Derbyshire Falcons left Leeds empty handed despite the visitors enjoying much the better of the early stages at Headingley Carnegie.
The Falcons were looking to bounce back in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition having tasted defeat for the first time this season against the Warwickshire Bears at Edgbaston and the signs were good as Martin Guptill and Chesney Hughes fired the visitors in to a commanding position.
However a batting collapse ensured that a Gary Ballance inspired Yorkshire Carnegie emerged victorious by seven wickets.
Wayne Madsen was understandably delighted with his side’s comprehensive eight wicket victory over Glamorgan, a result that sees Derbyshire clear at the top of the LV=County Championship Division Two table.
Derbyshire’s win – their fourth First Class victory in a row over the Welsh county – came inside three days in a match that saw the hosts clinical in all facets of the game.
And the captain, who himself starred with an unbeaten 130 in the first innings, was pleased with the performance and result, especially given the loss of Mark Footitt to injury early on.
David Wainwright starred with the ball, taking 5-51 as Glamorgan set the hosts just 70 to win in the final session of the day; Derbyshire going on to win comprehensively by eight wickets.
Earlier, any thoughts of a declaration early or midway through the third day were soon taken out of Derbyshire’s hands as Glamorgan began the morning strongly.
The Falcons’ new initiative has seen the club enter in to partnership with Derby-based 75 75 75 taxis, with the firm carrying Derbyshire’s message throughout the summer.
In total, 20 cabs have full Derbyshire branding with a further 200 vehicles displaying ‘BOOM’ stickers on the inside of the car.
The Derbyshire left-hander finished 102 not out as AJ Harris’s men declared their second innings on 221-5 (Tom Knight 46), setting the home side 286 to win from a minimum of 72 overs at Milton Keynes.
After reducing Northamptonshire to 142-7 from 50 overs, Derbyshire bowled 28 unsuccessful overs at the Academy duo of Duckett, who scored 95, and Findley; only for the pair to fall in successive balls at the start of the final over of the day, bowled by Garry Park.
A recent letter, sent by Chairman of the Derbyshire County Cricket Club Supporters' Club Colin Gardner to its members, explained that the Supporters Club Committee has resigned and the Supporters’ Club has effectively been wound-up.
Unfortunately, the letter contains a number of allegations that are not a true reflection of events and, as I am sure you will appreciate, there are always two sides to every story.
I do not usually comment on such matters but in this case, where the reputation of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, the DCCC Committee and indeed my own reputation are called into question, I will set out the detailed and accurate chain of events for you.
New for 2012, the Derbyshire Falcons Limited-Overs season Ticket permits the holder entry to all home matches in the Clydesdale Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 competitions, plus a host of additional benefits.
Starting with the Bank Holiday Monday 4th June visit of Warwickshire Bears, through the Friends Life t20 campaign and also incorporating two matches during the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket; the Limited Overs Season Ticket is the way to enjoy many of the benefits that membership has to offer at all Derbyshire’s one=day cricket in 2012.
The Falcons surrendered their unbeaten start to the season with a nine-wicket defeat versus the Bears. But Krikken is already looking forward to the visit of the Glamorgan.
“We’ve messed up, now we’ve got to learn from it and get onto the next one.
Rikki Clarke haunted the club he used to captain with figures of 3 for 22 as the Falcons were all out for 122 before Jonathan Trott and William Porterfield made light work of the run-chase.
Warwickshire won the toss and elected to field on a sunny but blustery Edgbaston afternoon - and they quickly had the Falcons in trouble.
Chesney Hughes (5) edged Chris Wright to slip with the score on nine in the second over. And when Chris Woakes, who took 2 for 20 from five overs, accounted for Martin Guptill (3) and Wayne Madsen (0) lbw and caught slip respectively, the Falcons were 19-3 just 25 deliveries into the match.
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