The 2012 Annual Report and 2013 Year Book is being distributed to the Club’s 2012 Membership this week.
The 32 page publication contains details of every game of the 2012 LV= County Championship season as well as details of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting and Special General Meeting.
The new 32 page format represents a reduction from the 64 page publication of the previous year after the Club took the decision not to include the section of historical records; content that will be published online in due course.
The Club acknowledges that some members will be disappointed with the new slim-line format.
Derbyshire’s players will become very familiar with their Nottinghamshire counterparts during 2013. Their t20 games at Derby and TrentBridge are a regular part of the county campaign, but the two sides haven’t met in 4-day cricket since 2007 when Nottinghamshire were promoted behind Somerset.
The two sides are currently playing in a 2-day game at North Stars, the Derbyshire base in the north of Barbados, in what is Derbyshire’s final game of the tour. After the game concludes on Wednesday, there will be one final training day before the tour party heads home on Friday afternoon.
While Nottinghamshire have some absentees from the tour – Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann amongst them – they have still travelled with some fine players and are second favourites for the Division 1 title with certain bookmakers.
Derbyshire’s coaches and players are looking forward to the opportunity to play a higher standard of cricket, and this warm-up game will give them some idea of what to expect in Division 1.
The spearhead of Derbyshire’s pace attack in 2013 will again be Tim Groenewald and Tony Palladino and they opened the bowling with 12 exemplary overs between them, conceding just 13 runs each, with Groenewald getting the wicket of Hales, caught behind by Richard Johnson. They didn’t bowl again suggesting that they and their coaches are already satisfied with their workload during this tour.
Plans for all the bowlers to have a good work-out were thrown into disarray before play started with both Mark Footitt and Peter Burgoyne suffering from stomach upsets, and with Jon Clare also nursing a knee injury it offered a good opportunity for Ali Evans and Matt Higginbottom, in particular, to bowl some overs. Turner, Whiteley and Durston were also used sparingly, bowling just 9 overs between them.
Evans took a wicket early on when he found the edge of Wessels bat and Godleman took a smart catch in the gulley, and after James Taylor had made a good-looking 43, Higginbottom grabbed his prize wicket; Wainwright taking the catch. Wes Durston, back after injury, took the wicket of Lumb, caught by Higginbottom.
During the afternoon session, Chris Read made a determined and effective 73 – a fine player for many years with 22 first class centuries, he cut, pulled and drove without offering a chance until Wainwright induced an airy drive and Evans held onto a skier at backward point.
Initially batting in caps against the all-spin attack of Hughes and Wainwright, Mullaney and Franks batted confidently during the afternoon session, and went into overdrive after tea, lofting the ball over the boundaries as the scoring rate rose despite several bowling changes by Wayne Madsen, back in the side after injury.
Mullaney, who has played twice as many limited over games for Notts as first class matches, struck 7 sixes and 7 fours in his 104-ball hundred before he retired out for 101, reaching his century with a huge 6 over side mid-wicket off Chesney Hughes.
Franks reached his fifty from 88 balls with a cover driven 4 off Evans and promptly retired out, while his replacement, Ben Phillips skied an Evans delivery to Tom Knight who took the catch at mid-off.
Wicket-keeping duties were once again shared by Richard Johnson and Tom Poynton and it was the latter who ran out Fletcher from the outfield in the 85th over and the former who stumped White off Hughes off the last ball of the day.
With 10 wickets having fallen, the umpires called time with Nottinghamshire having scored 386 from 87.3 overs; Ali Evans the only man to take more than one wicket, finishing with 2-78.
Wednesday will be an important day for the batsmen - Madsen has yet to bat on this tour and will look forward to time at the crease, while Godleman, Hughes, Durston and Whiteley - plus both 'keepers - will want to keep their good form going. Slater may also get a chance with Redfern still missing, as may Burgoyne if he has recovered.
