Sussex v Derbyshire at Hove on 2nd, 3rd and 4th August: LV= County Championship: Division One
By John Brown
An outstanding all-round performance helped Derbyshire overturn a 40-run deficit at the halfway stage to claim a stunning nine-wicket win inside three days against Sussex at Hove.
Derbyshire, and a good number of their supporters, travelled down to the south coast on the hottest day of the year to play championship-challengers, Sussex. This was the first time that Derbyshire had played a four-day match at Hove since 1996.
On a hot sticky day, Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first. Derbyshire had one of the youngest, less-experienced teams they had turned out in recent years; Matt Higginbottom was making his Championship debut, while all-rounder Alex Hughes was making his first-class debut.
Tim Groenewald and Mark Footitt made the Sussex openers work hard with some lively and accurate bowling, but it was Higginbottom who made the first breakthrough when he had Chris Nash caught at slip. Alex Hughes took the second wicket before Footitt got the home team’s Captain, Ed Joyce, to edge one to Tom Poynton, keeping wicket. Even so, with the score on 144 for three, questions might have been asked as to whether the decision to give Sussex first innings was a wise one.
Second XI Championship - Derbyshire v Glamorgan, July 30th, 31st and August 1st 2013
Five wickets on the final day from Wes Durston helped Derbyshire Seconds claim a thrilling 10-run victory against Glamorgan at the County Ground – moving Stephen Stubbings’ side top of the Second XI Championship table.
Captain Paul Borrington won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch that was expected to help the spin bowlers as the game progressed.
The hosts received good contributions from Borrington (29) and Durston (33), before an outstanding 118-run stand between Dan Redfern (44) and Scott Elstone (61) helped Derbyshire on their way to a competitive total at 221-5 in the 60th over.
Three quick wickets fell in quick succession to reduce the hosts to 275-8, however, some lusty hitting from Tom Knight – who ended unbeaten on 54 – and Jonathan Marsden (26 off 27 balls) held a 56-run stand for the ninth wicket to allow Derbyshire to retire on 331-9 in the 99th over.
Glamorgan safely navigated the last four overs without incident, closing Day One on eight without loss.
Second XI One-Day Trophy - Derbyshire v Glamorgan, July 29th 2013; The County Ground
Derbyshire Second XI suffered defeat in a rain-affected one-day Trophy fixture against Glamorgan at the County Ground.
Losing the toss and asked to bat first, Derbyshire posted 174-5 from 35 overs in a rain-shortened innings. Jonathan Clare - who got the opportunity to bat at the top of the order - hit seven fours in his knock of 41, while opening partner Billy Godleman carried his bat to top score with an unbeaten 75, which included five fours and a six.
Paul Borrington chipped in with 25 and Ben Slater added 16, as the hosts posted a competitive total despite the rain interruptions, as Glamorgan were set a revised total of 195 to win in 35 overs according to Duckworth/Lewis.
And, with rain in the air, the visitors made a quick start with Lancefield (53 not out) and Walters (22) sharing a 73-run opening stand. More rain forced another delay, resulting in Glamorgan now requiring 114 runs in 20 overs to win. But Glamorgan duly reached their victory target with eight balls to spare, thanks to the explosive hitting of Lancefield and an unbeaten 34 from Lloyd, as the visitors sealed a nine-wicket win by D/L.
Second XI Friendly - Derbyshire v Northamptonshire, July 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th 2013
Centuries from Peter Burgoyne and Ben Slater helped Derbyshire Second XI claim a convincing 232-run victory against Northamptonshire in their four-day friendly at the County Ground.
After winning the toss, Derbyshire posted 269 in their first innings after they received healthy contributions from Scott Elstone (82) and Burgoyne (72). Tom Taylor’s economical figures of 4 for 19 from his 13 overs, and 3 for 37 from Greg Cork, ensured that the hosts secured a nine-run lead after the two first innings.
The game was ultimately won in the second innings thanks to a mammoth fourth wicket partnership worth 293 runs between Slater and Burgoyne. Slater hit 18 fours and a six in his season-high unbeaten 153, while Burgoyne smashed 16 fours and five sixes in his 150 off 194 balls. This allowed Captain Paul Borrington to declare on 407-4, setting Northants 417 for victory in 108 overs.
Second XI Championship - Leicestershire v Derbyshire, July 3rd, 4th and 5th 2013
Derbyshire Second XI had to settle for a draw in their three-day Championship fixture against Leicestershire at Hastings Cricket Club.
Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat first but lost three early wickets including experienced batsmen Billy Godleman (1), Ben Slater (18) and Paul Borrington (33), to be reduced to 59-3. But partnerships between Richard Johnson (87) and Scott Elstone (28), then between the former and Chris Durham (70 not out) helped Stephen Stubbings’ side post 309 and claim maximum batting bonus points in their first innings.
Leicestershire’s left arm spinner James Sykes ended the innings with impressive figures of 7 for 80 from his 82 overs, suggesting that Derbyshire spinner Tom Knight could be very handy on this pitch. Leicestershire lost regular wickets in their reply, and only Ben Raine managed a score worthy of note with 55, as the hosts were dismissed for 179, narrowly avoiding the follow on, and giving Derbyshire a 130-run lead.
Cal Harding returned exceptional figures of 5 for 37 from his 14 overs, while Knight finished with 4 for 32 after his 14 overs, but Derbyshire suffered a setback between innings as new ball bowler Matt Higginbottom suffered a re-occurrence of a groin injury and was able to bowl again in the match.
With a 130-run lead, Derbyshire’s object was to score as quick as possible and build a large enough Total to be in a position to declare. At the close of the second day’s play, Derbyshire were 154-3, an overall lead of 284.
