Derbyshire County Cricket Club
|Derbyshire County Cricket Club|
|One-day name:||Derbyshire Falcons|
|Overseas player(s):||Shivnarine Chanderpaul|
|Home ground:||County Ground, Derby|
at Old Trafford
|FP Trophy wins:||1|
|Friends Life t20 wins:||0|
Derbyshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the England and Wales domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Derbyshire. Its limited overs team is called the Derbyshire Falcons in reference to the famous Peregrine Falcon which nests on the city of Derby’s Cathedral (previously the Derbyshire Scorpions until 2005 and the Phantoms until 2010). Kit colours are White for County Championship Matches and blue for one-day and 20/20 competitions.
The club is based at the County Cricket Ground, previously known as the Racecourse Ground, in the city of Derby. In 2006, for the first time in eight years, County Cricket returned to Queen's Park, Chesterfield with a County Championship game against Worcester and a One Day League game against Surrey. Other first-class cricket grounds used in the past have included Buxton, Saltergate in Chesterfield, Heanor, Ilkeston, Blackwell, Abbeydale Park in Sheffield, Wirksworth and Burton upon Trent (3 grounds), which is actually in Staffordshire. One-day contests have been played at Darley Dale, Repton School, Trent College, Leek, Staffordshire and Knypersley (also in Staffordshire).
In 2013, Derbyshire County Cricket Club will play in Division One of the County Championship having achieved promotion as Division Two Champions in 2012. Club Captain Wayne Madsen was the first man to 1,000 LV= County Championship runs in 2013, while Karl Krikken began his second full-season as Head Coach in 2013.
Derbyshire's main Twenty20 shirt sponsors are BuyMobiles.net, University of Derby are the main LV= County Championship shirt sponsors and GardenBenches.com are the main Yorkshire Bank 40 shirt sponsors for 2013.
Earliest cricket in Derbyshire
Cricket may not have reached Derbyshire until the 18th century. The earliest reference to cricket in the county is a match in September 1757 between Wirksworth and Sheffield Cricket Club at Brampton Moor, near Chesterfield.
Origin of club
The formation of Derbyshire CCC took place on 4 November 1870 at a meeting in the Guildhall, Derby. The Earl of Chesterfield who had played for and against all England was the first President, G. H. Strutt was Vice-President and Walter Boden, who had campaigned for the club's foundation for three years, was secretary. When Chesterfield died the following year, William Jervis became president.
Derbyshire's opening season was 1871 when the club played its initial first-class match versus Lancashire CCC at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on 26 and 27 May 1871 and joined the (then unofficial) County Championship.
Although the club had some good results in its early seasons, it struggled for the most part and before the 1888 season, following a run of disastrous results, Derbyshire was demoted from first-class status, which was then based on the number of matches against other teams of similar standing. Derbyshire recovered first-class status in 1894 and rejoined the County Championship in 1895.
Although the county then had a quite strong team due to the bowling of George Davidson, Joseph Hulme and George Porter and the batting and wicketkeeping of William Storer, William Chatterton and Bagshaw, within three years they had hit rock-bottom, going through 1897 without a win due to their best bowlers losing their powers.
From this point up to 1925, Derbyshire were perennially among the weakest counties, losing every single match in 1920 despite the efforts of Sam Cadman and Arthur Morton, persevering professionals. From 1926, the nucleus of a good team emerged around some doughty batting from Denis Smith, Stan Worthington and George Pope. Pope's bowling and that of his brother Alf, leg spinner Tom Mitchell and seam bowler Bill Copson took the team to their one and so far only Championship victory in 1936. They won 13 of their 28 matches outright and five on first innings. Worthington, Les Townsend, Smith and Alderman all passed 1,000 runs and Copson and Mitchell took over 100 wickets, with Alf Pope taking 94. Charles Elliott, who later became a test umpire and selector, was another member of this team which was captained by AW Richardson.
