Derbyshire v Surrey at Derby on 30th May to 2nd June: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
Following heavy overnight rain, play was delayed until 3.15pm on the first day, but thereafter the weather was dry, with almost continuous sunshine on the last three days so the match could continue until after 5pm on the fourth day.
Wayne Madsen won his third toss of the week and then surprised many people by choosing to bat first. Even though Derbyshire lost their openers early, Madsen showed that his decision had been the right one as he and Shivnarine Chanderpaul batted through until the close of play, by which time they had added 203 runs together, remarkably the first time a Derbyshire pair had produced a double-century partnership in 143 matches with Surrey.
This pair continued on the second day until they had added 265 together. Chanderpaul, despite suffering with a heavy cold, had batted beautifully as he timed a succession of drives, straight or through the covers, before he was caught in the gully for 129 from 189 balls. Madsen also reached his hundred and went on to score 152 from 259 balls - yet another good captain’s knock.
Three wickets fell quickly to put Derbyshire on 336 for 6, so it needed some strong resistance from Richard Johnson, playing only his second match of the season, and David Wainwright, who added a vital 59 between them. The 37 runs which Mark Footitt helped Johnson to add for the last wicket also helped Derbyshire to a position from which they could look forward with greater confidence. Johnson was last out for 72, thus equalling his career-best score. Chris Tremlett finished the innings with his fifth wicket, coincidentally his 400th in first-class cricket.
2nd XI Championship - Yorkshire v Derbyshire, 29th, 30th and 31st May 2013
Derbyshire Second XI withstood a late Yorkshire fightback to hold on for a hard-fought draw against the White Rose county at Stamford Bridge, York.
In a rain-affected Championship fixture, Stephen Stubbings’ side bowled the hosts out on the final day, leaving Derbyshire a session and a half to chase 210 for victory. The visitors, however, lost regular wickets to end the day on 137-9 – holding on for a respectable draw on an entertaining Day 3.
Persistent rain ruled out most of Day 1, but when play did finally begin, Derbyshire claimed three early wickets courtesy of Alasdair Evans (1-17), Matt Higginbottom and Harding (1-47).
No play was possible on the second day – and when play resumed on the final morning the hosts moved comfortable onto 173-3 at lunch.
Derbyshire v Surrey at Derby on 29th May: Yorkshire Bank 40 League: Group B
By John Brown
Derbyshire played their third 40-over match in four days when they hosted this floodlit televised match with Surrey. With rain in the air the start was delayed by more than three hours with the match reduced to nineteen overs per side.
Wayne Madsen won his second toss of the season and invited Surrey to bat first. Steven Davies and Jason Roy took an instant liking to the bowling and scored at comfortably over ten runs an over.
Surrey had reached fifty after 4.2 overs and both their openers continued to score freely until Davies - from 22 balls - was very well caught by Madsen running back at deep extra cover. There was just time for Surrey to bring up their hundred before the rain started to fall again.
The rain persisted beyond nine o’clock, but it relented enough for the umpires to allow the match to be completed over ten overs a side. This would have meant that Surrey would have had one more over’s batting before Derbyshire had their turn. Using the Duckworth Lewis method Derbyshire would have had an adjusted target, probably about ten more runs than Surrey had scored from their ten overs.
Derbyshire v Sussex at Derby on 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th May: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
Bad weather delayed the start of this match until 2.30pm on the first day, whereupon Wayne Madsen lost the toss, and for the fifth time this season Derbyshire were asked to bat first on a pitch which was expected to be helpful to the bowlers.
Billy Godleman and Chesney Hughes got the innings off to a brisk start before the first wicket fell on 36 in the eighth over. At tea Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul had taken Derbyshire to 94 for two from 26 overs.
There was a brief shower after the interval for which another three overs were lost from the day’s allocation. Madsen batted very well against some aggressive pace bowling, but from the last ball bowled by Jordan he was unable to avoid a brute of a delivery which he nicked to the wicketkeeper having made a fine 63 from 141 balls. Nightwatchman Alasdair Evans, making his championship debut, was out in the final over of the day, leaving Derbyshire on a disappointing 158 for six.
This quickly became 164 for seven on the second morning, so the 52 partnership for the seventh wicket between Richard Johnson and Jon Clare was very timely. Derbyshire were finally all out for 223, but Sussex made a shaky start: although they scored at almost five runs an over, they had lost five wickets for 109 before the end of the twenty-fifth over, three of them to the left-arm pace of Mark Footitt.
2nd XI Championship - Worcestershire v Derbyshire, 14th, 15th, 16th May 2013
Derbyshire Second XI claimed a comfortable 192-run victory in their Championship fixture against Worcestershire at Kidderminster this week.
