at Headingley on Day 4 of their LV= County Championship Division One fixture. 

The hosts declared on 677-7 after an hour’s play this morning, securing a 202 run lead. Wayne Madsen (52) and Wes Durston (50) both reached half centuries in reply, but five wickets from Brooks and two apiece from Rashid and Plunkett condemned Derbyshire to defeat in Leeds.

Yorkshire resumed Day 4 on 597-5, a lead of 122 runs, and they quickly built on their advantage in the morning session moving onto 613-6 within two overs after the restart.

Derbyshire would fightback, however, making two earlier breakthroughs removing both Gary Ballance (53) and Tim Bresnan (14) to reduce Yorkshire to 643-7.  But Adil Rashid (36*) and Liam Plunkett (21*) continued the onslaught before the hosts finally declared on 677-7 after an hour’s play, securing a lead of 202 runs.

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England duo frustrate Derbyshire on Day 3

HeadingleyDerbyshire suffered a difficult day in the field, as a mammoth 231-run partnership between England duo Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow helped but Yorkshire in a strong position on Day 3 at Headingley.

Root became the second man in the match to complete his double century, after Chesney Hughes’ record-breaking 270 yesterday, as the England Lions Captain was finally dismissed for a superb 236 from 336 balls. 

His partner Bairstow would hit 21 fours and four sixes in his knock of 186, as he shared a 117-run stand with Gary Balance (50*) that moved the hosts over 500 before closing the day on 597-5, a lead of 122 runs.

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Hughes’ double century earns record MVP score

ChesneyHughesChesney Hughes’ marathon innings at Headingley earned him one of the highest ever points totals in the FTI Most Valuable Player rankings.

The Anguillan-born 22-year-old just missed out on setting a new Derbyshire batting record with his unbeaten 270, but the 52.32 batting points he accumulated put him into the MVP top ten.

He is now sixth on the all-time innings list, less than eight points behind former Sussex star Murray Goodwin, whose 344* against Somerset in August 2009 remains the benchmark.

Hughes, who is the first Derbyshire player to carry his bat in a first-class match since Chris Rogers against Warwickshire in 2008, fell just four runs short of the 274 George Davidson hit against Lancashire in 1896.

He has 60 MVP points in total so far this season and sits in 12th position in the table, just three points off a top ten spot.

The FTI MVPs, which feature a £10,000 purse for the cricketer who scoops the top prize, are now in their seventh season.

The system analyses the performances of players around the country on a like-for-like basis and awards points for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held.

Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and for dismissing the top order, whilst batsmen are rewarded for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs they hit.

There are now more points across all formats for those notching 40 and 50 per cent of a team’s total, for top order batsmen, in recognition of their greater challenge against the new ball, and for those who hit big hundreds.

For more information about the FTI MVP 2013 click here >>>

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