There have been more downs than ups in post-war years. Though runs came regularly from Arnold Hamer and less consistently from the West Indian Laurie Johnson and captain Donald Carr, the batting remained the weak point right up to the beginning of covered pitches in the 1980s. However, a series of seam bowlers served England as well as Derbyshire. The list began with Copson and continued with Cliff Gladwin, Les Jackson, Harold Rhodes, Alan Ward, Mike Hendrick and, most recently Devon Malcolm and Dominic Cork. Spin was in short supply apart from the steady work of Edwin Smith and the under-rated allrounder Geoff Miller, the current National selector of the England team and noted after-dinner speaker.
The signing of Eddie Barlow, the famous South African in 1976 and the lengthy period under the captaincy of Kim Barnett starting in 1983, meant the side were rarely uncompetitive.
Derbyshire were crowned LV= County Championship Division Two champions in 2012 after securing a 6-wicket victory over Hampshire on the final day of the season at the County Ground, as Karl Krikken's side won promotion after securing more wins over the course of the season than Yorkshire who also finished the campaign on 194 points.
- No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
- denotes players with international caps.
- county cap. denotes a player who has been awarded a
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting style||Bowling style||Notes|
|1||Billy Godleman||England||11 February 1989||Left-handed||Right arm leg break|
|3||Wes Durston||England||6 October 1980||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|11||Shivnarine Chanderpaul||West Indies||16 August 1974||Left-handed||Right arm leg break||Overseas player (2013 season)|
|17||Paul Borrington||England||24 May 1988||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|19||Dan Redfern||England||18 April 1990||Left-handed||Right arm off break|
|26||Ben Slater||England||26 August 1991||Left-handed||Right arm slow|
|77||Wayne Madsen*||South Africa||2 January 1984||Right-handed||Right arm off break||Kolpak registration, Club captain|
|12||Tim Groenewald*||South Africa||10 January 1984||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium||England qualified|
|21||David Wainwright||England||21 March 1985||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|22||Chesney Hughes||West Indies||20 January 1991||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||UK Passport|
|32||Peter Burgoyne||England||11 November 1993||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|81||Albie Morkel||South Africa||10 June 1981||Left-handed||Right arm medium-fast||Overseas player (2013 T20)|
|23||Thomas Poynton||England||25 November 1989||Right-handed||—|
|25||Richard Johnson||England||1 September 1988||Right-handed||—|
|33||Christopher Durham||England||4 March 1992||Right-handed||—|
|4||Mark Footitt||England||25 November 1985||Right-handed||Left arm fast-medium|
|6||Mark Turner||England||23 October 1984||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|13||Jonathan Clare||England||14 June 1986||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|18||Alex Hughes||England||29 September 1991||Right-handed||Right arm medium|
|20||Matt Higginbottom||England||20 October 1990||Left-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|27||Tom Knight||England||28 June 1993||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|28||Tony Palladino||England||29 June 1983||Right-handed||Right arm medium|
|29||Jonathan Marsden||England||7 April 1993||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|45||Alasdair Evans||Scotland||12 January 1989||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
- County Championship: 1
- County Championship Division 2: 1
- Sunday/Pro 40/National League: 1
- Gillette/NatWest/C&G/Friends Provident Trophy: 1
- Benson & Hedges Cup: 1
Most first-class runs for Derbyshire
Most first-class wickets for Derbyshire
Derbyshire recorded their highest ever score, 801 for eight declared, against Somerset at Taunton in 2007. Their score beat their previous highest ever score, of 707 for 7 declared also against Somerset also at Taunton in 2005. Simon Katich scored 221, Ian Harvey 153, Ant Botha 101 and James Pipe 106. Derbyshire broke the record despite losing Phil Weston and Chris Taylor to Andy Caddick in the first over without a run on the board.
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- "Derbyshire appoint Karl Krikken as head coach". BBC. BBC Sport. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
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