2nd XI Championship - Warwickshire v Derbyshire, July 24th, 25th and 26th 2013
A century from Paul Borrington – and a five-wicket haul from trialist Nathan Waller – handed the Second XI victory against Warwickshire in their three-day fixture.
After being asked to bat first, Ben Slater (33) and Borrington (27) put on 65 runs for the opening wicket at Knowle and Dorridge Cricket Club. But the visitors lost a succession of wickets after the lunch interval to be reduced to 139-9 after 46 overs on Day 1. A last-wicket stand, however, between Harvey Hosein (28 not out) and Ben Cotton (19) lifted Stephen Stubbings’ side up to 191 all out in 63 overs.
Warwickshire’s first innings followed a similar pattern as Derbyshire, as openers Best (34) and Ian Westwood (37) added 70 for the first wicket, before the hosts collapsed to 167-9 in the 56th over. Jonathan Clare picked up two wickets, but it was Zimbabwe-born trialist Waller who returned the stand out figures of 5-31 from his 15 overs to dismiss the hosts for 213 – a lead of 22 runs.
Derbyshire enjoyed an improved batting display in their second innings – and it was 25-year-old Borrington who led the way with a magnificent 107, including 14 fours, that set the visitors up for victory.
Borrington was ably assisted by Billy Godleman (36), Scott Elstone (39 not out), Clare (42 not out) and an unbeaten 68 from Alex Hughes, who retired to join up with the first team, as Derbyshire declared on 333-3 in 87 overs, setting Warwickshire 312 for victory in 82 overs.
The hosts had another impressive opening stand adding 64 runs, but then wickets began to fall at fairly regular intervals. Alasdair Evans (2-22) and Tom Taylor (2-30) both picked up two wickets apiece, while David Wainwright (3-48) finished with three wickets to help dismiss Warwickshire for 260 in 72 overs.
It was an excellent victory over a fairly strong Warwickshire side and the 21 Points gained took Derbyshire into third position in the league table.
Durham v Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street on 28 July: FLt20: North Division
By John Brown
Derbyshire set off from the county ground at 7.30am for the last of the group matches in the northern section. The weather had been poor overnight and there was more rain on the journey, but things improved once the team had arrived and the match was able to start on time at 2.40pm. Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first.
Durham started well with 45 without loss in the first six overs of Powerplay. Spinners Dan Redfern and Wes Durston captured the first two wickets with the help of two well-judged catches by Chesney Hughes, but runs were coming more freely than Derbyshire would have liked. Durham skipper Stoneman (34 balls – 7 fours and a six) was the second of those wickets – 83 for two in 10.3 overs.
Thereafter Muchall hit strongly as he scored an unbeaten 66 from only 36 balls (4 fours and 3 sixes) in what proved to be a Man of the Match performance. 187 was the highest total set in any of Derbyshire’s t20 matches this season, so it was going to need something special if they were to win the match.
Hughes and Durston took 24 from the first two overs, but the pace gradually dropped and wickets began to fall. Although they had scored more runs than Durham in the first six overs, the loss of wickets made the run-chase that much more difficult for Derbyshire.
Derbyshire v Leicestershire at Derby on 26th July: FLt20: North Division
By John Brown
After their stunning victory over their old rivals at Trent Bridge earlier in the week, Derbyshire hopes were high as they went into this match with Leicestershire.
The visitors, who had already had their chances of making further progress in the competition dashed, won the toss and chose to bat first. Despite an accurate few overs from Tim Groenewald, Leicestershire’s openers made steady progress and reached 48 without loss by the end of their six overs of PowerPlay. As in the match with Nottinghamshire, Peter Burgoyne dismissed an opening batsman with his second ball, once again a good catch taken at long-off.
Alex Hughes also bowled well again and he finished with three wickets to help restrict Leicestershire to 151 for six wickets. Derbyshire must have felt reasonably confident that this target was well within their reach, especially so after the first over of their reply went for fourteen runs. The first over from Ireland, however, soon introduced doubts as he dismissed both Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston.
The situation became worse when Ireland took another two wickets in his second over. Derbyshire found themselves on 22 for four, so something special was needed from Shivnarine Chanderpaul, happily returned from his two-week break with injury, and the lower middle-order batsmen.
Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield on 17 to 19 July: LV= County Championship: Division 1
This match was played throughout in a heat-wave, weather which brought larger-than-usual crowds. Yorkshire won an important toss and chose to bat first in what seemed like ideal conditions for batting – a true pitch, with some pace, and a fast outfield.
Derbyshire made some changes, the major one of them forced on them an injury; Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unable to play due a leg-muscle strain, while Tony Palladino is taking longer than hoped to recoverfully from their injuries. Richard Johnson had been brought in as a batsman in the previous match and two more regular players were dropped and replaced by Ben Slater and Peter Burgoyne.
Mark Footitt took an early wicket, but this brought together Alex Lees and Phil Jaques who took full advantage of the situation.They stayed together for more than seventy overs and they had added 311 for the second wicket before Jaques was caught at first slip off Tim Groenewald’s first ball in his third spell of the day. This was new record for this wicket for Yorkshire in matches between these two counties (the record was set in 1910 on the same ground).
Yorkshire had scored at a good rate before lunch, taken at 151 for one (29 overs), but an outstanding spell of controlled off-spin by Burgoyne, making his championship debut, slowed the rate considerably and he was supported by Wes Durston at the other end. Even so Yorkshire went to the end of the day on 367 for two, only the fourth time that Derbyshire had taken only two wickets in a full day’s cricket.
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