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Clare returns to action for Derbyshire Second XI

Jonathan ClareJonathan Clare made his competitive comeback from injury after featuring on Day Two of the Second XI Championship fixture against Leicestershire at Grace Road. 

Clare hit an unbeaten 17 off 10 balls in a rain-affected day as Derbyshire advanced to 392-6 at stumps. Having resumed on 341-4, trialist Michael Comber took his total up to 78 not out before Clare produced some fireworks towards the end of the innings on his return to the side. 

All-rounder Tm Wells took both Derbyshire wickets on Day Two, but rain and bad light cut short the day. Day Three begins on Thursday at 11am.

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Derbyshire announce Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal fixture

Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal FixtureDerbyshire’s NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Leicestershire Foxes on Thursday 18 June will be the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal fixture, in support of skin cancer charity Skcin. 

The Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal was launched by BBC Radio Derby after Colin, who sadly passed away last month, was diagnosed with Melanoma in 2013. His openness and dedication to raise awareness of the disease touched thousands of listeners, with the appeal raising to date over £95,000.

The Club will be using the fixture with Leicestershire in June to raise funds and build awareness of the appeal. The Club will be donating 10% of each advance matchday ticket sold and each advance ticket buyer will receive a booklet on sun safety. There will also be an opportunity for supporters to donate on the night.

There will also be a chance for supporters to get a free skin check by Dermatologists from the Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the night of the fixture. 

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Elstone hits maiden ton in Cardiff draw

Scott ElstoneScott Elstone scored his maiden first-class century as Derbyshire closed Day Four on 209-2 to draw their LV= County Championship fixture with Glamorgan. 

The 24-year-old brought up his century off 131 balls, in an innings that contained eight fours and one six, as he finished unbeaten on 103 to see his side safely to stumps. 

Elstone shared an unbeaten 177-run partnership with Captain Wayne Madsen (72 not out), who hit his first half-century of the campaign, for the third wicket before both teams shook hands shortly before 5pm to end a fixture heavily affected by rain. 

After more rain delayed the start of the final day, play finally got underway at 1.25pm with Derbyshire beginning their second innings after Glamorgan had declared the previous night.

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Rutherford's career to-date

Hamish RutherfordHamish Rutherford shot to fame in 2013 when he struck a century on his Test debut for New Zealand against England in his hometown of Dunedin.

His 171 stands as the seventh-highest score on Test debut in history and the second-highest for both a left-handed batsman and an opening batsman.

Son of former New Zealand Captain Ken Rutherford, Hamish’s brave modern-day-cricketer traits of aggressive cricket paid off well for him at the domestic as well as in his international career thus far.

Rutherford initially made his New Zealand bow in his favoured format, Twenty20, after impressing for Otago in their 2013 HRV Cup-winning campaign.

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Rutherford completes Derbyshire’s overseas ambitions

Hamish RutherfordDerbyshire County Cricket Club has signed New Zealand Test opening batsman Hamish Rutherford who will strengthen the Club's batting options whilst Tillakaratne Dilshan is at the Caribbean Premier League.

The 26-year-old will join the Club in the middle of June and will be available for all three forms until the end of July, starting with the NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Worcestershire on Friday 19 June.

In total, he will be available for seven NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, three LV= County Championship matches and four Royal London One-Day Cup games during his stay.

Rutherford, who is part of the New Zealand Test team touring England this May, has featured in 16 Tests for the Black Caps scoring 755 runs with a top score of 171 against England in Dunedin in 2013.

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Welch disappointed with Glamorgan declaration

GraemeWelchGraeme Welch voiced his disappointment after Glamorgan decided to declare during the final session on Day Three, denying Derbyshire the opportunity to claim maximum bowling points.

Only 29 balls were bowled on a rain-affected Day Three, but this was enough time for Derbyshire to claim two wickets to reduce Glamorgan to 103-4. After another delay, the hosts declared with a 102-run deficit after only 36.5 overs of their first innings had been bowled.

Elite Performance Director, Welch said: “We were looking to bowl them out for around 150. It's going to chuck it down on Wednesday and the only reason they've pulled out is to get their over-rate back up, depriving us of two bowling points.

“There might be a lot of weather about but we’re not playing cricket that way, we are trying to do the right things.

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Poynton hits ton on successful day for Seconds

Tom PoyntonTom Poynton struck his second century of the season as Derbyshire Second XI dominated Day One of their Championship fixture at Leicestershire.

The wicketkeeper-batsman hit 130 runs from 209 balls, including 13 fours and a six and took his side past 300 before falling in the final over of the day.

John Sadler's men finished the day in a strong position on 341-4 having been put into bat after a short rain delay that cost the day seven overs.

Tom Wood continued his strong form for the Seconds, scoring 86 (141 balls, 17 fours) during a 123-run stand with centurion Poynton.

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Only 4.5 overs bowled on Day Three at Cardiff

SWALECA combination of overnight rain, intermittent showers and bad light meant that only 4.5 overs could be bowled on another rain-affected day at Cardiff.

Day One of the LV= County Championship fixture between Glamorgan and Derbyshire was heavily affected by rain and Day Three was even more so despite the best efforts of the Glamorgan groundstaff.

The overs that were bowled happened to be very productive for Graeme Welch's charges who removed both overnight batsman thanks to Alex Hughes (1-19) and Mark Footitt (1-26).

Hughes struck in the first over of the day when William Bragg feathered him down the leg-side and through to Harvey Hosein after he had scored 14.

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First Members’ Forum of 2015 announced

Members ForumDerbyshire County Cricket Club is to hold its first Members’ Forum of the 2015 season on Sunday 31 May, before the start of Day One of the LV= County Championship fixture with Gloucestershire.

The Members forum, which was announced at the Club’s AGM in March, will be a chance for Members to receive updates from Chief Executive Simon Storey, Chairman Chris Grant and members of the Supervisory Board on matters both on and off the field.

At the first forum in May, Cricket Advisory Director Kevin Dean will provide a cricket report update and Business Development Advisor David Booth will give an update on the Club’s commercial development in 2015. Members will then have their opportunity to post questions directly to the board.

The forum will take place on Sunday 31 May at 10am in the Marquee at The 3aaa County Ground. Refreshments will be available and a valid Membership Card will be required to gain entry.

A second Members’ Forum is scheduled to take place later in the summer on Sunday 23 August. Full details to be announced in due course.

For more information about the Members’ Forums, please call 01332 388 101 or email
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