- 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: derbyshireccc.com
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 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 and the coach Karl Krikken. 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.
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 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.
- As of 1 September 2011
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes Batsmen 17 Paul Borrington 24 May 1988 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast 3 Wes Durston 6 October 1980 Right-handed Right arm off break 31 Martin Guptill 30 September 1986 Right-handed Right arm off spin Overseas player for second half of season. 8 Usman Khawaja 18 December 1986 Left-handed Right arm medium Overseas player for first half of season. Matt Lineker 22 January 1985 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 77 Wayne Madsen 2 January 1984 Right-handed Kolpak registration 19 Dan Redfern 18 April 1990 Left-handed Right arm off break Hamza Siddique 19 January 1991 Right-handed Right arm off break Ben Slater 26 August 1991 Left-handed Right arm slow All-rounders 12 Tim Groenewald 10 January 1984 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium England qualified 22 Chesney Hughes 20 January 1991 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox UK Passport 9 Garry Park 19 April 1983 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast England qualified 83 Greg Smith 20 April 1983 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast Kolpak registration 44 Ross Whiteley 13 September 1988 Left-handed Left arm medium Wicket-keepers 23 Thomas Poynton 25 November 1989 Right-handed 10 Luke Sutton 4 October 1976 Right-handed Club captain Bowlers 13 Jonathan Clare 14 June 1986 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast 4 Mark Footitt 25 November 1985 Right-handed Left arm fast-medium Matt Higginbottom 20 October 1990 Left-handed Right arm medium-fast Alex Hughes 29 September 1991 Right-handed Right arm medium 11 Steffan Jones 9 February 1974 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium 27 Tom Knight 28 June 1993 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox England Under-19 player 24 Jake Needham 30 September 1986 Right-handed Right arm off break 28 Tony Palladino 29 June 1983 Right-handed Right arm medium 99 Atif Sheikh 18 February 1991 Right-handed Left arm medium-fast Mark Turner 23 October 1984 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast Mitch Wilson 23 October 1984 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
- County Championship: 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
Qualification - 15000 runs 
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 
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.
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English and Welsh first-class cricket clubs
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