Statistical Preview: Warwickshire

Tuesday 1st May 2018
& News
Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire travel to Edgbaston to play a first-class match there for the first time since the two sides were in Division One of the County Championship in 2013.

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

Snow was piled up on the boundary edge as the players took to the field in their last game at Edgbaston in 2013, although it was rain which dominated Derbyshire’s first match back in the top division of the County Championship in April 2013.

Current captain, Billy Godleman, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul both made their debuts for Derbyshire, although it was Tony Palladino with 68 in over two hours who top-scored in Derbyshire’s 226 all out. Unfortunately, only 146 overs were possible in the scheduled four days and a draw was inevitable.

These two sides have met on 87 previous occasions in Warwickshire, 80 of the games taking place at Edgbaston, five at Coventry and two at Nuneaton. Derbyshire have won 18 matches, Warwickshire have won 25 and there have been 44 draws.

Two of Derbyshire’s best performances at Edgbaston came in 1983, when they triumphed by 10 wickets, and in 1993 when they won by an innings and 72 runs.

In 1983, Alan Hill’s 121 was the mainstay of Derbyshire’s 365 before Dallas Moir’s slow left arm captured 5-44. Following-on, it was another left-armer, Roger Finney, who took 5-58 leaving John Morris and Iain Anderson to knock off the 41 runs required for victory in quick time.

The win in 1993 came in the opening game of the season as Allan Warner, with 4-54, Devon Malcolm, Dominic Cork and Frank Griffith dismissed Warwickshire for 192.

Despite losing Barnett and Bowler cheaply, Derbyshire ended the first day on 143-2 off just 25 overs, with half-centuries from John Morris and Chris Adams, despite a fiery opening burst from Allan Donald.

Dominic Cork then led the way with 3-24 as Warwickshire were bowled out for 115 to ease Derbyshire to a win inside three days in a game scheduled for four.

The two sides have met three times at Edgbaston in the 21st century, all ending in draws.

The highlight of those three matches came in 2008 when Chris Rogers made a superlative, undefeated 248, at the time the third highest individual score for Derbyshire (now the fourth), carrying his bat in a total of 474. At 452-5, there was every expectation that Rogers would get an opportunity to surpass George Davidson’s individual record score of 274 – but a flurry of wickets saw him stranded on 248 not out.

The following additional statistics relate solely to matches between Warwickshire and Derbyshire, played in Warwickshire;

  • Luke Sutton and Michael Di Venuto both scored second innings hundreds at Edgbaston in 2001
  • Levi Wright scored a century in each innings in 1905 at Edgbaston – 176 and 122; Wright’s second innings 122 was his third consecutive first class 100, at the time only the second such instance for Derbyshire, and still only the fifth in all first-class games for the county against all-comers
  • At Edgbaston in 1919, George Beet (92 not out) and Leonard Oliver (99) – uniquely for Derbyshire against Warwickshire – both scored nineties in the same match
  • The best bowling in an innings for Derbyshire is 9-65 by Bill Bestwick at Edgbaston in 1921
  • The best match figures for Derbyshire are Brian Jackson’s 12-49 at Coventry in 1966 including 8-18 in Warwickshire’s first innings of 38 all out
  • Derbyshire best match analysis at Edgbaston is 12-90 by Les Townsend in the county’s championship-winning season of 1936
  • The best bowling performance in an innings this century is Graeme Welch’s 5-53 at Edgbaston in 2001

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