In a rain affected match, Derbyshire won the toss and elected the bat first and the opening pair of Ben Slater and Paul Borrington didn’t disappoint putting on 150 for the first wicket.
The duo batted beautifully over the two day, after most of Day 1 was washed-out, before Slater finally fell for an excellent 78, which included 11 fours. His opening partner would be dismissed soon after for a magnificent 76, with 13 fours, as Derbyshire moved onto 185-2 at Tea on Day 2.
The visitors continued their batting onslaught, with AJ Norman adding 38 and Tom Knight with a quick-fire 34 from 24 balls, and were finally dismissed for a superb 320 on the morning of Day 3. Both teams agreed to forfeit an innings to try and force a result, so Worcestershire needed 321 runs to win on the final day.
2nd XI One-Day Trophy - Worcestershire v Derbyshire, May 13th 2013
Derbyshire Second XI were narrowly defeated by Worcestershire by two wickets in their opening one-day trophy fixture of the season at Kidderminster.
Ben Slater top scored with 64 as the visitors posted 244 from their 40 overs, but the hosts reached their target with two overs to spare thanks to 106 from Aneesh Kapil in an entertaining day’s cricket.
After a solid start between Billy Godleman (20) and Paul Borrington (11), Derbyshire lost a flurry of wickets to be reduced to 50-3 after 12 overs.
But an excellent 98-run stand between Tom Poynton (41) and Slater helped shift the initiative back in favour of the visitors moving the scores onto 148-4 in the 26th over.
Slater continued his excellent innings and completed his half-century shortly after before he finally fell for 64, which included six fours, to top score for Stephen Stubbings’ side.
Derbyshire v Lancashire at Derby on 12th May: Yorkshire Bank 40: Division B
By John Brown
All the other twenty teams in this competition had played at least one match and five had played as many three before Derbyshire had their first chance in this new campaign.
Lancashire won the toss, Wayne Madsen’s fifth loss in as many games, and skipper Simon Katich asked Derbyshire to bat first. A brief shower held the start up for five minutes, after which Chesney Hughes and Shivnarine Chanderpaul negotiated three overs with little difficulty.
The rain returned and settled in for the rest of the day, so, at 4.30pm, the umpires had little choice other than to abandon the match. Both teams took one point for their trouble. Derbyshire’s next matches in the Yorkshire Bank 40 are both away from home in two weeks’ time; against Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday 26th May and Durham on the following day.
Derbyshire 12 for 0 (3 overs) Hughes 4* and Chanderpaul 5*
Lancashire did not bat
Match Abandoned: Derbyshire (1 point) Lancashire (1)
2nd XI Championship - Derbyshire v Lancashire, May 8th, 9th and 10th 2013
Derbyshire Second XI’s opening Championship fixture of the season was abandoned in peculiar circumstances, as an explosion at a nearby factory forced an early closure to play at Belper.
Police advised players, umpires and staff to return indoors after the pursuing fire raised fears of a possible asbestos threat as Derbyshire’s first innings was closed on 237-6, with Ross Whiteley top scoring with an excellent 82.
A total of 122 overs were lost over the three days due to the adverse weather conditions and unscheduled premature ending to the final day.
After losing the toss, Lancashire put on 82 runs for the opening wicket on Day 1, before Matt Higginbottom claimed the hosts’ first wicket of the match when Stephen Moore was caught behind by Tom Poynton for 50.
Derbyshire v New Zealand at Derby on 4th, 5th and 6th May: Tourist Match – First-class
By John Brown
Derbyshire were pleased to welcome the New Zealand tourists for the opening fixture of their 2013 tour of England. Wayne Madsen won his first toss of the season but, as so often on these occasions, the visitors were invited to bat first. Derbyshire’s batting was almost at full strength, but the bowling was mostly second-string, partly as a result of injuries and partly due to the need to rest some senior players.
Alasdair Evans struck in the tenth over when he bowled Hamish Rutherford and his opening partner Peter Fulton followed less than four overs later when Mark Footitt trapped him lbw. When Footitt took two more wickets to leave New Zealand on 124 for four, Derbyshire had every reason to feel pleased with themselves.
But Brownlie and Watling, one of two wicket-keepers used during the match, stayed together for thirty overs and added 116 runs. New Zealand declared after 76 overs, thus leaving Derbyshire to survive twelve overs before the close. Billy Godleman and Chesney Hughes almost achieved that aim, but Hughes was bowled with only one ball remaining in the day.
Derbyshire struggled against the visitors’ seam attack and only Wes Durston managed to pass twenty in a disappointing response which saw the home team finish 135 runs behind on first innings. Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner proved the most effective of the tourists’ bowlers.
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