After his marathon innings against Middlesex last week, Billy Godleman is now ready to take the fight to Nottinghamshire as the opener prepares to make his home first-class debut.
The left-hander’s five-hour long vigil for 55 helped Derbyshire claim a first innings lead against Middlesex, but five wickets from Tim Murtagh and a hat-trick from Toby Roland-Jones ultimately condemned the visitors to defeat at Lord’s.
Godleman is now looking forward to the challenge of facing an experienced Nottinghamshire attack which will include England’s Stuart Broad and Samit Patel. And the opener is confident that Derbyshire can claim a positive result in their first home game of the new campaign, beginning tomorrow at 11am.
“Personally it was nice to spend some time at the wicket on Day 1 in the first innings,” Godleman said speaking about last week’s fixture with Middlesex. “But obviously on the flip side as a team we were disappointed with the result at the end.
The Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop is now open for business during matchdays throughout the 2013 season after it underwent a revamp over the winter.
The shop, located next to the East Midlands Demolition Stand, contains an array of second-hand cricket related, general sport, and fiction and non-fiction books for supporters to purchase at low prices.
Philip Kirby and his team have been hard at work over the winter months collecting stock and refurbishing the shop ready for the start of the new season at Derby, beginning on Wednesday 24th April against Nottinghamshire.
For more information about tickets for the 2013 season, or to purchase tickets for the Notts fixture, click here or call 01332 388 101.
By Oliver Perason (Mini Academy)
During every young man’s Easter holidays, his desire is to sleep till late and lounge around the house, but this was very different for members of the Derbyshire Academy and Mini Academy as on Friday 5th April they handed their support to local club Belper Meadows.
As part of their annual NatWest Cricket Force weekend, we helped the club get their clubhouse and playing facilities prepared for the new season.
We were split up and set our individual jobs by Belper’s Vice-Chairman, Phil Hudson. Nathan, Callum and Brownie were directed in the direction of the large pile of wooden pallets behind the club house, taking the nails out of these pallets to de-construct them and then using them to hold together the new fence which was being put up and shaped by myself and Kabeer.
Rahib and Peaty were sent on their way in the direction of the fence to paint, where they were joined by Joe and BC-L.
Derbyshire secured a 16-run first innings lead after dismissing Middlesex for 215, but five wickets from Tim Murtagh helped bowl out the visitors for just 60 as Middlesex claimed a nine-wicket victory on Day 3 at Lord’s.
The Derbyshire bowlers bowled superbly on the third morning, as Mark Turner (3-51) and Jonathan Clare (4-40) claimed two wickets apiece to restrict the hosts to 215.
But Karl Krikken’s side never got going with the bat, losing wickets at regular intervals to be dismissed for just 60, as Toby Roland-Jones completed a hat-trick to leave Shivnarine Chanderpaul unbeaten on 18 after 35 overs.
Tony Palladino claimed the early wicket of Sam Robson, but Joe Denly (44*) and Chris Rogers (28*) saw the hosts to their 77-run target in 21.4 overs.
Get your picture taken alongside a piece of Derbyshire history next week! As supporters will get the opportunity to take photos with the LV= County Championship Trophy on Day 1 against Nottinghamshire.
Derbyshire welcome Notts to the County Ground on April 24th in the LV= CC for the first home game of 2013, and supporters will be able to pose alongside the LV= CC Trophy on the opening day.
The Trophy will be on display at Lunch and Tea on Day 1, April 24th, in the Marquee at the County Ground.
ECB have announced that England stars Stuart Broad and Samit Patel will also be available for this fixture. Broad has been involved with the senior England set-up since 2006 and has featured in 55 Tests, 96 ODIs and 46 T20s, claiming 390 international wickets.
England all-rounder Samit Patel has earned five Test caps and has been a mainstay in the ODI and T20 squads, making 54 appearances in total.
Derbyshire supporters will also get their first opportunity to see world number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul in competitive action at the County Ground. Chanderpaul is a veteran 148 Tests, scoring over 10,000 Test runs, and he has committed himself to the Club for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
To purchase tickets for the Notts fixture on April 24th and to get your picture taken alongside a piece of Derbyshire history, call 01332 388 101 or click here for more information.
Derbyshire produced an impressive bowling display to pick up six wickets on Day 2 of their LV= County Championship clash with Middlesex at Lord’s, after earlier being dismissed for 231.
Tim Groenewald (25) and Mark Turner (22*) completed a 50-run partnership in the morning session, as Derbyshire were dismissed for 231 after an hour’s play.
Groenewald (1-20) also made the early breakthrough to reduce Middlesex to 62-1 at lunch and Karl Krikken’s men dominated the afternoon session claiming three wickets as the hosts entered tea on 91-4.
Derbyshire enjoyed more success with the ball in the final session and picked up two more wickets courtesy of Wes Durston (1-19) and Jonathan Clare (2-39) as Middlesex closed the day on 180-6.
Billy Godleman batted over five hours to top score with 55 on Day 1 of the LV= County Championship fixture with Middlesex, as Derbyshire claimed a batting bonus point in the final over of the day to close on 205-9 at Lord's.
Godleman, who faced 265 balls in total on the opening day, forged a healthy 83-run partnership with Wes Durston, but he was dismissed by Finn for 48 just after lunch.
Steven Finn claimed three quick wickets after tea as Derbyshire slumped to 150-6, but Godleman and Tom Poynton's 30-run stand moved the visitors past 180 in the final session. But three late wickets, including that of Godleman for 55, reduced Derbyshire to 205-9 at the close.
At an overcast Lord’s, Middlesex won the toss and elected to field first in favourable conditions and they would claim the early wicket of Madsen who was run out without scoring after a mix up with opening partner Godleman.
The new Six Pack Ticket voucher books are available to purchase from the Gateway Centre, and supporters will be able to use their ticket when Derbyshire welcome Nottinghamshire to the County Ground next week.
The Six Pack Ticket voucher book allows supports to choose any six matches, from either the Friends Life t20, Yorkshire Bank 40 or for a day’s play in the LV= County Championship, to attend throughout the 2013 season.
The packs are available to purchase for just £55, and they give you the flexibility to attend the games which best suit you and your timetable.
Supporters will be able to use their Six Pack Ticket for Derbyshire’s first home LV= County Championship fixture of 2013, as Karl Krikken’s men welcome Notts to the County Ground on April 24th.
But there is no need to tell us in advance which games you would like to attend, just show-up on the day and bring your Six Pack Ticket to gain entrance to any home group game in any competition.
The packs will also include exclusive voucher offers including 10% off in the Club shop, entry to try our Members’ Lounge in the Lund Pavilion and 10% off matchday Hospitality.
Tim Groenewald is confident that Derbyshire can kick-on from their season opener against Warwickshire and hit the ground running today against Middlesex at Lord’s, as the county aims to claim their first win of the new campaign.
The 29-year-old claimed the side’s first wicket of the new campaign this week at Edgbaston, as Derbyshire claimed five points in their opening fixture against the reigning Division One champions.
The squad are now in London preparing for today’s LV= County Championship clash with Middlesex, who won their opening fixture against Nottinghamshire by 10 wickets this week.
Groenewald is now looking forward to today's encounter and insists the side are confident of claiming a positive result against a strong Middlesex side at the Home of Cricket.
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