With the eyes of the sporting world firmly focused on the battle for the Ashes this summer, in partnership with the Derbyshire Cricket Board and Derbyshire County Cricket Club, the ECB have launched its first ever national survey of recreational cricket throughout England and Wales.
The survey will give cricketers a unique opportunity to have their say on all aspects of the recreational game, influence its future development and take part in a competition to win 2014 Test tickets.
Devised as part of the ECB’s new strategic plan, Champion Counties, the survey is designed to give ECB a greater understanding of how best to serve the needs of recreational cricketers at all levels.
The findings will support ECB’s wider plans to invest more than £96 million into community cricket over the next four years across all its 39 County Cricket Boards in England and Wales.
Jonathan Clare's unbeaten 35 at the death saw Derbyshire Falcons home in a thrilling low-scoring Friends Life t20 opener against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley.
Karl Krikken's side bowled superbly after winning the toss to restrict the hosts to 119-8 from their 20 overs. Mark Footitt (3-22) was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Albie Morkel picked up impressive figures of 2-9 from his three overs with the new ball.
A brisk 36 from Chesney Hughes gave the Falcons a good start in reply, but six wickets fell in quick succession during the middle overs to put the Vikings on top as the run rate moved above nine an over.
But a superb rear-guard innings from Clare, ably assisted by Tim Groenewald, guided the visitors to their victory target, as together they hit 18 off the last 9 balls to hand Derbyshire the win with just three deliveries to spare.
Derbyshire Falcons have named a 15-man squad for their Friends Life t20 opener against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley tomorrow (Friday, 28th June); 5.40pm start.
South Africa international Albie Morkel, who recently returned from his sixth season with Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings, is set to make his competitive debut for the Club against Andrew Gale’s Yorkshire side, who will have England’s Jonny Bairstow and former Derbyshire batsman Gary Ballance amongst their ranks.
World number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has also be named in Karl Krikken’s squad, but all-rounder Alex Hughes is unavailable due to injury.
Derbyshire hit their highest-ever team total against the Vikings back in 2010, when 94 from Loots Bosman and 65 from Chesney Hughes helped the Falcons post 222-5 from their 20 overs, as the Falcons claimed a 65-run victory at Headingley.
Revd Tim Wright of Boulton St Mary's Church, Alvaston, has been appointed as Cricket Derbyshire Chaplain.
Revd Wright will offer pastoral and spiritual support to everyone connected professionally with the Club - including players, coaches, staff and officials regardless of their faith.
He will play a major role in player and employment welfare; mentoring players and staff to cope with life at a professional sports Club and helping individuals through difficult circumstances that arise in either their personal or professional life.
There are over 220 Sport Chaplains in the UK, providing care for a large number of high-profile professional sports clubs including Premier League football clubs and others in county cricket.
Derbyshire’s Friends Life t20 preparations continue when they face a Chesterfield Invitational XI at Queen’s Park tomorrow; Wednesday, 26th June; 6pm start.
Supporters will get the first opportunity to see new signing Albie Morkel in action as Karl Krikken’s men go head-to-head with a Kevin Dean led invitational side featuring plenty of first-class experience.
The Chesterfield Invitational XI will include an array of overseas players from around the local league circuit.
The likes of James Smith (Matlock), Kyle Heyns (Eckington) and Nick Gill (South Wingfield) all play locally in the north of the county. Other prominent players are Cameron Bancroft (Denby), Martin Walters (Lullington Park) Peter Drysdale (Spondon) and Dan Wheeldon (Sandiacre) alongside former Derbyshire batsman Matt Lineker.
Jonathan Clare claimed five wickets on Day 4, but it was ultimately in vain as Somerset sealed a four-wicket victory at the County Ground.
Craig Meschede (3-17) and Steve Kirby (4-18) tore through the Derbyshire line-up to dismiss the hosts for just 94 on the final morning, setting Marcus Trescothick’s side 145 for victory.
After a 60-run opening stand, Clare produced an exceptional spell of bowling to bring Karl Krikken's side back into the game – finishing with 5 for 29 from eight overs – but 56 from Nick Compton guided Somerset to a narrow victory on Day 4.
Derbyshire struggled on the final morning losing the final eight wickets for just 58 runs, slumping from 36-2 to 94 all out inside an hour and a half.
Tim Groenewald blew away the Somerset tail to give Derbyshire the lead after a rain-affected third day at the County Ground.
Groenewald, who had to play second fiddle to new ball partner Tony Palladino on Day 2, took the leading role on Day 3 dislodging three Somerset batsman to pick up his first five-fer of the campaign - ending with impressive figures of 5 for 30 from 18 overs.
Not to miss out, Palladino claimed the final wicket of the day to complete a five-wicket haul of his own, as the hosts wasted little time in dismissing the visitors for 216, sealing a 50-run lead.
Bad light, however, forced an early closure to proceedings with Karl Krikken's side on 36-2 - a lead of 86 runs - to leave the match finely poised with one day remaining.
Palladino destroyed the Somerset middle-order on the second day, picking up four wickets, as the visitors resumed the penultimate day on 180-6 in reply to Derbyshire's 266 all out.
When play finally got underway at 3.45pm, it took only four balls for Marcus Trescothick's side to lose their first wicket as Craig Meschede nicked Groenewald through to Richard Johnson for one.
Peter Trego and Alfonso Thomas provided some late resistance adding 29 runs for the eighth wicket, but the South African-born paceman made short work of the Somerset tail, clean bowling Trego (28) before removing Kirby (0) to end the innings with five wickets.
Palladino (5-97) removed Overton in the following over to also end with five, as Derbyshire secured a 50-run first-innings lead - claiming the last four wickets for just 36 runs.
With 28 overs remaining in the day, the hosts made a quick start in an attempt to set Somerset a final-day total to chase. But any hopes of setting a competitive score were dashed when bad light stopped play after just 10 overs. Derbyshire closed the day on 36-2, with Billy Godleman unbeaten on 19 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul yet to score.
The 29-year-old added figures of 4 for 75 to his priceless knock of 49, as Somerset closed a rain-shortened day on 180-6 in reply to Derbyshire's 266 all out.
Marcus Trescothick notched a subdued half-century for the visitors who initially cruised to 101-1, before Palladino (pictured during his opening day 49) and Tim Groenewald (2 for 16) combined to ensure an excellent afternoon session for Karl Krikken’s men.
Overnight batsman Nick Compton was the subject of national media speculation on the morning of Day 2 regarding his place at the top of the England order ahead of the Ashes.
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