Statistical Preview: Middlesex

Wednesday 18th April 2018
& News
Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire welcome Middlesex to The 3aaa County Ground for the opening Specsavers County Championship game of the season, starting on Friday 20 April.

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

This will be the 97th scheduled first-class game between the two sides and, except for Durham who were only admitted to the County Championship in 1992, this is the lowest number of games Derbyshire has played against any of the other counties. By way of contrast, Derbyshire have played Leicestershire on 209 occasions.

The reason for this statistical anomaly arose from Middesex’s refusal to play Derbyshire at all in the years prior to 1929, when many county fixtures were arranged by the counties themselves, and they chose not to participate in games with Derbyshire.

This fixture is the 50th to be played between the two counties in first-class cricket in Derbyshire, with Derbyshire winning 15, Middlesex winning 11, with 23 draws in the first 49 games.

The last time these sides met in Derbyshire was in 2013, in a first division clash, which saw Derbyshire win by 56 runs thanks to a first innings 138 not out by Wayne Madsen, and seven wickets in the match by Mark Footitt.

Derbyshire’s record home win against Middlesex came in 1977, when the eventual County Champions were bowled out for just 54 on the opening morning at Ilkeston, Mike Hendrick taking 6-19 and Colin Tunnicliffe 4-22, before Derbyshire crushed their opponents by an innings and 177 runs.

The following statistics all relate to performances in first class games between Derbyshire and Middlesex played in Derbyshire;

  • Chris Adams is the only Derbyshire player to score a century before lunch – at Derby in 1992
  • Chris Adams is the only Derbyshire player to score a century in each innings – 125 and 136 not out in 1996 at Derby
  • There have been 14 100s scored by Derbyshire players – Chris Adams scoring three of them
  • The highest individual score for Derbyshire is 170 by Harry Storer in 1932 at Derby
  • The highest score for Middlesex against Derbyshire is 208 not out by Bill Edrich at Chesterfield in 1956
  • Charlie Lee is the only Derbyshire batsman to carry his bat through a completed innings, scoring 96 out of 211 at Chesterfield in 1956
  • The highest debut score for Derbyshire was Bob Stephenson’s unbeaten 64 at Derby in 1967
  • The last bowler to take five wickets in an innings for Derbyshire was Tony Palladino who took 5-39 at Derby in 2011
  • Only one bowler has taken a hat trick against Middlesex – Eddie Gothard in 1947 at Derby
  • The best bowling figures for Derbyshire were recorded by Les Jackson who took 8-44 at Burton-on-Trent in 1960
  • Richard Johnson took all 10 wickets for 45 runs for Middlesex in Derbyshire’s second innings in the game at Derby in 1994

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