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Report: Warwickshire v Derbyshire, LV= Insurance County Championship

Day Four

Warwickshire and Derbyshire had to settle for an LV= Insurance County Championship draw at Edgbaston after a potentially intriguing run chase in the final session was scuppered by yet more bad weather. 

Facing a victory target of 213 in 41 overs in the last session, the home side was just 25 balls into their pursuit when snow began to fall. It was a relatively brief flurry, but another followed to end a contest which had been plagued by wintry weather on each of its four days. 

For Derbyshire, a draw was due reward for their dogged resistance on a final day which they began in serious jeopardy at 71 for five, just 39 ahead. Sixth-wicket pair Matt Critchley (83, 158 balls, 11 fours) and Harvey Hosein (78 not out, 145 balls, 11 fours) dug in to add 113 in 36 overs and others then chipped in so that the visitors were finally all out for 244 just before tea. 

As the sun at last came out on the final morning, and batting conditions eased, Warwickshire were held up by Critchley, who batted impressively for the second time in the match, and 24-year-old Hosein. Their alliance was finally broken in mid-afternoon by Liam Norwell who jagged one back in sharply to Critchley to win an lbw appeal. 

The obdurate Hosein received further support from Fynn Hudson-Prentice (21, 28 balls) in a stand of 35 before the latter edged Will Rhodes to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess.  

Michael Cohen and Ben Aitchison then contributed only three runs apiece but each ate up nearly 20 valuable minutes as Derbyshire battled hard to inch towards safety. Craig Miles removed them both, thanks to catches by Sam Hain at second slip and short leg respectively, before Sam Conners edged Norwell behind. 

Oliver Hannon-Dalby ended with five for 76, his eighth haul of five-or-more wickets in a first class innings, having not added to the wickets he took on the third day. 

Warwickshire were left needing 213 in a session, a testing equation in a game in which runs have never come freely. They began in measured fashion, reaching seven without loss from 4.1 overs, but then the bad weather, which haunted this match throughout, returned to have the final say. 

Day Three

A five-wicket haul from Olly Hannon-Dalby put Warwickshire into a strong position against Derbyshire on a heavily rain-affected third day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Edgbaston. 

Trailing by 32 on first innings, Derbyshire were 71 for five in their second, Hannon-Dalby having taken five for 29,  when bad light and rain arrived to wipe out the last 62 overs of the day.  

After the Bears, replying to 189,  were bowled out for 221 in the morning, Hannon-Dalby started explosively, taking wickets with the second, fifth and sixth balls of his second over.  

Derbyshire were in deep trouble but then the weather intervened yet again and, in conditions still favourable to the seamers, all results remain possible going into tomorrow’s final day. 

Warwickshire resumed their first innings this morning on 169 for five and soon lost Tim Bresnan (35, 66 balls, seven fours), bowled by a full-length ball from Luis Reece, to end a valuable partnership of 68 in 21 overs with Matt Lamb. 

Lamb reached an excellent half-century in difficult conditions from 105 balls with the boundary that took the Bears in front, but then fell for 54 (113 balls, nine fours) when he edged Critchley to slip. 

Craig Miles (14, 41 balls) lifted Michael Cohen to point and then Liam Norwell and Danny Briggs fell lbw to Critchley and Briggs respectively. 

Derbyshire’s second innings was soon damaged by Hannon-Dalby when Luis Reece edged to slip and Anuj Dal and Leus de Plooy were nailed lbw with successive balls in a brilliant over from the Yorkshireman. 

He then added the wicket of Billy Godleman, caught by Rob Yates at third slip from the last ball before lunch, to leave Derbyshire 34 for four, just two runs in front. 

Wayne Madsen and Matt Critchley added 37 in ten overs before Hannon-Dalby struck again. Madsen edged an away-swinger and Yates swooped again to maintain the Bears’ exemplary form in the slips in this match. 

Warwickshire sensed that another productive hour could seal victory, but then the poor weather that has plagued this match returned with a vengeance to wash out the last two thirds of the day’s play. 

Day Two

Derbyshire’s bowlers hit back on the second day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at Edgbaston as Warwickshire reached 169 for five in reply to the visitors’ 189. 

Batting was difficult throughout a heavily weather-affected day as the ball seamed around under thick cloud and a young  Derbyshire attack, led by the impressive Ben Aitcheson (two for 31) and Sam Conners (two for 40), maintained the pressure. 

Rob Yates (40, 63 balls, eight fours) batted fluently  but the rest had to battle, and sixth-wicket pair Matt Lamb (41 not out, 82 balls, eight fours) and Tim Bresnan (27 not out, 49 balls, five fours) did so effectively to add an unbroken 55 before bad light lopped of the last 20 overs.  

