Derbyshire Falcons v Hampshire Royals at Derby on 26th August: YB40 League: Group B
By John Brown
Derbyshire played their last match in this competition against last year’s winners on a warm, sunny day. Hampshire won the toss and decided to bat against an unchanged Derbyshire team.
They got off to the expected brisk start and, after the compulsory first eight overs of Powerplay, Hampshire had reached 57 for the loss of only one wicket.
They continued to make good progress although a couple of very tidy overs from Ali Evans and the spin of David Wainwright, and later Tom Knight, gradually reduced the run-rate. With five overs remaining Derbyshire had restricted the visitors to a very creditable 167 for five. Hampshire took their second Powerplay and Dawson and Mascarenhas hit boldly and added a further fifty-two runs before they closed on 219 for seven.
Although Derbyshire lost Durston at the end of the sixth over, Chesney Hughes and Paul Borrington played very well in adding sixty runs from just over ten overs. Billy Godleman joined Hughes and the runs kept coming at the desired rate. It now seemed only a matter of time before Derbyshire reached their target, but Hampshire introduced the very slow occasional spin of Carberry and the batsmen did not deal as well with this or the left-arm spin of Dawson at the other end as well as they and their supporters would have liked.
Essex Eagles v Derbyshire Falcons at Colchester on 25th August: Yorkshire Bank 40: Group B
With their main concern now resting on the Championship programme, Derbyshire rested several of their leading players for this 40-over match.
Following very heavy rain on the previous day, the sun shone at Colchester and captain Wes Durston invited Essex to bat first. Tony Palladino led the attack and bowled his eight overs straight through for an economical 27 runs.
When he had finished his spell after sixteen overs Essex had reached 66 for two, and Derbyshire had every reason to feel satisfied with their efforts thus far. Gradually, however, the lack of experience amongst the more junior Derbyshire bowlers became evident and the strong Essex hitters were able to take advantage during the last six overs when they added 78 runs to take the final total to a daunting 259. Ravi Bopara top-scored for Essex as he hit a dominant 88 (87 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes).
If Derbyshire were to challenge this target, they would need a good start, but both openers fell during the first four overs. Billy Godleman played what was probably his best innings of the season so far, but he lost three partners before the end of the thirteenth over. Alex Hughes joined Godleman and they doubled the score from 52 for five, but by now any realistic chance of overtaking the Essex score had gone.
David Wainwright also played a useful innings in helping to add another 37, but the innings folded almost as soon as Derbyshire took their batting Powerplay with the last three wickets falling in six balls. Godleman had batted for 74 balls in compiling his encouragingly responsible sixty.
Derbyshire v Middlesex at Derby on 20nd, 21st, 22nd, 23rd August: LV= County Championship: Division One
By John Brown
Following the win in their previous LV= County Championship match against Sussex, Derbyshire fielded an unchanged team, again, therefore, made up of a comparatively young and inexperienced side.
Wayne Madsen was pleased when Middlesex won the toss and asked Derbyshire to bat first since that was what he was hoping to do anyway.
Derbyshire lost only one wicket in the pre-lunch session and it was not until the forty-fifth over that the second wicket fell. Ben Slater had looked very sound in his comparatively new role as opener – when he edged one to the wicketkeeper he had faced 142 balls for his 53. Another wicket fell quickly, but Madsen was batting with his usual control and determination. When he reached 49 he became the first player in the country to reach one thousand runs in Championship cricket in 2013. The accolades he received for this achievement were thoroughly well deserved.
Richard Johnson and Alex Hughes both gave Madsen good support and both contributed 33 runs from 58 balls – an odd coincidence. Peter Burgoyne stayed with his Captain until the close which was taken at 279 for six, Madsen by now having reached his sixteenth first-class century in 204 balls.
The second morning started badly for Derbyshire as two wickets fell in the first two overs. Fortunately Tim Groenewald chose this day to bat with unusual panache: he dominated a ninth-wicket partnership of 66 runs by hitting nine fours in his 48-ball innings of 49 and helped Derbyshire to gain what had looked to be an unlikely fourth batting point (with two balls to spare). Just to add to Middlesex’s irritation at these late runs, Mark Footitt helped Madsen to add a further 35 from five overs for the last wicket.
Derbyshire’s final score of 385 after being put in to bat was more than satisfactory. It looked even better when Sam Robson, having just become the second batsman to reach 1,000 championship runs in the season, was caught at slip off Groenewald just before lunch.
Second XI Championship - Durham v Derbyshire, August 21st, 22nd, 23rd 2013; Middlesbrough Cricket Club
A century from Scott Elstone and a five-wicket haul from Wes Durston helped Derbyshire claim a nine-wicket win in their final 2nd XI Championship fixture of the season.
Four wickets from David Wainwright (4-43) and a blistering hundred from Scott Elstone (110) helped the visitors seal a 115-run first innings lead at Middlesbrough.
Wes Durston (5-53) was the pick of the bowlers on the penultimate day, claiming a five-wicket haul, before Paul Borrington (27 not out) and Elstone (30 not out) guided the visitors to their winning target for the loss of one wicket on Day Three.
Victory ensured Stephen Stubbings’ side will finish second in the 2nd XI Championship North table.
After losing the toss, Wainwright led the way with the ball for Derbyshire on the opening morning. The 28-year-old removed both openers in quick succession on the way to claiming impressive figures of 4-43 from his 24.3 overs.
The remaining six wickets were shared between Alasdair Evans (3-30) and Durston (3-22) as Durham were all out for 208 in the 86th over.
Second XI One-Day Trophy - Durham v Derbyshire, August 20th 2013; Middlesborough Cricket Club
Derbyshire Seconds secured a 21-run win against Durham in their one-day Trophy fixture at Middlesborough.
