Mark Footitt was delighted with his career-best day as the left-arm seamer reached 50 first-class wickets in the season for the first time on Day Two versus Glamorgan at The 3aaa County Ground.
Figures of 6-48, his best in his first-class career, moved the 28-year-old passed the 50-wicket landmark for the first time yesterday, helping to dismiss Glamorgan for 175 and set the hosts 73 for victory.
Footitt says it was a special day for him and he was happy to play his part in a good all-round bowling performance, but insists there’s still plenty more to come.
“It was nice. Something clicked early on and it was nice to get the first five wickets and hopefully help the team win the game,” Footitt said.
“You do look at the wickets you’ve got but you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself. Before the last game, 50 felt like miles away and at the start of this game I was six wickets away.
Mark Footitt took career-best figures of 6-48, and reached 50 first-class wickets for the season, as Derbyshire moved to within touching distance of their second successive LV= County Championship win.
Derbyshire added 99 runs to their overnight total to take the lead past a hundred, with Tony Palladino scoring 35, David Wainwright 33 and Footitt finishing 16 not out as Derbyshire were all out for 241, a lead of 103.
Footitt (6-48) then produced a ferocious spell to reduce Glamorgan to 89-7 at Tea, before Taylor (3-27) and Wainwright (1-15) took the remaining wickets as Derbyshire dismissed the visitors for 175 in their second innings to leave a victory target of 73 for the hosts.
In the morning, Derbyshire will require 60 more runs to win after closing on 13-1 having faced eight overs at the end of Day Two.
Alex Hughes claimed career-best figures of 4-46 as Derbyshire enjoyed the better of the opening day against Glamorgan at The 3aaa County Ground.
Tony Palladino (3-14) took three early wickets, before Hughes, Mark Footitt (2-37) and Tom Taylor (1-30) removed the remaining Glamorgan batsmen to dismiss the visitors for 138 just before Tea.
Wes Durston (50) hit a run-a-ball fifty and opener Ben Slater hit 40, but late wickets pegged back the hosts' reply as Derbyshire closed on 142-6, a lead of four runs after Day One.
It was a good toss to win for Captain Wayne Madsen, as an excellent opening spell from Palladino left Glamorgan reeling on 13-3. The right-arm paceman took three wickets for only seven runs in his eight over stint.
All-rounder Hughes took the first of his career-best haul when he had Cooke lbw for 11, to break the 20-run partnership with Murray Goodwin shortly before Lunch.
19-year-old Academy product Taylor took the final wicket before Lunch, enticing the edge of Jim Allenby (14) through to Gareth Cross, who claimed his 200th dismissal in first-class cricket, with Glamorgan 50-5.
Derby law firm Nelsons Solicitors has become Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s official Legal Services Partner and will sponsor the back of the Royal London One-Day Cup shirt.
Nelsons, which has offices throughout the East Midlands and in Derby City Centre, has entered a three-year agreement with the Club, reflecting its status in Derby as a trusted and well respected law firm.
As well as becoming official Legal Services Partners, Nelsons will now also sponsor the back of the Royal London One-Day Cup shirt and receive prominent branding at The 3aaa County Ground.
Nelsons Chief Executive Tim Hastings said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Derbyshire County Cricket Club as its preferred partner for legal services.
“We became a member of the Club’s 1870 Business Club last year and - as part of this three year agreement - have increased our commitment to the Club.
Derbyshire welcome Glamorgan to The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday as Graeme Welch’s men continue their LV= County Championship campaign.
Derbyshire enter the fixture on the back of a six-wicket win versus Gloucestershire at Cheltenham last week; the county’s second four-day victory of the season.
After dismissing Gloucestershire for 219 on the final morning, useful contributions from all the top order batsmen, including half-centuries for Billy Godleman (54) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (52 not out), saw their side over the line at the Cheltenham College Ground.
Welch has named an unchanged side from the victory over Gloucestershire to face Glamorgan at Derby this week.
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Captain Wayne Madsen top-scored with 45, but Derbyshire's valiant run chase wasn't enough as record-breaking Lancashire claimed a 35-run victory at Emirates Old Trafford.
Ashwell Prince (56 off 29 balls) and Karl Brown (58 off 34 balls) both his half-centuries as the hosts hit a mammoth 225-7 from their 20 overs, the highest Twenty20 score ever made by Lancashire at home.
Derbyshire responded well to their hefty task, scoring at 9.5 runs an over with Madsen (45), Marcus North (41) and Wes Durston (30) all contributing. But the respectable effort was ultimately in vain as Derbyshire closed on 190-7.
After losing the toss and being asked to bowl first, Derbyshire claimed their first wicket in Mark Turner's (3-51) first over, second of the match, as Smith was caught in the deep by Greg Cork for 13.
Karl Brown and Ashwell Prince, however, put on 89 for the second wicket as Lancashire seized control of the game. Prince hit 56 from 36 balls to set the innings up, whilst his partner Brown was equally impressive for his 58 from 47.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Harvey Hosein has signed a two-year professional contract with Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Hosein, a product of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy - in partnership with the University of Derby, has been a regular for the Second XI for the last two seasons and been part of the England Development Programme.
The talented 17-year-old made his First XI debut earlier this month against the touring India side, in which the youngster hit an 89-ball half-century against the international bowling attack.
Elite Performance Director, Graeme Welch said: “Since joining at the age of 13, Harvey has progressed well through the Cricket Derbyshire pathway and he is a fantastic prospect.
“He has already shown in his young career that he has the quality, skill and temperament to play at the highest level and we’re delighted that he will now continue his development at the Club.”
Derbyshire Falcons travel to the Emirates Old Trafford to face Lancashire Lightning in the county’s penultimate NatWest T20 Blast fixture tonight (6.30pm start).
Lancashire currently lead the way in the North Division having won eight out of their 12 Twenty20 games this season.
The Lightning will also have former England international Andrew Flintoff amongst their ranks for tonight’s fixture after the all-rounder made a comeback to the professional game for this year’s NatWest T20 Blast competition.
Derbyshire beat Lancashire in the 2013 competition in a thrilling contest at The 3aaa County Ground in front of the Sky Sports cameras. West Indies international Shivnarine Chanderpaul led his side to a six-wicket win with an unbeaten 87 off just 70 balls; and it was the diminutive run-scorer who hit the winning runs in the final over.
Graeme Welch is hoping the squad can build on the six-wicket victory versus Gloucestershire and continue to improve as they prepare for the visit of Glamorgan at The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday.
After dismissing Gloucestershire for 219 on the final morning, useful contributions from all the top order batsmen, including half-centuries for Billy Godleman (54) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (52 not out), saw their side to the second four-day win of the season.
Elite Performance Director Welch says there have been signs of improvements over recent weeks and now hopes the win at Cheltenham can spur his side on as they push for a strong finish to the campaign.
“There are definite improvements,” said Welch.
“We have seen it last week against Essex and in the India game before that. It’s good to see some people putting their hands up and getting us over the line.
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