Statistical Preview: Leicestershire Foxes

Saturday 13th May 2017
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Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire’s final away group game in the Royal London One-Day Cup takes them on a short trip down the M1 to Leicester for the 58th scheduled contest between the two counties in limited overs cricket.

Heritage Officer, David Griffin, looks at the statistical background to the game.

The overall playing record shows 25 wins for Derbyshire, 27 wins for Leicestershire, with just 5 matches failing to finish due to bad weather.

Whilst Derbyshire have hosted Leicestershire at Derby, Chesterfield, Burton-on-Trent, Long Eaton and Knypersley, every single List A game in Leicestershire has taken place at their Grace Road headquarters.

The first clash between the two was at Leicester in 1969 in the fledgling Players County League which saw the home side win by 6 runs, while the last scheduled game fell foul of the rain at Derby in 2016. Derbyshire’s best run of wins came between 1987 and 1992 when they won eight matches in a row.

Derbyshire have enjoyed a good recent record in List A cricket against Leicestershire, with their last defeat coming back in 2008, but arguably the most important clash came in August 1998 in the semi-final of the NatWest trophy.

Derbyshire batted first at Grace Road and made their highest ever score against the Foxes, 298-7, with captain Dominic Cork scoring an unbeaten 61 off 62 balls.

In front of a huge crowd and the television cameras, Leicestershire fell just three runs short in a compelling climax which saw the fortunes of both sides ebb and flow, as Derbyshire scrambled into their sixth Lord’s final.

Four Derbyshire players have scored centuries in these games – Chris Rogers, Michael Di Venuto, Wayne Madsen and Dean Jones; while Mark Footitt, Kevin Dean and Ian Buxton have all taken five wickets in an innings.

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