Wayne Madsen hailed a professional performance against Cambridge MCCU and believes they now have a clearer idea to the side that will face Lancashire this Sunday.
Derbyshire defeated the university outfit by an innings and 264 runs inside two days of their final pre-season match ahead of the LV= County Championship opener this weekend.
Captain Madsen was more than happy with a job well done and now has his sights firmly set on the start of the four-day campaign, beginning on Sunday at The 3aaa County Ground.
"I thought it was a very good performance,” Madsen said. “We came here with places up for grabs and now we have got a bit more of an idea of what our side against Lancashire will be.
"We bowled well on a wicket that offered a little bit but we had to work hard for it in the second innings.
Shiv Thakor and Mark Footitt (above) both took five wickets in the match as Derbyshire defeated Cambridge MCCU by an innings and 264 runs inside two days at Fenner’s.
In the first innings, Footitt returned figures of 4-35 as Graeme Welch’s men finished off the Cambridge MCCU tail-end before Thakor took 4-24 from 11 overs in the second innings.
The students frustrated the Derbyshire attack for a short while after they had been asked to follow on, but were bowled out for 176 midway through the evening session to hand the visitors the win by an innings and 264 runs - their second highest ever red ball victory by an innings.
It took Derbyshire little more than an hour to take the remaining overnight Cambridge MCCU wickets with Footitt taking the first two inside the first five overs of the day.
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Queen’s Park, Chesterfield has been named as one of the top ten cricket outgrounds in the country - with Derbyshire County Cricket Club set to return in July.
The Independent newspaper listed Queen’s Park as one of ten outgrounds to visit this year, due to the picturesque setting at the ground and the enchanting old-school pavilion.
Provincial outgrounds play a big part in the domestic season, and this year 84 days of cricket will be played at additional venues by 13 of the 18 first-class counties.
Martin Guptill struck 161 from just 108 balls – in addition to a century from Wayne Madsen – as Derbyshire dominated Day One of the university fixture versus Cambridge MCCU.
Coming in at number three, Guptill signalled his intentions from the off, hitting 6 sixes and 19 fours in a quite remarkable innings at Fenner’s Park Cricket Ground.
Madsen also passed three figures, hitting 17 fours and 2 sixes in his knock of 133 (155 balls), which included a 215-run partnership with Guptill, as Derbyshire declared on 535-6 midway through the final session of the day.
Despite having only 50 minutes to bowl at the end of the day, Derbyshire managed to secure five Cambridge MCCU wickets to further cement their commanding position going into Day Two, with the hosts on 32-5 at stumps.
New Zealand World Cup star Martin Guptill has been named in Graeme Welch's 12-man squad to face Cambridge MCCU at Fenner's Park, starting on Sunday (11am start)
Guptill arrived at The 3aaa County Ground earlier this week fresh from a successful World Cup in which the powerful opener ended the competition as the leading scorer with 547 runs at an average of 68.37.
Derbyshire begin their 2015 campaign with a three-day match against the university outfit at Fenner’s, the county's first visit to the ground since 2007.
Welch’s side will look to build momentum ahead of the start of the LV= County Championship season which begins with the visit of Lancashire to The 3aaa County Ground, starting on Sunday 19 April.
Wayne Madsen will lead the side which features winter signings Shiv Thakor and Wayne White, but David Wainwright and Jonathan Clare miss out through injury.
Graeme Welch says his side will be treating Sunday’s three-day match against Cambridge MCCU no differently to any other fixture.
Derbyshire head to Fenner’s Cricket Ground this weekend for their season opener, a week before the new LV= County Championship campaign begins with the visit of Lancashire on Sunday 19 April at The 3aaa County Ground.
And Welch says his side will be looking to register a victory against the university students as he hopes to build early-season momentum.
“Every win is a win, we’re going to play this game properly," said Welch. "We’re going to try and bat big, and bowl them out twice. It’s very close to how we want to play against Lancashire.
“It’s the last chance for people to stake a claim for a place. Everybody has worked hard this week, we had some good practice at Edgbaston for two days, and had a good long practice on Friday so we’re looking forward to the first competitive game of the season."
Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton has signed a one-year contract extension committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season.
The 25-year-old has been rewarded a new deal after successfully returning from injury which ruled him out for the entire 2014 campaign.
Since making his first team debut in 2007, Poynton has appeared in 33 first-class fixtures for Derbyshire, scoring 941 runs with a top score of 106 and claiming 87 dismissals behind the stumps.
The former England Under-19 international has also featured heavily in the one-day arena for the county, competing in 39 fixtures and hitting 224 runs.
Poynton returned to action during the Club’s pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi, sponsored by Briggs of Burton, and will be available for the start of the 2015 campaign.
Record-breaking New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is relishing his return to Derbyshire, as he arrived for his first day of training today.
Guptill has arrived in Derby in time to feature in this weekend’s trip to play Cambridge MCCU at Fenner's Cricket Ground, and then up to three LV= County Championship fixtures.
He enjoyed a dazzling World Cup this year as he helped the Kiwi’s reach the final. Guptill scored an unbeaten 237 off just 163 balls in the quarter-final clash with West Indies, which included 11 sixes and 24 fours, and he finished the tournament as the highest run-scorer with 547 runs at an average of 68.37.
And Guptill is looking for a repeat of his previous spell last time out in 2012, where he played his part in a successful promotion campaign.
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