Wes Durston hit consecutive half-centuries as Derbyshire warmed up for tonight’s NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Leicestershire with two victories over the Unicorns.
Derbyshire fielded a strong second XI at The 3aaa County Ground, ahead of their trip to Grace Road, and they recorded a seven-wicket win followed by an eight-wicket win.
The visitors batted first in the opening T20 and wickets at regular intervals meant that they reached 114-6 from their 20 overs, with Greg Cork the pick of the Derbyshire bowlers, taking 2-7 from three overs.
Derbyshire knocked off the runs for the loss of three wickets with two overs to spare, as Durston finished unbeaten on 53.
The bails on the landmark set of giant stumps will be made hollow to allow them to act as a time capsule, sealed with memorabilia celebrating the heritage of the county of Derbyshire.
The bails will be filled with five items signifying the county of Derbyshire, including a mini bat signed by the 2015 Derbyshire Women’s Cricket Team and a specially made item from Royal Crown Derby.
At the start of April, the Club formally announced its intention to bid for Derby to become a host city for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.
As part of the announcement, the Club unveiled plans for a landmark set of giant cricket stumps, manufactured by Briggs of Burton, to be located at the gateway of the City on the Pentagon Roundabout.
The stumps will be funded by 100 local businesses together with a small number of private donors who will each pledge £500 to become part of the #WereBackingTheBid campaign. Over 30 businesses have already pledged their support and will be involved in the development, unveiling and publicity surrounding the sculpture as well as featuring on a Partners Plaque.
All-rounder Wayne White returns from injury and features in Graeme Welch’s 14-man Derbyshire Falcons squad to face Leicestershire Foxes in the NatWest T20 Blast at Grace Road on Friday, 5.30pm start.
The 29-year-old joined Derbyshire at the start of the season after spending the latter part of last season on loan at The 3aaa County Ground from Lancashire.
He has returned from injury to be included in the squad which will see him join up with the same 13 players who made the trip to Headingley to face Yorkshire Vikings in last week’s NatWest T20 Blast curtain raiser.
Hashim Amla (29), Chesney Hughes (27) and Tom Poynton (27 off 18 balls) all showed form with the bat against Yorkshire in the tournament opener last week while Ben Cotton claimed 2-19 in a game where Yorkshire were victorious by seven wickets.
Tom Poynton was delighted to make his first team return last week and is hoping to continue his good form in the NatWest T20 Blast at Grace Road tomorrow.
The newly-appointed Derbyshire Falcons vice-captain returned to first team action in last week’s NatWest T20 Blast opener against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley, and scored 27 from 18 balls including two sixes.
Poynton says it is vital not to underestimate Leicestershire Foxes tomorrow, who are three times winners of the competition, as Derbyshire look to register their first win of this year’s campaign.
“They are a threatening team, they’re often written off but they have had a good record in T20 cricket,” said Poynton.
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Derbyshire Falcons begin their home campaign with the visit of Lancashire Lightning to The 3aaa County Ground on Friday 29 May, with Durham Jets the next game on Friday 5 June.
Hashim Amla will be making his only NatWest T20 Blast appearance on home soil for Derbyshire against Lancashire, while Australian Big Bash bowler Nathan Rimmington is set to feature in the clash with Durham.
Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen believes there is enough batting depth within the squad to cover his absence due to injury over the next few weeks.
Madsen will be out for at least a month after undergoing surgery on a finger injury sustained in the LV= County Championship fixture versus Northamptonshire at the start of May.
The 31-year-old spoke of his frustration but insists that there is enough depth in the squad for the side’s batting department to continue to produce the goods in his absence.
“It’s been nice to get some runs under my belt, but it’s disappointing that just as the NatWest T20 Blast was starting that I’ve picked up this broken finger," Madsen said.
“The finger is good, I have had a few painkillers to help and I’m looking forward to when I’m able to get it moving again.
“It’s difficult to say when I’ll be back, it’s all about getting the movement back. We’re looking at a period of at least four weeks but I hope to be back playing in the not too distant future.
Leading Apprenticeship provider 3aaa, Aspire Achieve Advance, will be using the power of sport to encourage businesses across Derbyshire to take on a young Apprentice and be part of something special in Derby.
For every business in Derbyshire that recruits a 16 to 18-year-old IT or Digital Marketing Apprentice in May or June through 3aaa, the company will pledge £500 to Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s #WereBackingTheBid campaign for Derby to become a host city at the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup.
The ambitious plan for the City will be symbolised by a landmark set of giant cricket stumps, manufactured by Briggs of Burton, to be located at the gateway to the City on the Pentagon Roundabout. The stumps will be funded by a total of 100 local companies who will each pledge £500.
The businesses who take on a 3aaa apprentice will join over 30 local companies, including 3aaa, who are already backing the bid and will be involved in the development, unveiling and publicity surrounding the sculpture, as well as featuring on the a Partners Plaque.
Wes Durston says the Falcons will come back stronger after the opening week defeat in the NatWest T20 Blast against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley.
After losing the toss, Tom Poynton, making his first appearance since 2013, hit 27 off 18 balls while Hashim Amla top scored with 29, but five wickets from debutant Matthew Fisher restricted the visitors to 128.
Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate Ben Cottton was the pick of the Derbyshire bowlers in reply returning figures of 2-19 off his four overs, but it wasn’t enough as the Vikings claimed a seven-wicket win.
"Obviously we wanted to come up and make a good start in the competition but certain things didn't go our way and there were certain things we got wrong," NatWest T20 Blast Captain Durston said.
"After a good power play start we kind of capitulated a bit and to lose five for 15. It's always going to be difficult then to mount a challenge to get a score to defend but I thought the boys stuck at the task in the field very well.
A brand new Derbyshire cricket XI will be in competitive action this summer - and the journey has already begun in two Derby public parks.
Free, open-to-all coaching sessions, which started in April, will take place every Monday evening in Normanton Park and every Friday evening at Arboretum Park for young people wanting to get active, play cricket and achieve the dream of playing for their county.
The sessions will be held 6.00pm to 8.00pm and will run up until 25th September with the possibility of an extension to that period.
'Cricket Project - Derby Inner City Parks, 2015’ is set to attract a half-century of youngsters aged 14 to 25 and takes cricket coaching and healthy living activities to the two multicultural inner city communities.
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