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.
Academy claim final ball victory against Army.
The Cricket Derbyshire Academy, sponsored by the University of Derby, came out on top in a tough battle with the Army.
The final over thriller saw the talented youngsters from the Derbyshire Academy overhaul the Army's 202 off the very last ball of the game.
Having won the toss, the Army naturally decided to bat first on a used and dry pitch in baking hot conditions. They raced to 78 for 1 before Greg Cork removed the dangerous Varley - then with the score on 104, Jono Clare got rid of Green before Harry Killoran, supported by the other bowlers, made excellent use of the turning surface to bowl the Army out for 202, taking 6 for 35.
The early part of the Academy's innings centred around a good 68 from Greg Massingham, although when he was one of two wickets to fall on the same score, it left plenty to do at 115 for 5.
Harvey Hosein went soon after for a gritty 21 and that brought captain Ben Cotton and Tommy Taylor together. The experienced duo added 64 for the next wicket, before Cotton was run out for 27. Taylor and new batsman, Rob Hemmings, then scrambled the final few runs, including the winning single off the last ball to seal victory in an thoroughly entertaining fixture.
Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Chesterfield on 14 July: FLt20 North Division
By John Brown
On the hottest day of the year so far, in front of a full house, Derbyshire won the toss against near-neighbours Yorkshire and asked them to bat first. They started well so that, after nine overs, they had reached 70 for the loss of only one wicket, and that had come from a finely-judged catch on the square-leg boundary by Billy Godleman who was only playing because of Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s leg injury.
Dan Redfern bowled Jaques at this point and Albie Morkel followed with two wickets in three balls in the twelfth over. Now Yorkshire were 81 for 4 and they had to work hard, mainly through the efforts of Gary Ballance, to set a challenging target. The last two overs, bowled by Mark Turner and Tim Groenewald, cost only eight runs while three wickets fell. This was an excellent finish to the innings and, despite a few earlier incidents of careless fielding, Derbyshire had every reason to be optimistic as they set off on their run-chase.
Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston took thirteen off the first two overs, but Durston strained his back in turning for a run and had to retire hurt. Hughes and Wayne Madsen kept the score moving along at a comfortable pace until, with the score on 49 in the eight over, there was a double blow to Derbyshire’s hopes. First Madsen was run out after refusing an over-ambitious call for a single, and this was followed next ball when Hughes was well caught at short extra-cover from a firm drive.
Now it was Derbyshire’s turn to rebuild the innings, but Redfern and Godleman both fell to catches as they attempted attacking shots. The Yorkshire spinners, Rashid and Rafiq, had slowed Derbyshire’s run-chase as they conceded only 43 runs from their eight overs. Morkel had had little luck with the bat thus far in the competition, and a major contribution was called for now. He and Tom Poynton added 35 together in five overs, but after Poynton was caught on the long-off boundary, Derbyshire needed 41 more runs from only twenty balls.
Lancashire v Derbyshire at Old Trafford on 12 July: FLt20 North Division
By John Brown
After a tortuous three-plus hours’ journey for this return match with Lancashire, Derbyshire won the toss and chose to field first. The bowlers started well and restricted the home side to 38 runs for three wickets in the six overs of compulsory PowerPlay.
The aggressive Moore, with Croft acting as his foil, first consolidated and then accelerated as they added 75 in eight overs. Moore hit five sixes and five fours in his 42-ball 74. Mark Turner, returning from injury, played his first t20 match of the season and finished with four wickets for 35.
Lancashire’s final score of 165 for nine was a challenging one, but Wes Durston and Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored at a good rate in taking the score to 66 in t5he eighth over before Durston (29 balls – 6 fours and 3 sixes) fell for a powerful 48. With the introduction of Lancashire’s spinners to the attack, the rate slowed, and gradually the task became more difficult. Derbyshire were not helped when Chanderpaul injured his leg and had to finish his innings with a runner.
Chanderpaul was eventually run out for 39 (31 balls – 5 fours) when his runner failed to beat a direct hit at the bowler’s end. Wayne Madsen hit the ball hard and ran well between the wickets, but the task proved beyond Derbyshire’s later batsmen, so Lancashire emerged as winners by 12 runs.
Durham v Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street on 8th to 11th July: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
After playing four Friends Life t20 matches, Derbyshire drove north to play Durham in a return to the four-day stuff in the hottest spell of the season so far.
Derbyshire played both their wicketkeepers - Richard Johnson and Tom Poynton - with Johnson selected to open the batting in place of Billy Godleman while Poynton kept wicket.
They were pleased to win the toss and invite Durham to bat first in the hope that they might take early wickets on the fresh pitch. Mark Footitt took an early wicket in his second over, but comparative newcomer, Keaton Jennings and Borthwick added 48 in less than ten overs before the latter was another Footitt victim.
Durham went to lunch at 97 for two, and made good progress in the afternoon. Although they were 132 for four at one stage, Jennings and Mustard added 60 together before the interval. They continued after tea until Wes Durston took two wickets in one over; 222 for six. The first of these was Jennings for a well-crafted 93 from 222 balls.
The new ball was taken four overs later and, in his first over, Footitt took three wickets. Derbyshire had every reason to feel pleased with themselves after what had seemed an unpromising situation. Durham’s last pair lasted just four more overs before Footitt bowled the last man to record a career-best six for 53.
2nd XI One-Day Trophy - Leicestershire v Derbyshire, July 2nd 2013; Grace Road
Chris Durham’s 79 and four wickets from Ben Cotton helped Derbyshire Second XI to a convincing five-wicket victory over a strong Leicestershire side.
Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bowl first, and it didn’t take long for the visitors claimed their first wicket as Matt Higginbottom removed first-team regular Josh Cobb in the third over for just five runs.
Ned Eckersley responded with an excellent 112 from just 97 balls, but the rest of the Leicestershire batsman struggled against the Derbyshire attack. Cotton was the pick of the bowlers, returning figures of 4-47 from his eight overs, as the hosts were restricted to 241-9 from their 40 overs.
Stephen Stubbings’ side made a fine start in reply, as Ben Slater and Durham added 121-runs for the opening wicket, before Slater as run out for 46 off 57 balls.
Durham, however, continued his impressive innings top scoring with 79 from 93 balls moving the visitors onto 150-2 in the 27th over.
And it was left to Scott Elstone to guide Derbyshire over the line, as the all-rounder hit seven fours and a six in his knock of 60 from 35 balls, as the visitors reached their victory target with seven balls to spare and five wickets in hand.
Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire at Derby on 5th July: Friends Life t20: North Division
On a beautifully hot, sunny evening, the County Ground had a rare sellout for the visit of their neighbouring rivals from Trent Bridge. The visitors won the toss and chose to field first. Derbyshire had a bad start as they lost two wickets for nine runs in the first 2.1 overs.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Wayne Madsen effected a recovery of sorts, but, once Chanderpaul had gone at the end of the third over, further progress was a problem.
Madsen played some brave shots, but was run out by a direct hit by wicket-keeper Chris Read at the bowler’s end. Four more wickets fell all too quickly so the score had slumped to 84 for eight. Although David Wainwright and Tim Groenewald added a further 24 for the ninth wicket, Derbyshire’s final score of 115 for nine was never likely to present Nottinghamshire with much of a challenge.
The pitch was slower than expected, and it is likely that Derbyshire made the mistake of seeking to score too many runs for the conditions. A final score of about 140 might well have made life quite difficult for the visitors.
Derbyshire v Lancashire at Derby on 2nd July: FLt20 League: North Division
By John Brown
On another dull, damp evening, Derbyshire played their first home match of 2013 Friends Life competition. Fortunately the rain relented and the televised, floodlit match was able to start only five minutes later than the scheduled 7.10pm.
Wayne Madsen won an important toss and asked Lancashire to bat first. Tim Groenewald bowled an excellent three-over opening spell during which he took three top wickets in twelve balls before Simon Katich and Karl Brown steadied the visitors’ boat for a while.
Replays showed that Katich may have been lucky to survive a gloved catch at the wicket appeal from Mark Footitt’s first ball, and that he was probably unlucky to have been given lbw later; 48 for four after seven overs.
Brown and Tom Smith stayed together for nine overs to add 68 for the fifth wicket and Cross hit boldly to take Lancashire’s final score to 151 for eight. Groenewald finished with the fine figures of four for 21 from his four overs, and Albie Morkel had also been economical in conceding only thirteen runs from three overs.
The Sky television pundits were of the opinion that, in the conditions, Lancashire’s score was above par, and that it was probably more than Derbyshire would be able to chase. This opinion will have been strengthened after the first ball of Derbyshire’s reply when Hughes was caught at slip.
This brought in Shivnarine Chanderpaul and, after a brief reconnaissance (two runs from his first seven balls), he and Wes Durston brought up the fifty in less than six overs. Durston chopped on from the last ball of the Powerplay and this brought in Madsen. Together he and Chanderpaul consolidated so that, when the rain came after 12.3 overs, the score had advanced to 90 for three and Derbyshire were five runs ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis calculations.
Fortunately the rain relented after only ten minutes and the game was able to continue without further interruption. Madsen was out soon after the resumption and Derbyshire slipped behind the required run-rate. With five overs remaining they needed a further fifty-two runs to win. It was now that Chanderpaul decided that drastic measures were required; he took seventeen from the next over, and Morkel hit nine of the eleven runs coming from the seventeenth over.
Now 24 were needed from the last three overs, and the balance had tilted slightly in Derbyshire’s favour; only seven runs came from Kabir Ali’s next over before Mitch McClenaghan conceded nine from the nineteenth. McClenaghan had taken eight wickets in his previous two matches, but on this night he proved Lancashire’s most expensive bowler, and he remained wicketless.
Chanderpaul’s batting had been a mixture of outrageous inventiveness and sublime orthodoxy, his drive to the extra-cover boundary from the second ball of the final over being one of the shots of the day. This four virtually settled the match in Derbyshire’s favour, and Chanderpaul (70 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes) clinched it with another firm drive to long-on. He was deservedly made Man of the Match.
It had been a remarkable victory, and it gave Derbyshire their third win in the competition with seven matches still to play. The first of these will be held at Derby on Fridaywhen our neighbouring rivals, Nottinghamshire, also unbeaten, will be visiting the County Ground. It is expected that there will be a rare sell-out at the ground for this fixture, and supporters are advised to buy their tickets in advance to ensure they are not disappointed.
Lancashire 151 for 8 (20 overs) (KR Brown 50, SM Katich 28, TC Smith 27, GD Cross 24*; TD Groenewald 4 for 21)
Derbyshire 154 for 3 (19.3 overs) (S Chanderpaul 87*, WL Madsen 23, WJ Durston 20)
Derbyshire (2 points) beat Lancashire by 7 wickets
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