New Zealand survived a late collapse to beat Australia by one wicket in a thrilling World Cup Pool A game and maintain their perfect start to the competition.
Chasing 152 to win, the Kiwis slipped from 131-4 to 146-9 as Mitchell Starc claimed 6-28.
However, Kane Williamson (45 not out) hit Pat Cummins for six to seal victory with 26.5 overs to spare in a wonderfully tense climax at Eden Park in Auckland. Derbyshire’s Martin Guptill contributed 11 in the low-scoring contest.
Earlier, Australia lost eight wickets for 26 runs as they were bowled out for 151, with Trent Boult claiming 5-27.
"I was always going to try and hit a boundary at the end as I didn't want to leave it too long," Williamson told Test Match Special after hitting the winning runs.
AB de Villiers hit the fastest ever 150 in one-day internationals as South Africa condemned West Indies to a crushing 257-run defeat in Sydney.
De Villiers took 64 deliveries to reach 150, beating the previous best, set by Australia's Shane Watson, by 19 balls. He finished 162 not out from 66 balls as South Africa made 408-5, the second-highest total in World Cups.
Imran Tahir took 5-45 as West Indies were 151 all out to equal the heaviest World Cup defeat by runs.
Only last month, De Villiers hit the fastest-ever ODI hundred against the same team in Johannesburg, from 31 balls. In that same innings, South Africa's captain also set the record for the fastest fifty in ODIs, from 16 balls.
Derbyshire's 2015 campaign is just 50 days away and excitement is building for the new season, which begins with the visit of Lancashire on Sunday 19 April at The 3aaa County Ground.
World Cup debutants Afghanistan defeated Scotland by one wicket with just three balls remaining to secure a historic win in Dunedin.
Samiullah Shenwari was the hero for Afghanistan, falling just four runs short of his first List A century as he spearheaded his side’s exciting chase.
Scotland set their opponents 211 to win in a relatively low-scoring game at the University Oval with Afghani Shapoor Zadran taking figures of 4-38.
With help from opener Javed Ahmadi (51 from 51 balls), Shenwari held down Afghanistan’s innings throughout much of the run-chase, but it was left to Zadran (pictured above) to strike the winning runs and spark unrivalled joy in the Afghani camp.
Strength & Conditioning Coach Dr Jamie Tallent says the squad are the fittest they have ever been as preparations for the new season enter the final phase.
The players have been in training at The 3aaa County Ground since the start of November building towards the start of the 2015 campaign, which begins with the visit of Lancashire on Sunday 19 April.
Tallent has been pleased with the squad’s work over the winter and says they will reap the benefits come April.
“The improvement is year-on-year in terms of fitness levels,” Tallent said.
“I would like to think we will be streets ahead of other counties. This year is the hardest I have ever seen the lads work.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club acknowledges the verdict of today’s inquest in relation to the tragic death of Keith Poynton on Friday 4 April.
Putting the inquest behind them is an important next stage for Tom Poynton and his family as they continue to adjust to life without Keith.
The Club continue to offer every support to Tom who, after an extensive period of injury rehabilitation, is now back in full training with Club in preparation for the new season.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club will make no further comment at this time and ask that the privacy of Keith’s family and friends is respected.
Ireland edged out United Arab Emirates by two wickets in the latest of a string of thrilling World Cup fixtures.
Wicket-keeper batsman Gary Wilson top-scored for the Irish with 80 and was ably assisted by Kevin O’Brien who struck a half-century from just 25 balls.
After being put in to bat, UAE set Ireland 279 to win in Brisbane thanks largely to a century by Shaiman Anwar at better than a-run-a-ball.
It was an engaging chase by Ireland and they eventually reached their target when George Dockrell hit the winning runs with just four balls to spare.
Chris Gayle hit the highest World Cup score ever of 215 during a 372-run stand with Marlon Samuels – the highest partnership in a World Cup match – to help West Indies defeat Zimbabwe by 73 runs.
Gayle spearheaded the West Indies innings alongside Samuels who also struck three-figures to finish unbeaten on 133 as West Indies set Zimbabwe 373 to win in Canberra.
Despite the best efforts of Sean Williams (76 from 61 balls) Zimbabwe fell 73 runs short with Gayle also picking up figures of 2-35 to further cement his Man of the Match award.
Derbyshire's 2015 campaign is just 53 days away and excitement is building for the new season, which begins with the visit of Lancashire on Sunday 19 April at The 3aaa County Ground.
Colin Graves has been elected for the role of England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman following a successful proposal from Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has today announced that the 41 members of the ECB have formally approved the constitutional changes proposed by the Board earlier this month; and that Colin Graves has been elected as its next Chairman.
The Yorkshire Chairman and current ECB Deputy Chairman will succeed Giles Clarke who has been ECB Chairman since 2007. The change will take effect following the ECB Annual General Meeting in May.
Grant said: “Colin is the ideal candidate to take on the role of chairman of the ECB.
Derbyshire is hosting a charity auction on the Club’s Twitter account to raise money for the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation and the Abu Dhabi pre-season tour, sponsored by Briggs of Burton.
Beginning on Tuesday 24 February, the Club will be putting up a different piece of Derbyshire memorabilia each day until the Players’ Luncheon on Wednesday 4 March.
A selection of unique cricket and Derbyshire-specific items will be available, including a Mark Footitt signed England shirt and a bat autographed by England Captain Alastair Cook.
In addition to the item purchased, the winning bidder will also receive two tickets to Derbyshire’s first home NatWest T20 Blast fixture in 2015, versus Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May (6.30pm start).
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