Tony Palladino claimed his 150th first-class wicket for the county on his way to completing a five-wicket haul, as Derbyshire restricted Kent to 259-8 on the opening day at Canterbury.
Kent batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond marked his 30th first-class appearance with a patient hundred scored in a shade over five-and-a-half hours and with only 11 boundaries, as Kent posted two batting bonus points on a tinder-dry pitch.
The young right-hander fell for 101 late in the day, caught on the crease and palpably leg before, to become the last of Palladino’s deserved haul for five for 54 for the visitors.
Having helped post 48 for the first wicket Kent lost skipper Rob Key (34) in the game’s first over of spin when, in advancing down the pitch to David Wainwright (2-73), Key missed a turning delivery to be stumped by Gareth Cross.
Ben Harmison (17) lunged in defence at Wainwright to be caught behind and send Kent in to lunch on 89 for two and, soon after the resumption, Brendan Nash (21) was left to rue his late decision to shoulder arms to a Palladino in-swinger that trimmed off stump.
Derbyshire return to red ball action on Sunday as they continue their LV= County Championship campaign against Kent at Canterbury; 11am start.
The two sides had to settle for a draw in their first meeting earlier this season, as a rain-affected four days washed out any hopes of a result at The 3aaa County Ground.
Kent enter the fixture on the back of an innings defeat against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium, despite five wickets for young spinner Adam Riley.
Graeme Welch has named an unchanged side for the LV= County Championship clash at The Spitfire Ground.
Glamour Model Maria Fowler and 30 of her girlfriends are attending Ladies’ Night at The 3aaa County Ground for the NatWest T20 Blast fixture versus Birmingham Bears.
And the Derby based former The Only Way is Essex star is urging other local ladies to join their Dads and partners to get involved and enjoy the best summer night out in Derbyshire.
The Fan of the Match competition, usually two tickets to the next match, has been upgraded to include a bottle of pink champagne and a £100 gift voucher for the Breadsall Priory Health and Beauty Spa.
It will go to the best dressed lady, as adjudicated by the Club’s cheerleading squad, the Falconettes.
The Pimm’s will be flowing; there will be live music before and after the game and the explosive summer entertainment will be provided by an all-star cast of international and top county cricketers.
Wayne Madsen and Gareth Cross both hit half-centuries, but it was Nottinghamshire Outlaws who came out on top in a high-scoring NatWest T20 Blast clash at Trent Bridge.
After being invited to bat first, the Outlaws scored 206-5, as Riki Wessels hit the second highest score ever by a Nottinghamshire batsman in Twenty20 cricket, 95 not out off 51 balls (10 fours, 4 sixes),
The visitors could only reach 179-7 in reply, with Madsen making 65 and Cross 54 as part of a 103-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Fittingly, Wessels hit his highest score of his T20 career in his 100th innings in the format. The 28-year old raced to his 50 from just 29 balls and paced himself with an innings that eventually became match-defining, after Notts had lost both openers.
Phil Jaques had been bowled by Mark Footitt in the third over and then Alex Hales soon followed to Chesney Hughes' slow left arm spin and a good catch at long-off by Tony Palladino.
Tim Groenewald has joined Somerset on loan for the rest of the season.
Groenewald recently advised Derbyshire of his intention to leave the Club when his contract expires at the end of the current campaign.
Having declined the offer of a contract extension, Derbyshire have agreed for the 30-year-old to join Somerset on loan for the remainder of the season and subsequently on a permanent deal.
Groenewald played 72 first-class matches for Derbyshire and took 229 wickets, at an average of 29. He also took 103 wickets in limited-overs formats and was capped by the Club in 2011.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: "Tim has been a terrific player for Derbyshire and we respect his decision to move on. We wish him and his family all the best for the future.
As we continue to improve communications between the Club and Members, we are launching an Injury Update page.
This will give Derbyshire supporters the chance to keep up to date with any injuries to players, as well as how they are recovering and when they are expected to return.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “We have an excellent medical team at the Club, led by Head of Sports Science and Medicine Jamie Pipe.
“Most of their work goes on with players behind the scenes so this will also highlight the good work they are doing.
“Of course we will always consider player and medical confidentiality and the need sometimes to retain the element of surprise on injury returns - as unfortunately we have seen Uruguay do in the World Cup with Suarez to great effect - but we hope that the extra information and greater understanding will help our fans feel more part of the Club”.
Former England Women’s cricket star and Indian Premier League TV presenter Isa Guha will host the Cricket Derbyshire India Club Dinner on Sunday 29 June, celebrating the visit of MS Dhoni and his Indian touring Test side to Derbyshire.
Guha is a leading media personality having co-presented ITV’s coverage of the Indian Premier League (IPL), been a member of the Sky Sports NatWest T20 Blast team and the first ever female commentator for Star Sports’ coverage of India’s tour of England.
The former world number one Women's ODI bowler, who was the first female Asian to play for England, represented her country in 83 one-day international fixtures, claiming 101 wickets.
She also featured in eight Tests, claiming 29 wickets at an average of 18.93, including career-best figures of 9-100 in 2008 as England retained the Ashes down under.
Sponsored by Datron Ltd – All Day Office Supplies, Guha will join Indian legend and former captain Ravi Shastri, who will be the after dinner speaker, at the Cricket Derbyshire India Club Dinner, held in the Old Speckled Hen Marquee, ahead of the visit of MS Dhoni’s India touring Test side.
Derbyshire Falcons continue their NatWest T20 Blast campaign against local rivals Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge on Friday 20 June; 6pm start.
Chesney Hughes, Mark Footitt and David Wainwright all return to the NatWest T20 Blast matchday squad, but all-rounder Wes Durston will miss the fixture against Nottinghamshire due to injury.
The Falcons travel to Trent Bridge with the hopes of repeating last season’s result as a 25-ball unbeaten half-century from Wes Durston (5 fours, 2 sixes) and 46 off 25 balls from Chesney Hughes (6 fours, 2 sixes) guided Derbyshire to a 16-run win.
Nottinghamshire will be without England Twenty20 opener Michael Lumb due to injury, but their line-up will still contain a plethora of international talent including Alex Hales, James Taylor and Chris Read.
Wayne Madsen says the squad are fired up as they travel to Trent Bridge tomorrow for the NatWest T20 Blast fixture against local rivals Nottinghamshire; 6pm start.
The Falcons enter the fixture of the back of a narrow eight-run defeat against Worcestershire Rapids in a thrilling Twenty20 clash at The 3aaa County Ground.
And Captain Madsen says the squad will take a lot of confidence from the improved performance and hopes they can get over the line against Notts tomorrow evening.
“We’re excited and pretty high on confidence after the way we played against Worcestershire last time out,” Madsen said.
“After the match against Worcestershire it was a weird feeling. We had taken big strides and played a lot better but we weren’t quite able to get over the line.
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