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Derbyshire v Kent: Day One Report and Highlights

Derbyshire have dismissed Kent for 265 inside the first 20 minutes on Day Two at the County Ground, with three wickets apiece for Tim Groenewald and Mark Turner (pictured).

Click below for Day Two Live Scorecard and Day One Highlights.

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Johnson joins Derbyshire’s promotion challenge

Warwickshire wicketkeeper Richard Johnson has signed for Derbyshire on loan for the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old gloveman enjoyed a short recent spell at the County Ground as cover for the injured Tom Poynton.

Despite being recalled by his parent county following an injury to Tim Ambrose last week, Johnson has since been granted permission to return to Derbyshire for the remainder of the campaign.

After starring with a match-winning 79 in the final appearance of his previous loan spell versus Yorkshire Carnegie, Johnson scored 49 for Warwickshire in their LV= County Championship draw with Surrey which concluded on Monday.

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Krikken issues rallying call to Derbyshire cricket fans

David WainwrightDerbyshire Head Coach Karl Krikken is calling on supporters to back Derbyshire’s bid for LV= County Championship promotion after the launch of a specially priced August/September Season Ticket.

The newly released ticket provides the most cost effective way for supporters to enjoy the final 16 days of home cricket, including the two day match versus South Africa in August and what promises to be an exciting run-in to the climax of the domestic season.

Krikken’s men lead the LV= County Championship Second Division by 14 points with six matches to go. Critical home games versus Kent, Essex and Hampshire remain as Derbyshire aim to secure First Division cricket for the first time since the turn of the century.

Priced at £59 or £49 for senior citizens, an August/September Season Ticket holder can gain over 400% value between now and the end of campaign. Further discounts are on offer for young adults (17-21) and teenagers. Junior Membership for those aged 0-13 on 31st March 2012 remains free of charge.

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Kent Spitfires win on rain-affected evening at the County Ground

Kent Spitfires beat the Derbyshire Falcons by nine wickets after rain had curtailed play for close to four hours at the County Ground.

With the match reduced to 14 overs per side, the visitors chased down a Duckworth/Lewis target of 67 from 14 overs comfortably with 19 balls to spare.

Before the rain, the Spitfires had won the toss, electing to bowl first in overcast conditions.

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Poynton targeting Kent return

Tom PoyntonDerbyshire Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton could return to fitness in the nick of time ahead of this week’s crucial double header versus Kent.

Short-term loan replacement Richard Johnson has been recalled by Warwickshire following an injury to Tim Ambrose.

But the Derbyshire medical team are hopeful another loan signing won’t be required as the Falcons face Kent Spitfires in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition on tomorrow (Tuesday, 4.40pm), then start a LV= County Championship fixture versus the same opposition two days later (11am).

Chris Durham took the gloves for the recent match versus Australia A, helping secure a draw with 12 not out from 22 balls in the second innings.

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CB40: Derbyshire Falcons v Kent Spitfires preview

Both the Derbyshire Falcons and the Kent Spitfires will go into Tuesday’s Clydesdale Bank 40 match believing they have an outside chance of qualification in the competition.

The Falcons have been rejuvenated in the 40 over format of late, with wins in their last two outings against the Unicorns and Yorkshire Carnegie respectively.

The impressive three wicket win over Yorkshire on Sunday, 22nd July saw Derbyshire move up to third place in the Group C table on eight points, having acquired three wins, three defeats and two No Results to date.

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Derbyshire repel late Australia push to draw

A late flurry of wickets saw Australia A set up a tense final half hour runs on the final day at the County Ground, only for Chris Durham (12*) and Mark Footitt (3*) to guide Derbyshire to safety.

The hosts had looked comfortable throughout their innings with Usman Khawaja (66) and Dan Redfern (56 and pictured) both passing 50.

However Nathan Lyon (4-115) and Mitchell Johnson (3-47) impressed as the tourists threatened to wrap up an unlikely victory in the closing stages of the match.

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2nd XI round-up

Reigning 2nd XI Player of the Year Matt Lineker continues to lead the way in the averages for Derbyshire’s 2nd XI, averaging 55 from eleven innings in all competitions, with a top score of 145.

Chesney Hughes is second with an average of 30 from 15 innings played, whilst Paul Borrington (23.75), Ben Slater (21.45) and Chris Durham (20.75) all average over 20 from a minimum of 13 innings.

Peter Burgoyne leads the way as far as wickets are concerned, with 16 dismissals at an average of 20.81, having recorded best figures of 6-54.

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Palladino plunders tourists for sensational ton

PalladinoDerbyshire v Australia A is poised for an intriguing finale after Night Watchman Tony Palladino stunned the tourists with a supreme hundred.

The Aussies are 234 runs ahead overnight with four second innings wickets intact after Derbyshire declared their first innings 93 runs behind in an attempt to force a positive outcome.

Starting the day unbeaten on four and with Derbyshire 48-1 in reply to 362-4 declared, Palladino defied the tradition of a streaky night watchman, instead playing with poise, flair, skill, elegance and controlled aggression as he passed 50 in 80 balls with six fours.

Wayne Madsen (34) fell to the off-spin of Nathan Lyon at 97-2 but, now partnered by Usman Khawaja, Derbyshire’s opening bowler continued to glide serenely towards the maiden thee figure score of his first-class career.

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