Durham MCCU produced an impressive batting display on the final day – but it was ultimately in vain as Derbyshire dismissed the visitors with 10 overs remaining to seal a 65-run victory at the County Ground.
Rishabh Shah, Chaitanya Bishnoi and Chris Purshouse all completed half-centuries, as the visitors moved towards their 432 victory target on day three.
But Durham MCCU lost wickets at crucial times throughout the day and three wickets from Wes Durston and two from Alex Hughes ensured the visitors fell 65 runs short, as Derbyshire claimed victory in an entertaining three-day fixture.
Durham MCCU began the final day on 28-1, after Alasdair Evans claimed the late wicket of Chris Jones with his third delivery of the innings the evening before.
Supporters who purchase tickets in advance for the eagerly-anticipated Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture with Essex Eagles at Highfield, Leek, on Sunday can reap the benefits of special discounted prices.
Karl Krikken’s men return to the one-day format against an explosive Essex side that will include Owais Shah, James Foster, Hamish Rutherford, Ryan ten Doeschate and Graham Napier this Sunday; 1.45pm start.
Fans who buy their tickets in advance online by midnight on Saturday will be able to enjoy special discounted prices; with adult tickets available for just £12 – saving £4 – and junior tickets can be purchased for only £4.
On a hot summer’s day, the Falcons enjoyed a six-wicket victory against Warwickshire on their last visit to Leek Cricket Club in 2011; and the forecast is for more good weather this Sunday - so don't forget your sun cream.
Despite an excellent century from Freddie van den Bergh, three wickets in the morning session from Evans helped dismiss the visitors for 229, trailing Karl Krikken’s side by 207 runs.
Redfern top scored for the hosts in their second innings, hitting six fours and two sixes in his 91, as Derbyshire declared on 224-4 – with Tom Poynton last man out for 77.
Evans claimed a late wicket to leave Durham MCCU 28-1 after 9 overs at the close, still trailing Wes Durston's side by 404 runs.
Derbyshire return to Highfield, Leek, this weekend – and Wes Durston is predicting an action-packed Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture against an in-form Essex Eagles side on Sunday; 1.45pm start.
Karl Krikken’s men return to their Staffordshire Moorlands out-ground for the first time in two years, when the Falcons claimed a six-wicket victory over Warwickshire back in 2011.
Durston is relishing the side’s return to Leek and is expecting an entertaining match against a hard-hitting Essex side - and the all-rounder believes a good result will hold them in good stead as Derbyshire push for a semi-final berth.
“I have played at Leek before and it is a lovely setting,” Durston said. “We played there two seasons ago when we beat Warwickshire in a t20. The crowd was excellent then and it was a nice hot day - and hopefully it will be the same this coming Sunday.
Wes Durston and Ben Slater both completed centuries as part of a 198-run stand as Derbyshire – who claimed three late wickets – ended the opening day on top against Durham MCCU at the County Ground.
Durston hit 15 fours and a six in his 117, outscoring 21-year-old Slater by a single run who also retired during the afternoon session on 116 – as the hosts declared on 436-7, thanks to a late 73 from Alex Hughes.
Alasdair Evans, Jonathan Clare and Peter Burgoyne picked up a wicket apiece after the restart, as the visitors closed on 40-3 after 11 overs, trailing by 396 runs.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Billy Godleman and Paul Borrington made a solid start putting on 71 runs for the opening wicket.
Borrington, however, was first to fall for 22, before partner Godleman followed soon after for a brisk 49 from just 44 balls – both to the impressive Matt Milnes who finished with figures of 2-92 from 25 overs. But these would be the only breakthroughs of the morning, as Slater and Durston produced an outstanding partnership to end the session.
Ben Slater insists this week’s MCC University fixture against Durham will be a tough test, but is hoping a good result will hold Derbyshire in good stead ahead of this Sunday's fixture with Essex at Leek Cricket Club.
The 21-year-old competed in his maiden first-class match for the Club last week versus Surrey – the same opponents he made his first-class debut against for Bradford/Leeds MCCU in 2012.
Slater believes fixtures against university sides give youngsters the perfect opportunity to test their ability against professional outfits and the left-handed batsman is expecting a difficult game against Durham MCCU, which begins on Wednesday 5th June; 11am start.
“I don’t think it will be an easy game this week,” Slater said. “I know the MCCU sides from obviously playing at that level before. When I was up a Leeds we won a few games and pushed all the counties we played – it was a good experience.
Martin Guptill has ended speculation linking him with Derbyshire for the 2013 Friends Life t20 competition – but he has confirmed ambitions to play for the Club again.
The in-form Kiwi ace will jet off to the Caribbean Premier League following the ICC Champions Trophy in England – and a short break back in New Zealand - as the hectic cricketing calendar rules him out of a third stint with Derbyshire in 2013.
The 26-year-old has hit the national headlines in recent days following back-to-back centuries in the One Day International series versus England; the second of which was a record breaking 189 in the Kiwis' 86-run victory at the Rose Bowl.
Such international heroics came as no surprise to Derbyshire supporters who saw the Kiwi international average upwards of 40 in 16 first-class appearances during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, as well as starring with a succession of powerful performances in the limited-overs arenas.
A parent and child can attend six matches of their choice for just £65 – as the Club’s new Six Pack Ticket offers tremendous value for families this season.
The Six Pack Ticket - new for 2013 - allows supporters to choose any six matches, from either the Friends Life t20, Yorkshire Bank 40 or for a day’s play in the LV= County Championship, to attend throughout the year for just £55.
While children under the age of 16 can purchase a Junior Membership for only £10, which grants them access to any home fixture for the 2013 season.
When purchased together, it offers fantastic value for families for the current campaign, as Wayne Madsen’s side - augmented by world number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul - continue their first season back in the top flight of county cricket for more than a decade.
The Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop has already raced past its £1,000 sales target for the whole season; thanks to the hard work of volunteers - and the generosity of members and supporters.
Sales have soared since the shop underwent a refurbishment prior to the start of the campaign, with all proceeds supporting the development of young Derbyshire cricketers.
Shop co-ordinator Phil Kirby is thanking members and supporters for their wonderful support, both in the purchase of books and in donating items for sale.
The ambition is now that the shop can go on to help pay for an additional summer contracted player to be developed by the club.
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