Derbyshire’s opening t20 fixture was won by Warwickshire in a low-scoring game at the 3C’s ground on Saturday evening.
After Derbyshire scored just 128-9 from their 20 overs, it was always going to be difficult to restrict opponents who so comprehensively defeated them in their two limited overs CB40 clashes in 2012.
And when Karl Krikken sits down to select his first t20 team of the English summer, he will hope to have considerably more selection options than he had at the 3C’s ground here on Saturday evening.
Wayne Madsen, Dan Redfern, David Wainwright, Jon Clare (all injured), plus Chanderpaul and one additional overseas player would all expect to start in Derbyshire’s first choice t20 side.
Nonetheless, against a Warwickshire side themselves shorn of several regulars, Derbyshire gave Paul Borrington, Richard Johnson, Peter Burgoyne and Mark Footitt an opportunity to impress in the shortest form of the game.
Wickets fell at regular intervals as the Warwickshire spinners did the majority of the damage after Durston had fallen to the 2nd ball of the match and Chesney Hughes in the 4th over to leave Derbyshire on 22-2. These two batsmen have been Derbyshire’s leading t20 batting exponents in the last couple of years and with both out early on, it was left to Godleman and Whiteley to steady the ship with a partnership of 33 in 5 overs before the former was run out for 19.
Whiteley scored 23 off 20 balls including 2 sixes, but it was Paul Borrington who finished as top scorer with a well-compiled 24 from 27 balls. He batted sensibly and scored his runs all around the wicket, using his feet nicely.
For Warwickshire, Evans with 3-24, and Javed with 1-16 from his 4 overs bowled their spinners effectively on what looked like a fairly slow pitch.
Warwickshire’s opening pair, Maddy and Chopra gave their side an excellent start, finding gaps in the field from the off, and when Troughton joined Maddy both batsmen found their range hitting sixes off Turner, Footitt and Durston.
When Maddy was dismissed by Durston he was replaced by former Derbyshire captain, Rikki Clarke, who announced his intentions by hitting a Hughes delivery straight down the ground for 6, although Clarke fell shortly afterwards to Durston, stumped by Poynton.
Poynton then stumped Ambrose off Hughes and Evans was smartly caught in the gloom on the long off boundary by Groenewald off Durston to give the off-spinner his 3rd wicket and leave Warwickshire on 78-5.
The experienced Troughton continued to frustrate Derbyshire, compiling his runs all around the wicket and maintaining his composure despite the loss of wickets at the other end. Arguably the shot of the day was his straight drive off Burgoyne which dissected long on and long off. He was out in the next over, however, trapped plumb in front by Chesney Hughes.
Derbyshire fielded tigerishly and Footitt bowled a superb 17th over of the innings which conceded just 3 runs before Turner did likewise in the next over.
A misfield at the start of the 19th over eased the pressure on Warwickshire as Best and Javed were able to run 3, and Javed then pulled a Footitt delivery to the mid-wicket boundary before a wide brought the scores level.
Javed square drove the next ball for 4 and the game was won by Warwickshire with an over to spare.
In truth, 128 was probably a dozen runs or so too few, but Derbyshire battled their way back into the game in a manner familiar to anyone who witnessed their Championship campaign in 2012 and they certainly weren't disgraced by the Edgbaston outfit..
Derbyshire will play Warwickshire in an eagerly anticipated t20 game this afternoon at the 3W’s Cricket Ground at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Barbados. The match starts at 4pm (8pm UK time) and there will regular score updates on Twitter. As darkness is complete well before the scheduled finish time, the 2nd innings will be played under floodlights.
The side has yet to be announced, although both Wayne Madsen (groin) and Dan Redfern (hand) are unavailable for selection and continue to receive treatment for their injuries. In Madsen’s absence, Wes Durston will again captain the side.
T20 action continues on Sunday although the schedule is uncertain; win or lose today, however, and Derbyshire will play more t20 cricket tomorrow but their opponents and the venue will not be known until after this fixture – and others – are concluded.
A full report and gallery will be available later.
Derbyshire’s Head Coach and Captain met up with new overseas signing, Shivnarine ‘Shiv’ Chanderpaul last night in Barbados.
The recent Test Match between West Indies and Zimbabwe took place at the Kensington Oval so Karl Krikken and Wayne Madsen plus Chairman Chris Grant and Honorary Secretary David Griffin took the opportunity to meet up with the left-handed batsman once the game had concluded.
The meeting lasted around 90 minutes and offered the Head Coach and Captain the perfect opportunity to meet Shiv before his scheduled arrival ahead of the Media Day on 4th April.
