Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Derbyshire County Cricket Club
One-day name Derbyshire Falcons
Personnel
Captain Billy Godleman
Gary Wilson (T20)
Coach Dave Houghton (Head of Cricket)
John Wright
Team information
Founded 1870
Home ground County Ground, Derby
Capacity 4,999
History
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: www.derbyshireccc.com

First-class

One-day

T20

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] In recent years the club has enjoyed record attendances with over 24,000 people watching their home Twenty20 fixtures in 2017 – a record for a single campaign. The local derby versus Yorkshire at Chesterfield now regularly sells out in advance.


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).

Honours

Division Two (1) – 2012

History

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 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

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 Tommy 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 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

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

Name of ground Location Year FC
matches
LA
matches
T20
matches
Total
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

Players

Current squad

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • 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
Batsmen
1Billy Godleman* England11 February 1989Left-handedRight arm leg breakCaptain (first-class/List A)
6Calum MacLeod  Scotland15 November 1988Right-handedRight arm mediumT20 only
11Daryn Smit South Africa28 January 1984Right-handedRight arm leg breakUK passport
Occasional wicket-keeper
19Callum Brodrick England24 January 1998Right-handedRight arm medium
26Ben Slater England26 August 1991Left-handedRight arm slowOn loan at Nottinghamshire
Joining permanently at end of 2018 season
27Tom Lace England27 May 1998Right-handedOccasional wicket-keeper
On loan from Middlesex
77Wayne Madsen* South Africa2 January 1984Right-handedRight arm off breakUK passport
All-rounders
10Luis Reece England4 August 1990Left-handedLeft arm medium
18Alex Hughes* England29 September 1991Right-handedRight arm medium
20Matthew Critchley England13 August 1996Right-handedRight arm leg break
21Matt McKiernan England14 June 1994Right-handedRight arm leg breakT20 only
65Anuj Dal England8 July 1996Right-handedRight arm mediumT20 only
Wicket-keepers
14Gary Wilson  Ireland5 February 1986Right-handedVice-captain (first-class/List A)
Captain (T20)
16Harvey Hosein England12 August 1996Right-handed
Bowlers
7Hardus Viljoen  South Africa6 March 1989Right-handedRight arm fastKolpak registration
8Dan Wheeldon England14 March 1989Right-handedRight arm fast-medium
17Alfie Gleadall England28 May 2000Right-handedRight arm medium
28Tony Palladino* England29 June 1983Right-handedRight arm medium
32James Taylor England19 January 2001Right-handedRight arm medium
41Ravi Rampaul  West Indies15 October 1984Left-handedRight-arm fast-mediumKolpak registration
44Will Davis England6 March 1996Right-handedRight arm fast-medium
47Wahab Riaz  Pakistan28 June 1985Right-handedLeft arm fastOverseas player (T20 only)
50Safyaan Sharif  Scotland24 May 1991Right-handedRight arm fast-mediumList A & T20 only
69Lockie Ferguson  New Zealand13 June 1991Right-handedRight arm fastOverseas player (T20 only)
74Duanne Olivier  South Africa9 May 1992Right-handedRight arm fast-mediumOverseas player
75Hamidullah Qadri England5 December 2000Right-handedRight arm off break

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.

References

  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. 7 January 2014. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014.

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