For action photography from the game please go to the gallery - http://www.derbyshireccc.com/dccc/index.php/component/igallery/dccc/barbados-the-journey/gallery-10-v-notts-day-1?Itemid=479
Monday saw the playing staff given a day off in Barbados with an opportunity for relaxation and recreation. However, as the sun began to set just after 5pm, Derbyshire captain, Wayne Madsen was busy in the makeshift outdoor gym which Strength and Conditioning Coach, Luke Storey, has created in one of the communal seating areas beside the beach.
Speaking after a full week on the island, Madsen spoke in glowing terms about his squad, highlighting the efforts of the younger players in the t20 games at the weekend; “I thought we played pretty well – with several senior players out, others stepped in and it was great to see Ben Slater batting in that sort of environment, and Ross Whiteley batting so superlatively.”
“Both ‘keepers had a good innings too, plus we saw some really quick bowling from Turner and Footitt. The win over Warwickshire was a great effort against one of the leading sides in the country.”
Tuesday sees Derbyshire back at North Stars for a 2-day game against Nottinghamshire and Madsen and Karl Krikken have already agreed with their opponents’ Head Coach, Mick Newell that Derbyshire will start the first day in the field. The format for each day is fluid, with both sides bowling 90 overs each over the two days, but not necessarily all on one day.
The game will start at 10am local time (2pm UK time) and Madsen is hopeful of playing after a groin injury; “It’s been frustrating, but I’ve been working on fitness and I’m pretty sure I’ll be ok for tomorrow.”
Wes Durston is also likely to play, although Jon Clare is still doubtful with a knee injury.
Paul Borrington’s tour is over, however; he flies home in the next 24 hours after suffering a fractured cheekbone - which may require surgery - in the warm-up before the game against Warwickshire on Saturday in which he top-scored with 24.
Dan Redfern’s hand injury will also preclude him from taking any part in the game against Nottinghamshire but he will remain with the tour party.
A full report on the game against Nottinghamshire will appear here tomorrow.
Nottinghamshire proved too strong for Derbyshire in the Barbados t20 Cup Final on Sunday night.
Derbyshire earned their place in the final after their excellent victory earlier in the day against Warwickshire but were outplayed by their East Midlands rivals Nottinghamshire under the floodlights at the Kensington Oval.
In a balmy evening and in front of several hundred spectators – the majority holidaymakers from the UK – Derbyshire won the toss and decided to bat on a pitch that had already been used for three games.
Against Warwickshire the first innings score was 153; a couple of hours later Yorkshire mustered 128 in their first innings, and then in the Plate Final Northants couldn’t even reach three figures. The conclusion was that the pitch was getting slower and more difficult to score runs on.
Early wickets fell but 56 for 3 after ten overs was a reasonable platform for a challenging score, so it was frustrating when another 3 wickets fell in quick succession to leave Derbyshire on 60 for 6 after 12 overs.
However, Richard Johnson – inventive, quick feet and always looking to score off every ball – and Tony Palladino added 57 in the final 8 overs, actually doubling the score before the innings closed on 114-6.
Johnson made an energetic 35 not out while Palladino finished with an unbeaten 19.
Although low scores have been defended in t20 cricket – indeed, Derbyshire defended 111 at Northampton a couple of years ago - the feeling was that Derbyshire would probably have to take 10 wickets to prevent a Nottinghamshire win. And so it proved as Hales and Lumb put on 69 for the first wicket in 8 overs before the former was caught by Groenewald off Burgoyne and the latter removed by Hughes. James Taylor, however, quickly reminded Derbyshire of his prodigious talent.
Not for the first time, the diminutive batsman put Derbyshire’s bowlers to the sword with a quick fire 32 from 16 balls before Mullaney hit a huge six off Hughes to end the game with 39 balls and 7 wickets in hand.
Derbyshire were well beaten but the side was missing a handful of capped players and the experience of these 3 t20 games will not be lost on these young players as they enter the 2013 English season.
Come June, and Karl Krikken will expect to include Madsen, Durston, Redfern, Chanderpaul, Wainwright, Clare and another overseas player in his t20 side, but these trio of t20 games gave him an opportunity to see what the other players could do.
Borrington and Slater didn’t look out of place when they batted, and both wicket-keepers produced a useful innings at the Kensington Oval and both kept well, too. Whiteley demonstrated his awesome power and stroke play and all the bowlers had their moments.
