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Together, We Are All Derbyshire: Falcons reach Finals Day

Sunday 22nd March 2020
Written by Stephen Martin

During these challenging times for all, we want to help keep everyone associated with the club and wider community positive and engaged. We’re in this together and Together, We Are All Derbyshire.

As Derbyshire celebrates the club’s 150th year, we will be taking a look back at some of the club’s biggest moments in the last century and a half, hearing from supporters and providing you with the news, features and debates you want to be involved in. 

First up, we take a look at Derbyshire’s Vitality Blast quarter-final victory over Gloucestershire at The Bristol County Ground, which saw the Falcons secure their first-ever Finals Day appearance.

The side, led by Dominic Cork, came into the fixture in good form, having won their final three North Group fixtures against Northants, Leicestershire and Lancashire comprehensively.

Billy Godleman led his side onto the field in Bristol, in front of strong support from the Derbyshire faithful, as the hosts began their innings.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice made the breakthrough when he had Miles Hammond (31) caught by Alex Hughes, who himself claimed the key wicket of James Bracey.

Matt Critchley (2-21) was the pick of the Derbyshire bowlers, as he produced a pair of brilliant caught and bowleds to put his side in pole position.

Ravi Rampaul, who sat top of the Vitality Blast wicket-taking charts, showed his prowess in the field to run out Michael Klinger on his final Gloucestershire appearance, before he trapped Andrew Tye for his 22nd dismissal of the competition.

Gloucestershire set Derbyshire a target of 136 to win the match, and the opening pair of Godleman (25) and Luis Reece (15) put on 44 for the first wicket.

Wayne Madsen (44) and Leus du Plooy (29 not out) put on a crucial partnership of 72 as they steered the Falcons towards victory, before the wicket of the former allowed Academy graduate, Hughes, to hit the winning runs and send Derbyshire to Edgbaston.

Were you in the crowd at Bristol? Or were you cheering the Falcons on from home? Tell us about your experience that night via #WeAreAllDerbyshire. 

Together, We Are All Derbyshire. Share memories, favourite moments and engage with fellow supporters. Get in touch on social media, at info@derbyshireccc.com, or call 01332 388 101.

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