The Bears resumed on the second morning on 13 for one and advanced to 38 for one in 35 minutes play before the first rain interruption triggered an early lunch.  

Yates was in excellent nick but became the first of four batsmen to fall to fatal edges in the afternoon session as the ball wobbled about. He edged Fynn Hudson-Prentice to second slip where Wayne Madsen took a fine catch and Aitchison then struck in his first over when Sam Hain (14, 25 balls) edged and again Madsen made no mistake. 

Conners unfurled a perfectly shaped off-cutter which Dom Sibley (29, 100 balls, four fours) feathered to wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein. As the scoring dried up, at one stage four runs came from 45 balls during which a sequence of 28 dot balls culminated in Michael Burgess edging Aitchesen to the keeper. 

That left Warwickshire wobbling at 114 for five, still 75 behind, but Lamb and Bresnan dug in deep. There was plenty of playing and missing but the pair concentrated hard and Derbyshire were left to rue the reprieve they gave to Lamb when, on 26, he edged the fourth ball after tea, from Hudson-Prentice, to slip but the chance went down. 

Day One

Fiery fast bowling from Liam Norwell powered Warwickshire into the ascendancy in their LV= Insurance County Championship opener at Edgbaston as Derbyshire were dismissed for 189. 

Norwell launched the season in the most spectacular style with two wickets in his first over and bowled with sustained hostility to go and finish with figures of 18-7-32-5. 

Luis Reece (63, 144 balls, ten fours) and Matt Critchley (64, 97 balls, 11 fours) offered some defiance but the Bears have emphatically seized the initiative on a good batting pitch. Warwickshire closed the day on 13/1, trailing by 176 runs with Will Rhodes (0) the man out.

After captain Rhodes chose to field, Norwell struck with his second and fifth balls, inducing a nick from Billy Godleman to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess and then uprooting Anuj Dal’s off-stump. When Leus de Ploy played on to Olly Hannon-Dalby, Derbyshire were reeling at seven for three from nine overs.  

Reece and Wayne Madsen retrenched with a stand of 43 in 18 overs before Hannon-Dalby returned to strike first ball back. Madsen edged and Rob Yates took a fine catch, two-handed, diving far to his right at third slip. 

After lunch, Reece and Critchley took their stand to 93 in 22 overs before Norwell struck twice more to remove both half-centurions with superb assistance from the slips. Reece edged to Sam Hain at second and Critchley was superbly clutched by Tim Bresnan at first. Harvey Hosein also edged to Hain. 

Rhodes then brought himself on just before tea and struck first ball which Fynn Hudson-Prentice slashed to Danny Briggs at gully. 

Craig Miles claimed his first wicket of the season when he removed Michal Cohen shortly after tea. The final wicket frustrated the Bears by adding 21 runs, before Briggs ended the innings and in the process secured his first scalp for the Club.

Earlier in the day, it was announced that following the news that the arrival of overseas signing Pieter Malan has been delayed due to visa issues, the Bears have signed India Test batsman Hanuma Vihari as a replacement for the early rounds of the LV= Insurance County Championship. 

Please note that Warwickshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship match with Derbyshire (8-11 April) will be played behind closed doors due to the latest Government guidelines.

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Preview: Warwickshire v Derbyshire, LV= Insurance County Championship

New First Team Coach Mark Robinson admits there will be “a few butterflies” when Warwickshire open their LV= Insurance County Championship season against Derbyshire at Edgbaston.

It will be Robinson’s first game in charge of a county side since he left Sussex in 2015 to take over as head coach of England’s Women’s Cricket.

His experience and track record of success, with both Sussex and England Women, is considerable, but he is as excited as ever by the start of a new season – especially this year as his gets his teeth into a new challenge at Edgbaston.

“The first day of the season is always a special time and, more than ever after all that has happened in the last year, it’s great to be back,” Robinson said. “You pray for good weather, you pray to win the toss and you pray for a good start – basically you just chuck yourself into the hands of the gods of cricket.

“There will be a few butterflies around tomorrow morning when the toss goes up and we are all waiting for the first ball to be bowled. Then it’s about winning that first hour and that first session, but it’s also about building and growing as a squad and that’s what we are trying to do, day by day.

Mark Robinson

“We want to keep growing, keep getting stronger and keep moving towards a position where we can create some something special that will last for a long time.”

First up come Derbyshire for their first championship visit to Edgbaston since 2018. On that occasion the Bears’ eight-wicket win was fuelled by runs from Matt Lamb, Jonathan Trott, Chris Wright and Will Rhodes and 18 wickets from Jeetan Patel and Henry Brookes, and they were seen over the line by Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott.

A very different Bears team will take the field tomorrow. Overseas signing Pieter Malan’s debut has been delayed by visa issues but there are still plenty of options for Robinson and captain Rhodes to mull over.

