Academy graduate Tom Taylor spoke of his pride after claiming the scalp of Hashim Amla as his maiden first-class wicket yesterday at The 3aaa County Ground.
Amla, Surrey’s overseas player, number four-ranked Test batsman in the world and new captain of South Africa, was the 19-year-old’s first wicket in a Derbyshire shirt in his second first-class appearance.
“It was a good feeling,” Taylor said speaking to the Derby Telegraph.
“The coaching staff and all the lads were spurring me on to get that one and luckily it happened.
“I thought I had him last night but I didn’t really go up for that one and then there was a shout in the morning that he got an inside edge too but I was very happy to get him in the end.
“As a first wicket, he probably is up there, especially at this time now he is South African captain.
Centuries from Zafar Ansari and Steven Davies put Surrey in a commanding position against Derbyshire on a day of firsts in the LV=County Championship match at The 3aaa County Ground.
Ansari celebrated his maiden first-class century in his 33rd match while Davies scored his first Championship century of the season as Surrey closed the second day on 392 for 8 , a lead of 239.
Derbyshire’s bowlers did not have a great deal of luck but young paceman Tom Taylor dismissed South African Test batsman Hashim Amla to claim his maiden first-class wicket.
Surrey are now strongly placed to push for victory but Derbyshire will feel they deserved better from a day which started so well when Taylor bagged the prize wicket of Amla in the fourth over of another overcast morning.
The 19-year-old had bowled impressively in the previous match at Leicester without success but his first victim is one he will treasure and it was richly deserved.
Former captain Shastri featured in 80 Tests for India between 1980 and 1993, scoring 3,830 runs - including a high-score of 206 - and claiming 151 wickets during a glittering international career.
After retiring from the game, Shastri has become a TV commentator covering Indian domestic and international fixtures, plus the Indian Premier League.
He also temporarily coached the Indian cricket team during the tour of Bangladesh in 2007.
Sponsored by Datron Ltd – All Day Office Supplies, Shastri will be the after dinner speaker at the Cricket Derbyshire India Club Dinner, held in the Old Speckled Hen Marquee, ahead of the visit of MS Dhoni’s India touring Test side.
Marcus North hit a fluent 44, but Surrey enjoyed the better of the opening day of the LV= County Championship fixture at The 3aaa County Ground.
Tom Curran claimed career-best figures of 5-51 as Derbyshire were dismissed for 153 just before Tea.
Former Australia Test batsman Marcus North top-scored for the hosts with 44 (8 fours), but Derbyshire lost a flurry of wickets in the afternoon session to slip from 100-3 to 153 all out.
Gareth Cross provided some resistance adding 27 (4 fours), but Curran claimed three of the final four wickets to end with figures of 5-51 off 17.4 overs. England seamer Jade Dernbach also returned impressive figures of 3-41 off 15 overs.
Mark Footitt (1-12) claimed the first Surrey wicket with just the second ball of the reply, as Rory Burns was lbw without scoring. But the visitors, led by some fine strokes from South Africa Test captain Hashim Amla (25 not out), moved to 42-1 before bad light stopped play.
Derbyshire continue their LV= County Championship campaign against Surrey at The 3aaa County Ground.
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Derbyshire continue their LV= County Championship campaign against Surrey at The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday 15 June; 11am start.
Wayne Madsen’s side claimed their first win of the season last week as a fine all-round performance from David Wainwright, who hit a career-best 109 and returned figures of 5-54 in the second innings, and half-centuries from Paul Borrington (86 not out) and Stephen Moore (76) guided Derbyshire to a nine-wicket win.
Surrey, who will have South Africa Test captain Hashim Amla amongst their ranks, enter the fixture after drawing their last match against Gloucestershire. Rory Burns starred with the bat, falling just one run short of a double century, while paceman Matt Dunn claimed six wickets in the match.
Sunday Lunch will once again be available for supporters in the Lund Pavilion for just £8.95 on day one against Surrey.
Wayne Madsen hit 65 off just 40 balls, but Worcestershire Rapids claimed a narrow eight-run win in a thrilling NatWest T20 Blast clash at The 3aaa County Ground.
A blistering 65 off just 37 balls from Man of the Match Colin Munro and 68 from Captain Daryl Mitchell guided the Rapids to 177-5 off their 20 overs
Madsen replied with a quick-fire half-century, while Marcus North added 38, but the Falcons fell eight runs short on 169-8.
Wes Durston got Derbyshire off to the perfect start after winning the toss and electing to bowl first. He bowled Richard Oliver (0) with the third ball of the innings, opening the match with a wicket-maiden.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore fell shortly after, caught by Matt Higginbottom, who was making his Twenty20 debut, at short fine-leg off Tony Palladino (1-28) with the Rapids 21-2 after four overs.
Derbyshire Falcons continue their NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Worcestershire Rapids on Friday 13 June at The 3aaa County Ground; 7pm start.
Wayne Madsen’s men are aiming to bounceback from last week’s defeat to Nottinghamshire and enter the fixture full of confidence after securing their first four-day win of the season against Leicestershire at Grace Road this week.
Madsen said: “There were some encouraging signs and we are playing good cricket in patches, but we must put this all together and start getting results.
“We still have nine matches in the competition and if we can get some momentum, you never know what could happen.
“We’re all working hard and are determined to get our campaign off the ground on Friday against Worcestershire. They have had a very good start to the competition, but if we perform as we know we can, we’re confident we can get the win.”
Graeme Welch is hoping Derbyshire can build momentum following the four-day win against Leicestershire, as the Falcons welcome Worcestershire Rapids to The 3aaa County Ground tomorrow evening; 7pm start.
A fine all-round performance from David Wainwright, who scored a career-best 109 and claimed a five-wicket haul, plus half-centuries from Paul Borrington (86 not out) and Stephen Moore (76) guided Derbyshire to a nine-wicket win at Grace Road.
Welch now hopes the squad can transfer the momentum into the shortest format of the game when they welcome Daryl Mitchell’s table-topping Rapids side to Derby tomorrow night.
“We needed a few of the lads to put some performances in and that’s what they did at Leicestershire. This followed an encouraging display at Hampshire and the lads are starting to get a bit of confidence.
“Wainwright was outstanding. He went in and played very well when we were in a bad situation and got a very good hundred. He then followed it up with the ball and his confidence just went through the roof, and slowly but surely all the lads are starting to do that.
“We now quickly return to T20 action and we need to get off the mark and now, with the confidence on the up, we’re confident we can get that win.
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