Match Reports

LV=CC REPORT: Derbyshire v Kent

Derbyshire v Kent at Derby on 11 to 14 May: LV=County Championship: Division Two
By John Brown 

Play was due to start on time on the first day of Derbyshire’s fourth championship match of the season but, after Kent had won the toss and chosen to field first, the rain started and the start was delayed.  

There were several attempts to play during the day, but regular showers ruled that possibility out and at 3.45pm the umpires decided that there could be no play on the first day.

The miserable weather continued on the second day so it came as something of a surprise when play was able to get under way at 2.35pm. Derbyshire had made four changes from their previous team which had failed to perform as expected against Worcestershire: Scott Elstone came in for his first-class debut after scoring a double-hundred in his previous second XI match; Alex Hughes came in for his namesake, Chesney; Paul Borrington had made two hundreds recently so came in to open the batting, while Gareth Cross, recently of Lancashire, was selected as Derbyshire’s third wicket-keeper of the season.

They started badly against the seam attack of Australian Doug Bollinger and later the consistent medium-pace of Darren Stevens.   After twenty-two overs they had reached 38 for the loss of the top four batsmen in the order.

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2ND XI T20 REPORT: Derbyshire v Lancashire (Friendly)

Second XI T20 (2) Friendly: Derbyshire v Durham: Monday 5 May 2014 at Glossop Cricket Club

Derbyshire Second XI claimed a victory and a narrow defeat in their two Twenty20 friendlies against Lancashire at Glossop Cricket Club.

Derbyshire again fielded a strong side with a majority of the First Team bowlers featuring in the two Twenty20 fixtures.

In Game One, Derbyshire batted first and posted 124-7 off their 20 overs, with Tony Palladino top-scoring with 30 while Ben Slater added 28 and Paul Borrington chipped in with 24.

In reply, Lancashire reached the victory target with two balls to spare. David Wainwright was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-17 off four overs, while Tim Groenewald (2-37 off four overs) picked up two wickets.

In Game Two, Derbyshire posted 161-7 off their allotted overs thanks to an unbeaten half-century from opener Ben Slater (52 not out) and a quick-fire 36 from Palladino.

In reply, Lancashire closed on 157-7 as Derbyshire sealed a four-run win. Palladino (1-15 off three overs), Groenewald (1-24 off three overs), Wainwright (1-26 off three) and Matt Higginbottom (1-16 off three overs) all claimed a wicket apiece as part a fine all-round fielding performance.

2ND XI T20 REPORT: Derbyshire v Durham (Friendly)

Second XI T20 (2) Friendly: Derbyshire v Durham: Monday 5 May 2014 at Glossop Cricket Club

Derbyshire Second XI claimed back-to-back victories against Durham in two Twenty20 friendlies at Glossop Cricket Club.

Derbyshire selected a strong line-up for both fixtures with a number of first team players featuring for John Sadler’s side.

In Game One, Derbyshire posted 203-5 off their 20 overs with Stephen Moore (54), Wes Durston (27), Chesney Hughes (44) and Billy Godleman (35) all making useful contributions.

In reply, Durham closed on 190-7 as Derbyshire claimed a 13-run victory. Alex Hughes was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 3-30 off his four overs, while Ben Cotton (2-33 off four overs) picked up two wickets.

In Game Two, Derbyshire were dismissed for 143 with Chesney Hughes top scoring with 39 while Jonathan Clare added 33.

The Derbyshire bowlers were outstanding in reply, dismissing their visitors for just 95 to hand Derbyshire a 48-run win.

All-rounder Durston was the pick of the bowlers finishing with impressive figures of 3-18 off four overs, while Tom Knight also claimed three wickets with figures of 3-7 off 1.4 overs. Cotton (1-11 off two overs), Chesney Hughes (1-25 off four overs) and Alex Hughes (1-25 off three overs) all claimed a wicket apiece. 

LV=CC REPORT: Worcestershire v Derbyshire

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.

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ACADEMY REPORT: Derbyshire v Alvaston and Boulton

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.

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LV=CC REPORT: Derbyshire v Hampshire

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.  

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LV=CC REPORT: Essex v Derbyshire

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.  

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REPORT: Derbyshire v Durham MCCU

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.  

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Match Report: Derbyshire v Warwickshire

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.

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