Cheteshwar Pujara revealed that words of encouragement from partner Billy Godleman helped him play a match winning role against Surrey at the Kia Oval.
Pujara ended unbeaten on 90 from just 105 balls during an unbroken 154-run partnership with centurion Billy Godleman (104 not out) as Graeme Welch’s men chased down 251 to seal their fourth LV= County Championship win in five fixtures.
“I thought about it yesterday when we had to chase 251 and thought this was the perfect time to come forward,” Pujara said.
“I was batting really well in the nets, to be honest, it was just that I was not getting a start.
“When I went in, I was timing the ball well and there wasn’t much swing, so I thought if I play my natural game and if the ball is there, I will just go for it.
Billy Godleman thanked Derbyshire for keeping the faith after posting his first century for the county at the Kia Oval.
Opening batsman Godleman batted throughout the day to finish 104 not out (9 four, 1 six), his sixth first-class hundred, and steer his side to an eight-wicket win at the Kia Oval – Derbyshire’s fifth four-day victory of the season.
“It feels wonderful to play a part in winning a game for Derbyshire," Godleman said.
"The conditions were really tough this morning – it was obviously overcast and the ball swung. There has been a little bit of uneven bounce in the wicket all game, but we stuck to our task well and fought hard to get the win.
Billy Godleman’s century helped Derbyshire complete their highest ever successful run chase against Surrey, as the visitors claimed an eight-wicket win inside three days at the Kia Oval.
Alongside Cheteshwar Pujara, Godleman built an unbroken match-winning stand for the third wicket of 154, as Graeme Welch’s men chased down 251 before tea on Day Three.
Fellow opener Ben Slater also scored an important 45 in a 94-run opening partnership with Godleman to set up the chase. This before Pujara, after two quick wickets, took the initiative away from the hosts hitting an unbeaten 90 from just 105 balls to complete Derbyshire's fifth LV= County Championship victory of the season.
The Spirit of Cricket Derbyshire Award has been launched for 2014 and will be presented annually at Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s Player of the Year Awards evening.
It will be handed out for the first time at the 2014 event on Saturday 27 September.
The new prize has been created in association with Briggs of Burton plc, who have provided the new trophy in memory of the late Keith Poynton; former Director of the company and father of Derbyshire wicketkeeper Tom.
The winner will also receive a hand tooled commemorative leather briefcase, a sterling silver Scottish Quake and a pair of sterling silver cufflinks, all items made to a unique design that only the winners of this award will ever receive.
The trophy will be awarded each season under criteria that includes: demonstrating the Cricket Derbyshire values of professionalism, integrity, ambition, passion, innovation and achievement – as well as the MCC criteria of outstanding sportsmanship, fair play and respect for captains, opponents, umpires and the traditional values of the game.
It is inscribed Spirit of Cricket Derbyshire - Fac Quod Promisisti (do what you promised) – in Memoriam Keith Poynton (1957 – 2014).
Harvey Hosein became the first Derbyshire wicketkeeper to take 11 dismissals in a match, as Surrey were dismissed for 279 on Day Two at the Kia Oval.
Hosein, who is making his first-class debut, claimed four catches during Surrey's second innings to take his tally to a record-breaking 11 in the match, beating the previous best by a Derbyshire wicketkeeper of 10 jointly held by Bob Taylor (1963) and Harry Elliott (1935).
The 18-year-old's 11 match dismissals also equaled the record by any wicketkeeper on first-class debut.
Hosein's haul, plus three wickets apiece for Mark Footitt (3-62) and David Wainwright (3-62), helped dismiss Surrey for 279 just before stumps to set Derbyshire 251 to win, with two days still remaining.
Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton says his off-field experience this summer can only help him as he plans for a full winter of pre-season training ahead of the 2015 season.
Poynton missed the entire 2014 season due to injury, but the 24-year-old has still been around the Club leading the newly-formed Cricket Derbyshire India Club plus a host of other commercial initiatives.
Poynton now, however, has his sights on a return to competitive action as he targets a full winter programme, which begins at the start of November.
Mark Footitt took six wickets to blow Surrey away for 181 on Day One of the LV= County Championship fixture at the Kia Oval.
Footitt extended his career-best season tally to 74 first-class wickets with a sensational spell of fast bowling that garnered six Surrey wickets in his 10 over stint after lunch.
Surrey skipper Gary Wilson was the only batsman to offer any resistance top-scoring with a quick-fire 70 as he helped add 51 runs for the final wicket, as the hosts recovered from 130-9 to 181 all out.
On his first-class debut, Harvey Hosein enjoyed a memorable day as the 18-year-old took seven catches to became the youngest wicketkeeper to achieve such feat in the Championship and equal Derbyshire's record of seven catches in an innings by a wicketkeeper.
Sandiacre Town Cricket Club are Royal London Club Championship National champions, after skipper Dan Wheeldon led his side to a two-wicket victory over Sunbury in the final at Bristol on Sunday.
In a dramatic finish, Wheeldon struck a boundary to win the game with only three balls to spare, as the Derbyshire Premier League outfit chased down 198 to win, having bowled Sunbury out for 197, to claim their second national title since 2003.
John Jordison hit 25 from 20 balls, and returned 2-21, to claim the man of the match award, whilst Marius Conway-Jones (4-32) also made a vital contribution to secure a two-wicket victory.
Star India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara joined pupils at Dale Primary School as well as the Mayor of Derby City, Cllr Shiraz Khan and the Leader of Derby City Council, Ranjit Banwait, to launch the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation and endorse the Heart of Cricket Project.
The Heart of Cricket project, funded by a Healthy Heart grant from national charity Heart Research UK and sandwich franchise SUBWAY® stores, uses the power of cricket to show how diet choices and being active contribute to having a healthy heart.
Pujara and was joined by Derbyshire Captain and Heart of Cricket project ambassador Wayne Madsen at Dale Primary. Following a classroom session focusing on Heart Health, both players were able to join in a fun cricket session to demonstrate the effect of physical activity on the body.
The project, which has taken place between April and September this year, has reached out to 20 primary schools across Derby City promoting healthy heart living.
It has reached over 1,200 children to help them recognise that bad lifestyle choices can result in heart disease, and convince get youngsters and their families across the city to improve their diets and get more active.
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