Two wins in a row for county

Derbyshire CCC’s four-day game revival has continued over the last week with back-to-back victories in Division Two of the LV County Championship.

After a draw at Chesterfield against Essex, Graeme Welch’s side, with only four-day win under their belts this season at that point, went to Gloucestershire and came away with a six-wicket win late last wicket.

They have now followed that up with another six-wicket win, this time at home Glamorgan.

The platform for victory was set on the first day when they dismissed their visitors for just 138.

Alex Hughes took 4-46 and Tony Palladino 3-14. Mark Footitt also chipped in with two wickets.

Derbyshire then replied with 241 thanks to 40 from Ben Slater, 50 from Wes Durston, 33 from Tony Palladino and 35 from David Wainwright.

Footitt then produced career-best figures of 6-48 to blow away the Glamorgan top order and help to bowl them out for 175, leaving Derbyshire 73 for victory. Tom Taylor also took 3-27.

The win was duly achieved early on the third day. Four wickets were lost on the way but Durston (13 not out), Slater (20) and Wayne Madsen (19) saw them home.

n Wicketkeeper-batsman Harvey Hosein, 17, has signed a two-year professional contract with Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Hosein, a product of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy - in partnership with the University of Derby - has been a regular for the Second XI for two seasons and been part of the England Development Programme. He made his First XI debut against the touring Indians, in which he hit an 89-ball half-century.

against the international bowling attack.

Elite performance director Graeme Welch said: “Since joining at the age of 13, Harvey has progressed well through the Cricket Derbyshire pathway and he is a fantastic prospect.

“He has already shown in his young career that he has the quality, skill and temperament to play at the highest level and we’re delighted that he will now continue his development at the club.”

Hosein added: “I’ve come through the ranks at Derbyshire and I’m delighted to sign my first professional contract with them.

“Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to make my first team debut against India.

“It was a great experience for me as a young player coming into the dressing room and playing against world class players.

“I’m now looking forward to representing Derbyshire at the highest level and being part of their future success.”