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Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Derbyshire County Cricket Club
One-day name: Derbyshire Falcons
Captain: Wayne Madsen
One-day captain: Wes Durston
Coach: Graeme Welch
Founded: 1870
Home ground: County Ground, Derby
Capacity: 4,999
First-class debut: Lancashire
in 1871
at Old Trafford
Championship wins: 1
Championship Division Two wins: 1
Pro40 wins: 1
FP Trophy wins: 1
Twenty20 cup wins: 0
Official website: .com.derbyshirecccwww

Derbyshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 first-class 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 Derby Cathedral (it was previously called the Derbyshire Scorpions until 2005 and the Phantoms until 2010).[1]

Simon Storey, Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club admires a young peregrine falcon from Derby Cathedral.

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).

Club Captain Wayne Madsen[2] was the first man to 1,000 LV= County Championship runs in 2013 as Derbyshire claimed three Division One victories. Former Derbyshire bowler Graeme Welch[3] was appointed as the club's new Elite Cricket Performance Director in January 2014 and he led his side to a fourth-placed finish in LV= County Championship Division Two in 2014.


  • History 1
    • Earliest cricket in Derbyshire 1.1
    • Origin of club 1.2
    • Club history 1.3
  • Ground history 2
  • Players 3
    • Current squad 3.1
  • Honours 4
  • Records 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8


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 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 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 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.

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 [5] 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 or List A cricket 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 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

  • 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
1 Billy Godleman  England (1989-02-11) 11 February 1989 Left-handed Right arm leg break
3 Wes Durston*  England (1980-10-06) 6 October 1980 Right-handed Right arm off break
22 Chesney Hughes  West Indies (1991-01-20) 20 January 1991 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox UK Passport
26 Ben Slater  England (1991-08-26) 26 August 1991 Left-handed Right arm slow
57 Shiv Thakor  England (1993-10-22) 22 October 1993 Right-handed Right arm medium
77 Wayne Madsen*  South Africa (1984-01-02) 2 January 1984 Right-handed Right arm off break Captain, UK Passport, [2]
Neil Broom  New Zealand (1984-11-20) 20 November 1984 Right-handed Right-arm medium UK Passport
Hamish Rutherford  New Zealand (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Overseas player
7 Scott Elstone  England (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 Right-handed Right arm off break
14 Greg Cork  England (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 Right-handed Left arm medium-fast
18 Alex Hughes  England (1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 Right-handed Right arm medium
20 Matthew Critchley  England (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 Right-handed Right arm Leg break
Rob Hemmings  England (1996-02-28) 28 February 1996 Right-handed Right arm medium
16 Harvey Hosein  England (1996-08-12) 12 August 1996 Right-handed
23 Thomas Poynton  England (1989-11-25) 25 November 1989 Right-handed
15 Tom Taylor  England (1994-12-21) 21 December 1994 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
19 Harry White  England (1995-02-19) 19 February 1995 Right-handed Left arm medium
27 Tom Knight  England (1993-06-28) 28 June 1993 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
28 Tony Palladino*  England (1983-06-29) 29 June 1983 Right-handed Right arm medium
36 Ben Cotton  England (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
44 Will Davis  England (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Andy Carter  England (1988-08-27) 27 August 1988 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Tom Milnes  England (1992-10-06) 6 October 1992 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium



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.


  1. ^ "Derbyshire to take on Falcons title". ECB website. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Madsen appointed Derbyshire captain".  
  3. ^ "Start of a new era as Derbyshire attract Welch". Derbyshire County Cricket Club. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  4. ^ Ric Sissons The Players 1988
  5. ^ "Start of a new era as Derbyshire attract Welch". Derbyshire County Cricket Club. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ [4]

Further reading

External links

  • Official Derbyshire County Cricket Club website
  • CricInfo's Derbyshire section
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