Half centuries from Billy Godleman (50), Paul Borrington (51) and Scott Elstone (58) helped the visitors post 225-6 off their 40 overs. Durham started their reply with a 75-run opening stand, but three wickets apiece from Mark Turner and David Wainwright help dismiss the hosts for 203 to hand Stephen Stubbings’ side victory.
After winning the toss, Paul Borrington chose to bat first on a pitch that looked as though it would be helpful to the spin bowlers later in the match.Openers Godleman and Borrington produced an excellent opening stand adding 106 runs for the first wicket. This superb stand was followed by a quick-fire 58 off 35 balls by Scott Elstone to move Derbyshire onto 188-5 in the 36th over.
Some lusty blows down the order from Tom Knight (22 not out) and Turner (11 not out) helped the visitors get up to 225-6 in their innings.
Durham also had a useful start to their innings with their first three batsmen all recording scores in the mid-30s. The openers added 75 runs before Wainwright removed Singh for 35.
Academy back to winning ways at the Park
The Cricket Derbyshire Academy, sponsored by the University of Derby, came out on top in their latest Premier Challenge game against Lullington Park on Sunday.
After an additional and intense fielding session as part of the pre-match warm-up, captain Ben Cotton lost the toss and the Academy were invited to bat first.
Although Mykylo Bird was given out LBW early on, Tom Hamilton and Michael Mitchell added 79 for the second wicket, with both players running well and putting away the bad ball.
When Mitchell fell to an athletic catch, Rahib Ali joined Hamilton and they put on 115 for the third wicket before Ali was out for a fluent 46.
Hamilton completed an excellent hundred soon after and at the end of 50 overs the Academy had reached 259 for 6, which was always likely to be a very competitive score. Paul Dawson was the pick of the Lullington bowlers with 2 for 43 off 10 overs.
In response, the Lullington Park innings started poorly with both openers back in the pavilion after a good opening spell from Cotton and Jonathan Marsden.
Derbyshire Falcons v Durham Dynamos at Derby on 15 August: Yorkshire Bank 40 League: Group B
By John Brown
Derbyshire Falcons chose a young inexperienced team to face a Durham Dynamos side which were desperate to win in order to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the semi-final stage of the competition. Durham won the toss and asked Derbyshire to bat first.
Things didn't go too well at first as Derbyshire slipped to 36 for three in the eighth over. At this point Richard Johnson joined the ever-reliable Wayne Madsen. They batted quietly and sensibly at first although Johnson soon started playing some strong shots through the covers.
This pair added 103-runs together before Madsen mishit an attempted pull from Paul Collingwood to be caught at mid-on. Johnson followed in the same over to make Derbyshire’s score 140 for five with thirteen overs remaining. It was important now that Derbyshire did not throw away the much improved position and all the remaining batsmen made a small contribution to ensure their team used all forty overs.
Tony Palladino, making a welcomed return after several weeks recovering from injury, hit Chris Rushworth for three fours and a six in one over. Derbyshire’s final score of 217 for eight was certainly more than had looked likely at one stage.
There was a sharp shower during the interval between innings, but it quickly cleared and play was able to resume on time after the twenty-five minute break.
Lancashire Lighnting v Derbyshire Falcons at Old Trafford on 13th August: YB40: Group B
By John Brown
Since Derbyshire were no longer able to qualify for a semi-final place in this competition, they decided to give the opportunity for to several of their promising young players to show what they could do.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was rested rather than risk aggravating a slight twinge. Plenty of mid-day rain cleared in time for a prompt start at 3.40pm and Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to bat first.
It was soon clear that this was not a pitch on which runs could be scored easily, and Derbyshire were made to work hard by all the main Lancashire bowlers. As they tried to force the pace they lost wickets and, when they reached 92 for six after twenty-five overs, the position looked quite desperate. Four of these wickets had fallen to the spin of Arron Lilley at a personal cost of only thirty runs.
It was at this point that David Wainwright, recently recalled to the team, joined his captain and they stayed together for 12.3 overs. During this time they added an invaluable eighty runs, both of them playing with good sense and some flair. By the time they were separated at 172 for seven, they had both recorded career-best scores in this format of the game.
Surrey v Derbyshire Falcons at The Kia Oval on 11th August: Yorkshire Bank 40 League: Group B
By John Brown
Derbyshire resumed their campaign in this competition, after a break of almost eight weeks, with a trip to London. Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to have first use of a good batting pitch at the Oval. Vikram Solanki captained Surrey instead of Gareth Batty who was rested.
Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston started quickly with the latter being the early aggressor. Although only four runs came from the first two overs the fifty came up from fewer than another five overs. Durston was caught by the wicket-keeper from a skyer at the end of his nineteen-ball innings. Now Paul Borrington joined Hughes and this pair added 123 from the next eighteen overs. Hughes hit six fours and four sixes in his run-a-ball innings of eighty before he was caught at long-on.
Borrington batted busily, placing the ball well and running quickly between the wickets. He and Shivnarine Chanderpaul put on 45 in six more overs, but now wickets began to fall as Derbyshire pushed for an acceleration in the last ten overs.
They lost three wickets in one over, bowled by de Bruyn, as the score slipped from 258 for five to 262 for eight. Fortunately Tim Groenewald was seeing the ball well and he was able to club thirteen off the last four balls of the innings to take his own score to an unbeaten 27 from only thirteen balls and thus help Derbyshire to a formidable 294 for nine.
Surrey also started well but, when their second wicket fell at 69 from twelve overs, Derbyshire had reason to feel satisfied with their early progress although, if a straightforward skyer from Harinath had been held before he had reached twenty, their progress might well have been checked still further.
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