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Yorkshire the visitors as Falcons aim to preserve Lord’s long shot

Usman KhawajaDerbyshire Falcons face Yorkshire Carnegie in a Clydesdale Bank 40 local derby at Chesterfield today (Sunday, 1.45pm start) – and Head Coach Karl Krikken says his side haven’t given up on qualification for the semi-final.

The Falcons sit four points behind Group C leaders Sussex Sharks with five games to go and Krikken’s men know they have it all to do if they are to qualify for the last four.

But the recent 35-run victory over the Unicorns kept Derbyshire’s hopes alive ahead of what promises to be a balmy afternoon in the Chesterfield sunshine.

"The now annual and traditional local derby versus Yorkshire is always a big occasion for us regardless of league position because the crowds flock from both sides of the border and it makes for a great atmosphere.

“But a couple of recent washouts, followed by victory over the Unicorns, have given us half a sniff that we can still do something in the group, so the incentive to win is massive for us.

“It’s still a long shot – and we are relying on factors such as weather and other results as well as our own performance – but we’ll keep fighting until it’s over.

“It would be great to give our supporters from the north of the county some bragging rights and a massive boost for the lads if we can emerge with the two points.”

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