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Barbados 16: The Barbados t20 Cup Final – Preview

RWDerbyshire’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.


Barbados 15: Derbyshire upset the odds and progress to final

DCCC warm-upAfter 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).

Barbados 14: Derbyshire in the Barbados t20 Cup Semi

Kensington OvalDespite 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

Barbados 13: Derbyshire v Warwickshire t20 Match Report

3C's GroundDerbyshire’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..


Barbados 12: t20 starts today

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.


Barbados 11: Krikken and Madsen meet Chanderpaul

Chanderpaul 1Derbyshire’s Head Coach and Captain met up with new overseas signing, Shivnarine ‘Shiv’ Chanderpaul last night in Barbados. 

The recent Test Match between West Indies and Zimbabwe took place at the Kensington Oval so Karl Krikken and Wayne Madsen plus Chairman Chris Grant and Honorary Secretary David Griffin took the opportunity to meet up with the left-handed batsman once the game had concluded. 

The meeting lasted around 90 minutes and offered the Head Coach and Captain the perfect opportunity to meet Shiv before his scheduled arrival ahead of the Media Day on 4th April. 

The Chairman outlined the Club’s strategy for both cricket and business – including ground development, while Krikken and Madsen discussed the make-up of the squad and chatted about the cricketing and fitness facilities available to the players.

Afterwards, Krikken commented; “Even though the meeting was brief, Shiv gave me the clearest indication that he will be hugely beneficial to Derbyshire. His record, his reputation and his work ethic will be a significant factor not only in terms of the runs we expect him to score, but also in terms of his influence on our still-developing squad.” 

Chanderpaul 2Chanderpaul still has other cricketing commitments ahead of him, including a Test Match in Dominica next week, but Derbyshire followers can expect him to take his place in the Derbyshire side for the first Championship game of the season at Edgbaston on 10th April.

Council Cricket Facilities in the City of Derby

LogoThe City Council are working with the Cricket Derbyshire Steering Group to promote cricket in the City. 

Following negotiations, the Council has confirmed all current cricket pitches will be maintained for the 2013 season and discussions will continue with cricket representatives about how to ensure cricket provision is sustained in the future.

Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture said: “I am delighted that we have been able to find a way to maintain cricket provision across the City and I look forward to working with representatives and cricket clubs to create a strong future for the sport in the City.”

In order to cover the costs of sustaining cricket ground maintenance in 2013, the fees for cricket pitch hire will increase. However these represent only small increases per player per game and will ensure all current provision is maintained. 

Read more: Council Cricket Facilities in the City of Derby

Barbados 10: Legends

Barbados LegendsOn Thursday evening Derbyshire’s squad, support staff and supporters attended Herbert House, the home of The Cricket Legends of Barbados; a cricket museum and gallery with bar and restaurant. The event was attended by several Barbadian political figures as well as the British High Commissioner plus the cricketers and staff from the other 5 county sides touring Barbados concurrently, Hampshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire and Yorkshire. 

The word ‘legend’ is probably – along with ‘great’ – the most overused word in sport. Players with a 5-year ‘career’ at one sporting club are routinely described by some hysterical types as legends, when the players concerned clearly don’t belong in that exalted category.

During a splendid evening of video footage and speeches, two of the finest, fastest and hostile fast bowlers in the history of the game were honoured by the Cricket Legends of Barbados. Unquestionably, individually and as a pair, the two men honoured - Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith - can truly be described as cricketing legends.

Both men spoke about their cricketing careers; Griffith movingly about the issues involving the life-threatening injury to India’s Nari Contractor who he hit on the head with a short-pitched delivery, and the suspicions about his bowling action; while Hall also alluded to his careers after cricket, in politics and in the church.

Other Barbadian cricketing luminaries were also present; Cammie Smith, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge and Seymour Nurse – and a Derbyshire favourite (although not a Barbadian) from the early 1990s – Ian Bishop – was also an interested spectator.

But the icing on the cake was the presence of the greatest cricketing legend of them all. That’s statement is, of course, disputable; maybe Don Bradman could justifiably stake a claim for that title, but few would argue that Sir Garry Sobers’ is the greatest Test Match all-rounder in history.

Having seen Sobers’ score a century at Ilkeston in 1974 – the first I ever saw in first class cricket – this was the first time I had been in his presence since. They say you should never meet your heroes, but he was quite approachable and happy to pose for a photograph.

The best story of the night, however, came from Cammie Smith. Alluding to the historic tied Test Match at Brisbane in December 1960 between Australia and West Indies, Cammie explained that this match had been his Test debut and that he had been criticised for only scoring 7 and 6 in the two innings. However, he suggested that had he only scored 6 and 6, the Test would not have been tied, and history would not have been made. 

Derbyshire’s players mingled with the players from all the other 5 counties and for Karl Krikken there was a chance to catch up with Bishop – by a couple of yards, the fastest bowler he ever kept to (Krik’s words!) – and some of his fellow coaches.

Click here for a selection of photographs from the event >>>

Barbados 9: Twenty-20 Time

Barbados Legends EventDerbyshire face Warwickshire in their first t20 game of the tour on Saturday at The 3W’s Oval, a ground situated at the entrance of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Barbados. The ground was used for warm-up games ahead of the 2007 Cricket World Cup and following recent re-development meets ICC standards for international cricket. 

The game is scheduled for a 4pm (8pm UK time) start, so will be played under floodlights as darkness is usually complete by about 6.30pm at this time of year.

Friday sees the players back in the nets at North Stars where the emphasis will be on range hitting, quick singles, bowling with real variety and all-action fielding as Derbyshire’s pre-season tour moves into limited overs mode. The players have some free time this morning before travelling to North Stars at 1pm (5pm UK time). Last night, the tour party attended a superb Barbados Cricket Legends function – see photo above – which will be the subject of a full report shortly. 

There will be comprehensive updates throughout Saturday’s game via Facebook and Twitter with a full report and action photographs on the website. 

Derbyshire will play more t20 cricket on Sunday, but the opponents and venue will only be determined once the outcome of the Warwickshire game is known.

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