Derbyshire 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.
Graeme 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.
Tom 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.
A 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.
Derbyshire 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.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club are providing more matchday coverage than ever before this season, in partnership with the Derby Telegraph.
The Club will cover all home and away games across the three domestic competitions, bringing supporters live updates, close of play reports and reaction straight from the dressing room.
New for this season, we are also bringing supporters Lunchtime and Teatime interval reports from every one of Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship matches in 2015 from Derby Telegraph cricket correspondent, Mark Eklid.
A link to the interval reports, hosted by Derby Telegraph, will be available on derbyshireccc.com and will be shared across social media. Mark will also continue to provide opinion, interviews and a close of play report in the Derby Telegraph and online at derbytelegraph.co.uk/cricket
Ben Slater hit a half-century as part of a 101-run stand with Scott Elstone, but four wickets from on-loan seamer Andy Carter helped Glamorgan edge Day Two at Cardiff.
Slater, who hit his second half-century of the campaign, and Elstone, making his first appearance of 2015, moved Derbyshire’s overnight score of 47-2 to 132-2 shortly before lunch.
Both fell in the space of three balls, however, before the visitors slipped to 205 all out at tea. Slater top scored with 53 and Elstone added 48, but devastating spells from Carter (4-53), on loan from Nottinghamshire, and Wagg (3-56) limited Derbyshire to only one batting bonus point.
In reply, Glamorgan closed on 84-2 with Jacques Rudolph, on his 34th birthday, top scoring with 43 before bad light cut the day short with a scheduled six overs still remaining.
Heavy overnight rain - in addition to afternoon showers - meant that only 15.5 overs could be bowled on Day One of Derbyshire's LV= County Championship match at Glamorgan.
Derbyshire will resume tomorrow on 47-2 with Ben Slater and Scott Elstone unbeaten on 25 and two respectively after it was confirmed that no further play would be possible at 5pm.
Several inspections took place in the morning session and, at the fourth time of asking, a start time was confirmed of 2.40pm, meaning that 40 overs had already been lost in the day
After an early lunch was taken, Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen lost the toss and was asked to bat in damp and overcast conditions at the SWALEC Stadium.
Derbyshire continue their LV= County Championship campaign this weekend against Glamorgan at Cardiff – we take a look around the grounds at this week’s Division Two fixtures.
Essex v Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire have not won a Championship match at Chelmsford since 1930, and will arrive as rank outsiders against an Essex team who remain on a roll despite being denied the chance to press for a seventh consecutive win by a washout of the last day of their game against Surrey at the Kia Oval.
They are still missing Tom Westley with a broken thumb, as well as Ravi Bopara at the Indian Premier League, but Nick Browne and Daniel Lawrence shone in Kennington in their absence, Lawrence becoming the third youngest player in history to score a Championship century.
Gloucestershire name an unchanged squad with Gareth Roderick, their Durban-born wicketkeeper, aiming to extend a run of making a half century in each of his four innings this season.
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