Wayne Madsen scored his second century in two days and Mark Footitt took a five-wicket haul as Derbyshire cruised to a seven-wicket win over Leicestershire to secure successive victories in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Footitt (5-59) starred with the ball for the Falcons as they bowled economically throughout to keep Leicestershire’s run-rate below five an over as they posted 248-8 from their 50 overs, having chosen to bat first.
Derbyshire won with 29 balls to spare thanks to a second successive century for Madsen. There were also helpful contributions from Shivnarine Chanderpaul (52*) and Billy Godleman (43) as the Falcons secured victory by seven wickets.
The first wicket to fall for Leicestershire was opener Angus Robson, who edged Footitt to Durston at slip for 11 to give Derbyshire an early breakthrough.
The Foxes were effectively two down soon after when their captain Josh Cobb was forced to retire hurt on 20, having been hit on the hand by Footitt’s bouncer.
Derbyshire move onto Leicestershire after a victorious start to the Royal London One-Day Cup, having beaten Hampshire by 136 runs on Saturday at The 3aaa County Ground.
Wayne Madsen (138) and Wes Durston (134) shared a record-breaking third wicket stand, worth 222 runs, against the Royals to ensure the Falcons started the new 50-over campaign with a win.
Grace Road was the scene of Derbyshire’s first victory of the summer in all competitions, when they defeated Leicestershire by nine wickets in the LV= County Championship back in early June.
Leicestershire are likely to have New Zealand Scott Styris amongst their ranks which will also include hard-hitting batsman Joshua Cobb and former Derbyshire man Dan Redfern.
Wes Durston and Wayne Madsen shared a record third-wicket stand, both hitting centuries, as Derbyshire made a winning start to the Royal London One-Day Cup, beating Hampshire by 136 runs.
Durston scored 134 from 129 balls and Madsen 138 from 127 balls as the Falcons posted a formidable total of 340-5 after being asked to bat first by the visitors.
The record-breaking total proved far too high for Hampshire who fell 136 runs short, after being bowled out for 204 in the 35 over, with David Wainwright gaining figures of 4-34.
Durston and Billy Godleman opened for Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground but lost an early wicket when Godleman was caught at point by Glenn Maxwell off Chris Wood for five.
Scott Elstone made his return to the side after injury, coming in at three, but Matt Coles clean-bowled him without scoring.
Derbyshire Falcons begin their new Royal London One-Day Cup campaign against the Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground tomorrow (Saturday); 10.30am start – and kids go FREE!
Children can attend the game at Derby for FREE as part of the ‘Kids for FREE’ initiative. Adults wishing to come and enjoy the cricket can save £4 by buying their tickets in advance of the day of the game, just £13!
The Royal London One-Day Cup is a new-look 50-over domestic competition in which the 18 First Class Counties are divided into two groups of nine and compete for a place in a Lord’s final.
Derbyshire's first opponents are Hampshire who boast a strong one-day squad including the likes of England International Michael Carberry, big-hitting captain Jimmy Adams and exciting young spinner Danny Briggs.
Tickets will be available on the gate; however, the best value can be gained by purchasing tickets in advance of the day of the game. Kids go FREE!
Savings of up to £4 per adult ticket are available by purchasing online at derbyshireccc.com, over the phone on 0871 350 1870 or in person from The 3aaa County Ground.
Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen top-scored with 40, but Derbyshire Falcons fell short versus Worcestershire Rapids in their final NatWest T20 Blast fixture of the season.
Madsen scored 40 from just 21 balls, with four fours and two sixes, while Wes Durston (30), Gareth Cross (34) and Billy Godleman (26) all batted well alongside their skipper to put Derbyshire in the hunt of chasing down 210 for victory.
This after Worcestershire had posted 209-4 of their 20 overs, thanks to all-rounder Ross Whiteley top-scoring with an unbeaten 84.
The Falcons remained at the required run-rate for large portions of the chase, but lost late wickets and Derbyshire fell 28 runs short at New Road.
Derby College has signed a three-year partnership agreement with Derbyshire County Cricket Club as part of the Club’s first ever partnership with a college of further education.
Derby College - who have campuses located in Derby, Ilkeston and at Broomfield Hall in Morley – will be working in partnership with the Club to develop training opportunities for staff and partners, as well as creating the first ever Cricket Derbyshire Sports BTEC programme, launching in September 2014.
Working across the Cricket Derbyshire partnership, including Derbyshire Cricket Board and the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, the BTEC programme will offer a range of sport specific training and qualifications for young people from the age of 16.
As part of the agreement, Derby College will also receive branding at The 3aaa County Ground, including prominent branding around the scoreboard.
Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: “We are delighted to be working with Derby College across the Cricket Derbyshire partnership.
Trialist Michael Cranmer scored 171 on debut as Derbyshire Second XI drew their Championship fixture with Lancashire Second XI at Liverpool Cricket Club.
Cranmer, a professional for Hoylandswaine Cricket Club in the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League, made a stunning 171 from 221 balls as his side replied to Lancashire's 252 all out.
All-rounder Tom Knight made 46 and young wicketkeeper batsman Harvey Hosein, who recently signed his first professional contract with the Club, made 56, whilst Matt Higginbottom also impressed with the bat, scoring 40 not out from only 49 balls.
But it was all-rounder Cranmer, who also bowls fast-medium, who caught the eye with a stunning display as Derbyshire posted 436 all out, a first innings lead of 184.
Academy Graduate Ben Cotton had starred with the ball on Day One, taking 4-45 from 20 overs, ably assisted by Greg Cork (2-20) and Mark Turner (2-35). Liam Livingstone top-scored Lancashire with 111 from 195 balls, before Cotton enticed his edge through to Hosein behind the stumps. The hosts were eventually bowled out for 252 after deciding to bat first.
Graeme Welch says the new 50-over Royal London One-Day Cup competition will suit the Falcons as they look to get their campaign off to a winning start tomorrow (Saturday) versus Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground; 10.30am start.
The new 50-over competition replaces the 40-over tournament of last season to reflect the international game, with the same power play rules and the use of two new balls per innings, one from either end.
Welch says the squad enter the competition in a positive frame of mind after back-to-back LV= County Championship victories and hopes the side can have a good cup run.
"Naturally, we have to go into every competition in a positive frame of mind," he said.
"I think we probably have a better idea of a team that can compete in that and I think the longer game will suit us.
"We are improving in Championship cricket and there are a lot of disciplines in 50-over that are similar to Championship cricket – bowling line and lengths, seeing off a good spell.
Derbyshire Falcons travel to Worcester on Friday night for their final NatWest T20 Blast fixture of the season against Worcestershire Rapids (5.30pm start).
The Rapids will be aiming to confirm their place in the Quarter-Finals and possibly secure a home tie for the next round.
The hosts will, however, be without Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal as he resumes his international duty, but New Zealand duo Colin Munro and Mitchell McClenaghan are both available.
In the match between the two sides earlier in the summer at The 3aaa County Ground, skipper Wayne Madsen top-scored with 65, but the Falcons fell just short of Worcestershire’s total in a thrilling NatWest T20 Blast clash.
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