Worcestershire v Derbyshire at New Road, on 27 to 30 April: LV=County Championship: Division Two
By John Brown
The start of this match was delayed by rain and a wet outfield on the first day until 4.30pm when thirty-two overs remained to be bowled.
Wayne Madsen won the toss for Derbyshire and chose to bat first: frustratingly for Derbyshire the two openers were bowled just before more rain fell so play was suspended for the day after only 3.5 overs had been bowled.
On the second morning Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul set about recovering Derbyshire’s position as they added a painstaking 75 in just over thirty overs. At this point Chanderpaul seemed unlucky to be adjudged lbw for 32. Lunch was taken at 78 for three, and within six overs of the interval another three wickets had fallen, all of them resulting from decisions which it was generally agreed might well have gone in the batsmen’s favour on another day.
While Derbyshire were suffering these misfortunes, Madsen was resisting all that the Worcestershire bowlers could produce and he was well supported at first by David Wainwright and Tony Palladino, but more especially by the in-form Tim Groenewald batting at number ten.
A magnificent hundred from George Seller helped the Cricket Derbyshire Academy claimed their second successive victory with a convincing 209-run win against Alvaston and Boulton.
Batting first, the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby posted 276-4 off their 50 overs.
Openers Tom Wood and George Seller completed a 100-run opening stand to lay the foundations for an imposing total against their Premier League counterparts.
Wood was the first man out for an excellent 51, but Seller continued his superb innings to complete his first century for the Academy before finally falling for 128. Callum Brodrick then added some valuable late runs ending the innings unbeaten on 65.
In response, Alvaston and Boulton lost a flurry of early wickets to slump to 26-5 inside 11 overs. Will Davis (2-18) claimed two wickets from his opening seven over spell, while Peat (3-10) picked up three poles in his seven over stint.
Derbyshire v Hampshire at Derby on 20 to 23 April: LV= County Championship: Division Two
By John Brown
Derbyshire played their first home Championship match of the new season against Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground - and after overnight rain there was a thirty-minute delay before the match could begin on day one.
Wayne Madsen won the toss for Derbyshire and decided to field first whereupon Hampshire were made to work hard against a mainly seam attack. Hampshire’s Captain fell early to Mark Turner, but Carberry looked in good touch, so his dismissal in the twenty-first over came as a welcome relief as he had scored 45 of the first 57 runs.
There was a brief stoppage for rain during the afternoon, but Hampshire continued to make steady progress. Smith and Gatting added a useful 67 for the fifth wicket although Smith mishit a pull from Chesney Hughes shortly before the close, taken three overs early as the light deteriorated: Hampshire 231 for five.
Nightwatchman Abbott fell straightaway on the second morning, but Gatting and Bates added a frustrating 59 for the eighth wicket before the spin of Wes Durston helped to finish the Hampshire innings on 328 just after lunch.
Derbyshire lost an early wicket, but Stephen Moore and Madsen resisted all that the Hampshire seamers could produce to add 106 runs for the second wicket. Madsen fell for a painstaking 36, and he was followed by Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Now Moore and Chanderpaul made the pitch look easier than it had been hitherto, and they were still together at the close with Derbyshire on 203 for two.
Essex v Derbyshire at Chelmsford on 13 to 16 April: LV= County Championship: Division Two
By John Brown
Derbyshire got their new LV= County Championship campaign underway against a strong Essex team with three current England players in their line-up at Chelmsford.
The hosts won the toss and chose to bat first on what was expected to be a good batting pitch. Essex started well enough before Mark Footitt, bowling with pace and accuracy, beat the defensive shot of Mickleburgh, and Tim Groenewald soon followed with the prized wicket of Cook. The score had reached 54 for two when Groenewald completed a rare hat-trick, the first of his career, as he dismissed Bopara, Greg Smith and Foakes in three balls. This quickly became 60 for seven at which point lunch was taken: it had most definitely been Derbyshire’s morning.
After the interval Groenewald and Footitt took fewer than ten overs to finish off the Essex innings, although the last pair had added a frustrating twenty. These two bowlers had taken five wickets each.
Derbyshire lost two early wickets to the consistent David Masters, but Wayne Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul stayed together for twenty-three overs while 56 runs were added for the third wicket. At this point Madsen became Masters’ third victim and Napier bowled Hughes just before the Essex total was passed. Wes Durston helped Chanderpaul to add 44 runs in twelve overs, but Durston fell just before the close, taken at 139 for five.
Derbyshire v Durham MCCU at The 3aaa County Ground on 1st to 3rd April 2014
By John Brown
Derbyshire started their first-class season at The 3aaa County Ground against Durham MCCU on a warm and sunny spring day.
Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first, after which the Derbyshire bowlers made early inroads into the students’ batting line-up. The university team included eight players who were making their first-class debuts, and they struggled against the persistent Derbyshire pace attack.
