Derbyshire County Cricket Club Statement: Match Postponement
Yesterday evening, Derbyshire wicketkeeper Tom Poynton was involved in a serious road traffic accident in which tragically, Tom's father, Keith, was killed.
Tom was taken to hospital by ambulance where he was admitted and retained overnight with a suspected fracture and other associated injuries.
Everyone at the Club are deeply distressed and concerned for Tom and his family.
In consultation with the ECB and Leicestershire CCC, the decision has been taken to postpone the LV= County Championship Division Two game which was due to start tomorrow at Grace Road.
The fixture has been provisionally rescheduled to take place on Sunday 8 June to Wednesday 11 June.
Derbyshire have moved swiftly to complete the signing of prolific former Aussie international batsman Marcus North as their second overseas player for the 2014 season.
North was recently crowned Player of the Season in the Australian Sheffield Shield after topping the run-scoring charts with 884, at an average of 68, including three centuries.
He then announced his retirement from first-class cricket down under, bringing to an end a sparkling 17 year career with Western Australia.
North will add international experience to the batting line-up in all formats of the game during Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s periods of unavailability, with a West Indies Test series versus New Zealand scheduled for June and versus Bangladesh in September.
The stylish Australian batsman played 21 Tests for the Baggy Greens scoring 1,171 runs and compiling five centuries.
A record-breaking 2,200 cricket clubs nationwide have registered for this weekend’s NatWest CricketForce event.
The three day event, which will see facilities rejuvenated and prepared across the country for the forthcoming cricket season, will see tens of thousands of club members and volunteers coming together to clean, tidy, repair and revitalise clubhouses and cricket grounds.
Derbyshire cricket clubs have really got behind the initiative with a staggering 90 clubs registered to take part.
It is anticipated that between two and three thousand volunteers will be involved at clubs over the weekend and the Derbyshire Cricket Board is providing some additional support by working with a small number of clubs to help them make the most of the event.
Wirksworth & Middleton Cricket Club has been selected as Derbyshire’s showcase club for 2014 as they continue to rebuild after their wooden pavilion at their Middleton ground completely destroyed by a fire last July.
The club has been working tirelessly since the fire to ensure that cricket could be played on the ground in 2014 thanks to support from club sponsor Tapton Estates, the generosity of a local farmer and a grant from the ECB.
Tony Palladino claimed his 250th first-class wicket but bad light prevented Derbyshire from claiming victory on the final day against Durham MCCU at The 3aaa County Ground.
The University students enjoyed the better of the opening session moving the overnight score of 33-1 to 112-2 just after lunch.
Chaitanya Bishnoi and Cameron Steel shared a 112-run stand for the second wicket to frustrate the Derbyshire bowlers who went wicketless during the morning session.
The breakthrough finally came shortly after lunch as Steel played no shot and was bowled by Chesney Hughes (2-37 off 13 overs), who picked up his first of two wickets.
This signalled the start of a prosperous period for the hosts as five wickets fell for just 25 runs.
The Alfreton based specialist in mobile phones, 4G contracts and unified communications for businesses have become sponsors of Derbyshire’s new elite performance training kit ahead of the 2014 season.
The new attire will be sported by the squad during the build-up to all matches - and in training - as well as kitting-out the newly assembled elite performance coaching team as their mission begins to bring sustainable success to Derbyshire on the field.
With the Club's close links with the community through Derbyshire Cricket Board and the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, as well as over 70 local Derbyshire businesses via the 1870 Business Club, the partnership provides A1 Comms with a platform to extend brand awareness throughout the region’s cricket and business communities.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul top scored with 91 on a rain-shorted second day against Durham MCCU at The 3aaa County Ground.
Chanderpaul and Chesney Hughes (53) shared a 141-run fourth wicket stand on the second morning to put the hosts in a commanding position against their University opponents as Derbyshire posted 428 in their first innings.
Durham MCCU began their second innings with a 361-run deficit and lost an early wicket to Tim Groenewald – his sixth of the match – before rain stopped play with the visitors 33-1 after 14 overs.
Derbyshire, therefore, require nine wickets for victory on the final day which begins tomorrow at 11am.
Resuming on 283-3, Chanderpaul and Chesney Hughes added 93 runs together on the second morning to complete a 141-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Derbyshire’s seam attack – led by Tim Groenewald who returned figures of 5 for 27 off his eight overs – blew away the University side bowling them out shortly before the lunch break.
In response, Graeme Welch’s men posted 283-3 at the close after Billy Godleman (67) and Stephen Moore (73) had shared a 152-run opening stand.
Derbyshire will resume day two with a lead of 216 runs with West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul (31 not out) and Chesney Hughes (17 not out) at the crease.
The 39-year-old - who scored 1,298 runs across three competitions in his first season with the Club - arrived back in the UK on Sunday and will go straight into Welch’s line-up for their 2014 season opener against Durham University.
Pace bowling trio Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt and Tony Palladino are making their first home appearances of the summer after being rested for Derbyshire’s two-day friendly against Warwickshire last week.
Richard Johnson, meanwhile, returns to Welch’s side and Mark Turner keeps his place in the squad after claiming six wickets in the friendly against the Bears.
Graeme Welch says the squad are in good shape as they prepare for their first-class fixture against Durham MCCU at the 3aaa County Ground; starting Tuesday.
Elite Performance Director Welch was speaking after Derbyshire’s two-day friendly with Warwickshire in which his side produced a dominant display against his former Club.
Billy Godleman (100 retired), Wayne Madsen (63 not out) and Stephen Moore (50) all gained valuable time in the middle, while Mark Turner put a frustrating pre-season behind him by claiming six wickets in the match.
Welch says this week’s match against Durham MCCU is now the next step in the squad’s progression as they build towards the opening LV= County Championship fixture of the season at Leicestershire on April 6th.
“The fixture with Durham MCCU is the next progression,” Welch said.
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