Mark Footitt and Tony Palladino have signed two-year contract extensions with Derbyshire, committing them both to the Club until the end of the 2016 season.
Footitt, who joined the Club in 2010, has enjoyed his most successful season to date in 2014, claiming 54 first-class wickets at an average a shade over 20.
The left-arm paceman has also claimed 19 wickets in the one-day competitions this season, including career-best List A figures of 5-59 versus Leicestershire at Grace Road in July.
Palladino has also been an essential part of the Derbyshire seam bowling attack this year, claiming 33 first-class wickets at 26 apiece. He has also added valuable lower-order runs with the bat in 2014, hitting 258 first-class runs, with a top score of 60.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “We’re delighted that both Mark and Tony have committed themselves to Derbyshire for the foreseeable future.
Wes Durston struck his second century of the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign to help guide Derbyshire to a six-run victory versus Northamptonshire in a thrilling rain-affected game at Wantage Road.
Rain arrived in the ninth over of Derbyshire’s innings and forced a delay in proceedings of over two hours to reduce the game to 32 overs per side.
The delay did not seem to affect Durston, however, who advanced the score well as Derbyshire scored 211-6 from their 32 overs, thanks largely to Durston’s score of 108.
In accordance with the Duckworth/Lewis system, Northants’ target was revised to 227 because of the rain delay that had affected the Falcons’ innings.
The sizable total proved too much for the Steelbacks, who ended on 220-9, with Palladino the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 3-51, to give Derbyshire their third win of the campaign and the Falcons now sit fourth in Group A.
After Sunday’s washout, Derbyshire travel to Northampton to face the Steelbacks in the Royal London One-Day Cup tomorrow (Monday 10 August); 2pm start.
Graeme Welch's men will be looking to get their 50-over campaign back on track after two washouts and a defeat in their last three games. But, after starting the season with back-to-back wins, the Falcons sit fifth in Group A, a point off a top four place.
Northants’ have won only one of their four games to date and sit eighth in the table. They will be looking to return to winning ways at home, but they are likely to be without all-rounder David Willey as he continues his duty for the England Lions side.
Derbyshire Falcons’ Royal London One-Day Cup fixture against Essex Eagles at The 3aaa County Ground has been abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain.
Umpires Nigel Cowley and Peter Willey carried out an inspection and deemed that no play would be possible.
Supporters who have purchased a matchday ticket for today’s fixture can use their ticket to gain free entry at any other match during the 2014 season. Alternatively a refund may be claimed by applying in writing to the ticket office enclosing the matchday ticket along with name and address.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “It would have been nice to get on and try and get two points but it’s been raining here since 7am this morning and speaking to the groundsman, this band of rain wasn't going away so I think the umpires Peter Willey and Nigel Cowley were sensible to call it off.
“But we’ve got three games left and I think we need to win two of them. We’ve been playing good cricket in this competition and although we had one setback [the defeat to Lancashire], hopefully we can win a few more games to go through.
Mark Turner has left Derbyshire after the Club elected not to offer him a new contract for next season.
The 29-year-old arrived at The 3aaa County Ground in 2011 and has since played 21 first-class matches, taking 43 wickets at an average of 44.25.
The former Durham and Somerset fast-bowler made 41 appearances in limited-overs formats, adding a further 49 dismissals.
Confirmation was received this morning of Turner’s decision to leave with immediate effect and he has joined Northamptonshire for the remainder of the season.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “It’s sad to see Mark go because he’s been a terrific character to have around and a really positive influence on the field and in the dressing room.
Derbyshire Falcons conclude their Royal London One-Day Cup Group A campaign against Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground on Thursday 21 August (2pm start).
Derbyshire host Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground with both sides still in the hunt for a quarter-final spot in the new-look 50-over competition.
Graeme Welch's men claim a thrilling six-run win versus Northants on Monday, thanks largely to a century from Wes Durston, which moved the Falcons into fourth place in Group A - with the top four qualifying for a last eight berth.
Glamorgan have also enjoyed a successful 50-over campaign to date, claiming three victories in their first five games to leave them third in Group A.
Join us at The 3aaa County Ground as the Falcons attempt to claim a quarter-final place in the new-look competition.
Derbyshire Falcons' Royal London One-Day Cup campaign continues against Essex Eagles at The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday 10 August; 10.30am start.
The Falcons tasted defeat for the first time in the new tournament against Lancashire on Thursday night so will be determined to get back on track when they host Essex, who currently sit third in Group A having won two out the three games they have played to date.
The Eagles boast a heavily experienced one-day side featuring England international Ravi Bopara, New Zealand hard-hitting batsman Jesse Ryder and led by Captain Ryan ten Doeschate.
Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen is currently the highest run-scorer in the tournament with 292 runs, at an average of 146, after hitting successive centuries in Derbyshire’s first two fixtures, while paceman Mark Footitt has claimed 10 wickets to date in the tournament.
Cricket Derbyshire and Derby College are working in partnership to create the inaugural Cricket Derbyshire Sport Academy, launching in September 2014.
The BTEC Academy will offer a range of training and qualifications for young adults aged 16 to 19.
It will offer young people in Derbyshire of all abilities - who are interested in sport, cricket events, competency and coaching - the opportunity to gain further education qualifications and to enhance further employment opportunities.
Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: “The Cricket Derbyshire BTEC Sport Academy is an exciting new venture designed to develop cricket talent within Derbyshire, both as recreational players and coaches.
Tony Palladino says the squad are determined to get back on track in the Royal London One-Day Cup when they face Essex at The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday 10 August; 10.30am start.
Palladino returned career-best figures of 5-49 yesterday, but Derbyshire fell short against Lancashire at Derby, their first loss in the new rebranded tournament.
“Obviously I’m very happy with my own personal performance but I think as a team we are disappointed as how many we let them get to," Palladino said. "If we had been at our best, we would have been able to restrict them to around 280.
“We didn’t quite get the rub of the green early on when a few balls went just wide or just above our fielders so on another day we might have had a few early breakthroughs.
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