Graeme Welch says last night’s thrilling NatWest T20 Blast victory over Birmingham Bears was a complete team performance and just what the squad deserved.
Wes Durston (53) hit a 21-ball half-century and Captain Wayne Madsen struck 42 off 27 balls as Derbyshire chased down a record-breaking 190 to seal victory at The 3aaa County Ground.
It was Derbyshire’s highest ever successful run-chase in Twenty20 cricket.
Welch was delighted to finally notch up the county’s first NatWest T20 Blast win of the campaign and hopes the squad can now build on the exceptional team performance against the Bears.
“It was a great team performance and the lads played very well,” Elite Performance Director Welch said.
A brutal 21-ball half-century from Wes Durston helped Derbyshire chase down 190 with an over to spare to beat Birmingham Bears by three wickets at The 3aaa County Ground.
Opener Durston hit five fours and two sixes to top-score with 53, while Wayne Madsen added 42 and Alex Hughes hit 24 off 10 balls to seal the Falcons’ first NatWest T20 Blast victory of the season.
William Porterfield set the tone for the Birmingham innings, smashing seven fours and three sixes in his 74 off just 41 balls, as the visitors got off to a flyer, moving to 102-0 in the 10th over.
Varun Chopra was the first man out for 35, to that man Durston (1-23), but Jonathan Webb took over the mantle adding 50 off 33 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes). But Webb fell to one of three run outs in a final over that only went for four runs, as the Bears closed their 20 overs on 189-5.
Derbyshire batsman Stephen Moore has informed the Club of his decision to retire from cricket with immediate effect.
The 31-year-old has sited employment opportunities and family commitments as reasons for calling time on his career.
Moore said: “I would like to thank Derbyshire for the opportunity they provided for me, but the time is right for me to step down, focus on my career away from the game, and spend more time with my family.
“I wish everyone at the club all the success they strive for, as they endeavour to create the best environment to help players reach their potential and become future England stars.
“I can't speak highly enough of Derbyshire for the way they have handled my decision to retire, and for the warmth of my welcome and subsequent support for my family and I during my short stay at the club.
Richard Johnson has been released from his contract at his own request.
The 25-year-old wicketkeeper signed for Derbyshire on a permanent deal ahead of the 2013 season.
He has played 18 first-class matches, averaging 21.64 with a highest score of 72, as well as a further 17 appearances in Limited Overs formats.
Johnson took timeout from the game earlier in the season and - having successfully applied to commence a degree course at university - has decided that a release from his full-time professional contract would enable him to focus on his forthcoming studies.
Johnson has been easing himself back into cricket playing for Knowle & Dorridge Cricket Club in the Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has confirmed that after an extended period of absence, Peter Burgoyne's contract has been cancelled by mutual consent.
The 20-year-old Academy graduate signed his first professional contract in 2012, going on to play five first-class and 13 limited-overs matches for the county.
Recently, in a move supported by the Club and the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA), Peter announced that he was taking a break from professional cricket for stress-related issues.
Burgoyne said: "I am grateful to the Club for the support provided to me throughout my career with Derbyshire and I wish the management team and players every success in the future.
"It's been a tough few months and a tough decision but I am really looking forward to playing club cricket again for a few months before making a decision about my future.
Mark Turner claimed nine wickets in the match and Chesney Hughes hit back-to-back half centuries as Derbyshire Second XI secured an eight-wicket win in their Championship clash against Glamorgan.
After winning the toss and electing the bat first, Glamorgan were pegged back by Turner who starred with the ball taking 6-79 off his 19 overs. He was aided well by Ben Cotton who took 4-65 including the wicket of Glamorgan century man Murray Goodwin (108).
Turner and Cotton managed to restrict Glamorgan to 289 all out, with help from Matt Higginbottom (0-41 off 14 overs) who bowled very economically.
Billy Godleman opened the innings for Derbyshire alongside Ben Slater (12) having recently returned from an injury lay-off. Godleman made a quick-fire 41 (45 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) before Hughes took over the reins from the openers, smashing the top score of 59 (97 balls, 11 fours, 1 six).
After a few wickets fell cheaply, Greg Cork and Rehan Hassan boosted Derbyshire’s to secure a 21-run first innings lead. Cork fell for exactly 50 (off 103 balls, 8 fours) while Hassan was unbeaten on 51 (67 balls, 10 fours, 1 six).
Birmingham Bears are the visitors to The 3aaa County Ground on Friday 27 June as the Falcons continue their NatWest T20 Blast 2014 campaign.
Derbyshire will be hoping for a repeat of the last T20 game between the two sides in 2011 where the Falcons won by 33 runs, thanks in no small part to a brilliant 64 from Man of the Match Wes Durston and three wickets from Tom Knight. The Falcons did the double over the Bears that season, winning by six wickets in the home game at Highfield, Leek.
The Bears have big names such as Boyd Rankin, Jonathan Trott and Chris Woakes in their T20 squad which makes for an exciting game for Ladies Night at The 3aaa County Ground.
The Fan of the Match competition, usually two tickets to the next match, has been upgraded to include a bottle of pink champagne and a £100 gift voucher for the Breadsall Priory Health and Beauty Spa. It will go to the best dressed lady, as adjudicated by the Club’s cheerleading squad, the Falconettes.
The Pimm’s will be flowing; there will be live music before and after the game and the explosive summer entertainment will be provided by an all-star cast of international and top county cricketers.
Graeme Welch says the squad must improve on their first innings performances if they are going to turn their four-day fortunes around, writes Neil Bates.
Welch was, however, keen to highlight the positives after a spirited third day fightback. Alex Hughes hit a career-best 82 as part of a record-breaking 129-run eighth wicket stand with David Wainwright (60 not out), but it was ultimately in vain as Kent claimed victory at Canterbury.
“Alex Hughes is coming through and David Wainwright is also putting his hand up as well,” Welch said.
“But we need to improve our performances in the first innings. We have some quality players at the Club and I’m sure with hard work they’ll be back.
“We’ve been short in the first innings too many times this season. We need to knuckle down a little bit more and bat for time in the first innings.
The Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801) are looking to recruit volunteers to deliver its ‘Proud to be Derbyshire’ heritage project, delivered in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The volunteers, reporting to the Heritage Project Manager, will help create a pictorial history celebrating the heritage of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and bring together over 1,500 images spanning over 140 years.
As well as a permanent archive at The 3aaa County Ground, the project will also produce an extensive online resource to be accessible to all.
The heritage project will recruit help from members, volunteers, community clubs, schools and other stakeholders. It is due to be completed by December 2015.
Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: “We want Members, supporters and members of the local community to play their part in this landmark heritage project.
“The project will inspire, safeguard and promote the heritage of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and its intrinsic links with people across the county.
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