Derbyshire are returning to LV=County Championship action at The County Ground during the next four days, 11am starts, looking to build on an impressive start that sees Karl Krikken’s side undefeated after three games; winning two.
Derbyshire have been overtaken by Kent in the LV=CC Division Two table, however the Canterbury-based club have played a game more and a win against Gloucestershire will see the hosts return to the summit.
Such an incentive is sure to provide a catalyst for what promises to be an intriguing affair at Derby, with the match beginning Wednesday, 2nd May at 11am and is scheduled to last up to and including Saturday, 5th May.
The Derbyshire County Cricket Club Academy began their 2012 season with a 51-run victory over Ticknall in the Premier Challenge on Sunday.
Tom Hamilton (90) and Matt Fletcher (66) shared a century stand for the second wicket and – after a late cameo from Peter Burgoyne (32*) – the Academy posted 255-5 from their 50 overs; a total that proved to be out of reach for the home side.
In response, Ticknall started well as Luke Harvey and Jonny Thompstone posted 109 for the first wicket before the latter was bowled by Burgoyne, handing the under 19s international the first of his three wickets.
Having now identified a suitable successor, Derbyshire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Storey (pictured alongside Chairman Chris Grant) from 1st May.
Simon, 42, has 20 years commercial leadership experience and a world-class CV as a General Manager with an international marketing specialism. He is currently Country Manager for Johnson & Johnson based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Tickets for all Derbyshire fixtures are priced at £13 Adults, £6 Juniors in advance with a further £1 saving to be made on a car park pass priced at £4.
Admission on the day of the game is priced at £16 Adults, £8 Juniors and £5 Car Parking.
Look out for a smart David Wainwright caught & bowled as Leicestershire setup their declaration and some impressive strokeplay from Martin Guptill who scored an unbeaten half-century as Derbyshire maintained their position at the top of the Second Division table.
Derbyshire safely negotiated a rain-affected final day against Leicestershire at The County Ground to remain top of the LV=County Championship.
Martin Guptill hit an unbeaten 67*, whilst opening partner Paul Borrington finished undefeated on 18* as the hosts reached 91 without loss chasing a theoretical 314 to win before the two captains shook hands at 5pm.
Leicestershire had begun the day 76-1 - a lead of 220 runs - however progress was thwarted by Tony Palladino and David Wainwright; the pair restricting Matthew Boyce and Jacque du Toit to 44 runs in the opening hour.
Shortly after the former had reached a 107-ball fifty, his partner became the first dismissal of the morning, du Toit edging behind to Tom Poynton off the bowling of Jon Clare for 48.
With the visitors looking to force the issue, Ramnaresh Sarwan blasted 24 from just 13 balls, Leicestershire losing Boyce, caught and bowled Wainwright for 65 in the process.
See how Tony Palladino performed like a top-order batsman to save the follow-on – and how the home side’s bowlers, led by Mark Footitt, made light work of the Leicestershire tail earlier in the day.
The number ten batsman top-scored with a serene 38 in tense circumstances as Karl Krikken’s men avoided the follow-on by the skin of their teeth and trail Leicestershire, who are 76-1, leading by 220, heading into the final day.
Mark Footitt had earlier wasted little time mopping-up the Leicestershire tail as 318-7 overnight became 324 all out within 3.5 overs of the resumption. Footitt and Tony Palladino finished with three wickets apiece.
Look out for an excellent David Wainwright quicker ball to dismiss Leicestershire opener Greg Smith.
Mark Footitt and Jonathan Clare also produced fine deliveries to clean bowl batsmen during the course of the day.
Also view the highlights of excellent centuries from Ramnaresh Sarwan and Josh Cobb.
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