Durham were bowled out shortly before lunch for 67 with Tim Groenewald having taken five wickets for 27 runs while Mark Footitt and Jonathan Clare claimed two victims apiece.
Stephen Moore, newly recruited from Lancashire, and Billy Godleman played well together and they had added 152 for the first wicket before Moore was caught at short-leg for 73. Godleman fell a few overs later for 74, the first time he had been dismissed in 2014, after making two undefeated hundreds in the warm-up games in March.
Wayne Madsen was joined by Shivnarine Chanderpaul, recently returned from the Caribbean, and together they added sixty-one before Madsen was defeated by a ball which moved into him from the off. Chanderpaul continued to bat in typical obdurate and watchful fashion in company with Chesney Hughes: they put on 141 for the fourth wicket before Hughes was caught on the square-leg boundary for a well-crafted 53.
Derbyshire v Warwickshire at Derby on 24 to 26th September: LV= County Championship: Division One
By John Brown
Derbyshire went into this match knowing that nothing less than a good win against Warwickshire would give them any chance of maintaining their First Division status.
All seemed to be going well when Wayne Madsen won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first on an overcast morning.
Mark Footitt took two early wickets, but Javid was dropped twice before the fifty was reached. Tim Groenewald, Derbyshire’s leading wicket-taker for the season, took four more wickets while Tony Palladino had another victim to reduce Warwickshire to 148 for seven in the fiftieth over.
By now the sun was out, the ball was softer and conditions for batting seemed to be easier. Patel joined Chris Woakes and together this pair added 69 for the eighth wicket. When Warwickshire’s eighth wicket fell at 217, Derbyshire still seemed to be nicely placed, especially as Warwickshire’s last two batsmen were considered to be genuine tail-enders.
But Chambers, on loan from Essex, concentrated on defence and he stayed with Woakes until the close, by which time Warwickshire had reached 285 for eight. Woakes was dropped from an easy chance when he had reached 83 with the score on 271, but it was not realised at the time how significant this lapse might be.
Derbyshire v Durham at Derby on 11 to 14th September: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
Derbyshire went into this match knowing that it was likely to prove crucial in whether or not they would remain in the First Division in 2014.
They fielded an unchanged team from that which had beaten Somerset so narrowly in their previous match. Durham, the championship leaders and favourites to take the title, won the toss and asked Derbyshire to bat first.
When Derbyshire reached lunch on the first day having lost only one wicket, Durham were probably having second thoughts about their decision to bowl first. There was only time for one over after the lunch interval before the rain came and finished play for the day with Derbyshire on 99 for one.
Paul Borrington and Wayne Madsen had added 67 together when Madsen was out to the first ball he faced on the second morning. Now Shivnarine Chanderpaul joined Borrington and they batted with good sense and control as they took Derbyshire to a position of some strength. With the score on 206 for two Chanderpaul (128 balls) edged a ball to slip, and this brought in Richard Johnson who stayed with Borrington until the new ball was taken after eighty overs at 236 for three.
Second XI Friendly - Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire, September 4th, 5th, 6th 2013; Lady Bay
By Trevor Cottam
Derbyshire Seconds concluded a successful 2013 season with a draw in their three-day friendly away at Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire won the Toss and chose to bat first at Notts Sports Club, Lady Bay.
The hosts batted comfortably throughout the first day before declaring on 329-7 shortly before stumps. Captain Paul Franks top scored with 117, while Tilcock added 64 and Cross chipped in with an unbeaten 50.
Jonathan Marsden was the most successful Derbyshire bowler returning figures of 3-76 off his 22 overs, while Ben Cotton (2-53) picked up two wickets.
Derbyshire were left with eight overs to bat on the first day and closed 19 without loss.
On the second day, Derbyshire lost wickets at regular intervals and only scores of 37 by Scott Elstone, a timely 36 from Greg Cork and a stubborn 22 from Ben Cotton managed to raise the visitors’ total to 193 in 77 overs.
Second XI Friendly - Derbyshire v Leicestershire, August 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th 2013; The County Ground
By Trevor Cottam
After finishing second in the 2nd XI Championship North table, Derbyshire Second XI secure a 238-run victory against Leicestershire in a four-day friendly at the County Ground.
Derbyshire won the toss and chose to bat first on a Pitch that had been used before and would assist the bowlers in the later stages of the Game.
Despite useful contributions by Billy Godleman (40), Scott Elstone (39) and Wes Durston (33), the score stood at 155-6 and Derbys looked as though they would not achieve a competitive total. However, at this point Tom Knight came in to bat and hit his best score of the season with an excellent innings of 78, as the hosts posted 277 in their first innings.
The Leicestershire first innings rested on their opener Robson who made 115 out of a total of 265, giving Derbyshire a lead of 12 runs.
For Derbyshire all 10 wickets were taken by the Seam Bowlers (Jonathan Marsden 5-29, Alasdair Evans 3-65, and Ben Cotton 2-65).
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