By David Griffin
Derbyshire’s visit to Edinburgh to face Scotland in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition on Sunday will be our first visit since 2008 when appalling weather conditions meant that the Captains didn’t even make it out to the middle for the toss at Titwood, Glasgow.
The only other occasion when there was no play in a Derbyshire versus Scotland fixture was in 1986 when the Saltires were due to visit Derby for a friendly fixture but didn’t even travel to the County Ground as the prevailing conditions were so bad.
There have been 18 scheduled limited overs matches between the two sides with Derbyshire winning 13 and Scotland winning twice, plus the two abandonments mentioned above.
In 2005, the sides tied in a thrilling game at Derby, with both teams scoring 220. Scotland had been reduced to 102-5 before Dougie Lockhart’s unbeaten 88 ensured that the game ended with the scores level.
Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen today joins a host of high profile cricketers in supporting ‘Batting for Charity’, an initiative organised by County Championship sponsors LV=.
The charity initiative will see Madsen display an LV= sticker on his bats for the remainder of the cricket season and in return, LV= will donate £250 to Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, as nominated by Madsen.
Sands is an organisation that offers support to families following the death of a baby, before during or shortly after birth. The support is extended to more than just the immediate family, and Sands core aims also include research into practices to help reduce the loss of babies’ lives.
Madsen said: “I am delighted to be able to hand my support to Sands this season. It is an incredibly worthy cause which is close to my heart. The support and help the charity offers people is second to none and I hope my donation can help them continue their excellent work.”
Cricket Derbyshire is committed to supporting their selected Charity Partners throughout the current season, including match-day experiences at Yorkshire Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 matches at the County Ground.
Following applications from a large number of charities and a careful selection process focussing on association with Derbyshire, project delivery in the County, previous partnership work and the opportunity for Cricket Derbyshire to make a difference – Cricket Derbyshire selected the three local charities.
Derby-based Sight Support Derbyshireraise funds to support 25,000 visually impaired people throughout the county. The money raised will help provide a range of services including sports and leisure activities which enable people to gain all the health and social benefits associated with participating in sport and group activities.
Hospitality packages for Friends Life t20 fixtures against Durham, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire at the County Ground are selling fast, so book now to avoid disappointment.
The Club have received a high-volume of interest in hospitality packages for the FLt20 fixtures in July. The Club have also almost sold out on hospitality packages for Derbyshire’s FLt20 clash with Yorkshire, on Sunday 14th July at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield.
Hospitality guests will be able to enjoy the FLt20 match of their choice within a comfortable and relaxing environment - so why not make your visit to the County Ground a special one.
Guests will be treated to a three course meal while watching some top-class cricket from some of the best seats at the Ground, accompanied with balcony views, from just £85 per person.
Free parking, Match Day Programme, scorecard and use of the bar facilities are also included in the price, and hospitality packages are available for selected fixtures in the LV= County Championship, Friends Life t20 and Yorkshire Bank 40 competitions.
Sussex sealed a nine-wicket victory against Derbyshire on the final morning of their LV= County Championship Division One fixture at the County Ground.
Steve Magoffin claimed two wickets on Day 4 to take his tally to four for the innings, as the hosts were dismissed for 219, leaving Sussex chasing 42 runs for victory.
Tim Groenewald claimed the early wicket of Chris Nash, but Michael Yardy (18*) and Luke Wells (23*) saw the visitors to their victory target before lunch.
Speaking after the game, Head Coach Karl Krikken said: "We have got to get more consistent as we had periods of the game when we were on top. But Michael Yardy and Chris Jordan batted beautifully and they took the game away from us.
Mark Footitt finished with career best figures of 6-120 in the morning, as a defiant Derbyshire secured a second innings lead despite losing regular wickets on Day 3 against Sussex at the County Ground.
Paceman Footitt claimed the wicket of Monty Panesar to pick up his sixth wicket of the innings, as the visitors were dismissed for 401, a lead of 178, with Michael Yardy top scoring with a magnificent 153.
But after an excellent 73-run stand between Chesney Hughes (32) and Wayne Madsen (32), Derbyshire lost regular wickets and ended the day just 11-runs ahead with three wickers in hand on 189-7.
Sussex resumed this morning on 328-8, with Yardy unbeaten on 121 and a lead of 105 runs. But it wasn’t long before Derbyshire picked up their first wicket of the day as Footitt removed Panesar, as the paceman claimed career best figures of 6-120.
Mark Footitt led the Derbyshire fightback with five wickets, but a superb 179-run partnership between Michael Yardy and Chris Jordan put Sussex in control after Day 2.
Derbyshire were dismissed for 223 in the morning session, as Richard Johnson and Jonathan Clare added 52 runs together before James Anyon broke the stand claiming two in as many balls.
The hosts made an excellent start in reply, as Footitt claimed three early wickets, while Clare (2-58) picked up two, to reduce Sussex to 109-5. But the magnificent stand between Yardy and Jordan (92) ensured that the visitors secured a 105-run lead at the close.
Footitt returned to claim two wickets in the final session to complete an excellent five-wicket haul, as Sussex closed on 328-8, with Yardy unbeaten on 121.
Derbyshire made a productive start moving onto 113-2 just after Tea, but Steve Magoffin, James Anyon, Chris Jordan and Monty Panesar all claimed a wicket apiece in the final session to put the visitors in the ascendency.
Madsen, who passed 5,000 career first-class runs in the evening session, batted beautiful throughout the day but was dismissed in the penultimate over for an excellent 64 as Sussex closed Day 1 in control.
A total of 39 overs were lost in the day after the morning session was washed-out due to persistent rain in Derby. Play finally got underway at 2.30pm after Sussex had won the toss and elected to field first in bowler-friendly conditions at the County Ground.
Captain Wayne Madsen (pictured) will be hoping his side can take advantage of the home conditions as Derbyshire welcome Sussex to the County Ground tomorrow.
Karl Krikken’s side have had a two-and-a-half-week break from the LV= County Championship, giving the side the opportunity to reflect on the opening weeks of the season.
The squad have been hard at work this week preparing for their second four-day game at the County Ground this season and Madsen now believes that the home advantage will give them the edge against a Sussex side pushing for the title.
“I think it is important that we make the most of our home fixtures,” Madsen said. “Home advantage is huge in this competition and we have performed well here over the last couple of seasons. We know are wicket well and we will now have to make the most of it.
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