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Kent Spitfires win on rain-affected evening at the County Ground

Kent Spitfires beat the Derbyshire Falcons by nine wickets after rain had curtailed play for close to four hours at the County Ground.

With the match reduced to 14 overs per side, the visitors chased down a Duckworth/Lewis target of 67 from 14 overs comfortably with 19 balls to spare.

Before the rain, the Spitfires had won the toss, electing to bowl first in overcast conditions.

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Poynton targeting Kent return

Tom PoyntonDerbyshire Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton could return to fitness in the nick of time ahead of this week’s crucial double header versus Kent.

Short-term loan replacement Richard Johnson has been recalled by Warwickshire following an injury to Tim Ambrose.

But the Derbyshire medical team are hopeful another loan signing won’t be required as the Falcons face Kent Spitfires in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition on tomorrow (Tuesday, 4.40pm), then start a LV= County Championship fixture versus the same opposition two days later (11am).

Chris Durham took the gloves for the recent match versus Australia A, helping secure a draw with 12 not out from 22 balls in the second innings.

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CB40: Derbyshire Falcons v Kent Spitfires preview

Both the Derbyshire Falcons and the Kent Spitfires will go into Tuesday’s Clydesdale Bank 40 match believing they have an outside chance of qualification in the competition.

The Falcons have been rejuvenated in the 40 over format of late, with wins in their last two outings against the Unicorns and Yorkshire Carnegie respectively.

The impressive three wicket win over Yorkshire on Sunday, 22nd July saw Derbyshire move up to third place in the Group C table on eight points, having acquired three wins, three defeats and two No Results to date.

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Derbyshire repel late Australia push to draw

A late flurry of wickets saw Australia A set up a tense final half hour runs on the final day at the County Ground, only for Chris Durham (12*) and Mark Footitt (3*) to guide Derbyshire to safety.

The hosts had looked comfortable throughout their innings with Usman Khawaja (66) and Dan Redfern (56 and pictured) both passing 50.

However Nathan Lyon (4-115) and Mitchell Johnson (3-47) impressed as the tourists threatened to wrap up an unlikely victory in the closing stages of the match.

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2nd XI round-up

Reigning 2nd XI Player of the Year Matt Lineker continues to lead the way in the averages for Derbyshire’s 2nd XI, averaging 55 from eleven innings in all competitions, with a top score of 145.

Chesney Hughes is second with an average of 30 from 15 innings played, whilst Paul Borrington (23.75), Ben Slater (21.45) and Chris Durham (20.75) all average over 20 from a minimum of 13 innings.

Peter Burgoyne leads the way as far as wickets are concerned, with 16 dismissals at an average of 20.81, having recorded best figures of 6-54.

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Palladino plunders tourists for sensational ton

PalladinoDerbyshire v Australia A is poised for an intriguing finale after Night Watchman Tony Palladino stunned the tourists with a supreme hundred.

The Aussies are 234 runs ahead overnight with four second innings wickets intact after Derbyshire declared their first innings 93 runs behind in an attempt to force a positive outcome.

Starting the day unbeaten on four and with Derbyshire 48-1 in reply to 362-4 declared, Palladino defied the tradition of a streaky night watchman, instead playing with poise, flair, skill, elegance and controlled aggression as he passed 50 in 80 balls with six fours.

Wayne Madsen (34) fell to the off-spin of Nathan Lyon at 97-2 but, now partnered by Usman Khawaja, Derbyshire’s opening bowler continued to glide serenely towards the maiden thee figure score of his first-class career.

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Kids go FREE this weekend

Australia AThe Club is reminding supporters that entry is FREE for all Under 16’s during the match versus Australia A today and tomorrow.

Entry for 0-15 year-olds simply requires the completion of a simple form which DCCC will use to inform about Membership for the 2013 season.

The match is moving on at pace following Australia A’s Day 1 declaration at 362-4 and an exciting climax to the match this weekend is likely.

Australia A have named a team packed with full internationals such as Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Ed Cowan, Steve Smith and Tim Paine.

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Cowan hits century as runs flow on Day One

Ed Cowan starred with a century as Australia A enjoyed the better of the opening day at a sun-drenched County Ground.

The tourists named a strong side with the likes of e Test bowler Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Steven Smith and wicketkeeper Tom Payne included and it was the visitors that won the toss; electing to bat first.

Cowan and opening partner Michael Klinger then got off to a brisk start, progressing the score to 35 without loss from just seven overs before the latter was caught Usman Khawaja off the bowling of Mark Turner for 25.

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England v South Africa commences – less than three weeks until they’re here at the County Ground

Hashim AmlaThe Investec Test Series between England and South Africa has only just begun and we have already witnessed the very best qualities of the touring side.

Even the most ardent England supporter will have appreciated the manner in which South Africa bowled on Day Two to bring the visitors back into contention; such is the character of a side brimming with confidence and, quite rightly, regarded as one of the greatest cricket sides in the world.

Then it was the turn of the batsmen, and the way in which South Africa – specifically captain Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla and Jaques Kallis – put arguably the world’s most formidable bowling attack to the sword was equally impressive.

As a unit, South Africa are a well-oiled machine with the cohesiveness and camaraderie to match any.

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