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[VIDEO] Durham fightback leaves match in balance

BorringtonPaul Borrington top scored with 75 – but quick wickets with the second new ball helped Durham fightback on Day Two at the County Ground.

Borrington hit eight fours during his patient innings - during which he shared a 106-run stand with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (53) to move the hosts onto 206-2 shortly after lunch.

But Chris Rushworth (5-47) and Graham Onions (4-62) tore through the Derbyshire middle-order with the new ball, claiming the last seven wickets for just 56 runs to dismiss the hosts for 298.

Tony Palladino (2-19), however, responded with two late wickets to leave the match finely poised with Durham 82-2, trailing by 216 runs.  

Resuming on 99-1, Derbyshire lost Captain Wayne Madsen (32) in the first over of the day – but a stubborn stand between Borrington and Chanderpaul helped the hosts recover from 100-2 to 206-2.

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Derbyshire business leader Sisson is hoping for a hat-trick

buymobiles.netPaul Sisson is hoping Derbyshire County Cricket Club can complete a hat-trick of celebrations for his company buymobiles.net.

The Alfreton based mobile phone retailer celebrated its tenth anniversary a fortnight ago.

And they were further boosted by the grassroots cricket club they support, Belper Meadows, lifting the Derbyshire County League Division 6 North title at the weekend.

Now it’s over to the players of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, who were bolstered during pre-season by the introduction of buymobiles.net as an official partner, to complete the hat-trick.

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[VIDEO] Rain cuts short opening day with Durham

BorringtonPersistent rain cut short the opening day with Durham at the County Ground - after Derbyshire had reached 99-1 shortly after lunch.

Despite the bad weather, play started on time and Wayne Madsen (32*) and Paul Borrington (30*) shared a 62-run stand to close a successful morning for the hosts.

But just the solitary over was bowled after the interval before constant rain washed out the remainder of the day.

Despite losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Karl Krikken's men made a promising start adding 33 runs for the opening wicket.

Ben Slater - who struck three fours - was the first man out, bowled by Chris Rushworth for 13. And the hosts almost lost a second wicket when Madsen edged Graham Onions, but he was put down at third slip on 17.

The Derbyshire Captain took advantage of his early reprieve, hitting six fours to close unbeaten on 32 as part of an unbroken 66-run partnership with Borrington, who remained undefeated on 30 at stumps. 

But the weather's untimely intervention meant only one over was bowled after lunch and no further play was possible, with Derbyshire 99-1 after 31 overs. 



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Derbyshire v Durham: LV= County Championship Preview

DerbyMark Turner has been added to Derbyshire's matchday squad for their crunch LV= County Championship fixture with Durham at the County Ground, beginning tomorrow (10.30am start).

The 28-year-old paceman has been included to replace fellow seamer Matt Higginbottom who has been ruled out with injury. 

Victory over Somerset last week moved Wayne Madsen's men out of the bottom two in Division One ahead of their penultimate four-day fixture of the season against Paul Collingwood’s title contenders.

A classy unbeaten 74 from West Indies international Shivnarine Chanderpaul helped Derbyshire seal their third victory of the campaign, keeping their chances of avoiding the drop alive with two fixtures remaining against Durham and Warwickshire (Tuesday 24th September).

Chesney Hughes - who missed the last two fixtures - is still unavailable, while Dan Redfern and Jonathan Clare both miss out due to injury.

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Madsen: Final fixtures our cup finals

MadsenCaptain Wayne Madsen says the remaining home matches against Durham and Warwickshire at the County Ground are Derbyshire's ‘cup finals’.

Victory over Somerset on Friday moved Madsen's men out of the LV= County Championship bottom two ahead of their penultimate four-day fixture against Durham, starting Wednesday 11th September (10.30am).

An unbeaten 74 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul helped seal Derbyshire's third victory of the campaign keeping their chances of avoiding the drop very much alive. 

Madsen has taken confidence from the victories over Sussex, Middlesex and Somerset and is relishing the challenge of facing Paul Collingwood's title contenders this week. 

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Victorious return to Taunton | by David Griffin

TauntonMy favourite cricket ground is still Taunton.

