Derbyshire County Cricket Club

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Derbyshire County Cricket Club
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One Day nameDerbyshire Falcons
Twenty20 nameDerbyshire Falcons
Captain Billy Godleman
One Day captain Shan Masood
Coach Mickey Arthur
Overseas player(s) Hilton Cartwright
Hayden Kerr
Suranga Lakmal
Dustin Melton
Shan Masood
Team information
Home ground The Incora County Ground, Derby
First-class debut Lancashire
in 1871
at  Old Trafford
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Championship Division Two wins1
Pro40  wins1
FP Trophy  wins1
B&H Cup  wins1
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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 held first-class status from its first match in 1871 until 1887. Because of poor performances and lack of fixtures in some seasons, Derbyshire then lost its status for seven seasons until it was invited into the County Championship in 1895. [2] Derbyshire is also classified as a List A team since the beginning of limited overs cricket in 1963; [3] and classified as a senior Twenty20 team since 2003. [4] 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 neighbouring Staffordshire. One-day matches have been played at Darley Dale, Repton School, Trent College, Leek, Staffordshire and Knypersley (also in Staffordshire).


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. Also present at the meeting was Boden's brother, Henry. When Chesterfield died the following year, William Jervis became President. [5]

Derbyshire's opening season was 1871 when the club played its initial first-class 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 [6] was appointed the new Elite Cricket Performance Director in January 2014.


Division Two (1) – 2012

Ground history

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 Photo from Racecourse end.JPG
The County Ground, Derby, Derbyshire's regular home venue since 1871
Queen's Park, Chesterfield, Derbyshire's most used outground Queen's Park, Chesterfield.jpg
Queen's Park, Chesterfield, Derbyshire's most used outground
Name of groundLocationYearFC
Abbeydale Park Sheffield 1946-19472002
Bass Worthington Ground Burton upon Trent 1975–19762002
Burton-on-Trent CC Ground Burton upon Trent 1914-1937130013
County Ground Derby 1871–present721293231037
Derby Road Ground Wirksworth 18741001
Highfield Leek 1986–20130314
Ind Coope Ground Burton upon Trent 1938–1980385043
Miners Welfare Ground Blackwell 1909-19137007
North Road Ground Glossop 1899-1910140014
Park Road Ground Buxton 1923–1986459054
Queen's Park Chesterfield 1898–present396822480
Recreation Ground Long Eaton 18871001
Repton School Ground Repton 19880101
Rutland Recreation Ground Ilkeston 1925–199493160109
Saltergate Chesterfield 1874-18752002
Station Road Darley Dale 19750101
Tean Road Sports Ground Cheadle 1973–19870202
Town Ground Heanor 1991–19931809
Trent College Long Eaton 1975–19790505
Tunstall Road Knypersley 1985–19900303
Uttoxeter Road Checkley 1991–19930202
Source: CricketArchive
Updated: 28 February 2010


Current squad

No.NameNationalityBirth dateBatting styleBowling styleNotes
1 Billy Godleman*Flag of England.svg  England 11 February 1989 (age 33)Left-handedRight-arm leg break Club captain
4 Harry Came Flag of England.svg  England 27 August 1998 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm off break
24 Tom Wood Flag of England.svg  England 11 May 1994 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm medium
35 Hilton Cartwright  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 14 February 1992 (age 30)Right-handedRight-arm medium Overseas player
76 Leus du Plooy Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 12 January 1995 (age 27)Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox EU passport
77 Wayne Madsen*Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 2 January 1984 (age 38)Right-handedRight-arm off break UK passport
94 Shan Masood  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 14 October 1989 (age 32)Left-handedRight-arm medium Overseas player;
T20 captain
10 Luis Reece*Flag of England.svg  England 4 August 1990 (age 32)Left-handedLeft-arm medium
13Archie HarrisonFlag of England.svg  England 11 February 2004 (age 18)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
15 Alex Thomson Flag of England.svg  England 30 October 1993 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm off break
18 Alex Hughes*Flag of England.svg  England 29 September 1991 (age 30)Right-handedRight-arm medium
21 Mattie McKiernan Flag of England.svg  England 14 June 1994 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm leg break
50 Hayden Kerr Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 10 July 1996 (age 26)Right-handedLeft-arm fast-medium Overseas player
65 Anuj Dal Flag of England.svg  England 8 July 1996 (age 26)Right-handedRight-arm medium
29 Brooke Guest Flag of England.svg  England 14 May 1997 (age 25)Right-handed
8 Michael Cohen Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 4 August 1998 (age 24)Left-handedLeft-arm fast-medium EU Passport
9 George Scrimshaw Flag of England.svg  England 10 February 1998 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
11 Ben Aitchison Flag of England.svg  England 6 July 1999 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
13 Dustin Melton Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 11 April 1995 (age 27)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium Overseas player
26 Nick Potts Flag of England.svg  England 17 July 2002 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
51 Mark Watt  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 29 July 1996 (age 26)Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
59 Sam Conners Flag of England.svg  England 13 February 1999 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
82 Suranga Lakmal  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 10 March 1987 (age 35)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium Overseas player
Adam SylvesterFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 18 May 2000 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium


    Derbyshire recorded their highest ever score, 801 for 8 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.

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