The club is based at the County Cricket Ground, previously known as the Racecourse Ground, in the city of Derby. In 2006, for the first time in eight years, County Cricket returned to Queen's Park, Chesterfield with a County Championship game against Worcester and a One Day League game against Surrey. Other first-class cricket grounds used in the past have included Buxton, Saltergate in Chesterfield, Heanor, Ilkeston, Blackwell, Abbeydale Park in Sheffield, Wirksworth and Burton upon Trent (3 grounds), which is actually in Staffordshire. One-day contests have been played at Darley Dale, Repton School, Trent College and Knypersley (also in Staffordshire).
In 2008 the club play in Division Two of both the County Championship and the One Day League. The captain is Chris Rogers and the coach is former England international John Morris. The 2008 shirt sponsor is Printability, printing design consultants based in Chesterfield. UK Security is the sponsor on the reverse.
Derbyshire recorded their highest ever score, 801 for eight declared, against Somerset at Taunton in 2007. Their score beat their previous highest ever score, of 707 for 7 declared also against Somerset also at Taunton in 2005. Simon Katich scored 221, Ian Harvey 153, Ant Botha 101 and James Pipe 106. Derbyshire broke the record despite losing Phil Weston and Chris Taylor to Andy Caddick in the first over without a run on the board.
Although the county then had a quite strong team due to the bowling of George Davidson, Joseph Hulme and George Porter and the batting and wicketkeeping of William Storer, William Chatterton and Bagshaw, within three years they had hit rock-bottom, going through 1897 without a win due to their best bowlers losing their powers.
From this point up to 1925, Derbyshire were perennially among the weakest counties, losing every single match in 1920 despite the efforts of Sam Cadman and Arthur Morton, persevering professionals. From 1926, the nucleus of a good team emerged around some doughty batting from Denis Smith, Stan Worthington and George Pope. Pope's bowling and that of his brother Alf, leg spinner Tom Mitchell and seam bowler Bill Copson took the team to their one and so far only Championship victory in 1936. They won 13 of their 28 matches outright and five on first innings. Worthington, Les Townsend, Smith and Alderman all passed 1,000 runs and Copson and Mitchell took over 100 wickets, with Alf Pope taking 94. Charles Elliott, who later became a test umpire and selector, was another member of this team which was captained by AW Richardson.
There have been more downs than ups in post-war years. Though runs came regularly from Arnold Hamer and less consistently from the West Indian Laurie Johnson and captain Donald Carr, the batting remained the weak point right up to the beginning of covered pitches in the 1980s. However, a series of seam bowlers served England as well as Derbyshire. The list began with Copson and continued with Cliff Gladwin, Les Jackson, Harold Rhodes, Alan Ward, Mike Hendrick and, most recently Devon Malcolm and Dominic Cork. Spin was in short supply apart from the steady work of Edwin Smith and the underrated allrounder Geoff Miller, the current(2008) chief selector of the England team and noted after-dinner speaker.
The signing of Eddie Barlow, the famous South African in 1976 and the lengthy period under the captaincy of Kim Barnett starting in 1983, meant the side were rarely uncompetitive. However the last few seasons have seen the side struggling in Division Two of the County Championship.
|Name of ground||Location||Year|| FC|
|Bass Worthington Ground||Burton upon Trent||1975-1976||2||0||0||2|
|Burton-on-Trent CC Ground||Burton upon Trent||1914-1937||13||0||0||13|
|County Ground, Derby||Derby||1871-present||715||300||18||1033|
|Ind Coope Ground||Burton upon Trent||1938-1980||35||7||0||42|
|Miners Welfare Ground||Blackwell||1909-1913||7||0||0||7|
|North Road Ground||Glossop||1899-1910||15||0||0||15|
|Park Road Ground||Buxton||1923-1986||48||10||0||58|
|Queen's Park||Chesterfield||1898-1998, 2006-present||402||86||0||488|
|Repton School Ground||Repton||1988||0||1||0||1|
|Rutland Recreation Ground||Ilkeston||1925-1994||93||16||0||109|
|Station Road||Darley Dale||1975||0||1||0||1|
|Tean Road Sports Ground||Cheadle||1973-1987||0||2||0||2|
|Trent College||Long Eaton||1975-1979||0||5||0||5|
|Victoria and Knypersley Social Welfare Centre||Brown Lees||1985-1990||0||3||0||3|
Updated: 19 May 2008
|Name||Nat||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|Wavell Hinds||LHB||RM||Kolpak player|
|Chris Rogers||LHB||SLA||Captain since departure of Rikki Clarke. Overseas player, except during Twenty20 Cup|
|Dominic Telo||RHB||RM||EU (Portugal) Passport|
|Greg Smith||RHB||RM||Kolpak player|
|Tom New||LHB||On loan from Leicestershire|
|Charl Langeveldt||RHB||RFM||Kolpak player, signed April 2008|