The Chairman outlined the Club’s strategy for both cricket and business – including ground development, while Krikken and Madsen discussed the make-up of the squad and chatted about the cricketing and fitness facilities available to the players.
Afterwards, Krikken commented; “Even though the meeting was brief, Shiv gave me the clearest indication that he will be hugely beneficial to Derbyshire. His record, his reputation and his work ethic will be a significant factor not only in terms of the runs we expect him to score, but also in terms of his influence on our still-developing squad.”
Chanderpaul still has other cricketing commitments ahead of him, including a Test Match in Dominica next week, but Derbyshire followers can expect him to take his place in the Derbyshire side for the first Championship game of the season at Edgbaston on 10th April.
Following negotiations, the Council has confirmed all current cricket pitches will be maintained for the 2013 season and discussions will continue with cricket representatives about how to ensure cricket provision is sustained in the future.
Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture said: “I am delighted that we have been able to find a way to maintain cricket provision across the City and I look forward to working with representatives and cricket clubs to create a strong future for the sport in the City.”
In order to cover the costs of sustaining cricket ground maintenance in 2013, the fees for cricket pitch hire will increase. However these represent only small increases per player per game and will ensure all current provision is maintained.
On Thursday evening Derbyshire’s squad, support staff and supporters attended Herbert House, the home of The Cricket Legends of Barbados; a cricket museum and gallery with bar and restaurant. The event was attended by several Barbadian political figures as well as the British High Commissioner plus the cricketers and staff from the other 5 county sides touring Barbados concurrently, Hampshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire and Yorkshire.
The word ‘legend’ is probably – along with ‘great’ – the most overused word in sport. Players with a 5-year ‘career’ at one sporting club are routinely described by some hysterical types as legends, when the players concerned clearly don’t belong in that exalted category.
During a splendid evening of video footage and speeches, two of the finest, fastest and hostile fast bowlers in the history of the game were honoured by the Cricket Legends of Barbados. Unquestionably, individually and as a pair, the two men honoured - Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith - can truly be described as cricketing legends.
Both men spoke about their cricketing careers; Griffith movingly about the issues involving the life-threatening injury to India’s Nari Contractor who he hit on the head with a short-pitched delivery, and the suspicions about his bowling action; while Hall also alluded to his careers after cricket, in politics and in the church.
Other Barbadian cricketing luminaries were also present; Cammie Smith, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge and Seymour Nurse – and a Derbyshire favourite (although not a Barbadian) from the early 1990s – Ian Bishop – was also an interested spectator.
But the icing on the cake was the presence of the greatest cricketing legend of them all. That’s statement is, of course, disputable; maybe Don Bradman could justifiably stake a claim for that title, but few would argue that Sir Garry Sobers’ is the greatest Test Match all-rounder in history.
Having seen Sobers’ score a century at Ilkeston in 1974 – the first I ever saw in first class cricket – this was the first time I had been in his presence since. They say you should never meet your heroes, but he was quite approachable and happy to pose for a photograph.
The best story of the night, however, came from Cammie Smith. Alluding to the historic tied Test Match at Brisbane in December 1960 between Australia and West Indies, Cammie explained that this match had been his Test debut and that he had been criticised for only scoring 7 and 6 in the two innings. However, he suggested that had he only scored 6 and 6, the Test would not have been tied, and history would not have been made.
Derbyshire’s players mingled with the players from all the other 5 counties and for Karl Krikken there was a chance to catch up with Bishop – by a couple of yards, the fastest bowler he ever kept to (Krik’s words!) – and some of his fellow coaches.
Derbyshire face Warwickshire in their first t20 game of the tour on Saturday at The 3W’s Oval, a ground situated at the entrance of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Barbados. The ground was used for warm-up games ahead of the 2007 Cricket World Cup and following recent re-development meets ICC standards for international cricket.
The game is scheduled for a 4pm (8pm UK time) start, so will be played under floodlights as darkness is usually complete by about 6.30pm at this time of year.
Friday sees the players back in the nets at North Stars where the emphasis will be on range hitting, quick singles, bowling with real variety and all-action fielding as Derbyshire’s pre-season tour moves into limited overs mode. The players have some free time this morning before travelling to North Stars at 1pm (5pm UK time). Last night, the tour party attended a superb Barbados Cricket Legends function – see photo above – which will be the subject of a full report shortly.
There will be comprehensive updates throughout Saturday’s game via Facebook and Twitter with a full report and action photographs on the website.
