The St Lawrence Ground is one of the more picturesque in the county game and with it bathed in bright sunshine, Kent captain Rob Key had no hesitation in electing to bat first when he won the toss.
Derbyshire’s new ball bowlers were extremely economical, with the Kent run rate hovering around the one run per over mark for the first dozen overs. However, it was the unpredictability of paceman Mark Turner that notched Derbyshire’s first success of the day when a rising delivery was glanced down the leg-side into the accepting hands of Tom Poynton. Groenewald quickly got in on the act as well, as he pinned Alex Blake LBW for 1 to leave Kent 34 for 2 after 16 overs.
There was a nice symmetry to Derbyshire taking on Lancashire in a three day fixture to conclude their season, having opened it with a one day match against the same opponents at Middlewich back in April.
The opening day was blessed with clear blue skies and the mercury touching 25 degrees, conditions scarcely experienced throughout this most bedraggled of summers.
Kent have won the toss and will bat first at Canterbury on Day One of Derbyshire's penultimate LV=County Championship match of the season.
Derbyshire: Wayne Madsen (c), Paul Borrington, Usman Khawaja, Wes Durston, Dan Redfern, Ross Whiteley, David Wainwright, Tom Poynton (wk), Tony Palladino, Tim Groenewald, Mark Turner.
Derbyshire played out a draw at the County Ground on a day where all three results were possible up to the completion of the game.
Essex had set the hosts 274 in 58 balls to secure victory and a 107 run partnership between Wes Durston and Dan Redfern gave Derbyshire a chance.
But for young wicketkeeper Tom Poynton it is one that he has negotiated admirably and ably in this, his first year as the county’s number one glove man.
‘Luke Sutton retiring at the end of last season came as a bit of a shock to me and the lads, because we all saw him as our leader going forward; but it did end up being a great opportunity for me personally.’ The academy graduate said.
By Jake Needham
Derbyshire had been reduced to 28 for 3 late on the first day and – with the second day entirely lost to the weather – they were still 217 in arrears as the third day commenced under cloudy skies at the County Ground.
Losing star all-rounder Wes Durston caught behind, off Masters in the first over of the day, certainly wasn’t in Captain Wayne Madsen’s blueprint for the start of a pivotal session.
The County Ground was not completely devoid of activity on a soggy Day 2, however, as England & Wales Cricket Board Chairman Giles Clarke gave his press conference from the County Ground in the wake of England Captain Andrew Strauss’s retirement from cricket.
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With the final LV=County Championship match of the season likely to prove the defining moment of Derbyshire’s promotion campaign, supporters can enjoy what will arguably the club’s biggest game in years in extra style.
Derbyshire v Hampshire, beginning Tuesday, 11th September, will no doubt be an enthralling encounter at the County Ground and the opening day of the contest coincides with the Boundary Club with former Derbyshire favourite Peter Bowler as Guest Speaker.
The event includes a two course meal as well as cheese, crackers and coffee, followed by a speech from Peter Bowler who, as well as having strong links to the cricket club, is developing a reputation as one of the most humorous and entertaining speakers on the circuit.
Fast bowler Mark Turner has signed a two-year contract with Derbyshire which commits him to the Club until the conclusion of the 2014 season.
The 27-year-old – who is currently in action in the crucial LV= County Championship match versus Essex at the County Ground - signed for Derbyshire from Somerset in 2011 following a three year spell at Taunton.
He has claimed 30 wickets in all competitions this season, topping the Falcons’ wicket-takers chart in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition and establishing himself as one of the fastest bowlers in county cricket.
Turner shot to the top of the Domestic Speed League with a rapid delivery of 92.7 miles-per-hour in the Friends Life t20 match versus Yorkshire Carnegie in June.
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