“It is always a bit of a selection nightmare when a lot of players have put their hands up and played really well, as our guys have in this pre-season,” the coach said. “We have a strong bowling attack which is all fit and has done really well and likewise with the batters.

“It is always a tough one to get the balance of the team right but we have a lot of options and they are the sort of selection problems you want.”


Rhodes (c), Bresnan, Briggs, Brookes H, Burgess (wk), Hannon-Dalby, Hain, Lamb, Miles, Mousley, Norwell, Sibley, Yates.

How to follow

Warwickshire Members and supporters will be able to watch the action via the Club’s live stream, which will include replays and commentary from BBC WM and BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

All action will be live streamed through the Match Centre on, through the Edgbaston app (available on iOS and Android) and through the Warwickshire CCC YouTube page.

Supporters can also keep up to date with the scores and in-play clips through the Match Centre on

Please note that Warwickshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship match with Derbyshire (8-11 April) will be played behind closed doors due to the latest Government guidelines.

2024 Membership: Together, we are Bears

Make Edgbaston your home this summer. Membership is the best value way to access all home Warwickshire domestic cricket in 2024, plus exclusive benefits including free guest passes.

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Championship Rewind: Warwickshire v Derbyshire, 1972

Bob Willis was kept waiting for his Warwickshire debut after joining from Surrey in 1972.

The big fast bowler, already an England player, was suspended from first class cricket until July 1 that year by the Test and County Cricket Board. Much to the Bears’ frustration, the TCCB registration subcommittee didn’t actually give a reason for the ban, but the governing body disapproved of players switching counties so, after a five-and-a-half-hour hearing, the county’s appeal was rejected. The ban stayed in place.

Finally, on July 1, Willis made his debut against Worcestershire in the championship at Edgbaston and harvested a rusty 13-0-65-0 as Glenn Turner scored a century. Four days later, in his second game, a Gillette Cup win Headingley, the rust started to come off, much to the distress of Geoffrey Boycott. The Yorkshire opener retired hurt and required ten stitches in a finger after copping a lifter on his right hand. ‘Big Bob’ had arrived.

He arrived in a wonderful year for an international-studded Bears team. Fuelled by the runs of Rohan Kanhai, Dennis Amiss, Mike Smith, Alvin Kallicharran, John Whitehouse and John Jameson and the wickets of Willis, Norman McVicker, Lance Gibbs and David Brown, they charged to the championship title.

It was sealed during the penultimate match, against Derbyshire at Edgbaston. The rain-ruined draw brought them enough points to take them beyond the reach of nearest challengers Kent and Gloucestershire. It was also the match in which ‘Big Bob’ showed why the Bears were so right to take advantage when he decided to leave Surrey in search of more regular first team cricket.

After his nought-fer against Worcestershire, Willis collected his first championship wicket for Warwickshire, Glamorgan captain Tony Lewis, in the next game at Edgbaston. He then worked his way back to full fitness in another seven championship matches, taking important wickets in the crucial win over Kent at Dartford, before Derbyshire felt the full force.

The pitch was bland, offering little to the seamers, and Derbyshire did not hesitate to choose to bat, but Willis blew them away. Somehow he prised steep bounce from the placid surface on the way to figures of 15.4-4-44-8.

Openers Peter Gibbs and Alan Hill were soon back in the hutch thanks to catches behind the wicket from Deryck Murray and Dennis Amiss. Only number three Malcolm Page, with a heroic 125 out of his team’s 188, resisted for long.

Bowling with superbly focused hostility, making the ball rear from just short of a length, Willis blasted his way through the middle order before rounding off the innings in the grand manner…with a hat-trick.

Page’s edge to Kanhai in the cordon just left tail-enders Mike Hendrick and David Wilde to face the music. It was an unequal contest. Rapid yorkers dispatched them both first ball, Willis had his hat-trick and had truly arrived at Edgbaston.

Next day, the title was secured. Three days later, on the first morning of their last game of the season, against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, the Warwickshire players enjoyed a champagne and kippers breakfast in the team hotel, courtesy of captain Alan Smith. They could afford to indulge themselves…the first day was washed out.

On days two and three, the captains then set up a contest which ended with the Bears winning by four wickets. The Wisden report of the match gives an indication of how different cricket was in those days, 49 years ago.

In their second innings, it was reported, “Nottinghamshire speedily added 26 without loss.” Those 26 “speedy” runs came in nine overs!

Brian Bolus scored five not out  watching him bat less than speedily must have been hard going…

Please note that Warwickshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship match with Derbyshire (8-11 April) will be played behind closed doors due to the latest Government guidelines. All action will be available to watch via the Live Stream in the match centre on

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