Derbyshire will play more t20 cricket on Sunday, but the opponents and venue will only be determined once the outcome of the Warwickshire game is known.
Much as Derbyshire’s new signing, Billy Godleman, had batted throughout the morning session on the first day, so did Northants’ winter capture from Surrey, Matthew Spriegel. The tall left-hander batted cautiously but largely untroubled and way undefeated on 39 at the interval.
Derbyshire opted for their usual new ball pairing of Tim Groenewald and Tony Palladino but it was the change bowlers, however, who captured the first 2 wickets; Peters trapped LBW by Mark Turner and Wakeley chipping a delivery from Ross Whiteley to Tim Groenewald.
Derbyshire used a further 5 bowlers before the lunch interval; Clare, Turner, Whiteley, Wainwright and Burgoyne all bowling short spells in the searing heat.
After just over two hours’ play, the sides went to lunch with Northants on 108-2 from 33 overs.
Following the interval Palladino was straight back into the attack and snared veteran David Dales with an outswinger that Durston pouched at slip before Jon Clare took his first wicket, comprehensively bowling James Middlebrook for 12.
Spriegel moved on to 66 before being trapped in front by Clare who then took his third wicket as Duckett was caught behind by Johnson who had replaced Poynton behind the stumps after lunch.
Just before the tea interval, Wes Durston spun a delivery past the advancing David Willey and Johnson removed the bails to secure Derbyshire’s 7th wicket.
At tea, Northants were 217-7 off 61 overs, with Clare having taken 3-38 from 12 overs.
During the evening session, Groenewald took his first wicket when he trapped de Lange in front of his stumps, and Turner was rewarded for a fiery spell when he clean bowled Sweeney.
When play concluded for the day, Northants were 321-9.
For action shots from Barbados, please check out the photo gallery.
The second and final day of the game against Northamptonshire gets underway at 10am (2pm UK time) today at North Stars and will offer Derbyshire’s bowlers a chance to impress in conditions that once again are scorching hot and at times, quite oppressive.
The importance of Derbyshire’s bowling attack in 2012 cannot be understated by the combined statistics of the front line bowlers each of whom took more than 20 wickets in the season; between them Tim Groenewald (42), Tony Palladino (56), Jon Clare (30), David Wainwright (44) and Wes Durston (22) took 194 wickets at a combined average of 25.82. With useful contributions from Ross Whiteley and Mark Turner, Derbyshire had a strong bowling unit that catered for most conditions throughout their successful Division 2 Championship campaign.
The wicket-keeping duties will shared today by Tom Poynton and Richard Johnson, with Poynton taking the first 45 overs and with Wayne Madsen not playing in this fixture, Wes Durston captains the side.
To ensure the remainder of the Derbyshire squad to play some cricket, the tour organisers have agreed to create two makeshift teams composed of the players not selected in their current games from the other 5 county sides here in Barbados and will play a 40-over game today.
Chesney Hughes made the most of his opportunity by making a fine unbeaten 109 (retired out) against Northamptonshire in the opening fixture of the Barbados tour at North stars. Following the fall of Borrington for 7 and Durston for 9, Hughes made the most of the fast outfield and sunny conditions to score a century in even time with 17 fours and a six.
New signing Billy Godleman had opened the innings with Borrrington and made 37 and gave an indication of his ability to occupy the crease at the top of the order.
While Ross Whiteley was batting alongside Hughes there was the potential for some real fireworks as both players opened their shoulders, but Whiteley fell for 21 and not long afterward Johnson was out for 9.
Hughes retired out at tea and gave Wes Durston an opportunity to bat for the second time in the day and resumed alongside Tom Poynton.
Head Coach Karl Krikken has been keen to ensure that both his wicketkeepers are given as much exposure both behind and in front of the stumps on this tour, although Poynton was considered very unlucky to be given out LBW for 13 to a ball that everyone present – bar the umpire and bowler – was convinced he’d hit with the bat.
Clare was stumped for 2 before Durston made the most of his second innings of the day scoring a sublime 59-ball half century, and along with David Wainwright ensuring that Derbyshire passed the 300-run mark.
Wainwright was bowled shortly afterwards for 13 to leave Derbyshire on 301-9 leaving Burgoyne to partner Durston. Derbyshire closed on 313-9 from 90 overs with Durston unbeaten on 65 and Burgoyne 3 not out.
Thursday will see Derbyshire's bowlers given a workout as Northants will spend the day at the crease.
Don't forget to catch up on the action photographs in our Pre-Season Gallery at www.derbyshireccc.com with more updates and reports here tomorrow and via Facebook and Twitter
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