Monday is the first and only rest day of the tour, then its back to North Stars for a two day game against Nottinghamshire. Full reports and photographs will be featured on the website.
Derbyshire’s progress to the final owes much to a fine all-round performance by Ross Whiteley against Warwickshire here this morning. The powerful left-hander scored a rapid 63, including 6 sixes and then took 2 wickets for 5 runs in the only over he bowled, removing both Jim Troughton and Rikki Clarke.
As the game boiled to a thrilling conclusion, Mark Turner bowled a mightily impressive final over to ensure Derbyshire prevailed less than 16 hours after the same opponents had defeated them in a preliminary game at the 3C’s.
Their opponents in the final are still unknown at the time of writing as Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire are currently contesting their semi-final at the Kensington Oval whilst the Derbyshire party spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel complex.
However, regardless of who makes it to the final, they will certainly be familiar with them; Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire have been perennial opponents in the Northern Group ever since the UK t20 tournament began in 2003. Indeed, Derbyshire’s three highest ever t20 batting totals have all been against Yorkshire and many will remember Wes Durston’s spectacular hundred at Trent Bridge a couple of years ago.
Yorkshire are the reigning UK t20 champions and Nottinghamshire are frequent visitors to t20 Finals Day so whichever team Derbyshire face will represent a huge challenge.
Nonetheless, after a defeat last night, the young Derbyshire side – minus Durston, Redfern, Madsen, Clare and co – have still managed to defeat the mighty Warwickshire and rightfully take their place in the final.
There will be updates via Twitter and Facebook throughout the game which start at 7pm tonight (11pm UK time) – (please note that there are varying start times being suggested, but the earliest is 7pm), with a full match report to follow on the website on Monday.
After their defeat to Warwickshire at the 3C’s on Saturday night, the opportunity for revenge could not have come sooner. Once the final match had concluded at 11pm on Saturday it became clear that Derbyshire’s battling defeat had actually earned them a place in the Barbados t20 Cup semi-final against their opponents from the previous evening.
Again Warwickshire won the toss and inserted Derbyshire who found runs hard to come by in the opening overs. Godleman again opening the batting but with Durston absent his partner was Hughes.
After a couple of early wickets, Ben Slater came in at number 4 and batted well for 15 before Ross Whiteley took the game by the scruff off the neck smashing a wonderful 63 which included 6 massive sixes. His straight driving was magnificent and not many players hit more cleanly – or further – as Whiteley when he is in this sort of form.
Tom Poynton joined Whiteley in a vital 50 partnership scoring 35 not out to propel Derbyshire to a useful 153.
Warwickshire began steadily and Chopra and Troughton batted well for the 2nd wicket without every really accelerating and found themselves falling behind the required rate.
When Whiteley came into the attack the game was in the balance. However, he bowled one over and took 2 wickets for 5 runs removing Troughton and danger man Rikki Clarke.
Turner bowled a superb final over which included 3 dot balls to see Derbyshire to a 2 run victory and a place in the final at 7.30pm on Sunday night (11.30pm UK time).
Despite Derbyshire’s defeat to Warwickshire last night, their performance was enough to earn them a place in the Barbados t20 Cup semi final as the best loser – and another game against Warwickshire.
It was only late last night when news of Northamptonshire’s heavy defeat to Nottinghamshire was texted through to the Derbyshire management team that Karl Krikken and co was informed of their fate – and that their semi final would start at 9am (local time).
So having breakfasted early, the tour party were on the coach to the ground at 7.30am for the short journey to the Kensington Oval
All games today are taking place at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown and if Derbyshire win, the final will start at around 7.30pm (local time) 11.30pm (UK time)
There are two changes to the side that lost yesterday with Durston and Borrington replaced by Slater and Palladino. The side, therefore, is; Godleman, Slater, Hughes, Whiteley, Johnson, Poynton, Burgoyne, Groenewald, Turner, Footitt and Palladino. Tim Groenewald will captain the side.
