As well as toasting the mind-blowing success of their company, BuyMobiles.net & A1 Comms bosses were also celebrating their support of cricket in Derbyshire from grassroots through to the professional game.
Building on their Derby County Football Club shirt sponsorship, the Alfreton based telecoms giant secured all-year-round publicity through televised national sport by sponsoring the Derbyshire CCC Twenty20 jerseys in 2013.
By supporting Belper Meadows CC, the multi-million-pound company have also been able to support cricket as far down the pyramid as Division 6 North of the Derbyshire County League.
While the partnership with the county club helped secure the landmark signing of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Belper’s young cricketers have been provided with branded playing kit and community coaching thanks to investments from BuyMobiles.net/A1 Comms.
Derbyshire blew Somerset away - dismissing them for just 103 – before closing on 220-5 as 15 wickets fell on an extraordinary opening day at Taunton.
Tim Groenewald (5-33) – who claimed his third five-wicket haul of the campaign – and Tony Palladino (4-34) claimed nine wickets between them to dismiss the hosts inside 34 overs.
Karl Krikken's men responded with a 52-run opening stand, before an unbeaten 93-run partnership between Tom Poynton (53 not out) and Richard Johnson (55 not out) pushed home their advantage, as the visitors sealed a 117-run lead at stumps.
Derbyshire did the damage during an astonishing morning session in which the hosts lost seven wickets to slump to 69-7 at lunch.
Mark Footitt (1-25) got the early breakthrough removing former England opener Marcus Trescothick for 17 - and the wickets soon tumbled as Groenewald and Palladino tore through the Somerset top and middle-order.
Groenewald claimed five scalps to return figures of 5-33, including four maidens, off his 13.1 overs and passed 200 first-class wickets for Derbyshire.
Derbyshire has been awarded a major tour match against India at the County Ground, Derby, in 2014.
Karl Krikken’s men will compete against MS Dhoni’s side in a three day fixture starting on Tuesday, 1st July in the final warm-up fixture ahead of the five-match Investec Test series with England.
Duncan Fletcher’s side – currently ranked the number three Test team in the world – boast a heavily experienced and exciting side featuring Test legends such as Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar. They last toured England in 2011.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “Tour matches at Derby have been popular over the last few years with the visits of Australia in 2010, South Africa in 2012 and New Zealand this season and we are delighted to have been selected to host the touring Indian side in 2014.
Tim Groenewald returns to Derbyshire’s matchday squad for the LV= County Championship fixture with Somerset, starting tomorrow (10.30am start).
The 29-year-old paceman missed the four-wicket defeat to Surrey after the birth of his first child, but rejoins the squad ahead of the crucial four-day game at Taunton.
The 12 men named in the squad to face Surrey have all regained their place. Dan Redfern, Jonathan Clare and Mark Turner, however, all miss out due to injury.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is set to compete in his 500th career first-class innings this week against Somerset, while Wayne Madsen needs 109 more runs to reach 6,000 career first-class runs.
Somerset, meanwhile, will be without Jamie Overton and Jos Buttler after the pair were included in England’s ODI squad to face Australia this week.
Somerset – who sit 17 points ahead of Derbyshire - enter the fixture on the back of an innings and 179-run win against Middlesex. Victory for Karl Krikken’s men this week, however, will move them ahead of their Division One counterparts.
Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton believes Derbyshire can take positives into this week’s crunch fixture at Taunton despite the four wicket defeat to Surrey.
A fine 88 from Hashim Amla condemned Karl Krikken’s side to a four-wicket loss to Surrey, ending a run of two successive LV= County Championship wins.
Speaking to the Cricket Derbyshire E-Newsletter, Poynton insisted that Derbyshire will continue to battle all the way.
“All the lads are obviously disappointed,” he said.
A high class innings of 88 from Hashim Amla helped steer Surrey past their 217-run victory target at the Kia Oval.
Derbyshire were well in the game when Mark Footitt and Matt Higginbottom reduced the home side to 4-2 early in their run-chase with Wayne Madsen taking a fine catch at extra-cover to dismiss Rory Burns.
But a stand of 84 between Amla and Vikram Solanki (44) put Surrey back on the straight and narrow and, although Solanki was lbw to Footitt at 88-3, Zander de Bruyn was just the experienced foil his South African team-mate needed.
Dropped in the 20s by Alex Hughes, Amla made the most of his good fortune to pass 50 in 111 balls with four fours.
A battling half century from Wayne Madsen – and useful runs from the tail – has left the match with Surrey still in the balance after Day Three at the Kia Oval.
Captain Madsen (59) completed his eighth half century of the campaign in the afternoon session to put his side in a healthy position at tea, before Surrey fought back at the start of the final session claiming four quick wickets.
An unbeaten 48-run partnership between Tom Poynton (29*) and David Wainwright (22*), however, made sure the match remained finely poised after the penultimate day as Derbyshire closed on 231-7, a 161-run lead with three wickets remaining.
Despite the early loss of Ben Slater (13), Derbyshire enjoyed a good morning session as Paul Borrington and Madsen added 51 runs to give their side a 10-run lead at lunch.
A cautious Borrington batted nicely throughout his watchful 129-ball innings – striking four fours - but the 25-year-old was bowled in the first over after the break for 38.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul joined his Captain in the middle, but the Derbyshire batsmen struggled to score freely thanks to accurate bowling from Tim Linley, Zafar Ansari and Gareth Batty.
Derbyshire produced a spirited fightback - claiming the last four Surrey wickets for just two runs - to leave the match at the Kia Oval finely poised after Day Two.
The visitors claimed three wickets in the opening session, but a 96-run stand between Vikram Solanki - who top scored with 93 - and Zander de Bruyn (40) put the hosts in a strong position on 220-5 at tea.
But in an extraordinary final hour of play, Mark Footitt (4-50) – who picked up two wickets in as many balls – and Matt Higginbottom (2-66) ripped through the hosts' tail, claiming the final four wickets inside three overs to dismiss Surrey for 289, a lead of 70.
Openers Ben Slater and Paul Borrington navigated the final seven overs to close on 13-0 and will resume Day Three trailing by 57 runs with 10 wickets still in hand.
Mark Footitt trapped Arun Harinath (1) lbw in his first over to give the visitors the perfect start to the second day in London.
The left-arm paceman bowled with good pace and accuracy during his opening spell, and duly got his reward when he had world number one Test batsman Hashim Amla caught at third slip by Peter Burgoyne for 16.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul top scored with 46 - but four wickets from Tim Linley helped Surrey dismiss Derbyshire for 219 on Day One at the Kia Oval.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul - who struck six fours in his 74-ball innings - and Paul Borrington (32) shared a 49-run partnership to help their side recover from a slow start in London.
The visitors, however, lost regular wickets in the final two sessions and, despite a defiant 37 from Tom Poynton, were all out just before stumps. Surrey navigated the final four overs and will resume Day Two trailing by 211 runs with 10 wickets still in hand.
Chris Tremlett removed Ben Slater (4) with the fourth ball of the day, before Wayne Madsen (11) slapped a wide delivery from George Edwards to Zafar Ansari at backward point to reduce the visitors to 39-2 in the 19th over.
Chanderpaul and Borrington, however, shared a stubborn 49-run stand to ensure honours were even at lunch with the visitors 75-2.
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