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#CWC15 Report: Ali ton helps England down Scotland

EnglandScotlandMoeen Ali's century led England to a 119-run victory over Scotland and a first victory of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Moeen scored 128 and shared 172 for the first wicket with Ian Bell, who contributed 54. But, when they were parted, England could only manage 131 runs in the final 20 overs as they posted 303-8.

Still, it was too many for Scotland, who never threatened an upset, despite Kyle Coetzer's 71, and were bowled out for 184, with Steven Finn taking 3-26.

England now sit fifth in Pool A with two points and are back in action on Saturday evening (10pm GMT) versus Sri Lanka. 

Derbyshire's 2015 campaign is just 55 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. 

The Falcons also begin their home NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May (7pm start) and join us for an explosive evening of cricket. 

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#CWC15 Report: India beat South Africa in front of 86,000 at MCG

#CWC15Shikhar Dhawan’s century helped defending champions India claim a dominant 130-run victory over South Africa in front of over 86,000 spectators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Dhawan struck 16 fours and two sixes in his innings of 137 off 146 deliveries. The opening batsman shared century stands with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, who made 79, during India’s 307 for six.  

Despite a fifty from Francois du Plessis, that total proved well beyond South Africa’s reach as they were dismissed for 177 in the 41st over, Ravichandran Ashwin taking 3-41. 

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, claimed their first victory of the 2015 Cricket World Cup with a four-wicket win against Afghanistan.

Chasing 233 to win, Mahela Jayawardene anchored the innings with 100 and, after Angelo Mathews made 44 in a 126-run fifth-wicket stand, Thisara Perera’s unbeaten 47 off 26 deliveries led Sri Lanka home with 10 balls to spare.

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Madsen targeting England call-up

Wayne MadsenWayne Madsen says he hopes to grab the attention of the England selectors after completing his residency in the United Kingdom.

Derbyshire’s South African-born Captain, who is now available for England selection, joined the Club in 2009 and has since featured in 193 games scoring over 8,500 runs.

Madsen says his focus is to score heavy runs for Derbyshire and hopes a successful summer will put him in the frame for an international call-up.

“I am really honoured and excited to be qualified for England,” Madsen said.

“This has always been on my mind since I moved here. I committed myself to playing cricket over here with Derbyshire and it’s exciting now to be available to play for England.

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#CWC15 Report: New Zealand thrash England in Wellington

MartinGuptillDerbyshire’s Martin Guptill hit a run-a-ball 22 as New Zealand maintained their perfect start to the 2015 Cricket World Cup with victory over England in Wellington.

Tim Southee was the star man with the ball as he returned the best One-Day International figures ever by a Kiwi, claiming 7-33 to dismiss England for just 123 inside 34 overs.

It was only the fourth time a bowler has claimed seven wickets in a World Cup match.

Brendon McCullum (77 off 25 balls) then smashed an 18-ball half-century, the fastest in World Cup history, to propel New Zealand to their target in just 12.2 overs.

Guptill fell just before the winning runs were scored for a composed 22, which included three boundaries.

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Davis targeting England Under-19s debut

Will DavisCricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate Will Davis is hopeful of making his bow for the England Under-19s after being selected in the squad to tour Australia next month.

Davis has been included in a 16-man squad to face Australia Under-19s for a four-day match taking place at the WACA from April 6 – 9, followed by one-day fixtures on April 13 and 15 in Bunbury, and 18, 21 and 24 at Murdoch University.

The 19-year-old was named Academy Player of the Year at last seasons’ Awards Evening after captaining the Academy side in 2014 and impressing while in action for the Second XI. He was awarded with a summer contract for the 2015 season and has been training with the first-team squad over the winter.

The fast bowler was on the England Development Programme (EDP) at the back end of 2014 and did enough to earn his Under 19s call-up.

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Madsen completes England qualification

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen has completed his residency in the United Kingdom and will now lead the county as an England qualified cricketer.

The South Africa-born batsman, who is now available for England selection, joined Derbyshire in 2009 and since featured in 193 games for the Club in all competitions scoring over 8,500 runs.

He was named Club Captain in 2010 and signed a new contract ahead of the 2014 campaign committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season.

In his first full season as Captain, Madsen led his young side to the LV= County Championship Division Two title and has gone on to surpass 1,000 first-class runs in both seasons since.

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Madsen and Taylor visit Mickleover Primary

Taylor and MadsenWayne Madsen and Tom Taylor paid a visit to Mickleover Primary School as part of the Club’s community initiative.

Excited youngsters were given the opportunity to enjoy a game of Kwik Cricket with the Derbyshire duo as well as ECB qualified coaches from the Derbyshire Cricket Board (DCB).

There was also a chance for the children to ask Taylor and Madsen questions about life as a professional cricketer and their hopes for 2015, before getting posters and other items autographed.

“It’s a great opportunity for us as players and a Club to get out into the local community,” Madsen said.

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Madsen pays surprise visit to Derbyshire Members

WayneMadsenTwo Derbyshire Members received a once in a lifetime visit from Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen as he personally delivered their 2015 Memberships. 

Members who purchased their 2015 Membership before the February 1st Early Bird deadline were entered into a draw to have their Memberships delivered in person by Madsen. 

Paul and Elaine Pritchard, from Mickleover, were the lucky winners and received their visit from the Derbyshire Captain on Tuesday afternoon. 

The couple, who have been Members at the Club since 2010, were delighted to received the unexpected visit and took the opportunity to chat to Madsen about pre-season training and their hopes for 2015.

Watch below the moment Madsen surprised Mr and Mrs Pritchard:

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#CWC15 Report: New Zealand make it two from two

MartinGuptillNew Zealand made it two wins out of two at the 2015 Cricket World Cup with a three-wicket win over Scotland at Dunedin.

Derbyshire’s Martin Guptill, opening the batting, hit 17 off 14 balls before Kane Williamson top scored with 38 as the Black Caps chased down 142 inside 25 overs, with three wickets remaining. 

New Zealand top group A with four points, with Australia close behind on two. Sri Lanka, England and Scotland are all yet to register a point.

Guptill is back in action on Friday morning (1am GMT) as New Zealand face England at Wellington.

Guptill will be back in Derbyshire colours this summer. The top-order batsman will be available for the opening six LV= County Championship matches and three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, before joining New Zealand ahead of their One-Day International (ODI) series versus England in June.

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