Full updates will appear on Twitter and Facebook with a match report and images here on the Derbyshire website
Derbyshire’s opening t20 fixture was won by Warwickshire in a low-scoring game at the 3C’s ground on Saturday evening.
After Derbyshire scored just 128-9 from their 20 overs, it was always going to be difficult to restrict opponents who so comprehensively defeated them in their two limited overs CB40 clashes in 2012.
And when Karl Krikken sits down to select his first t20 team of the English summer, he will hope to have considerably more selection options than he had at the 3C’s ground here on Saturday evening.
Wayne Madsen, Dan Redfern, David Wainwright, Jon Clare (all injured), plus Chanderpaul and one additional overseas player would all expect to start in Derbyshire’s first choice t20 side.
Nonetheless, against a Warwickshire side themselves shorn of several regulars, Derbyshire gave Paul Borrington, Richard Johnson, Peter Burgoyne and Mark Footitt an opportunity to impress in the shortest form of the game.
Wickets fell at regular intervals as the Warwickshire spinners did the majority of the damage after Durston had fallen to the 2nd ball of the match and Chesney Hughes in the 4th over to leave Derbyshire on 22-2. These two batsmen have been Derbyshire’s leading t20 batting exponents in the last couple of years and with both out early on, it was left to Godleman and Whiteley to steady the ship with a partnership of 33 in 5 overs before the former was run out for 19.
Whiteley scored 23 off 20 balls including 2 sixes, but it was Paul Borrington who finished as top scorer with a well-compiled 24 from 27 balls. He batted sensibly and scored his runs all around the wicket, using his feet nicely.
For Warwickshire, Evans with 3-24, and Javed with 1-16 from his 4 overs bowled their spinners effectively on what looked like a fairly slow pitch.
Warwickshire’s opening pair, Maddy and Chopra gave their side an excellent start, finding gaps in the field from the off, and when Troughton joined Maddy both batsmen found their range hitting sixes off Turner, Footitt and Durston.
When Maddy was dismissed by Durston he was replaced by former Derbyshire captain, Rikki Clarke, who announced his intentions by hitting a Hughes delivery straight down the ground for 6, although Clarke fell shortly afterwards to Durston, stumped by Poynton.
Poynton then stumped Ambrose off Hughes and Evans was smartly caught in the gloom on the long off boundary by Groenewald off Durston to give the off-spinner his 3rd wicket and leave Warwickshire on 78-5.
The experienced Troughton continued to frustrate Derbyshire, compiling his runs all around the wicket and maintaining his composure despite the loss of wickets at the other end. Arguably the shot of the day was his straight drive off Burgoyne which dissected long on and long off. He was out in the next over, however, trapped plumb in front by Chesney Hughes.
Derbyshire fielded tigerishly and Footitt bowled a superb 17th over of the innings which conceded just 3 runs before Turner did likewise in the next over.
A misfield at the start of the 19th over eased the pressure on Warwickshire as Best and Javed were able to run 3, and Javed then pulled a Footitt delivery to the mid-wicket boundary before a wide brought the scores level.
Javed square drove the next ball for 4 and the game was won by Warwickshire with an over to spare.
In truth, 128 was probably a dozen runs or so too few, but Derbyshire battled their way back into the game in a manner familiar to anyone who witnessed their Championship campaign in 2012 and they certainly weren't disgraced by the Edgbaston outfit..
Derbyshire will play Warwickshire in an eagerly anticipated t20 game this afternoon at the 3W’s Cricket Ground at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Barbados. The match starts at 4pm (8pm UK time) and there will regular score updates on Twitter. As darkness is complete well before the scheduled finish time, the 2nd innings will be played under floodlights.
The side has yet to be announced, although both Wayne Madsen (groin) and Dan Redfern (hand) are unavailable for selection and continue to receive treatment for their injuries. In Madsen’s absence, Wes Durston will again captain the side.
T20 action continues on Sunday although the schedule is uncertain; win or lose today, however, and Derbyshire will play more t20 cricket tomorrow but their opponents and the venue will not be known until after this fixture – and others – are concluded.
A full report and gallery will be available later.
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