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Usman Khawaja expects tight NatWest series

Australia batsman Usman Khawaja still believes the NatWest Series will be a close affair despite England taking a 1-0 lead following their 15-run victory at Lord’s. The 25-year-old has played six Test matches for the Baggy Greens, making his debut in the 2011/12 Ashes series down under against England. Khawaja has never represented his country … Continue reading

Bopara missing for Eagles

Essex entertain Kent in tonight’s Friends Life t20 tie at the Ford County Ground without opening batsman Ravi Bopara. The day-nighter is the Eagles’ first home match in the South Group, but they will have to do without Bopara as he prepares for the final NatWest Series one-day international against West Indies. Young seamer Reece … Continue reading

Wayne Madsen Interview – Derbyshire aim for silverware

The summer is almost upon us and the wait is nearly over for new skipper Wayne Madsen as he looks ahead to the challenge of leading a young Derbyshire side through the 2012 season and into the future with a realistic aim of silverware within the near future. South African born Madsen has now been … Continue reading

Kevin Dean – Great time to be at Derbyshire

Newly appointed Derbyshire committee member Kevin Dean believes it is crucial that the club nurtures its young players as the club aims to produce its first England international since Dominic Cork. Dean spent his entire career with Derbyshire, making his first-class debut in 1996 and retiring in 2008. The 36-year-old claimed more than 400 wickets … Continue reading

Tom Poynton Interview – It will be a big challenge

Tom Poynton is looking forward to the challenge of becoming Derbyshire’s new number one keeper, but he also insists that he can play a key role down the order with the bat. Former captain Luke Sutton called an end to his 14-year professional career in December, which he spent six years at the County Ground, … Continue reading

Tim Groenewald Interview – We can step it up

Derbyshire paceman Tim Groenewald insists the young Falcon’s side will be ready step up and fight for promotion to LV= County Championship Division One in 2012. The 27-year-old South African, who arrived from Warwickshire in 2008, claimed 32 wickets in the County Championship last summer which earned him a new three-year contract. And despite competition … Continue reading

Ross Whiteley Interview – I can play for England

After a watershed season, in which he scored his maiden first-class ton against Northants before notching another against Kent, Derbyshire’s Ross Whiteley is hoping to catch the attention  of the England selectors. The talented left-hander set tongues wagging with an impressive return of 644 Championship runs at 40.25, as well as some hard-hitting Twenty20 cameos, and is currently … Continue reading

Tony Palladino Interview: I have more to give

Derbyshire’s LV = County Championship player of the year Tony Palladino believes he still has more to offer in the shorter forms of the game. Palladino claimed 52 wickets in the Championship in his first year with the Falcons after he was released by Essex in 2010. In the one-day format he claimed six wickets … Continue reading

Matt Lineker Interview – I aim for First XI cricket

Derbyshire batsman Matt Lineker has completed the progression from prolific amateur to full-time professional – now he has vowed to make an impact at first team level. Lineker is targeting a place in the starting 11 for the beginning of the 2012 season after recently signing a one-year professional contract. The reigning Second XI Player … Continue reading

Wes Durston Interview – I have proved people wrong

“I guess it has proved some people wrong and showed that I can do it.” – Wes Durston Derbyshire’s Player of the Year Wes Durston enjoyed the best season of his career in 2011. The right-handed batsman played all 42 matches scoring a combined tally of 1,911 runs and claiming 25 wickets. He scooped three … Continue reading

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