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Guptill imperious as Derbyshire dominate Day Two

MartinGuptillMartin Guptill recorded his highest ever first-class score as Derbyshire took complete control on Day Two at Bristol, finishing on 511-8.

The New Zealand international scored an incredible 227 runs, his maiden first-class double hundred beating his previous best of 195 not out, as Derbyshire dominated with the bat on a breath-taking second day.

Guptill scored over 100 runs in each of the last two sessions, hitting 29 fours and 11 sixes in a sensational 176-ball stay at the crease.

There were also valuable contributions from Shiv Thakor (83) and Ben Slater (56) as Derbyshire ended the day with a lead of 236 runs, in a day where they scored an astonishing 487 runs.

Guptill said: "It was the sort of pitch where I thought if I tried to bat time I would get a nick so I decided to go for it. When you take that approach you need a bit of luck and I had some today.

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An audience with former Derbyshire batsman Peter Gibbs

PeterGibbsAs one of over 50 events during Derby Book Festival, former Derbyshire batsman Peter Gibbs will be talking about his career as a film director and novelist at a special event at The 3aaa County Ground.

At the Derby Book Festival event on Tuesday 2 June – Day Three of the LV= County Championship fixture versus Gloucestershire – Gibbs will talk about his playing days with the county and his subsequent career as a successful writer.

Gibbs competed in 145 first-class fixtures for Derbyshire between 1966 and 1972, scoring 7,295 runs and nine centuries for the county.

After his cricketing career, Gibbs wrote a number of short plays and comedies for television, many with cricketing themes, and then progressed to writing scripts for major series.

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Derbyshire edge first day at Bristol

MarkFootittThree wickets for Mark Footitt led the Derbyshire fightback as a good final session helped the visitors edge the first day against Gloucestershire at Bristol. 

Having chosen to bowl first, Derbyshire dismissed their hosts for 275 in the final hour of the day after taking the final six wickets for just 48 runs inside 24 overs.

Footitt was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-72 off his 18 overs, while Tony Palladino (2-41), Alex Hughes (2-34) and Tom Taylor (2-70) all claimed two apiece.

Given six overs to manoeuvre at the end of the day, Derbyshire reached stumps on 24-0, trailing Gloucestershire by 251 going into Day Two.

Footitt said: "If we had bowled as well as we could in the morning session we would have got them out for under 200. But from the situation we found ourselves in at tea, we were pretty satisfied with the day as a whole."

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Around the Grounds: LV=CC Week 3 Preview

LV=CCDerbyshire continue their LV= County Championship campaign this weekend against Gloucestershire at Bristol – we take a look around the grounds at this week’s Division Two fixtures.

Gloucestershire v Derbyshire (Bristol)


Derbyshire name an unchanged squad that faced Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground last week.

Tom Taylor will be hoping to continue his good early-season form after claiming career-best figures of 6-61 versus Lancashire, while Wes Durston will be looking to build on his 85 and there was also a good knock from opener Billy Godleman who hit 76. 

Jonathan Clare again misses out through injury, but fellow long-term absentee David Wainwright returned to action for Derbyshire Second XI this week as he stepped up his return from injury.

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PREVIEW: Squad unchanged for Bristol trip

Gloucestershire v Derbyshire PreviewGraeme Welch has named an unchanged 13-man squad for the LV= County Championship game against Gloucestershire at Bristol County Ground, starting on Sunday 26 April.

Elite Performance Director Welch has kept faith with the same team that faced Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground last week in the opening fixture of the season. 

Tom Taylor will be hoping to continue his good early-season form after claiming career-best figures of 6-61 versus Lancashire, while Wes Durston will be looking to build on his 85 and there was also a good knock from opener Billy Godleman who hit 76. 

Jonathan Clare again misses out through injury, but fellow long-term absentee David Wainwright returned to action for Derbyshire Second XI this week as he stepped up his return from injury.

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Club merchandise available online

ClubShopThe Club Shop, featuring a wide range of replica shirts, training gear and merchandise, is now available online following the off-season ground development.

Supporters can now purchase the Club’s new NatWest T20 Blast shirt, sponsored by 3aaa and Office Care, and LV= County Championship shirt, sponsored by the University of Derby and Office Care, online HERE. The new Royal London One-Day Cup shirt will be available in due course.

A range of the Club’s training gear, manufactured by Samurai Sportswear, is also available including training tops, hoodies and tracksuits. Prices start from as little as £20. More stock will be available in due course. 

A limited range of items will now also be available to buy at the ground via the Reception in The 3aaa Pavilion, Monday to Friday, on non-matchdays and in the Cricket Derbyshire Bookshop & Merchandise on matchdays.

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Wainwright score helps Seconds to draw

David WainwrightDavid Wainwright scored 92 not out in his first game since recovering from injury as Derbyshire Seconds drew their friendly with Northamptonshire.

Tom Poynton and Tom Knight both scored centuries during the first innings on Day Two, but another strong batting performance from Northants meant that Derbyshire were set 361 to win.

Greg Cork and Matt Critchley took two wickets apiece, whilst Wainwright, Chesney Hughes and Harry White returned 1-60, 1-42 and 1-25 respectively before the hosts declared on 276-7 on the morning of Day Three.

Derbyshire lost early wickets in their pursuit of victory, but Greg Cork and Wainwright steadied the innings for Derbyshire, sharing a 105-run partnership that helped secure the draw.

Cork was eventually out for a well-made 70 from 86 balls, but Rob Hemmings continued the good work to score 28 to see Derbyshire through to close.

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Knight and Poynton hit centuries for Second XI

Tom PoyntonTom Knight and Tom Poynton both scored centuries as Derbyshire Second XI enjoyed a good second day in the friendly against Northamptonshire. 

In reply to Northamptonshire's total of 448-6 declared the previous day, Derbyshire profited with the bat to declared on 364-4, with Knight and Poynton, making his return from an injury that ruled him out of 2014, reaching three figures. 

Knight top-scored with an unbeaten 156 from 183 balls, including 16 fours and five sixes, and wicketkeeper Poynton hit 103 from his 107 deliveries.

There was also a useful contribution from Scott Elstone who made a classy 63 in an encouraging batting display for the visitors at Northampton. 

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Madsen targets clinical approach at Bristol

Wayne MadsenWayne Madsen believes there is more to come from his side as they prepare for their trip to face Gloucestershire in the LV= County Championship, starting on Sunday.

Derbyshire started their campaign with defeat to Lancashire on the final day of fixture at The 3aaa County Ground this week. 

Madsen is looking for his team to bounce back at Bristol this weekend and says they will look to build on some good performances throughout the match.

“We’ve got a lot more to give as a team, we know that, we just have to get back on the horse and show what we can do,” said Madsen.

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