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Madsen targets clinical approach at Bristol

Wayne MadsenWayne Madsen believes there is more to come from his side as they prepare for their trip to face Gloucestershire in the LV= County Championship, starting on Sunday.

Derbyshire started their campaign with defeat to Lancashire on the final day of fixture at The 3aaa County Ground this week. 

Madsen is looking for his team to bounce back at Bristol this weekend and says they will look to build on some good performances throughout the match.

“We’ve got a lot more to give as a team, we know that, we just have to get back on the horse and show what we can do,” said Madsen.

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Taylor pleased with bowling exploits

Tom TaylorTom Taylor spoke of his pride after claiming career-best figures against Lancashire this week as the squad now set their sights on this Sunday's trip to Bristol to face Gloucestershire.

Taylor surpassed his previous best figures of 5-58, which came against Gloucestershire last season, to return figures of 6-61 on the third day in the defeat against Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground.

The 20-year-old says the side will be working hard to bounce back at Gloucester, which begins this Sunday at Bristol County Ground.

“It was brilliant to get those wickets,” said Taylor. “I took some momentum from last year and played a few Championship games then, and I worked hard in the winter on my bowling, so it was nice to get some rewards yesterday.

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Local businesses support World Cup bid

#WereBackingTheBidLocal Derbyshire-based businesses have thrown their support behind the #WereBackingTheBid campaign helping to raise over 30% of the Club’s target.

At the start of April, the Club formally announced its intention to bid for Derby to become a host city for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.

As part of the announcement made by Chief Executive Simon Storey, the Club unveiled plans for a landmark set of giant cricket stumps to be located at the gateway of the City on the Pentagon Roundabout.  

Briggs of Burton, specialists in stainless steel, have already offered to manufacturer the stumps and Idom Merebrook have offered to provide engineering consultancy services for the project.

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Guptill reflects on Lancashire defeat

Martin GuptillMartin Guptill admitted that Derbyshire did not meet their standards during the final day of their LV= County Championship opener with Lancashire but says there are positives to be taken.

Wes Durston and Billy Godleman scored 85 and 76 respectively during the first innings of the match and Guptill is convinced that the time they spent in the middle can only be useful.

Guptill is now ready to come back stronger on Sunday when the team face Gloucestershire at Bristol.

“It wasn’t a great finish from us,” Guptill admitted. “We are a much better team than that and we know that. We will come out firing at Gloucester on Sunday.

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Lancashire claim victory on final day

Wayne MadsenKyle Jarvis claimed five wickets as Derbyshire fell short in their first four-day fixture of the season, as Lancashire claimed a 250-run victory at The 3aaa County Ground.

A record 10th wicket partnership on Day Three had meant that Derbyshire were chasing 365 runs to win on the final day at Derby.

But after a bright start from Martin Guptill (32), the hosts lost regular wickets with Jarvis the pick of the bowlers claiming figures of 5-13 during a devastating spell of swing bowling. 

Wayne Madsen (pictured above) hit 29, but three wickets for Tom Bailey (3-38) and one apiece for Peter Siddle (1-30) and Simon Kerrigan (1-3) dismissed Derbyshire for 114 shortly before lunch and hand Lancashire victory. 

After a steady start, Jarvis produced an excellent spell of 5-13 in the morning session to take the game away from Derbyshire. Night-watchman Tom Taylor, who yesterday claimed career-best figures of 6-61, was first to go for two to Bailey before Guptill feathered one through to the keeper for 32 to become Jarvis’ first victim.

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Wainwright returns to action for Second XI

David WainwrightDavid Wainwright made his return from injury on the first day of the Second XI friendly at Northamptonshire on Tuesday. 

The hosts enjoyed the better of the opening day of the three-day fixture, with opener Kyle Coetzer carrying his bat throughout the innings, scoring an unbeaten 250, before declaring on 448-6.

Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby prospect Matt Critchley starred with the ball for Derbyshire, taking 3-69 from his 16 overs.

Fellow Academy graduate Harry White also impressed, returning figures of 2-77 in a tough day in the field for the Derbyshire attack. It was, however, a positive day for Wainwright who bowled 11 overs in his return to action. 

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Taylor returns career-best figures, but Lancashire hold edge

Tom TaylorTom Taylor recorded career-best figures of 6-61, but a 100-run last-wicket stand helped give Lancashire the edge after Day Three at The 3aaa County Ground.

Taylor, in only his seventh first-class match, grabbed his second five-wicket haul of his career claiming the prized wicket of Alviro Petersen (9), before dismissing Steven Croft (70), Tom Smith (1) and Ashwell Prince (97) to add to the two he took the night before. 

The hosts, however, were left frustrated as Lancashire’s last pair of Alex Davies (89) and Kyle Jarvis (17 not out) shared a century stand for the final week to post 345 and set Derbyshire 365 to win.

Graeme Welch's men had 11 overs to face before stumps, but lost two wickets to end the day on 27-2, with Martin Guptill (9 not out) and night-watchmen Taylor (2 not out) at the crease. 

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BY NUMBERS: Hashim Amla

Amla by numbersSouth Africa Test Captain Hashim Amla has joined Derbyshire for part of the 2015 season – we take a look at his glittering career by numbers.

The world-class top order batsman will join the Club at the start of May and be available for two LV= County Championship matches and three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures.

He will fill the gap left by Martin Guptill after he was recently called up to the New Zealand Test side for the series against England this summer.

The 31-year-old, who is widely regarded as one of the best batsman in world cricket, has featured in 82 Tests scoring 6,757 runs at an average of 52.78. We take a look at his career by numbers.

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Lancashire NatWest T20 Blast fixture live on Sky Sports

Hashim AmlaSupporters will be able to see new signing Hashim Amla in NatWest T20 Blast action at The 3aaa County Ground on Friday 29 May - and the game will be live on Sky Sports. 

Amla will be available for three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures in total, including the opening home match versus Lancashire Lightning. The classy batsman has scored a total of 2,550 runs in his T20 career, and brings with him a wealth of experience having played over 100 T20 matches.

The match will be live on Sky Sports, with supporters at the ground taking advantage of the big screen replays and their chance to get on TV. 

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