A flurry of registrations today following a promotion which allowed juniors – and in fact all members – to bring guests to the ground for free has taken the figure to 994.
The Falcons took the decision to make junior membership free ahead of the 2010 season. An increase from 23 to 583 in their first season, plus an ECB Business of Cricket Award for Best Membership campaign, suggested it was the right decision.
The visitors closed on 241-7 in reply to the home side’s 286 with their Academy graduate left-armer adding two wickets to his first innings 83, leaving honours pretty even heading into the penultimate day (11am).
Alex Wakely and Niall O’Brien joint top-scored with 62 runs coming from 214 and 175 balls respectively as the scoring rate rarely topped two-an-over throughout an attritional day of LV= County Championship cricket.
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Dan Redfern hit his maiden First Class century as Derbyshire came back strongly on the opening day at The County Ground.
The County Ground faithful had witnessed a nervous start after David Sales had won the toss for the visitors and elected to bowl on an overcast morning in Derby.
Any nerves, however, were gradually eroded as heroics from youngsters Redfern and Ross Whiteley brought Derbyshire back into the game – the hosts recovering from 50-4 to 286 all out - before a flurry of Northants wickets in the evening session ensured a great opening day of the 2012 campaign.
The Derbyshire Head Coach told the ECB website’s Chris Devine that he expects the Club’s young guns to thrive during the 2012 campaign.
The University of Derby will be displayed on the front of the Clydesdale Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 jerseys as the Falcons play a total of 22 Limited Overs matches during an exciting summer of cricket, four of which are already scheduled for live coverage on SKY Sports.
The partnership, which will also see University of Derby and Team Derby branding in various locations around the County Ground, furthers an already strong relationship between the two organisations.
I would say there is an almost universal consensus of enthusiasm surrounding Derbyshire cricket at the moment.
It is certainly the case for those involved with the club, be it players, staff or supporters. I said as much to Keith on Friday that, as I begin my fourth season, there is a definite sense of optimism in the air.
I’m not sure what those on the outside make of Derbyshire’s chances - having read few previews or predictions - but I would imagine the club isn’t in the forefront of many minds in relation to challenging for honours.
Having seen Derbyshire amass 288 for the loss of 10 wickets on the Sunday, Warwickshire’s openers Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood set off positively, the pair reaching 40-0 from the opening 10 overs, bowled by Tony Palladino and Tim Groenewald.
However Derbyshire’s bowlers were soon making inroads as Jon Clare had Westwood (23) caught at the wicket before Mark Footitt had Chopra (34) and Darren Maddy (0) out to LBW in consecutive deliveries to leave the visitors 71-3.
The hat-trick ball was survived by Jim Troughton but his stay would not last long, becoming the impressive Footitt’s third victim; caught Paul Borrington at 4th slip for 0, looking to turn the ball away through Square Leg.
Wainwright (pictured above alongside his Captain during yesterday’s play versus Yorkshire) top-scored for the home side who posted 298 for the loss of ten wickets on a day that saw four of their players bat on two occasions.
The 27-year-old took to the crease at 74-5 after Derbyshire’s top-order had folded against a disciplined Warwickshire unit early-on.
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