By Jake Needham
Derbyshire had been reduced to 28 for 3 late on the first day and – with the second day entirely lost to the weather – they were still 217 in arrears as the third day commenced under cloudy skies at the County Ground.
Losing star all-rounder Wes Durston caught behind, off Masters in the first over of the day, certainly wasn’t in Captain Wayne Madsen’s blueprint for the start of a pivotal session.
The County Ground was not completely devoid of activity on a soggy Day 2, however, as England & Wales Cricket Board Chairman Giles Clarke gave his press conference from the County Ground in the wake of England Captain Andrew Strauss’s retirement from cricket.
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With the final LV=County Championship match of the season likely to prove the defining moment of Derbyshire’s promotion campaign, supporters can enjoy what will arguably the club’s biggest game in years in extra style.
Derbyshire v Hampshire, beginning Tuesday, 11th September, will no doubt be an enthralling encounter at the County Ground and the opening day of the contest coincides with the Boundary Club with former Derbyshire favourite Peter Bowler as Guest Speaker.
The event includes a two course meal as well as cheese, crackers and coffee, followed by a speech from Peter Bowler who, as well as having strong links to the cricket club, is developing a reputation as one of the most humorous and entertaining speakers on the circuit.
Fast bowler Mark Turner has signed a two-year contract with Derbyshire which commits him to the Club until the conclusion of the 2014 season.
The 27-year-old – who is currently in action in the crucial LV= County Championship match versus Essex at the County Ground - signed for Derbyshire from Somerset in 2011 following a three year spell at Taunton.
He has claimed 30 wickets in all competitions this season, topping the Falcons’ wicket-takers chart in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition and establishing himself as one of the fastest bowlers in county cricket.
Turner shot to the top of the Domestic Speed League with a rapid delivery of 92.7 miles-per-hour in the Friends Life t20 match versus Yorkshire Carnegie in June.
Leaving the County Ground with immediate effect allows the 27-year-old more time to explore options for his future career.
A stalwart of local Premier League cricket with Ockbrook & Borrowash, Lineker joined Derbyshire on a summer contract ahead of the 2011 season and won the Second XI Player of the Year award in his debut campaign.
Enjoying spells in the first team during the latter halves of the 2011 and 2012 campaigns, Lineker made ten first-class appearances at the top of the order averaging 19.17, including a highest score of 71 against Kent at the County Ground last season.
David Wainwright recorded figures of 4-64 as Derbyshire bowled Essex out for 245 on the opening day of the LV=County Championship encounter at the County Ground.
Derbyshire then closed on 28-3, a deficit of 217 runs with seven first innings wickets in hand.
The cricket season at the County Ground might be reaching an exciting finale, but the anticipation for the club's renowned Christmas Parties is just hotting up as the club prepares to celebrate another Christmas festive season in the County Ground Marquee.
With over 1,500 people celebrating Christmas with us last year, Christmas Parties at Derbyshire has already proven to be extremely popular - although don’t take our word for it; take a look at some of our feedback from last year’s parties:
'The event held in December was fabulous. The food was excellent, the seating was roomy and people were not crammed in and the evening was well planned. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and we would definitely look at booking another event with yourselves. Well done!' - Sharon Horvath-Szovati (Derby City PCT)
Derbyshire have won the toss and will field first against Essex in the LV=County Championship at the County Ground.
Derbyshire: Madsen (c), Borrington, Khawaja, Durston, Redfern, Whiteley, Wainwright, Poynton (wk), Palladino, Groenewald, Turner.
The Derbyshire Falcons’ final Clydesdale Bank 40 match of the season against the Northamptonshire Steelbacks fell to the weather with only one innings possible at the County Ground; with both sides collecting a point.
After a 15 minute delay, the match got away under heavy skies at 2pm and Northants were able to complete their full allocation of 40 overs, reaching 232-8 before the rain set in at the interval.
A young Derbyshire side, led for the first time by Wes Durston, bowled admirably throughout and the visitors were indebted to opener Kyle Coetzer (68), David Sales (58) and Rob Newton (31) as well as an unbeaten 27 from just 21 balls from Con de Lange as Northants reached 232-8.
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