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Rain rules on Day One at Headingley

Yorkshire will resume Day Two on 127-2 after rain ensured only one ball was possible after Lunch.

Having won the toss, Derbyshire elected to field first and the visitors struck early, with opener Phil Jaques (3) misjudging a Tim Groenewald (pictured) delivery and leaving a ball that consequently hit the Australian’s stumps.

Adam Lyth and captain Andrew Gale then batted positively and fluently for the next hour; adding 87 runs for the second wicket.

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Derbyshire downed by Billings and Stevens at Canterbury

Youngster Sam Billings hit a superb century before Darren Stevens took 5-36 as the Kent Spitfires recorded an emphatic 111 run victory over the Derbyshire Falcons at Canterbury.

Derbyshire had earlier won the toss and elected to field first, and that decision looked a good one as Tim Groenewald (pictured) and Mark Turner accounted for Rob Key (0) and Sam Northeast (0) respectively as Kent lost early wickets.

The hosts then recovered through Billings and Stevens; the pair adding 85 runs for the third wicket before the latter was bowled by Alex Hughes for 40.

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Whiteley and Footitt impress as Derbyshire draw with South Africa

Ross Whiteley and Mark Footitt starred with bat and ball respectively as Derbyshire drew with South Africa.

Whiteley's unbeaten 51 proved a highlight of Derbyshire's 1st innings reply early on Day Two, whilst Footitt then impressed; claiming four South African 2nd innings wickets.

Resuming on 75-1, Derbyshire lost overnight batsmen Wayne Madsen (29) and Usman Khawaja (37)early in the morning session.

There was then a knock of 20 from Dan Redfern before Jon Clare (4), Tom Poynton (0), Alex Hughes (4), Peter Burgoyne (1) and Matt Higginbottom (4) fell in quick succession to a Lonwabo Tsotsobe inspired South Africa; the fast bowler taking figures of 4-45.

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First team emerge with credit v South Africa; Second XI win

AB de VilliersDerbyshire versus South Africa will recommence at 11am tomorrow after South Africa scored 365-4 on Day 1 at the County Ground.

AB de Villiers (pictured) top-scored for the tourists with 97 off 96 balls before Derbyshire closed the day 75-1 in their first innings.

Ali Evans enjoyed an early moment to remember trapping Jacques Rudolph lbw for 15. Hashim Amla scored 40 off 42 balls before he was clean bowled by Ross Whiteley.

De Villiers produced the knock of the day, however, and the South African wicketkeeper/batsman added 157 for the third wicket with JP Duminy, who made 69 before falling caught and bowled to David Wainwright.

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Thousands of County Cricket fans have their say

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is giving cricket fans the opportunity to have their say on county cricket and its future - through the biggest survey of its kind in the history of cricket in England and Wales.

Hundreds of thousands of county cricket fans will be offered the opportunity to air their views on the structure, schedule and promotion of county cricket. The results will be reviewed by the ECB Board this winter and incorporated into planning for the 2014 county season and beyond.

The ECB has commissioned independent research company Populus to distribute the online survey to hundreds of thousands of cricket fans who sit on the databases of the 18 First Class counties and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Additionally, members of TwelfthMan – the official fan community of England cricket – and users of the ECB website will also be invited to respond to the survey.

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REDFERN NOMINATED FOR LV= COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP BREAKTHROUGH PLAYER AWARD

Dan RedfernDerbyshire County Cricket Club batsman Dan Redfern, was today announced to be among the shortlist of six players in the running for the inaugural LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award.

The award is being launched by LV=, the title sponsor of crickets County Championship, and aims to celebrate the most promising young player in the county game this season.

Redfern’s competition includes Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance and Joe Root, Surrey fast bowler Stuart Meaker, Lancashire spin bowler Simon Kerrigan and Kent all rounder Matt Coles.

The award will acknowledge the best young talent in the LV= County Championship and reinforces the sponsor’s support for a competition that is the bedrock of the domestic game as well as a breeding ground for the next generation of English cricketers.

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Madsen steers Derbyshire home

Wayne MadsenA captain’s hand from Wayne Madsen saw Derbyshire to victory as Sussex Sharks were finally beaten in Clydesdale Bank 40 Group C at the County Ground tonight.

The Falcons’ skipper notched an unbeaten 64, sharing a fourth wicket stand of 96 with Dan Redfern and guiding his side to their third victory in four recent limited-overs matches.

Chasing 168 to win, the Falcons began their repost disastrously as Usman Khawaja was run out, off the first delivery of the innings, without facing a ball.

Chesney Hughes (11) quickly followed as the Falcons slumped to 26-2 before Wes Durston’s lively knock of 30 got them moving towards the total.

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Derbyshire duo handed county caps

CappedDan Redfern and David Wainwright have been awarded Derbyshire County Caps in recognition of their emergence as established members of the team.

Both players have been almost ever present throughout 2012 in all formats, each having provided match winning performances in a number of fixtures.

For Redfern, 2012 has proven to be a breakthrough year; including his maiden first-class century versus Northamptonshire, followed by another ton against Hampshire.

He has also added a further three half-centuries and accrued an impressive total of 554 runs in the four day format at an eye catching average of 50.36.

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Four year contract for Wainwright

David WainwrightLeft-arm spinner David Wainwright has been handed a four year contract as reward for his outstanding performances this season.

The Yorkshire born bowler has been a revelation for Derbyshire since he travelled south from Headingley Carnegie last autumn in the search for greater first team opportunities.

Wainwright made an immediate impact on first-class debut for Derbyshire when he propelled the side to a memorable victory against Northamptonshire back in April. With the game finely poised going into day four, Wainwright took control with an unbroken spell of 26 overs that yielded remarkable figures of 6 for 33.

Wainwright’s first-class record with the ball this year has been particularly impressive, with 27 wickets at an average of 27 apiece, three five wicket hauls and over a century of maiden overs.

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