Derbyshire’s season off to a dream start

Derbyshire CCC 2012. Back L-R,  Tom Knight, Alassair Evans, Matthew Lineker, Matthew Higginbottom, Peter Burgoyne,  Middle Row L-R, Ben Slater, Mark Turner, Chesney Hughes, Mark Footitt, Ross Whiteley, Tom Poynton, Paul Borrington, Hamza Siddique, Alex Hughes. Front Row L-R, David Wainwright, Jonathan Clare, Jake Needham, Wes Durston, Wayne Madsen, Tim Groenewald, Tony Palladino, Dan Redfern, Garry Park.
Derbyshire CCC 2012. Back L-R, Tom Knight, Alassair Evans, Matthew Lineker, Matthew Higginbottom, Peter Burgoyne, Middle Row L-R, Ben Slater, Mark Turner, Chesney Hughes, Mark Footitt, Ross Whiteley, Tom Poynton, Paul Borrington, Hamza Siddique, Alex Hughes. Front Row L-R, David Wainwright, Jonathan Clare, Jake Needham, Wes Durston, Wayne Madsen, Tim Groenewald, Tony Palladino, Dan Redfern, Garry Park.

DERBYSHIRE launched their County Championship season in fine style with a 220-run thrashing of visitors Northamptonshire over the weekend.

After a wobbly start to their first innings of 286, a maiden century from Dan Redfern (110) and 83 from Ross Whiteley helped steady the ship and post a competitive total.

Northamptonshire were then dismissed for 264 with bowlers Tony Palladino, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt and Ross Whiteley all among the wickets, although Groenewald picked up a knock that prevented him bowling in the second innings.

The platform for victory was then laid by a 221-run opening stand between Martin Guptill (127) and Paul Borrington (98), who fell two runs of his maiden ton.

Then, the spotlight was turned on David Wainwright who produced a match-winning, career-best spell of spin bowling (6-33) on his debut for Derbyshire to lead his new county to victory.