Everything I’d written last week about this small cricket ground nestled alongside the Rive Tone in south west England is just as valid following four days of nail-biting cricket.

The first impression of a ground Derbyshire had not visited since 2007 was that it looked different – a re-vamped Colin Atkinson Pavilion, the new Andrew Caddick Players Pavilion, 65 flats overlooking the ground, and the new 3,000-seater Somerset Stand. And yet, paradoxically, it was just the same.

The same raucous spectators seated - and standing - in the shadow of the church tower in the south-eastern corner of the ground; the Cornish and Devonians chattering in their unique accents; cider being dispensed in copious quantities at various outlets around the ground; the wise old sages ensconced in the Sir Ian Botham Stand passing comment on the niceties of leg-spin bowling; former Test umpire Ken Palmer seemingly on every corner greeting me with ‘Hello Derbyshire’ every time we saw each other.

The ground is more compact than ever, and with 2,500 spectators in on the first day there was a genuinely partisan atmosphere. Derbyshire followers were there in number, however, with more in attendance at an away Championship game than at any other this season, and with the weather set fair for all four days, we just needed the teams to deliver.

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Chanderpaul: It was a total team effort

ChanderpaulShivnarine Chanderpaul praised his team-mates for all playing their part, after Derbyshire battled hard on the final day to claim victory against Somerset. 

The 39-year-old produced his most telling contribution yet in a Derbyshire shirt, hitting a priceless unbeaten 74 to guide Karl Krikken’s side to a two-wicket win at Taunton.

Chanderpaul and Tim Groenewald faced an anxious wait during the lunch interval with eight wickets down and just six runs needed for victory. But four leg-byes in the third over after the resumption sealed a crucial triumph for the visitors.

Speaking exclusively to the Cricket Derbyshire E-Newsletter, Chanderpaul said: “I’m delighted to have seen us home.

“It was a tough day for us and a tough game. But we stood strong and came out on top at the end.

“There were obviously a few nerves at lunch. We just tried to keep it out of our minds and not stress too much about it. If it was going to happen it would happen.

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[VIDEO] Chanderpaul spurs Derbyshire to dramatic win

ChanderpaulGroenewaldShivnarine Chanderpaul hit a classy unbeaten 74 when his team needed it most - as Derbyshire claimed a nail-biting win over Somerset on the final day at Taunton.

Needing six runs with two wickets left at lunch, Chanderpaul and Tim Groenewald (six not out) held their nerves to see Karl Krikken's side home in the third over after the restart - to the delight of the visiting dressing room.

This after Alex Hughes had earlier recorded his joint highest first-class score, adding 33 priceless runs as part of a 68-run stand with his experienced West Indies partner to move their side from 124-5 to 192-6.

And fittingly, it was Chanderpaul on strike who, via four leg-byes, handed Derbyshire their third victory of the campaign. The win moves Wayne Madsen's men out of the bottom two in the LV= County Championship Division One, a point ahead of Somerset and 16 points ahead of Surrey with two fixtures remaining.

Reauming on 124-4, the visitors lost Richard Johnson (0) in the second over of the morning - before a 68-run stand between Chanderpaul and Hughes moved Wayne Madsen's side to within 50 runs of the victory target.

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[VIDEO] Battling Derbyshire still in the hunt

TauntonA half-century from Ben Slater has left Derbyshire still in the hunt - requiring 117 more runs with six wickets left - after Day Three at Taunton.

Tony Palladino (3-57) and David Wainwright (3-105) claimed three apiece to dismiss Somerset for 438 during the afternoon session.

The visitors opened with a 49-run stand – before two quick wickets from Jack Leach meant Karl Krikken's side slipped to 53-2. But 57 from Slater and an unbeaten 20 from Chanderpaul helped Derbyshire close on 127-4 at stumps.

Resuming on 231-4, Somerset enjoyed the better of the morning session as Nick Compton – who top scored with 95 – and Alex Barrow (36) added 63 runs before the first wicket finally fell after an hour’s play.

With new ball in hand, Palladino (3-57) picked up his first wicket in his fourth over of the morning clean bowling Compton to reduce the hosts to 294-5.

Read more: [VIDEO] Battling Derbyshire still in the hunt

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