Derbyshire Second XI succumbed to a 186-run defeat on the final day of their three-day friendly against Leicestershire Second XI at Grace Road.
Leicestershire declared midway through the morning session on 297-2 with Greg Smith top-scoring with an unbeaten 158.
In reply, Derbyshire reached 46-2 at lunch with Paul Borrington 21 not out, but the visitors lost a flurry of wickets after the restart to fall to 67-5.
But a 98-run stand between Jonathan Clare (48) and former Lancashire wicketkeeper Gareth Cross (52), who is on trial with the Club, moved the visitors onto 165-5 just before tea.
The pair, however, both fell after the resumption and despite some lower order runs from the tail, Derbyshire were dismissed for 242 as Leicestershire claimed victory.
Derbyshire begin their new home LV= County Championship campaign against Hampshire this Easter Sunday, 20 April, at The 3aaa County Ground.
Wayne Madsen’s side entertain a Hampshire side who have high hopes of transferring their sparkling limited-overs form into the four-day format.
Jimmy Adams’ side made their intentions for a serious push at the Division Two title clear this winter with the signing of experienced trio Will Smith, Matt Coles and Joe Gatting for the 2014 campaign. Smith was part of the successful Durham side that claimed the Division One title, while Coles was part of the England Lions side a little over 12 months ago.
The trio will augment the international talent already on display which will include England opener Michael Carberry and South Africa paceman Kyle Abbott.
A half-century from Tony Palladino helped Derbyshire Second XI post 197 on day two of their three-day friendly against Leicestershire Second XI at Grace Road.
A strong Leicestershire side posted 328 on day one, with Rob Taylor (134 not out) top scoring with an unbeaten century.
Paul Borrington (46) and Captain Scott Elstone (22) began the Derbyshire reply with a 41-run stand for the second wicket, after Ben Slater had earlier been dismissed for 6.
After the pair were dismissed in quick succession, Alex Hughes picked up the mantle adding 31 before Palladino, who had travelled back from Essex to feature in the three-day friendly, top scored with a very good 52 as the Derbyshire batsman received valuable time in the middle.
In response, Leicestershire closed on 243-2 with Michael Thornely (91) falling just nine runs short of his century and Greg Smith ending the day unbeaten on 123.
Derbyshire produced a spirited final day performance but fell 53 runs short as Essex claimed victory at Chelmsford.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit 52 and a brisk 89-run stand between Tim Groenewald (52 off 35 balls) and David Wainwright (45 not out) kept the visitors in the hunt, but Derbyshire were all out for 312 just before lunch.
Wayne Madsen’s side now return to The 3aaa County Ground to begin their first home LV= County Championship fixture of the season against Hampshire, starting Sunday.
Richard Johnson and Chanderpaul safely navigated the first half-hour of play without alarm, but the introduction of Graham Napier (3-49) brought the breakthrough as Johnson failed to play a shot and was bowled for 21.
An unbeaten century by Rob Taylor helped Leicestershire Second XI post 328 on day one of their three-day friendly with Derbyshire Second XI at Grace Road.
Leicestershire recovered from 72-4 – with wickets for Ben Cotton, Tom Taylor and trialist Adam Shepherd - to make 328 with Taylor (134 not out) and Ollie Freckingham (28) sharing the highest partnership of the innings for the eighth wicket.
Derbyshire closed on 57-1 in reply, with Paul Borrington (29*) and Captain Scott Elstone (22*) both unbeaten at stumps.
Derbyshire Second XI named 12 players for their first game of the season which featured former Lancashire wicketkeeper Gareth Cross and ex-Nottinghamshire Academy member Shepherd, both on trial with the Club.
Leicestershire elected to bat first and opener Angus Robson made a hard-working 43 before being unfortunately run out at the non-striker’s end.
Alastair Cook’s century and three wickets from paceman Tymal Mills has put Essex on top after day three at Chelmsford.
Derbyshire claimed four quick wickets after lunch on the penultimate day, but the damage had already been done as Essex posted 425 in their second innings, a lead of 365.
Wayne Madsen’s side had 52 overs to face and closed the day on 167-5, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul 41 not out, and Derbyshire requiring another 199 runs for victory on the final day.
England Captain Cook displayed his international quality batting for over seven hours to frustrate Derbyshire as the hosts built a commanding lead on the third day at Chelmsford.
Cook was the mainstay of the Essex innings, finally falling for 181 off 335 balls which included 19 fours, as Simon Grayson’s side were dismissed shortly after Lunch for 425.
Captain Foster, celebrating his 34th birthday, ably assisted Cook with an unbeaten 55 to take his side to 393-6 at lunch. But Derbyshire fought back immediately after the restart claiming the last four wickets for just 32 runs.
England Captain Alastair Cook hit an unbeaten century as Essex fought back on day two at Chelmsford.
Paceman David Masters claimed three wickets on the second morning to take his innings tally to six, as the hosts claimed the last five Derbyshire wickets in quick succession to dismiss Wayne Madsen’s men for 154.
The Essex batsman flourished in the final two sessions of the day, led by Cook who remained undefeated on 139 at stumps. Ravi Bopara (48) and Tom Westley (56) both added half centuries as the hosts closed on 297-5, a lead of 237 runs.
Resuming with a 45-run lead, Derbyshire lost their last five wickets for just 15 runs as Masters and Graham Napier (3-52) tore through the visitors’ lower order.
Masters claimed two wickets in the first over before removing Tim Groenewald (2) in his second over to return figures of 6 for 46 off his 22 overs. Napier ended the innings with two quick wickets, to take his innings tally to three, as Derbyshire were dismissed for 154.
Tim Groenewald claimed a hat-trick as Derbyshire dismissed Essex for 94 to enjoy the better of the opening day at Chelmsford.
Groenewald (5-44 off 12 overs) dismissed Ravi Bopara (3), Greg Smith (0) and Ben Foakes (0) in successive deliveries to pick up his maiden first-class hat-trick as the hosts slumped from 44-1 to 94 all out.
Mark Footitt shared the wickets with Groenewald, finishing as the pick of the bowlers with impressive figures of 5 for 29 off his 14.3 economical overs.
West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul (66*) led the Derbyshire reply hitting an unbeaten half-century as Derbyshire closed the day with a 45-run lead with five wickets in hand.
After electing to bat first, Essex enjoyed a trouble-free start to the day with England Captain Alastair Cook playing freely to move the hosts to 44-1 after an hour’s play.
Tickets for Derbyshire’s three all-ticket matches - versus Nottinghamshire, India and Yorkshire - are now available for Members and Six Pack Ticket Holders to collect from The 3aaa County Ground.
Dues to heavy demand, Members and Six Pack Ticket Holders are asked to claim tickets from the ticket office by Friday 9th May for the following fixtures:
Date Competition Opposition Venue Start
Friday 6 June NatWest T20 Blast Notts Outlaws Derby 7pm
Tuesday 1st July Tour Match Day 1 India Derby 11am
Wednesday 2nd July Tour Match Day 2 India Derby 11am
Thursday 3rd July Tour Match Day 3 India Derby 11am
Sunday 13th July NatWest T20 Blast Yorkshire Vikings Chesterfield 2.30pm
Last season’s Twenty20 clash with Nottinghamshire Outlaws was a complete sell-out, while the limited overs fixture with Yorkshire Vikings was attended by over 4,000 supporters at the picturesque Queen’s Park, Chesterfield.
This summer also sees the visit of India as they face Derbyshire in an eagerly-anticipated three-day tour match at the County Ground, starting Tuesday 1st July.
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