Derbyshire County Cricket Club

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Derbyshire County Cricket Club
Derbyshire County Cricket Club logo.svg
One-day name: Derbyshire Falcons
Captain: Billy Godleman
Coach: Director of Cricket:
Kim Barnett
1st XI Support Coach:
Steve Stubbings
T20 Specialist Coach: John Wright
Development Coach:
Mal Loye
Tony Palladino
Overseas player(s): Imran Tahir
Jeevan Mendis
Matt Henry
Founded: 1870
Home ground: County Ground, Derby
Capacity: 9,500 (4,000 seated)
First-class debut: Lancashire
in 1871
at Old Trafford
Championship Division One wins: 1
Championship Division Two wins: 1
Pro40 wins: 1
FP Trophy wins: 1
B&H Cup wins: 1
Official website:

Derbyshire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents 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 Derby Cathedral (it was previously called the Derbyshire Scorpions until 2005 and the Phantoms until 2010).[1] Founded in 1870, the club is classified by substantial sources as holding important match status from its first match in 1871 until 1887. Because of poor performances and lack of fixtures in some seasons, Derbyshire then lost its important status for seven seasons until it was invited into the County Championship in 1895.[2][3] Derbyshire is classified as an official first-class team from 1895 by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the County Championship clubs;[4] classified as a List A team since the beginning of limited overs cricket in 1963;[5] and classified as a senior Twenty20 team since 2003.[6]

Simon Storey, Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Simon Storey, Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

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 Worcestershire 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).


Earliest cricket in Derbyshire[edit]

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[edit]

The formation of Derbyshire County Cricket Club 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.[7]

Derbyshire's opening season was 1871 when the club played its initial important match versus Lancashire at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on 26 and 27 May 1871 and joined the (then unofficial) County Championship.

Club history[edit]

For Derbyshire County Cricket Club season by season, see Derbyshire County Cricket Club seasons.

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 wicket-keeping 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. Charlie 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 all-rounder 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.

After the conclusion of the 2013 season, Derbyshire announced a new Elite Cricket Performance model in the next phase of the Club’s quest for sustainable on-field success across all three domestic competitions, combined with the desire to produce England cricketers. Former Derbyshire bowler Graeme Welch [8] was appointed the new Elite Cricket Performance Director in January 2014.

Ground history[edit]

This following table gives details of every venue at which Derbyshire have hosted a first-class, List A or Twenty20 match:

The County Ground, Derby, Derbyshire's regular home venue since 1871.
Queen's Park, Chesterfield, Derbyshire's most used outground.
Name of ground Location Year FC
Abbeydale Park Sheffield 1946-1947 2 0 0 2
Bass Worthington Ground Burton upon Trent 1975–1976 2 0 0 2
Burton-on-Trent CC Ground Burton upon Trent 1914-1937 13 0 0 13
County Ground Derby 1871–present 721 293 23 1037
Derby Road Ground Wirksworth 1874 1 0 0 1
Highfield Leek 1986–present 0 3 1 4
Ind Coope Ground Burton upon Trent 1938–1980 38 5 0 43
Miners Welfare Ground Blackwell 1909-1913 7 0 0 7
North Road Ground Glossop 1899-1910 14 0 0 14
Park Road Ground Buxton 1923–1986 45 9 0 54
Queen's Park Chesterfield 1898–present 396 82 2 480
Recreation Ground Long Eaton 1887 1 0 0 1
Repton School Ground Repton 1988 0 1 0 1
Rutland Recreation Ground Ilkeston 1925–1994 93 16 0 109
Saltergate Chesterfield 1874-1875 2 0 0 2
Station Road Darley Dale 1975 0 1 0 1
Tean Road Sports Ground Cheadle 1973–1987 0 2 0 2
Town Ground Heanor 1991–1993 1 8 0 9
Trent College Long Eaton 1975–1979 0 5 0 5
Tunstall Road Knypersley 1985–1990 0 3 0 3
Uttoxeter Road Checkley 1991–1993 0 2 0 2
Source: CricketArchive
Updated: 28 February 2010


For more details on this topic, see List of Derbyshire CCC players.

Current squad[edit]

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • double-dagger denotes players with international caps.
  •  *  denotes a player who has been awarded a county cap.
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
1 Billy Godleman  England (1989-02-11) 11 February 1989 (age 28) Left-handed Right arm leg break Captain (first-class)
10 Luis Reece  England (1990-08-04) 4 August 1990 (age 26) Left-handed Left arm medium
11 Daryn Smit  South Africa (1984-01-28) 28 January 1984 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm leg break UK passport
23 Thomas Wood  England (1994-05-11) 11 May 1994 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm medium
26 Ben Slater  England (1991-08-26) 26 August 1991 (age 25) Left-handed Right arm slow
57 Shiv Thakor  England (1993-10-22) 22 October 1993 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm medium
77 Wayne Madsen*  England (1984-01-02) 2 January 1984 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm off break
3 Charlie Macdonell  England (1995-02-23) 23 February 1995 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
14 Greg Cork  England (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 22) Right-handed Left arm medium-fast
18 Alex Hughes  England (1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm medium
20 Matthew Critchley  England (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 (age 20) Right-handed Right arm leg break
24 Rob Hemmings  England (1996-02-28) 28 February 1996 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm medium
88 Jeevan Mendis double-dagger  Sri Lanka (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 (age 34) Left-handed Left arm leg break Overseas player
9 Gary Wilson double-dagger  Ireland (1986-02-05) 5 February 1986 (age 31) Right-handed Vice-captain
16 Harvey Hosein  England (1996-08-12) 12 August 1996 (age 20) Right-handed
7 Hardus Viljoen double-dagger  South Africa (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm fast Kolpak registration
8 Tom Milnes  England (1992-10-06) 6 October 1992 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
15 Tom Taylor  England (1994-12-21) 21 December 1994 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
21 Matt Henry double-dagger  New Zealand (1991-12-14) 14 December 1991 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium Overseas player (T20 only)
28 Tony Palladino*  England (1983-06-29) 29 June 1983 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm medium
36 Ben Cotton  England (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
44 Will Davis  England (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
99 Imran Tahir double-dagger  South Africa (1979-03-28) 28 March 1979 (age 38) Right-handed Right arm leg break Overseas player


Division Two (1) – 2012


For Derbyshire County Cricket Club's first-class records, see List of Derbyshire first-class cricket records.
For Derbyshire County Cricket Club's List A records, see List of Derbyshire List A cricket records.

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 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.


  1. ^ "Derbyshire to take on Falcons title". ECB website. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  2. ^ ACS (1981). 'A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863'. Nottingham: ACS. 
  3. ^ ACS (1982). 'A Guide to First-Class Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles'. Nottingham: ACS. 
  4. ^ Birley, p. 145.
  5. ^ "List A events played by Derbyshire". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Twenty20 events played by Derbyshire". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Ric Sissons' 'The Players' 1988.
  8. ^ "Start of a new era as Derbyshire attract Welch". Derbyshire County Cricket Club. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  9. ^ [1]
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