Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Derbyshire County Cricket Club
Derbyshire County Cricket Club
One-day name: Derbyshire Falcons
Coach: Karl Krikken
Captain: Luke Sutton
Founded: 1870
Home ground: County Ground, Derby
Capacity: 9,500
First-class debut: Lancashire
in 1871
at Old Trafford
Championship wins: 1
Pro40 wins: 1
FP Trophy wins: 1
Friends Life t20 wins: 0
Official website:

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).[1] 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 and Knypersley (also in Staffordshire).

In 2011 the club will play in Division Two of both the County Championship and the One Day League. The captain is Luke Sutton[2] and the coach Karl Krikken.[3] The shirt sponsor in 2011 is Old Speckled Hen. UK Security is the sponsor on the reverse.



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.[4]

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.

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 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 underrated 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. However the last few seasons have seen the side struggling in Division Two of the County Championship.

Ground history

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

Name of ground Location Year FC
Abbeydale Park Sheffield 19461947 2 0 0 2
Bass Worthington Ground Burton upon Trent 1975–1976 2 0 0 2
Burton-on-Trent CC Ground Burton upon Trent 19141937 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 19091913 7 0 0 7
North Road Ground Glossop 18991910 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 18741875 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
Uttoxeter Road Checkley 1991–1993 0 2 0 2
Victoria and Knypersley Social Welfare Centre Brown Lees 1985–1990 0 3 0 3
Updated: 28 February 2010


Current squad

As of 1 September 2011[5]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
17 Paul Borrington England 24 May 1988 (1988-05-24) (age 23) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
3 Wes Durston England 6 October 1980 (1980-10-06) (age 31) Right-handed Right arm off break
31 Martin Guptill New Zealand 30 September 1986 (1986-09-30) (age 25) Right-handed Right arm off spin Overseas player for second half of season.[6]
8 Usman Khawaja Australia 18 December 1986 (1986-12-18) (age 24) Left-handed Right arm medium Overseas player for first half of season.[7]
Matt Lineker England 22 January 1985 (1985-01-22) (age 26) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
77 Wayne Madsen South Africa 2 January 1984 (1984-01-02) (age 27) Right-handed Kolpak registration
19 Dan Redfern England 18 April 1990 (1990-04-18) (age 21) Left-handed Right arm off break
Hamza Siddique England 19 January 1991 (1991-01-19) (age 20) Right-handed Right arm off break
Ben Slater England 26 August 1991 (1991-08-26) (age 20) Left-handed Right arm slow
12 Tim Groenewald South Africa 10 January 1984 (1984-01-10) (age 27) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium England qualified
22 Chesney Hughes Anguilla 20 January 1991 (1991-01-20) (age 20) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox UK Passport
9 Garry Park South Africa 19 April 1983 (1983-04-19) (age 28) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast England qualified
83 Greg Smith South Africa 20 April 1983 (1983-04-20) (age 28) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast Kolpak registration
44 Ross Whiteley England 13 September 1988 (1988-09-13) (age 23) Left-handed Left arm medium
23 Thomas Poynton England 25 November 1989 (1989-11-25) (age 21) Right-handed
10 Luke Sutton England 4 October 1976 (1976-10-04) (age 35) Right-handed Club captain[2]
13 Jonathan Clare England 14 June 1986 (1986-06-14) (age 25) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
4 Mark Footitt England 25 November 1985 (1985-11-25) (age 25) Right-handed Left arm fast-medium
Matt Higginbottom England 20 October 1990 (1990-10-20) (age 21) Left-handed Right arm medium-fast
Alex Hughes England 29 September 1991 (1991-09-29) (age 20) Right-handed Right arm medium
11 Steffan Jones Wales 9 February 1974 (1974-02-09) (age 37) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
27 Tom Knight England 28 June 1993 (1993-06-28) (age 18) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox England Under-19 player
24 Jake Needham England 30 September 1986 (1986-09-30) (age 25) Right-handed Right arm off break
28 Tony Palladino England 29 June 1983 (1983-06-29) (age 28) Right-handed Right arm medium
99 Atif Sheikh England 18 February 1991 (1991-02-18) (age 20) Right-handed Left arm medium-fast
Mark Turner England 23 October 1984 (1984-10-23) (age 27) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Mitch Wilson England 23 October 1984 (1984-10-23) (age 27) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium



Most first-class runs for Derbyshire
Qualification - 15000 runs [1]

Player Runs
Kim Barnett 23854
Denis Smith 20516
Derek Morgan 17842
Leslie Townsend 17667
Stan Worthington 17000
Arnold Hamer 15277

Most first-class wickets for Derbyshire
Qualification - 1000 wickets [2]

Player Wickets
Les Jackson 1670
Cliff Gladwin 1536
Billy Bestwick 1452
Tommy Mitchell 1417
Derek Morgan 1216
Edwin Smith 1209
Bill Copson 1033

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.


Further reading

  • H S Altham, A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914), George Allen & Unwin, 1962
  • Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999
  • Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
  • Roy Webber, The Playfair Book of Cricket Records, Playfair Books, 1951
  • Playfair Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack – various editions

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