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Cotton relishing Powerplay role

Ben CottonBen Cotton is enjoying playing a leading role in Derbyshire Falcons’ NatWest T20 Blast campaign, as the team prepare for the visit of Lancashire Lightning tomorrow; 7pm start.

Cotton has been a standout performer with the ball in the opening two fixtures, taking three wickets at an impressive average of 16 including 2-19 against Yorkshire Vikings.

The 21-year-old pace bowler also has an economy rate of six runs per over, which is an impressive feat considering his role as a Powerplay bowler in the first six overs.

Cotton says he is enjoying the responsibility of bowling at such at a key time at the start of the opposition innings, ahead of the live televised fixture on Sky Sports.

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#PREVIEW: Dilshan in squad for home T20 Blast opener

Tillakaratne DilshanSri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan is set to make his Derbyshire Falcons debut tomorrow, as Lancashire Lightning visit The 3aaa County Ground in the NatWest T20 Blast; 7pm start.

Dilshan will arrive in Derby today and goes straight into Graeme Welch’s 13-man squad, enabling him to line-up alongside South Africa Test Captain Hashim Amla. 

The 38-year-old batting all-rounder is part of two changes to the squad that made the trip to Grace Road last Friday, with Tony Palladino also coming in as Mark Footitt and Greg Cork make way.

Wayne White is in contention to feature for the first time in 2015 as he was named in the matchday squad for this fixture.

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Discounted tickets available for T20 opener until 7pm tonight

Tillakaratne DilshanDiscounted ticket prices available in advance will cease 24 hours before the start of tomorrow night’s first home NatWest T20 Blast game, as Derbyshire Falcons take on Lancashire Lightning; 7pm start.

That means anybody wishing to attend at The 3aaa County Ground tomorrow night will have until 7pm tonight to take advantage of our discounted prices, before reverting to our ‘On the Gate’ prices.

Adults can watch the game for as little as £16 when purchasing in advance, which is a saving of £4!

Tickets are selling fast ahead of the game, and supporters are encouraged to buy the tickets prior to arriving tomorrow night.

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Giant cricket ball to hail World Cup bid at T20 Blast fixture

#WereBackingTheBidA giant white cricket ball will be on display at The 3aaa County Ground to signify the Club’s intention for Derby to be a host city for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup. 

The giant cricket ball, manufactured by Briggs of Burton, willbe in place in time for Derbyshire’s first home NatWest T20 Blast fixture versus Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May, which will be televised live to a global audience by Sky Sports.

At the start of April, the Club announced its intention to bid for Derby to become a host city for the Women’s World Cup in England in 2017. As part of the announcement, the Club unveiled plans for a landmark set of giant cricket stumps to be located at the gateway of the City on the Pentagon Roundabout.

The stumps will be funded by 100 local businesses and private donors who will each pledge £500 to become part of the #WereBackingTheBid campaign and be involved in the development, unveiling and publicity surrounding the sculpture as well as featuring on a Partners Plaque.

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Dilshan and Amla available for Friday night’s T20 Blast clash

TillakaratneDilshanProvided final paperwork and travel goes ahead as planned, Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan will arrive in Derby in time to line-up alongside South Africa Test Captain Hashim Amla in the county’s opening home NatWest T20 Blast fixture on Friday.

Dilshan, who has featured in 232 career Twenty20 matches hitting over 5,000 runs, is scheduled to arrive in UK today and will be available to make his debut for Derbyshire earlier than planned after Nathan Rimmington was ruled out for this Friday’s fixture through injury.

The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 winner, who has a top score of 104 not out off 57 balls coming against Australia in 2011, is now able to take his place in front of the Sky Sports cameras alongside Amla, who will be making his final appearance for the county this summer.

Supporters would be in for a batting feast with the international pair boasting a combined tally of over 10,000 limited overs runs and over 500 fixtures to their names.

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NatWest T20 Blast Matchday Information

NatWest T20 BlastSri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan and South Africa Test Captain Hashim Amla will both be available for Derbyshire Falcons' opening home NatWest T20 Blast fixture versus Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May; 7pm start.

Dilshan, who has featured in 232 career Twenty20 matches hitting over 5,000 runs, is scheduled to arrive in UK today and will be available to make his debut for Derbyshire earlier than planned after Nathan Rimmington was ruled out for this Friday’s fixture through injury.

The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 winner, who has a top score of 104 not out off 57 balls coming against Australia in 2011, is now able to take his place in front of the Sky Sports cameras alongside Amla, who will be making his final appearance for the county this summer. 

Ticket Information 

Tickets are still available for the eagerly-anticipated opener and supporters who buy their tickets 24 hours in advance of the game will save £4 per ticket. Best value for adults, however, can be found through one of our popular Six Pack Tickets which grants entry to any six days of cricket for just £72.

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Derbyshire in innings defeat at Southport

LancashireLancashire’s spin bowling duo of England Test man Simon Kerrigan and off-break Arron Lilley produced devastating spells to defeat Derbyshire by an innings and 14 runs at Southport and Birkdale CC.

Having started the day on 123-3, Derbyshire succumbed to the spin-friendly conditions and could only add 43 runs before being bowled out for 166.

South African Kolpak duo Alviro Petersen and Ashwell Prince did the damage in the first innings, scoring 113 and 230 respectively before Lilley took his maiden first-class five-wicket haul and Kerrigan claimed 4-80 on the final day.

Night Watchman Tom Taylor was the first man to fall to Lilley - bowled for five - before the same man had Scott Elstone caught sweeping off his bowling without scoring.

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Watch Dilshan and Amla in style on Friday night

Hashim AmlaJoin us in the Marquee at Derbyshire’s opening home NatWest T20 Blast fixture and watch Hashim Amla and Tillakaratne Dilshan in style with a three-course buffet served by local Indian restaurant, Slice of India.

We will bring the razzmatazz of the Indian Premier League to Derby as the Falcons entertain Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May (7pm start) and guests in the Greene King IPA Marquee will be able to watch the explosive action from some of the best seats in the house.

There will also be Indian-themed entertainment throughout the night, before the Twenty20 action takes centre stage, which will also be aired live on Sky Sports. This will be supporters' only opportunity to see South Africa Test Captain Amla, who is currently ranked as the number three Test and ODI batsman in the world, and Sri Lanka superstar Dilshan in action together for Derbyshire.

Amla and Dilshan will also be taking part in a team signing session immediately after the close of play.

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Slater half-century keeps Derbyshire in contention

Ben SlaterBen Slater struck his second half-century of the match to help Derbyshire get back into the game after Lancashire had accumulated a first-innings lead at Southport.

Ashwell Prince struck a double-century to help Lancashire gain a sizable lead of 181 runs before they were bowled out for 551 with Matthew Critchley returning 3-50, including his maiden first-class wicket.

Slater shared a 98-run partnership with Chesney Hughes - who hit 41 - before both batsmen fell in the final two overs of the day as Derbyshire ended Day Three on 123-3, still 58 runs behind.

The first wicket to fall in the day was Tom Taylor’s fourth of the innings when Alex Davies thick-edged him to Chesney Hughes in the slips via a hand from Hashim Amla for 37.

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