This weekend’s three-day friendly with New Zealand will be played as a first-class fixture, as Derbyshire aim to claim an international scalp at the County Ground.
The New Zealand squad travel to Derby on Saturday, 4th May as they begin their preparations for their two-Test series against England, which begins later this month.
It will be the second first-class game at the County Ground in as many years after Derbyshire welcomed Australia A to Derby in July 2012 when Tony Palladino completed his maiden first-class century against the old enemy.
Kane Williamson will captain the side in this weekend’s encounter, as supporters will also get the opportunity to welcome back Martin Guptill after the powerful opening batsman played an integral part in the county’s successful 2012 LV= County Championship campaign.
Jack Brooks’ inspired spell of bowling helped Yorkshire claim an innings and 39-run victory at Headingley on Day 4 of their LV= County Championship Division One fixture.
The hosts declared on 677-7 after an hour’s play this morning, securing a 202 run lead. Wayne Madsen (52) and Wes Durston (50) both reached half centuries in reply, but five wickets from Brooks and two apiece from Rashid and Plunkett condemned Derbyshire to defeat in Leeds.
Yorkshire resumed Day 4 on 597-5, a lead of 122 runs, and they quickly built on their advantage in the morning session moving onto 613-6 within two overs after the restart.
Derbyshire would fightback, however, making two earlier breakthroughs removing both Gary Ballance (53) and Tim Bresnan (14) to reduce Yorkshire to 643-7. But Adil Rashid (36*) and Liam Plunkett (21*) continued the onslaught before the hosts finally declared on 677-7 after an hour’s play, securing a lead of 202 runs.
Derbyshire suffered a difficult day in the field, as a mammoth 231-run partnership between England duo Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow helped but Yorkshire in a strong position on Day 3 at Headingley.
Root became the second man in the match to complete his double century, after Chesney Hughes’ record-breaking 270 yesterday, as the England Lions Captain was finally dismissed for a superb 236 from 336 balls.
His partner Bairstow would hit 21 fours and four sixes in his knock of 186, as he shared a 117-run stand with Gary Balance (50*) that moved the hosts over 500 before closing the day on 597-5, a lead of 122 runs.
Chesney Hughes’ marathon innings at Headingley earned him one of the highest ever points totals in the FTI Most Valuable Player rankings.
The Anguillan-born 22-year-old just missed out on setting a new Derbyshire batting record with his unbeaten 270, but the 52.32 batting points he accumulated put him into the MVP top ten.
He is now sixth on the all-time innings list, less than eight points behind former Sussex star Murray Goodwin, whose 344* against Somerset in August 2009 remains the benchmark.
Hughes, who is the first Derbyshire player to carry his bat in a first-class match since Chris Rogers against Warwickshire in 2008, fell just four runs short of the 274 George Davidson hit against Lancashire in 1896.
He has 60 MVP points in total so far this season and sits in 12th position in the table, just three points off a top ten spot.
The FTI MVPs, which feature a £10,000 purse for the cricketer who scoops the top prize, are now in their seventh season.
The system analyses the performances of players around the country on a like-for-like basis and awards points for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held.
Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and for dismissing the top order, whilst batsmen are rewarded for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs they hit.
There are now more points across all formats for those notching 40 and 50 per cent of a team’s total, for top order batsmen, in recognition of their greater challenge against the new ball, and for those who hit big hundreds.
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Chesney Hughes carried his bat to complete the second highest first-class score in Derbyshire’s 143-year history as he was left unbeaten on 270, as the visitors posted 475 on Day 2 against Yorkshire at Headingley.
The 22-year-old’s incredible innings included 40 fours and three sixes, as the left handed batsman batted for just over nine hours facing 415 balls for his career-best score of 270, but he was let stranded just four runs short of Derbyshire’s all-time record as the visitors were dismissed for 475.
Yorkshire had 46 overs to face before stumps and on a placid Headingley pitch the hosts closed on 164-1, as Tim Groenewald claimed the visitors’ only wicket on a memorable day in Leeds.
Derbyshire Batting Coach Dave Houghton said: “Chesney batted beautifully. Karl [Krikken] showed faith in him and brought him back into the side and this gave him the confidence first of all – and it was a magnificence knock and well deserved.
Chesney Hughes’ magnificent unbeaten 171 has helped put Derbyshire in a commanding position after Day 1 of their LV= County Championship fixture with Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie.
The 22-year-old hit 25 fours and 3 sixes in his career-best innings, as the left-handed batsman shared a tremendous 258-run second-wicket stand with Wayne Madsen moving Derbyshire onto 268-1 after tea.
But the Derbyshire captain fell seven runs short of his century as the visitors lost three quick wickets in the final session, but Hughes and Dan Redfern (14*) guided Karl Krikken's side to 302-4 at the close on a excellent opening day.
Speaking after the close, Madsen said: "Chesney has been magnificent today. He has been very disciplined throughout the day and has had a steady head. He has played some tremendous shots and thoroughly deserves his career-best score.
Karl Krikken’s men will have little time to reflect on this week’s nine-wicket defeat against a Stuart Broad inspired Nottinghamshire side, as Derbyshire travel to Headingley Carnegie to face Yorkshire tomorrow.
After four highly-competitive days against a Nottinghamshire side that contained no less than eight internationals, Derbyshire will now be looking to secure their first win of the season against Yorkshire, which begins tomorrow (Monday 29th April) at 11am.
Derbyshire have enjoyed the better of their recent visits to Headingley, claiming two draws and a victory in their last three Championship fixtures at the ground.
Yorkshire’s squad for the fixture will be bolstered by the inclusion of England trio Joe Root, Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow, all of which played their part in their four-wicket win over Durham this week.
Chesney Hughes (pictured) and Mark Footitt are in contention for recalls as Derbyshire face Yorkshire in the LV= County Championship starting on Monday, 11am.
Head Coach Karl Krikken has selected the duo for his 13 man squad after impressive performances in the recent Second XI victory over a combined Surrey and Hampshire XI.
Hughes top-scored with 63 and 45 in the five wicket win at Belper Meadows while Footitt took 6 for 71 prior to twelfth man fielding for the first team today. Mark Turner is expected to miss out through injury.
Tony Palladino didn’t bowl in the second innings versus Nottinghamshire after succumbing to a Stuart Broad toe-cruncher. The Derbyshire paceman is, however, fit to travel to Headingley Carnegie.
Dan Redfern (pictured) notched a classy half-century on the final day versus Nottinghamshire – but Stuart Broad’s new ball brilliance secured victory for the visitors.
Derbyshire succumbed to a nine-wicket defeat with 30 overs to spare, as Redfern’s elegant 61 delayed but didn’t deny a Nottinghamshire side featuring eight full internationals at the County Ground.
The home side started the day in the perilous position of 143-5; a deficit of 44 and with Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen, Wes Durston, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ross Whiteley already back in the pavilion.
Gritty determination was the order of the day. And it was provided in abundance by the middle-order duo of Dan Redfern and David Wainwright who took their sixth-wicket partnership to 79 during the morning session and raised hopes of a great escape.
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